Waray people

Waray people

The Waray are part of the wider Visayan ethnolinguistic group, who constitute the largest Filipino ethnolinguistic group.


The Warays 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.

The Warays are known as brave warriors, as popularized in the tagline, "basta ang Waray, hindi uurong sa away" (Warays never back down from a fight.). Nowadays, the Warays abused this tradition, as they were very infamous in crime, notably robbery. One of the famous Philippine crime syndicates, the Waray-Waray Gang, is still currently operating.

Most of Waray traditions of today were handed down from prehispanic times. Their love for jewelry, especially gold, is still seen today. Their ambahan, a two-line blank verse, is still as popular as ever, either sung or recited, in any Waray social gathering. The Warays are also known for their mat weaving; tikug is their best material while maroon and green are their distinguishing colors. they were simple persons.

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Definiton of Waray/Area

Waray-waray, or simply 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.


The most important crop and major source of income for many is the coconut. The other principal agricultural products are rice and corn. Sugarcane, abaca, and tobacco are also grown. Cassava and camote (yam) are grown as supplementary staple food. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown all year round. Leyte is a big producer of bananas.


Farming and fishing are the major industries of the Warays.Samar and Leyte have good fishing ground, providing the people of these provinces and other neighboring towns with a variety of fish and other seafood.

Native Wines

Native wines are produced in the area, too. The most common of these wines are tuba, extracted from the coconut palm, and pangasi, made from fermented rice.


Colorful handicrafts, such as woven mats and hats made of buri or plant strips, are some of the more distinctive Waray products.

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