(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.

Mainit Lake Flooding in Pictures - February 2006 (s.3)

Flooded residences.

Lake waves, at times, are larger than these houses during strong winds.

Lake water reaching up to windows of some houses.

A portion of the BLISS community now underwater.

Lack of sanitation and hygiene are among the problems facing the affected communities.

A bakery now closed because of the flooding.

Barotos (bancas) can be seen alongside houses.

Quezon Elementary School - Evacuation Center 1.

The Mainit Pastoral Building - Evacuation center 2.

Shoreline was originally around 400 meters away.

Photos by: Bebot Mosende and Nonong Behagan
February 16, 2006

By: Zimmbodilion Mosende

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