(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.

MDO Tree Planting - 16 Sep 2006

The moment is here. After 6 months of waiting, our Tree Planting Day has come, 16 September 2006... that is on Saturday!

We had been very succesful in our campaign, well, thanks to the numerous donors who selflessly shared their time and resources in helping save our dear Lake Mainit. Well, thanks too to the MDO members and local partners who labored hard for the success of this project. Mabuhay kayo! This is not actually for us... but for our children... for the next generations of Mainitnons who deserve to enjoy the beauty of our lake and our environment... preserved and increased in value!

As I have reported, we have reached the target of 250 tree sponsors within just few days of launching the project in April 2006. We have added 100 more trees, and by August 31, all of these were adopted. To date, we have already reached 371 sponsored trees, amounting P76,000.00 worth of financial pledge. Our treasurer has reported a total collection of P54,880.00 (jadton aya pa mahipadaya an bajda, paki-apas rakan kan Didik. TY!).

We will start the Tree Planting at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon with a blessing to be given by Fr. Roman Alaan, MSc. These will be held at the Mainit National High School (MNHS) grounds. The actual tree-planting will be headed by Forester Jerry Acero of SNCAT. The trees will be planted along the Panayakpan Area of Lake Mainit, covering around 2 kilometers of lakeshore.

Each of the Bangkal Tree (fresh water mangroove) will have a tree guard and name plate named after the sponsor. Here's a sampler:

Tree # 1
This TREE is dedicated to
Oliver Patiño
Paris, France

Adopt-a-Tree Project Sponsor
(Mainit Dot Org and Partners)
Salamat Karadjaw!

Partnership Members
  1. Mainit National High School (MNHS) through its Principal, Mrs. Esther Mordido
  2. Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) through its Superintendent, Dr. Wilfredo Tiu, and Forester, Mr. Jerry Acero
  3. Mainit Catholic Youth Movement through the Parish Priest, Fr. Roman Alaan, and Parish Coordinator, Ms. Bebot Mosende
  4. Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) through its Project Manager, Engr. Kaiser Recabo
  5. Local Government Unit of Mainit through the Mayor, Hon. Roger Gatpolintan, and Executive Officer, Ms. Rhodina Madria
  6. Mainit Dot Org, Inc (MDO) through our President, Ms. Jomarie Libarnes
Salamat Isab Karadjaw!
Cain Lincuna - New Jersey
Zimm Mosende - Quezon City
Annallee Sannoy-Quaglia – California
John Mark "Monmon" Libarnes – Cebu City
Mark "Marionito" dela Cruz - Dubai UAE
Joy Mosad – Cairo
Anonymous #1 c/o Zimm - US Donor
Cecile Villapane-Dumdum - Mainit SDN
Oliver Patiño – France
Anonymous #2 c/o Zimm - US Donor
Regeil E. Relliquete - Cebu City
Mindstorm Media – Makati
Loida Osoteo – CA USA
Desha Reddick – USA
Susan Relliquete – Canada
Jikjik Behagan – Ireland
Nonong Behagan – Mainit SDN
Maya Behagan-Mosca - Mainit SDN
Ma. Gina Dimaampao - Mainit SDN
Julie Montaner-Scharphorn - Michigan USA
Pia Tan c/o Ann Gatpolintan
Richard De Dios c/o Ann Gatpolintan
Maureen Tan c/o Ann Gatpolintan
Atty. Charlo Paredes – Philippines
Wendel Canseko c/o Mana Balorns – Philippines
Ana & BG Lauron Bedell – USA
LISA Osoteo c/o Ann Gatpolintan - CA USA
Aprilyn Taylor - USA
Salve Mordeno - Mandaue City
Atty. Russel Alleta - QC
Josefa Libarnes - Mainit, SDN
Glenda Pagapong Caberte - Oxnard, CA USA
Leo Esperon Caberte - Oxnard, CA USA
Felix Mosende Family - CA USA
Engr. Rey Francisco - Roxas, Mainit SDN
Bobbie Villapane - Mainit SDN
Jose Enriquez 'Josh' Castro Reyes - Quezon City
Jenevieve Nica Estelle 'Jenna' Castro Reyes
- Quezon City
Joyce Valbuena - Quezon City(Visit for the complete list)

Photos by: Zimmbodilion Mosende, Jo Marie Libarnes, Jerry Acero.
Sep 14, 2006

1 comment:

Winston Mordeno said...

Hi Baby!
Its me Winton "Boy" Mordeno son of Elsie.

Remember me?

Im amazed!
Are you the founder of this site?

Please leave me a message to this Email add ( if you have time.

Maradjao karadjao, Pilipinas!

Welcome to the online home of the Pidjangas from the Municipality of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, PHILIPPINES . Pidjanga, Pedianga, Pijanga, Pedjanga... amo ra ton... gikan sa ato danao! For comments and suggestion contact me at

CBCP News: Mining threatens 4th largest freshwater lake in PH

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.

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