Waray Expressions Using the Word DIRI

Diri is the Waray equivalent of the Tagalog word "hindi".  It means "no" or "not".  Below are some expressions containing the word "diri".
diri andam
not ready
diri angay
not fit (as in not fit for the job)
diri babayaan
will not be left behind 
diri ginrerespeto
not respected
diri halot
diri harumamay
not easy (What I went through was not easy.)
diri hinatag
not given
diri human
not finished; unfinished
diri ighahatag
will not be given
diri kinasingkasing
not sincere
diri maapi
will not participate
diri mao
incorrect; improper
diri mabubuhi
cannot live; will not live
diri madidipara
will not be noticed
diri mahibabaro
will not know
diri mahibabaruan
will never be known
diri magbabag-o
will not change
diri magbabasul
will not regret
diri mag-iimod
will not watch
diri magikan
will not leave
diri maglalabot
will not meddle
diri maglalaum
will not hope
diri magsasaad
will not promise
diri magsasari
will not try
diri magsasarit
will not ask permission
diri magtitikang
will not start
diri mahinatagon
diri mahingangalimot
will not forget; will not be able to forget
diri mahingangalimtan 
will not be forgotten
diri makakag-imod
will not be able to watch
diri makakalauy
will not be able to visit
diri makuri
not difficult
diri malilibuan
cannot be cheated on; cannot be swindled  
diri malilikayan
cannot be avoided
diri marururespeto
not deserving of any respect 
diri masayon
not easy (The test was not easy.)
diri mautro
will not do it again
diri mauutro
will not happen again
diri na
not anymore
diri nabulig
does not help
diri naeskuyla
does not go to school
diri nagbabasul
does not regret
diri nagbubuwa
does not lie; is not lying 
diri naglalaum
does not hope
diri nagtitikang
does not start
diri nagugutom
not hungry
diri nahahadok
diri nahatag
does not give; ungenerous
diri nahigugugma
not in love
diri nahingangalimot
cannot forget
diri nahingangalimtan
cannot be forgotten
diri nahingangaturog
not sleepy
diri nahimumurayaw
uneasy; restless
diri nahimumutang
same with diri nahimumurayaw
diri nakakabulig 
does not help; cannot help
diri nakakakaturog
cannot sleep
diri nakakasabot
cannot understand
diri nakaon
does not eat
diri narespeto
does not respect
diri naruruyag
does not like
diri nasabot
does not understand
diri nasari 
does not try
diri nasarit
does not ask permission
diri nasasabtan 
cannot be understood
diri uutruhon
will not do it again
diri pa
not yet
diri pinapasaylo
not forgiven
diri tangkod
diri tangpos
diri tinuyo

Cha-Cha Waray Medley (with lyrics)

Youtube video courtesy of  MsSimplegirl1234

Maharaw nga Misay

Kay ano ini nga gugma kon danay
Mapawala, mapatuo usahay
Pag-abot waray na gud paru-pahuway
Daw sugad hin kaliding
Ini nga gugma ha kasingkasing

An gugma daw sugad hin maharaw nga misay
Diri nagsasarit danay/ anay
Magkadiano pa man
Ini nga gugma kon lus-ay
Bisan may lipong, makalilipay

Bisan pa hiram-usan, kariguan
Himsawon, kudkuron hin kaguran
An gugma nadukot gud ha dughan
Labot la kon nadangat
Ha kasingkasing an kagul-anan

An gugma daw sugad hin maharaw nga misay
Diri nagsasarit danay/ anay
Magkadiano pa man
Ini nga gugma kon lus-ay
Bisan may lipong, makalilipay

Magkadiano pa man
Ini nga gugma kon lus-ay
Bisan may lipong, makalilipay

Common Expressions Using the Word "Waray"

Masuna ngan waray uran yana nga aga didi sa VSU.  [It's a bright rainless morning here at VSU (Visayas State University).]

The word Waray does not only refer to the Waray-speaking people or to the Waray language, but it also refers to one particular Waray word, "waray", which means "nothing", "none", or "not".  Here's a list of common expressions using the word "Waray".

Waray ak labot.                                                  
I don't care. 
waray aram
waray batasan
lacking good manners
waray buot
innocent; childish
waray duda
no doubt
waray gamit

Waray ka labot.
It's none of your business.
waray pagkakapoy 
waray kapagalan (N.Samar)/ waray kapaglanan (N.Samar)/ waray pagkatanglay (N.Samar)
waray kaluoy
waray kinabuhi
waray makakatupong
unequaled; incomparable


waray pagkahadlok/ waray pagkahadok (N. Samar)
waray paglubad
waray pagruhaduha 
no second thoughts
waray sarabutan
no idea

waray tango (N. Samar)/ waray ngipon
waray tingug-tingog
quiet/ no comment (e.g., My friend was very quiet the whole time we were there.)
waray upay
worthless; no good
waray utang
waray kalipay
no happiness

waray utang nga buot/ waray utang nga kaburut-on
waray dum-it 
pure; innocent; inexperienced
waray katapusan/ waray katangposan/ waray pagkatangpos

MABARA-BARA -- Another Way of Describing Objects or Conditions in Waray

Common examples of Waray adjectives are mahusay (beautiful), mabara (ugly), mataba (plump), mahugos (thin/skinny), maduas (pale), mabusag (having the quality of being white), mabaga (having the condition of being red), mapili (having the condition of being black), bulaw (brown), maupay (good), marasa (delicious), mabaho (stinky/smelly), and mahumot (fragrant).

