(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.

Sitios of Mainit

Wikipedia says... "A sitio in the Philippines is a territorial enclave that forms part of a barangay, the location of which may be distant from the center of the barangay itself. During Spanish occupation, sitios were named to make a centralized government for municipalities through the barrio system now called barangay."

Help me fill up the known sitios in our town. I've already made my guesses in some.
  1. Binga - Maniuyom
  2. Bobona-on -
  3. Cantugas - Gasipan, Bojo, Antipolo, Upper Mayag, Kakongkingan
  4. Dayano -
  5. Mabini - Bobaongon, Tigbawan
  6. Magpayang -
  7. Magsaysay (Pob.) - Sanghan, Gata (Lower, Upper), Utod-bukid, Tina, Mapaso, Dayangdang
  8. Mansayao - Candiis
  9. Marayag -
  10. Matin-ao - Pacuyab, Mayag, Perada, Anas, Maslog, Lanapan, Payanasa, Rizal, Mat-i, Crossing
  11. Paco - Ninjaw (to be confirmed)
  12. Quezon (Pob.) - Culo, Panayakpan
  13. Roxas -
  14. San Francisco - Ambassador, Campo Langit
  15. San Isidro - Gata Dos, Canang-caan, Tag-ayan, Danogon,
  16. San Jose - Tanhawaan
  17. Siana -
  18. Silop -
  19. Tagbuyawan -
  20. Tapi-an -
  21. Tolingon - Waterfalls, Mahayahay
Originally posted on 11 January 2008.

Annabelle Nalam added Ninjaw, Paco
Updated: 26 July 2013

Luz Borinaga-Moyon added Sanghan, Mahayahay
Updated: 1 May 2013

Anonymous added Candiis
Updated: 8 May 2013

Anonymous/Angat/Melvin added Dayangdang and Maniuyom.
Updated: 18 May 2009

Thanks JJ for the corrections and additions (Pacuyab, Perada, and Canangcaan). I have also added Tanhawaan and Utod-bukid). Noel added the sitios for Matin-ao and Cantugas. Luyab added Danogon. Gomer added more for Cantugas. Tupper raised about whether Perada is in San Isidro or Matin-ao! Added
Updated: 16 January 2008.


Anonymous said...

Please add up Tag-ayan, Dayangdang,and Maniuyom

Anonymous said...

sitio Candiis, mansayao

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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.

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