(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.

Great find: Book of Catholic Marriages

Our parish priests, Fr. Roman Alaan and Fr. Tenet (???) celebrated their last Christmas and New Year Masses in Mainit in 2006. Yes, both of them will be transferred to another assignment and we will have new parish priests in 2007. Given that both priests were instrumental in some of the MDO projects, particularly the relief operation during the February 2006 Guob and the Tree Planting Projecting in September 2006, I made sure to pass by the Catholic Convent to bid my goodbye and extend my best wishes for their new assignments.

Kuya Toto and I chanced upon two old folks asking help from the Catholic Church secretary
about the Marriage Certificate of their parents. And whoa... I had glimpsed on a
treasure: An old book of Catholic Marriages. Without second thoughts,
I snapped on it and here's the result.

This is BOOK 1, Page 12. Look at the family names... there's Solis, Abronillo, Ocon, Calamba, etc. so it is not true that most Mainitnon starts with letter M. (Aw, taga Placer and Tubod man badja an iban hehehe!).

There are two Mosende Marriages in this page: One is Bebiana Mosende marrying Vicente Mozol on October 5, 1929 and the other is Leonila Mosinde (sp) marying Alfonzo Solino (sp) on Novemver 4, 1929. Kanin-o kaha lamang mga popo sanan uya iton?

Personal call: Can someone in there (Mainit) volunteer to "digitize" these books? The best way is to scan them into either JPEG or PDF file (using a digital scanner). But a faster but crude way is just taking digital photos of its pages just like what I did above. Tana jaoy mo-consider pagvolunteer nan ini.

Jan 9, 2007


Anonymous said...

Thanks for telling us that marriage records are still intact in our church, a good find. Do you know how far can we go back on dates? I want to do some research on my family tree circa 1870 to 1945. Are records reported to census?

zimmbodilion said...

The post is the oldest book (Book 1). The secretary says that we are currently recording new marriages in Book 9.

Quite short of time... I guess there are still other books in the archives. Please find time to visit the convent when you get there and do please notify me.

The Ayong Mosende clan has a Family Tree that traces as early as 1850 ancestors. You may want to view it. Email me. Zimm

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