By repeating the root word, a new meaning is created:
almost beautiful
slightly ugly
slightly thin/ slightly skinny  
slightly pale
slightly white/ whitish
slightly red/ reddish
slightly black/ blackish
slightly brown/ brownish
slightly good
slightly delicious
a bit stinky/smelly
slightly fragrant

What is Mayumo?

Mayumo is a Waray word which means "soft" in English. There's also a more popular Waray word for "soft" -- mahumok -- that is widely used in the Waray-speaking areas. Any Cebuano speaker will be able to immediately recognize the latter because it's almost similar to the Cebuano word humok which also means soft.

This post, however, will focus on this not-so-famous adjectivemayumo.  This word is basically used in the Northern Samar region and can be used in the following expressions:
mayumo nga tinapay
soft bread
mayumo nga kasing-kasing
soft heart
mayumo nga lingkuran
soft chair
mayumo nga sinarungsong
soft sinarungsong (a native delicacy of Northern Samar)
mayumo nga pagkiwa
soft movement
mayumo nga panit
soft skin
mayumo nga panapton
soft cloth

Sinarungsong from San Roque, Northern Samar.
Made of ground rice, coconut milk, and sugar,
sinarungsong is well-known for its soft texture.

When used as a modifier, the connector NGA is placed between mayumo and the noun word. When used in a sentence, mayumo needs other words like demonstrative pronouns (e.g., ini, sini) and possessive pronouns (e.g., imo, kanya).
Mayumo ini nga tinapay.
This bread is soft.
Mayumo an imo kasing-kasing.
You have a soft heart.
Mayumo ini nga lingkuran.
This chair is soft.
Mayumo ini nga sinarungsong.
This sinarungsong is soft.
Mayumo an kanya pagkiwa.
She moves softly.
Mayumo an imo panit
You have soft skin.
Mayumo ini nga panapton
This cloth is soft.
The word kayumo may be alternately used with mayumo. Notice how kayumo is used in the following sentences:
Kayumo sa tinapay.
This bread is soft.
Kayumo sa imo kasing-kasing.
You have a soft heart.
Kayumo sini nga lingkuran.
This chair is soft.
Kayumo sini nga sinarungsong
This sinarungsong is soft.
Kayumo sa kanya pagkiwa.
She moves softly.
Kayumo san imo panit.
You have soft skin.
Kayumo sini nga panapton.
This cloth is soft.
To get a list of Waray words, you may check this site's online Waray dictionary

How to Add a Gadget on Blogger -- A Beginner's Guide

After you have set up your Blogspot blog, there's something else you should be doing aside from stuffing your blog with new content: adding gadgets to your blog. Are gadgets important to a webpage? Probably for someone who's new to blogging, you may not consider this very necessary.

There are instances, however, when the presence of a gadget proves to be beneficial. For example, I usually check the profiles of those who follow my blog so I can follow their blogs, too. Many of these newer blogs don't have the JOIN THIS SITE gadget. I could have been their follower if only I was given the option to hit that button (The older sites provide a subscription button to their readers. But that's another story.)

Adding a gadget or gadgets to your blog may increase a visitors' engagement with your site. Not only will they have the chance to read your posts, but they will also get to see other features from your blog's sidebars or footer, e.g., a list of your popular posts as well as the categories or labels of your posts.

How are gadgets added to a Blogger or Blogspot blog? Here are 4 easy steps to guide you:

  • Log in to your account at Blogger.com and go to the blog you want to edit. Click LAYOUT. You will see it after clicking that arrow near the "VIEW BLOG" button.

  • Click ADD A GADGET.

  • Choose the gadget you would like to add. Gadgets are grouped into four: Basics, Featured, Most Popular, and More Gadgets. There's also an "add your own" option at the bottom of the four groups I mentioned. You can find the +1, Blog Stats, Followers, and Popular Posts buttons under the Basics group. After you have chosen the right button, click SAVE.

  • You may move the gadget down by dragging the mouse. Once you have finalized the position of your newly-added gadget, click SAVE ARRANGEMENT.

Asking Questions in Waray -- A Series of Who, Whom, Whose Questions

Here's one question that I'd like to answer through a blog post: How do you say "who is he?" in Waray? There are two ways of asking that question using the Waray language: you may either say (1) Hin-o hiya? or (2) Sin-o siya?. Notice that the two interrogative sentences slightly differ because of the letters H and S.

