(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: MAESTRA - Circa 1961

Taken: 19 September 1961
Source: Mosende Archives
Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Philippines

Pidjanga notes: It's been a while since I last posted photos from the Mosende Archives. Actually, to be exact, my last post was in July 2006, or almost one year ago.

I chose this photo as the Pidjanga's humble tribute to the unsung heroes of the recently concluded Mainit Elections... our public school TEACHERS. Without their sacrifice, hardwork and patience, no elections will happen.

The photo features the "Teaching Force of the District of Mainit in 1961". Do you know anyof them? At first glance, I can immediately pinpoint the late Sir Maning Reliquette at the back.

Notice too the beautiful old wooden school building of the Mainit Central Elementary School (MCES)... jaoy ila ingud (Hehehe). I wonder what children games they play then. Were they like what we used to play in our generation?As to the building, I am glad to have it documented here because when we were studying in MCES (1980s), all of the school buildings were already made of concrete materials.

(To Pidjangas: if you want your photos to be featured here, email me at
Post: Zimm (
Jun 2, 2007

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Zim, grabe ka loy, diin mo man inin mga kodak na ini pag kuhaa?..keep it up buddy!

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