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This article does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2008) Waray/Waray-Waray Total population 3.2 million (4.05% of the Philippine population) Regions with significant populations  Philippines (Leyte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, some parts of Masbate, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte and Sorsogon, Metro Manila)  United States  Canada  Germany elsewhere Languages Waray, also fluent speakers of Tagalog, and English, some Cebuano Religion Christianity (Predominantly Roman Catholic) Related ethnic groups Cebuano, Filipinos, other Austronesian peoples The Waray-Waray are an ethnoliguistic group located in Samar and Leyte. Geographically, they are located in the Visayas. Waray-Waray sometimes shortened to Waray, is the term used to refer to the people who inhabit the islands of Samar and Biliran and the eastern section of Leyte. Those who come from Samar are called Samareños, while those from Leyte are Leyteños. They speak the language called Waray. Contents 1 Area 2 Religion 3 Language 4 Traditions 5 Universities 6 Perceptions in other parts of the Philippines 7 Crops 8 Farming/Fishing 9 Native Wines 10 Famous Warays // Area The Waray-Waray form the majority in the provinces of Samar, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar, while they form a significant population in Leyte and Sorsogon. Some Warays live in Mindanao. Religion The Waray-Waray people are one of the most religious people in the Philippines. Almost all of them belong to Roman Catholicism, the world's largest Christian denomination. Their religious devotion is very evident in their celebrations like feasts honoring their patron saints, Santacruzans and many more. Language The Waray-Waray people speak the Waray-Waray language, a major Visayan language. Some people who are of Waray descent also speak Waray-Waray as their second or third language, especially among emigrants to Metro Manila, other parts of the Philippines and in other parts of the world. Traditions Many Waray-Waray traditions can be traced to pre-colonial times. For example, the Kuratsa dance is a very popular traditional dance of the Waray-Waray at many social gatherings, especially weddings. It is very common throughout Samar. The couple who dances the Kuratsa are showered with money by the people around them. The belief is that the more money showered upon them, the more blessings will come their way. Universities Tacloban City in Leyte is home to a campus of the University of the Philippines. Leyte Normal University is also located in Tacloban. There are numerous state universities serving the community, including Eastern Visayas State University, Eastern Samar State University, and the largest both in terms of land area and curricular offerings in the whole region, the University of Eastern Philippines located in Catarman, Northern Samar. There are also Universities in Western Samar like Samar State University which is the first University in the province, St. Mary's College of Catbalogan, formerly Sacred Heart College and Samar College. Northwest Samar State University, formerly Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology and Samar State Collge of Agriculture and Forestry, offer courses that are needed in technology and business community. Perceptions in other parts of the Philippines The Waray-Waray are often stereotyped as brave warriors, as popularized in the tagline, "basta ang Waray, hindi uurong sa away" (Waray never back down from a fight.) Crops The most important crop and major source of income for many is the coconut. Other major agricultural products include rice and corn, while sugarcane, abaca, and tobacco are also grown. Cassava and camote (yam) are grown as supplementary staple crops. Pineapple, banana, mangoes, and other fruit are grown year round, as are many vegetables and peanuts. In Eastern Samar, a root crop known as palawan is grown. It is not common outside of that area. Leyte is a big producer of bananas. Farming/Fishing Farming and fishing provide much of the livelihood of the Waray-Waray. There is an impressive variety of seafood available. Native Wines Native wines are produced in the area, as in many places in the Philippines. The most common of these wines are tuba, extracted from the coconut palm, and pangasi, made from fermented rice. Famous Warays Boy Abunda Former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos Norberto Romualdez Juan Ponce Sumuroy Speaker Daniel Romualdez Tom Mott Ricky Lo v • d • e Visayan people | Visayan languages Peoples Aklanon | Ati | Boholano/Bol-anon | Butuanon | Capiznon | Cebuano | Eskaya | Hiligaynon | Karay-a | Masbateño | Porohanon | Romblomanon | Surigaonon | Tausug | Waray Languages Asi | Aklanon | Boholano | Butuanon | Caluyanon | Capiznon | Cebuano | Cuyonon | Eskayan | Hiligaynon | Inonhan | Kinaray-a | Masbateño | Porohanon | Ratagnon | Romblomanon | Surigaonon | Tausug | Waray-Waray