These two variations of Waray are usually referred to by the Waray language speakers as the H-Waray and the S-Waray. The S-Waray is spoken in Northern Samar and in Calbayog.

While the H-Waray speakers use the following words: hin-o, ha, hiton, hiya in their language, the S-Waray speakers, on the other hand, use sin-o, sa, siton, siya, among others. These two Waray varieties also differ in how the English word "whose" is translated to Waray: one says "kanay", the other, "kunay."

This post does not only give a series of "Who" questions, but it also has a "Whom" and "Whose" questions. For your convenience (I mean, if you're here because you're looking for some Waray translations), I have included the H-Waray and S-Waray versions opposite the questions in the English language.

For more Waray words, you may visit the online Waray dictionary of this site.

Who?Hin-o? / Sin-o?
Who is with you?Hin-o an imo upod? / Sin-o an imo upod?
Who are you?Hin-o ka? / Sin-o ka?
Who said that?Hin-o an nagsiring hiton? / Sin-o an nagsugad siton?
Who is your mother?Hin-o an imo nanay? /Sin-o an imo nanay?
Who is your friend?Hin-o an imo sangkay? / Sin-o an imo sangkay?
Who is she/he?Hin-o hiya?/ Sin-o siya?
Who am I?Hin-o ako?/ Sin-o ak?
Who are they?Hin-o hira?/ Sin-o sira?
Who are your (singular) parents?Hin-o an imo mga kag-anak? / Sin-o an imo mga kag-anak?
Who are your (plural) friends?Hin-o an iyo mga sangkay?/ Sin-o an iyo mga sangkay?
Who ate the bread?Hin-o an nagkaon han tinapay?/ Sin-o an nagkaon sa tinapay?
Who cleaned the house?Hin-o an naglimpyo ha balay?/ Sin-o an naglimpyo sa balay?
Who came to the wedding?Hin-o an nakadto han kasal?/ Sin-o an nakadto sa kasal?
Who sold the house?Hin-o an nagbaligya han balay?/ Sin-o an nagbaligya sa balay?
Who sells cakes?Hin-o an nagbabaligya hin cake?/ Sin-o an nagbabaligya sin cake?
Who loves me?Hin-o an nahigugma ha akon?/ Sin-o an nahigugma sa ak?
Who is coming with us?Hin-o an maupod ha aton?/ Sin-o an maupod sa at?
Who is coming with you?Hin-o an maupod ha imo (sing)/ iyo (pl)? / Sin-o an maupod sa im/ iyo?
Who is Jimmy?Hin-o hi Jimmy? / Sin-o si Jimmy?
Who is sitting in front of you?Hin-o an nalingkod ha imo atubangan?/ Sin-o an nalingkod sa imo atubangan?
Who is sitting behind you?Hin-o an nalingkod ha imo luyo? / Sin-o an nalingkod sa imo luyo?
Who is sitting beside you?Hin-o an nalingkod ha imo tupad? / Sin-o an nalingkod sa imo tupad?
Who will help me?Hin-o an mabulig ha akon?/ Sin-o an mabulig sa ak?
Who will sell the house?Hin-o an magbabaligya han balay?/ Sin-o an magbabaligya sa balay?
Who will sit behind me?Hin-o an malingkod ha akon luyo?/ Sin-o an malingkod sa ak luyo?
Who will sit beside you?Hin-o an malingkod ha imo tupad?/ Sin-o an malingkod sa im tupad?
Who will love me?Hin-o an maghihigugma ha akon?/ Sin-o an maghihigugma sa ak?

Piñato - Buray's Native Delicacy - and Memories of Childhood

I found this photo of piñato in one of my computer folders while looking for an old PowerPoint file. This reminded me of my grandmother and of my childhood. I still remember how as a child I looked forward to those times when my paternal grandmother visited us in San Roque. She lived in Hinabangan, Samar; we, in San Roque, Northern Samar. She had to endure several hours of travel, but she never failed to bring a basket full of sweets from Buray and from Catbalogan.

Piñato from Buray, Samar.

I grew up associating her -- my apoy (grandmother) -- with desserts and with happy times. It was also because of her that I became familiar with Buray, the place where she always bought piñato. I have ceased to be that little girl waiting for her grandmother's visit, but I have never stopped thinking of Buray as the source of that delicious piñato. Its being a barangay (village) in Paranas, Samar only comes second.

The idea that the piñato producers of Buray were able to sustain their livelihood through the years is comforting. These days I don't have to go to Buray in order to buy their famous piñato. I can buy them in Leyte because they are available in various outlets in Tacloban City and in Ormoc, Leyte. Maupay kay ginpadayon nira. Waray nira puoha.

