(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.

Welcome to Mainit, Surigao del Norte

Can you see the mighty pidjanga?

Yes, it's on the uppermost part of the Welcome to Mainit rotonda. It towers above the pear-shaped Mainit Lake, the coconut (perhaps symbolizing the agricultural character of our town), and the town's Official Seal.

Why is this so? Does this explain the very important role of the Pidjanga in the lives of Mainitnons? Can we ask the sculptor/artist that created this monument... the respected Rev. Stenio Labrador?

This sign is located in Sitio Sanghan, Brgy. Magsaysay (Poblacion Mainit). It's a crossroad of 4 major routes:
* Osmeña Boulevard (formerly Mainit-Malimono Road) - on the right.
* Rizal St. - near left.
* Mupas St. - left
* National Highway - back.
(mga pidjs, sakto ba ako description? hehehe!)
By: Zimmbodilion Mosende

Dec 12, 2005

Photos by: Jo Marie Libarnes
November 2005

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krouzifixion said...

hehehe kuy.. but i think its osmeña boulevard not roxas. :)

Anonymous said...

aw... nasaya, hehehe! will change it later.

Maradjao karadjao, Pilipinas!

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SEVEN are in the town of Mainit, Surigao del Norte... of the 15 exploration permits (EP) that the Regional Office 13 (CARAGA) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Environment department approved as of June 30, 2010.

Read more at and Surigao Today.

If you want to support the protection of Lake Mainit, contact me at pidjangaATgmailDOTcom or 0917-800-4557. Zimm/Peter/Pidjanga

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