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Wilmo C. Orejola
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Dr. Wilmo C. Orejola is a medical doctor, a retired surgeon, inventor, and published author. His literary works include innovative scientific research articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, a history book, An Basaynon: A History of Basey, Samar and Its People, a historical novel Ghosts of the Insurrection, an epic poem A Mat Weaver’s Story: The Legend of Bungansakit, and a dozen published short poems, including the award-winning Ode to Galileo Galilei. Born and raised in the Philippines’ Waray-speaking region, he resides in New Jersey with his children, families, and grandchildren.


Learning Waray (wah-râi) is the most current and comprehensive grammar and dictionary book written on the Leyte-Samar natives' fascinating language. A two-volume reference book, the first volume is a learning introduction to the language’s Austronesian origins and Spanish and English speakers’ influences whose words became part of the lingua franca. The second volume, a Waray-English and English-Waray Dictionary (Purulungan) supplements the essential know-how providing common words to speak and write the language.

Most widely spoken after Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Cebuano, and Tagalog, Waray is one of 187 native languages and dialects in the Philippine archipelago, where English is a second language.

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