Waray Sentences and Phrases and Greetings in Waray

How do you say, "Good morning" or "Good afternoon" in Waray? Good morning is Maupay nga aga; Good afternoon, Maupay nga kulop. You'll notice that most of my entries have two or three suggestions in Waray. The first suggestion is the usual way of saying the English sentence in the Waray language. The second or the last suggestion -- the one that comes after the slash (/) -- is how we say it using the Ninorte-Samarnon Waray.

In case you might need a list of Waray words or Waray adjectives, this site has also an online Waray dictionary.

Aim high.Pangandoy hin hataas./ Pangandoy sin hataas.
A merry Christmas and a bountiful New Year!Malipayon nga Pasko ug mabungahon nga Bag-o nga Tuig!
A prosperous New Year to everyone!Mauswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig ha kada usa!/ Mauswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig sa tagsa-tagsa!
Don't worry.Ayaw kabaraka.
Good afternoon. Maupay nga kulop.
Good afternoon to all of you. Maupay nga kulop ha iyo ngatanan./ Maupay nga kulop sa iyo ngatanan.
Good afternoon to you, too.Maupay gihap nga kulop ha imo./ Maupay liwat nga kulop sa im.
Good day.Maupay nga adlaw.
Good day to all of you.Maupay nga adlaw ha iyo ngatanan./ Maupay nga adlaw sa iyo ngatanan.
Good evening. Maupay nga gab-i.
Good evening everyone.Maupay nga gab-i ha kada usa. or Maupay nga gab-i ha kada tagsa./

Maupay nga gab-i sa tagsa-tagsa.
Good evening to all of you.Maupay nga gab-i ha iyo ngatanan./ Maupay nga gab-i sa iyo ngatanan.
Good evening to you, too.Maupay gihap nga gab-i ha imo./ Maupay liwat nga gab-i sa im.
Good morning. Maupay nga aga.
Good morning to all of you. Maupay nga aga ha iyo ngatanan./ Maupay nga aga sa iyo ngatanan.
Good morning to you, too. Maupay gihap nga gab-i ha imo./ Maupay liwat nga gab-i sa im.
Good night.Maupay nga pagkaturog.
Happy birthday. Malipayon nga pagsalin-urog han imo adlaw nga natawhan./

Malipayon nga pagsalin-urog sa imo adlaw nga natawhan.
Happy Easter.Malipayon nga Pasko ha Pagkabanhaw./ Malipayon nga Pasko sa Pagkabanhaw.
Happy Hearts' Day. Malipayon nga pagsalin-urog sa adlaw sa mga kasing-kasing.
Happy New Year.Malipayon nga Bag-o nga Tuig or Maupay nga Bag-o nga Tuig.
Merry Christmas.Malipayon nga Pasko or Maupay nga Pasko.
Stand up.Tindog./ Tugbos. (N.Samar)
Take care.Paghinay.
Thank you.Salamat.
Thank you very much. Damo nga salamat ha imo./ Damo nga salamat sa im.
Thank you very much to all of you.Damo nga salamat ha iyo ngatanan./ Damo nga salamat sa iyo ngatanan.
Welcome home. Maupay nga pag-abot.
You're welcome. Waray sapayan.                                                                                

Waray Songs On Life and Love

Aside from their songs that are naughty and nonsense, the Warays have also their own share of songs that speak about life and about love. They have a profound effect on my being as a Waray, for they bring poignant memories of my hometown and of my childhood.

In the 1980's while my high school contemporaries were singing Madonna's Material Girl and Papa Don't Preach, I was busy learning Waray songs from Mana Saning and from Mana Jenny, leaders of San Roque Parish Church Choir. Nanay Remy, my mother, likewise taught me songs from her native town of Borongan, Eastern Samar. Aside from these three women, I also learned some songs from the older women of Kalye San Francisco in San Roque, Northern Samar. I sat with them while they drank tuba (coconut wine) and sang Waray songs.

My repertoire of songs grew as I met friends from Laoang and from Catubig. We sang a lot and we always made it a point to sing songs in Waray. Probably we were thinking that it was our only way of connecting with our roots -- we had to leave our families and our hometowns to pursue college education in the city. In school, I was a member of a performing arts group. We did community immersions and we gathered and performed songs indigenous to the islands of Samar and Leyte.

Before I become totally engulfed by forgetfulness, let me share the lyrics of these songs so that my fellow Warays can make use of them or can sing them. Like the women of San Roque and the other Waray speakers who unselfishly shared these songs to me, I am likewise sharing them to you now. Only virtually, though. To my fellow Warays searching for or googling -- yes, google is also a verb, :-) -- "lyrics of Waray songs", this post is for you. Except for Balud, the songs below cannot be found on the World Wide Web as of this writing.

To those who don't speak Waray, I have not prepared any English translation for these texts. Since I'm a blogger and not a poet, I'll leave the job to them: the Waray poets.


An kinabuhi san tawo
Sugad sin usa nga binhi
Kon upayon gud pagmangno
Matudok ini, madamo
Ug niyan ini dumako
Sugad san aton tanom
Kay minangnoan san gugma
Gugma para sa aton.

