(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.


What strikes you most in this picture?

For me, its the desk. Yes, those wooden desks that used to be part of my daily life for six years... during my elementary years in Mainit Central Elementary School (MCES). Oh, I can tell you a thousand and one stories about those desks... my experience of sitting beside my first crush, scrubbing these desks with coconut husks (bunot) during cleaning day, sneaking goodies from seatmates, falling down from broken desks, and a whole lot more.

I wonder if we still have those kind of desks in Mainit.

Note: I think this picture was taken in the 1970s. It must be during Tita Flor's demo teaching in Brgy. Cantugas, on her early years of teaching. Aha, let's plan something to pay tribute to our beloved Ma'ams and Sirs. Forever, I am indebted to them. They built the foundation of where I am now and so it is but proper to give them something in return. Any ideas?

Let me start by naming my elementary advisers:
Grade 1: Mrs. Julia Mondano +
Grade 2: Mrs. Esperanza Relliquette +
Grade 3: Mrs. Trinidad Patriana
Grade 4: Mrs. Alice Dejolde +
Grade 5: Mrs. Alma Mosote
Grade 6: Mrs. Nelly Galve

And my elementary teachers:
Mrs. Linda Daytoc - English +
Ms. Concesa Mongado - English +
Mrs. Aida Banzon - Science
Mrs. Adela Behagan - Pilipino
Mrs. Ludem Velarde - Mathematics
Mrs. Borinaga - Science, Music, Arts
Mr. Arturo Mosote - Practical Arts
Mr. Jose Mupas - Practical Arts
Mr. Lino Mozar - Practical Arts +
(Will add more - kalimtan kadali hehehe!)

By: Zimmbodilion Y. Mosende
Jun 2, 2006

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1 comment:

screw said...

grabe na panit nan prutas sanan basura sa ilayom nan desk

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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.

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