(Glossogobius giuris) is a freshwater fish native to Mainit Lake. It is called “biya” in Tagalog and “white goby or tank goby” in English. The term “pidjanga” is also sometimes fondly used to refer to the Mainitnons, the people of the Municipality of Mainit, a town in Southern Philippines. This blog hopes to capture potentials of Migrants Pidjangas for the Development of our Town by attempting to document development issues, folk stories, and current concerns, about the Pidjanga — both the fish and the people.

An Mamalingay (The Fisherman)

The usual scene in the lakeshores of Mainit Lake - fishermen (mamalingay in Minainit) weaving the torn parts of their fishing nets.

The basic fishing equipments of most fishermen in Mainit.

Baroto (fishing boat/banca) - carved from tree trunks and usually without outriggers (katig). One will be amazed at how bouyant these boats are. Riding the baroto on your own requires a great sense of balance.
Baling - fish net with smaller netholes (picture 1, and on the shore in picture 2). Makuha an mga suloy, balolong, bugwan, luyab sanan iban na dagko na isda na mabaling.Pukot - fish net with bigger netholes (on the boat in picture 2). Makuha an dagko na pidjanga, gurami, tilapia, sanan isahay mga lambuyo, hayuan, etc.
Bingwit - Fish hooks. Pandagko na isda sama sa gingaw, kikilo, karpa, etc.
Bigjo - Fishing spear. Makuha isab an
gingaw, kikilo, karpa sanan hayuan, pantat, kasili, etc.

Mabayod ang danaw kuman panahon nan habagat.

By: Zimmbodilion Mosende
Dec 23, 2005

Photos by: Jo Marie and John Mark Libarnes
November 2005

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