Kay inin aton kinabuhi
Kinabuhi usa la
Sugad sin usa ka binhi
Sa gugma kita ginpili
Kay kinabuhi nga langitnon
Bulawan an panahon
Aton gud talinguhaon
An pag-ukoy nga surundon
Aton gud talinguhaon
An pag-ukoy nga surundon.


Mga balud nagpapasibo ha kadagatan
Kakuri gud madakpan inin balud
Ha baras napulilid kon diri hira nag-iisog
Hay, Intoy kamakuri mo pagdad-on
Baga-baga ka gud la hinin balud
Kon nasisina nalakat ka
Mag-uusahan ako ha tabi.

Kay ano nga ginbayaan mo ako
Waray na balud inin lawud ko
Hain na an mga haplas mo
Nailiw na an baras ngan bato.

Bisan la danay di nagkakaasya
Sugad han langit ug tuna
Kon an gugma nga marig-on ug masarig
Di mapapara hinin balud.

Kay ano nga ginbayaan mo ako
Waray na balud inin lawud ko
Hain na an mga haplas mo
Nailiw na an baras ngan bato.

Balik na kamahidlaw na ha imo
Waray na balud inin lawud
Hain na an mga haplas mo
Nailiw na an kasing-kasing ko.


An kadam-an san nagmamata
Hingyap pa an pagkaturog
Kay mas matam-is an pagwaydong
Sa luyo san mga limbong
An saksi san kamatuoran
Napiyong la san kasugaran
Nag-aantos la nga gintatamakan
An katungod san kadam-an.

Buta kita san kinahanglan
San iba buta kita sa luha
Kay waray pulos an lamrag
San aton mga mata
Kon sa kasing-kasing magpabilin kita nga buta.

Kon kita an magsasaksi
Sa ngaran san at kabugtoan
Nano an imo pag-ugop
Kan kanay ka ba mahisakop
An saksi san kamatuoran
Napiyong la san kasugaran
Nag-aantos la nga gintatamakan
An katungod san katawhan.


Dungga an huni san kalaw
Kon tikatunod na an adlaw
Tugob sin kasakit ug kabutlaw
Nagtitikadulom, nagtitikamingaw.

Kundi adto na an kabitun-an
Namimiruk-pirok didto sa hitas-an
Sidlit na liwat matahum nga bulan
An lamrag murayaw, may kahimayaan.

What's Your Google PageRank as of May 4, 2012?

There has been a Google PageRank update very recently. It started several hours ago according to some webmasters. I'm happy with the outcome of this update. I temporarily lost my PageRank (PR) when I registered Warayblogger as a domain name in January this year. Now I'm back to having that green thing in the PR toolbar again.

Did you know that the individual posts of a site are ranked individually? I checked my blog posts and saw a gray PR in some of my pages and a green PR in the other posts. My latest write-up, Waray Songs - The Naughty and the Nonsense is gray (0/10) while some others are green (1/10).

Whale Skeleton in Silago, Southern Leyte -- the First on Leyte Island is likewise green.

Do you want to see your Google PageRank? For quick results, use Check Your Page Rank's domain evaluation tool. There's no need to type an "anti-bot" code because the site does not require one -- that's what I like about this tool. Once you give your site's URL, you will see the number of Yahoo, Google, and Bing.com links for your site. It also determines the domain age of the site. However, you must ignore the Alexa Rank given by this tool because it's not accurate (as of this writing at least). Download the Alexa Toolbar to your computer or go directly to www.alexa.com if you want to get the current Alexa Traffic Rank of your site.

To check the Google PR of individual pages or posts, I recommend PRChecker.info. You may not feel very convenient with this tool -- you will have to hit two buttons plus type an "anti-bot" code before getting any information from the site -- but it's worth it. Did you notice that long URL in the photo above? That's the URL of one of my blog posts. Try this in the former tool and you will have an N/A result. It only accepts the URL of your homepage. So far, I haven't come across any site that performs what PRChecker.info does.

If your site is not ranked yet, remember what other webmasters and bloggers have been saying: the Google PR may be important, but it's not the "be-all and end-all" of online writing. Let's do what makes us happy. Let's keep writing and keep the fire burning. There's another PR update coming, anyway.

Waray Songs -- The Naughty and The Nonsense

"The Waray people were musically-inclined. They sang every day and stopped singing only when they were sick or when they were asleep." I read this in William Henry Scott's book titled Barangay: 16th Century Philippines.

Apparently, the modern-day Warays are very similar to their ancestors in that respect. Musically inclined, that is. Proof of this is the popular and the folk songs composed by the Waray people, many of which were sung and recorded by artists like Balinsasayaw Singers, Ms. Cielo Tibe, and Mabuhay Singers.

