(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 of Yesteryears: Lubong (Burial)

Taken: 16 October 1938
Source: Mosende Archives
Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

Written at the back:
"Quine, holagway sa pag ca tapos sa pag lobong"
Pidjanga notes: What do you observe about burials of 70 years ago? Inday kun kanin-o ini pamilya. I just noticed that instead of black, which is typical of current practice, Mainitnons were wearing white during this burial and probably during the entire wake. Do you also notice that not much has changed? Sagboton pa gihapon an ato sementeryo. Although, if you have observed, we have private musoleums now in our cementery's periphery.

By: Zimmbodilion Y. Mosende
June 2006

Categories: photos, mainit, surigao, caraga, mindanao, philippines

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