Aside from the love songs and the ones that made their way to the mainstream music scene are some other songs which up to this day remain undocumented. Go around Samar and Leyte and you will notice a lot of singing. You will likewise hear two types of Waray songs -- the naughty and the nonsense. Below are some of the songs with their lyrics. {This is Rated SPG (Strong Parental Guidance). You may read at your own risk.}

May ako inggids nga bag-o pero daan
Halipot an leog tandos la an kupsan
Akon pangutan-an kon sin-o an ngaran
Si Mr. Tanduay nga adto sa tindahan.

Ismayling pakpak
Ulunan taplak
Higdaan katre
Sa adlaw gab-i
Tukba na sudlot
An kan Inday pugtot
Isul-isol ngadi
Kay mahuro-hagkot.

Si Loloy matawa-tawa
Bisan halipot may karantahon
Diri buwas, kundi yana.
Taron nga lahing.


May katsapa nga dinapa sa bangalog
Nga nagtatabag sin kosta nga hininog
May man tango pero lunod di natukob
Dakpa iton kay im sangod.

Misay, misay, misay
Misay nga mambanon
Sinaka kagab-i
An suga ginparong
Dayon ko la buhat
Ngan panginanoon
Salbahis nga misay
Kinupkop la dayon.

Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la.
Basi ka takasan
San akon mantika.
Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la.
Basi ka takasan
San akon mantika.

Ako magtatanom sin lemon
Sa iyo libong bayai
An im asawa kay kita
An magpipinya.

Ako magtanom sin lemon
Nga waray dahon
Natudok in maagahon
Naghahanap sin kamatayon.

Nanggamot iton niyan
Nananaringsing san im tiyan
Tiunay ka Inday
Sa kasing-kasing.

Pitaka ug Batuta
Sindo babaye, may pitaka
Sindo lalaki, may batuta
Nakakita ak sin pitaka

Kahawan, kahawan
Kan Inday tanaman
Haglapad an dahon
Kaupay sirungan
Sindo an nalabay
Nga may kabilinggan
Nadiskanso anay
Kan Inday higdaan.

Pirikoykoy, pirikoykoy
Pirikoriyang, pirikoriyang
Sa kahoy
Sindo an nalabay
Nga may kabilinggan
Nadiskanso anay
Kan Inday higdaan.

Kinikila an tipatay
Nalaylay an pamitay
Nasulod, naguwa
Nasulod, naguwa
Napakanhi ka la
Paghimo sin bata.

Ada pa man ngay-an
Ada pa man ngay-an
Nasulod, naguwa
Nasulod, naguwa
Napakanhi ka la
Paghimo sin bata.


An tugon ko sa im pinalangga
Ayaw pagpalabti an nabutnga
Kon may iba ka na nga ginpapalangga
Patabuk-tabuki gad la.

These songs are either senseless or replete with double meanings and are usually sung in informal gatherings or drinking sprees. The good thing is that you forget to dwell on the nonsensical and sometimes vulgar text and learn to enjoy the songs because of their melodies.

How Old is Your Favorite Website?

How old is Google? What about Yahoo? Which is older, Facebook or Friendster? Is there a way to know the age of your favorite website?

There are two sites that give ready answers to these questions. SEOlogs.com (www.seologs.com) determines the approximate domain age of a site once a URL is submitted to its Domain Age Check Tool. Here's what I gathered: Google's domain was created on September 15, 1997; Yahoo, on January 18, 1995. As of March 31, 2012, Google's approximate age is 14 years and 6 months old. Yahoo's approximate age, on the other hand, is 17 years, 2 months and 11 days old.

According to the same tool, Facebook is older than Friendster by 5 years (see information below). Notice that SEOlogs uses the word 'approximately'. It's because most websites don't immediately buy their own domain names during inception phase. Some webmasters use free webhosting sites before fully launching their own sites to the public. Hence, there's a big chance that most of these sites are older than their actual domain age.

Below are some popular sites and the dates their domain names were registered.
  • Youtube.com: domain created on February 15, 2005
  • Facebook.com: domain created on March 29, 1997
  • Friendster.com: domain created on March 22, 2002
  • Twitter.com: domain created on January 21, 2000/Aug. 31, 2011 (please see update below)

    Useful sites for bloggers:
  • Blogger.com: domain created on June 22, 1999
  • Blogspot.com: domain created on July 31, 2000
  • Wordpress.com: domain created on March 3, 2000
  • Wordpress.org: domain created on March 28, 2003
  • Alexa.com: domain created on June 17, 1996
  • Chitika.com: domain created on January 28, 2001
  • Infolinks.com: domain created on July 23, 1997
  • Triond.com: domain created on March 14, 2006
  • Expertscolumn.com: domain on January 3, 2009

    Popular sites in the Philippines
  • Abs-cbn.com: domain created on January 18, 1996
  • Gmanetwork.com: domain created on May 13, 1997
  • Philstar.com: domain created on June 26, 1996
  • Inquirer.net: domain created on July 29, 1997

There's another site that determines the domain age of a website. It's called URL APPRAISAL (www.urlappraisal.net). If you own a blog, you might find this tool very useful. Not only does it tell you about domain age, but it also gives an estimate of a site's value. As of March 31, 2012, Yahoo's estimated site worth is $41,726.30; Google's, $34,293.54.

If there's any information that's not accurately given by URL Appraisal, it's the Google PageRank (all websites are ranked 0/10, according to this tool). Other information provided by the website are: Compete Traffic Details, Alexa Traffic Details, Google and Yahoo Links, and the URL Marketability Analysis.



The two sites give different dates for Twitter's domain age. I'm placing here the screenshots of the results given by the two sites.

Twitter's domain age according to www.urlappraisal.net:
Twitter's domain age according to Seologs' Domain Check Tool:


Waray Pick-up Lines

May uso yana sa bug-os nga Pilipinas: an pick-up lines. Bisan diin ak lingi, nabati ak sini -- sa TV, sa eskuylahan, sa balay. Mga arug ngan bata, may sira mga pick-up lines. Kun may Tagalog ug Sugbuanon nga istorya para sa mga naghihigugmaay, siyempre diri puyde nga waray an Waray. Ini nga koleksiyon sin pick-up lines, produkto san ako pakig-iristorya sin duha ka "bagets" didi sa balay. Diri pa ini tangpos, yaon pa sumpay.

Inday: Dodoy, kunta alarm clock ka na la.
Dodoy: Kay nano, Inday?
Inday: Basi makagmata an nakaturog ko nga kasing-kasing.

Dodoy: Inday, influencer ka ba?
Inday: Kay nano?
Dodoy: Kay I follow you.

Dodoy: Inday, kape ka ba?
Inday: Kay nano?
Dodoy: Kay diri kumpleto an pamahaw kun waray ka.

Dodoy: Inday, kunta "light" ka na la.
Inday: Kay nano?
Dodoy: Basi diri na masirum ako kinabuhi.

Inday: Dodoy, lipstick ka?
Dodoy: Kay nano?
Inday: Kay diri ak puyde gumawas sa balay nga waray ka.

Inday: Magnet ka, Dodoy?
Dodoy: Kay nano?
Inday: Kay diri ka sa ak nabulag.

Inday: Nuos ka ba?
Dodoy: Kay nano?
Inday: Kay naglulubad-lubad im kolor basta nakita ka sa ak.

Inday: Maaram ka, Dodoy, pareho ka sin regla.
Dodoy: Kay nano, Inday?
Inday: Kay tag-sayo (tag-usa) ka la bumisita kada bulan.

Dodoy: Konta takgung ko ikaw, Inday.
Inday: Kay nano, Dodoy?
Dodoy: Kay para diri ka sa ak mahibulag.

Dodoy: Inday, kunta tanom ka na la.
Inday: Mao ba, Dodoy? Kay nano?
Dodoy: Kay para maataman ko ikaw.

Dodoy: Ako an bolpen, ikaw an tinta.
Inday: Kay nano nga nahimo man ak nga tinta?
Dodoy: Kay padayon ak nga naalop kun yana ka.

(Sa sulod sa mall)
Dodoy: Inday ko, kunta wallet ka na la.
Inday: Kay nano, Dodoy?
Dodoy: Darako kunta ako natipid.

Inday: Kunta yabe ka nala.
Dodoy: Kay nano, Inday?
Inday: Basi maabre na an ako kasing-kasing nga nakatrangka.

Plural Adjectives in Waray

While there is no such thing as plural adjectives in the English language -- attractives, cutes, beautifuls, uglies -- it is common for Waray language speakers to express Waray adjectives in plural form.

digtoy nga sapatos (tiny shoes)

The letter "G" plays a very important role here because a word (adjective) changes its meaning whenever it (G) is inserted to any singular adjective. Let's start with the simplest Waray adjectives:

ditoy nga balay (a small house)
digtoy nga mga balay (small houses)
dako nga tamsi (a big bird)
dagko nga mga tamsi (big birds)
hataas nga kahoy (a tall tree)
hagtaas nga mga kahoy (tall trees)
habubo nga lingkuran (a low chair)
hagbubo nga mga lingkuran (low chairs) 

In the same manner, add the letter "G" to the following adjectives and you'll have them in plural form.

magdakmol ngan magnipis nga mga libro

mahugos nga bata (a skinny child)
maghugos nga mga bata (skinny children)
marasa nga pagkaon (a delicious food)
magrasa nga mga pagkaon (an array of delicious food)
mahumot nga bukad (a fragrant flower)
maghumot nga mga bukad (fragrant flowers)
mahusay nga daraga (a beautiful lady)
maghusay nga mga daraga (beautiful ladies) 
mabaysay nga balay (a lovely house)
magbaysay nga mga balay (lovely houses)
madakmol nga libro (a thick book)
magdakmol nga mga libro (thick books)
manipis nga libro (a thin book)
magnipis nga mga libro (thin books)

There may be some exceptions to this rule, but if you're new to the language this lesson will bring you a long way. Hope this helps.

How Plural Ideas Are Expressed in Waray

There are two ways of expressing plural ideas in the Waray language. The first one is easier -- you just add the word "mga" (ma-nguh) before any word. Take a look at these examples:

pagkaon (food)

bata (child) - mga bata (children)
kahoy (tree) - mga kahoy (trees)
harok (kiss) - mga harok (kisses)
sangkay (friend) - mga sangkay (friends)
bugto (sibling) - mga bugto (siblings)
lalaki (man) - mga lalaki (men)
babaye (woman) - mga babaye (women)
daraga (unmarried/young lady) - mga daraga (unmarried/young ladies)
ulitawo (unmarried/young man) - mga ulitawo (unmarried/young men)
urupod (relative) - mga urupod (relatives)
patud (cousin) - mga patud (cousins)
mananap (insect) - mga mananap (insects)

mga pagkaon

The second way of doing it is by adding a prefix and a suffix to the root word. Normally, the prefix KA and the suffix AN are added to the word; hence, bata becomes kabataan and kahoy becomes kakahoyan. Harok (kiss), however, cannot be expressed in plural form using this style. You either say harok or mga harok, but NOT kaharokan.

bata (child) - kabataan (children)
kahoy (tree) - kakahoyan (trees)
bugto (sibling) - kabugtoan (siblings)
sangkay (friend) - kasangkayan (friends)

kadaragan-an ug kaulitawhan (young ladies and young men)

There is a slight variation with how the words lalaki, babaye, and daraga are expressed in plural form in Waray. Instead of the suffix AN, the letter N is added to the root word before adding AN: kalalakin-an, kababayen-an, kadaragan-an.

lalaki (man) -kalalakin-an (men)
babaye (woman) - kababayen-an (women)
daraga (unmarried/young lady) - kadaragan-an (unmarried/young women)

ulitawo (unmarried/young man) - kaulitawhan (unmarried/young men)
patud (cousin) - kapaturan (cousins)
urupod (relative) - kaurupdan (relatives)
mananap (insect) - kamamanampan (insects)

With ulitawo, the letter "O" is replaced with letter "H" before adding the suffix AN: kaulitawhan. Moreover, "D" in patud is dropped and is replaced with the letter "R" before the suffix AN is added. "O" is likewise dropped in urupod when expressed in plural form. The way mananap, changes to its plural form is even more complicated. "M" is inserted between the two final letters (A and P); hence, mananap becomes kamamanampan.

One piece of advice: if you think the second style is complicated, you just stick to the simpler one: add "mga" to any Waray noun (place it before the word) and you will have it in plural form.

Canvass and Compare Prices Before Registering Your Domain Name

Sooner or later, you will consider the idea of buying your own domain name. If you are obsessed (this is too strong a word, I know, but I always like to exaggerate things) with your Google and Alexa rankings, I suggest that you do it early. Buy your own domain name while you still haven't reached a Google Page Rank of 3/10. Why? Domain age is one area that's considered when evaluating a site. The older your site is, the higher its importance in the World Wide Web -- or so I "heard" from other bloggers. The moment you register your own domain name, your site's age returns to 0 (zero) and you lose everything like Facebook Likes, Google PR, Alexa Traffic Rank, and backlinks; hence, it's good to do it early and to do it right.

Before you make that very important decision, look around and compare the prices available on the web. Do a Google or a Yahoo search and you will see that prices of domain names range from $1.99/year to $10/year. I'm not promoting any particular webhost here, but I just want to tell you that there are sites that sell domain names at $1.99. I didn't know this at the time I registered mine. Good luck!

Misay nga Mambanon -- A Waray Parody of Mocking Bird Hill

Here's a Waray song I learned from my father. In the early 1970's he was assigned in San Antonio, Northern Samar as a PACD (Presidential Assistant on Community Development) officer and it was there that he learned the song.

I became familiar with the Mocking Bird Hill (by Patti Page) tune because of Misay nga Mambanon (Spotted Cat). I'm posting here the lyrics of the song. You may play the youtube video -- audio actually, because except for that static photo there's nothing else to see -- while singing Misay nga Mambanon.


Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la
Basi ka takasan san akon mantika
Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la
Basi ka takasan san akon mantika

Misay, misay, misay, misay nga mambanon
Sinaka kagab-i an suga ginparong
Dayon ko la buhat ngan panginanuon
Salbahis nga misay kinupkop la dayon

Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la
Basi ka takasan san akon mantika
Hala la, hala la
Kupkop la, kupkop la
Basi ka takasan san akon mantika

To the "Warays" out there, I hope you'll include this in your list of favorite Waray songs. Waray na la translation nga ak gin-api kay di kaya.

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Misay: A Waray Folk Song (with voice clip and English translation)