(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.

We will miss you so much Dad!

Dear Pidjangas and Pidjanga Blog readers...

Please join me and my family in our grief on the loss of our Daddy, former mayor of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, Hilario "Yonie" Simchico Mosende, who joined our creator in His heavenly kingdom last night at 7:30PM in Mainit, Surigao del Norte. He died after 8 years of surviving stroke. Our youngest brother, John Karachi "Concon" Mosende, held his hands when Dad was spending his final moments on earth.

Through this blog, many times, I have requested your prayers for Dad. One of such was last year when he was about to be operated (here). For all of you who offered moments of silence for his recovery, our sincerest thanks!

It is very, very sad to loose him but each man has a mission on earth. Dad's mission is done.

I was very fortunate to be able to go home twice this month, most recently last week (I returned to Manila only last Sunday). I had my final heart-to-heart talk with him, and told him how he should be happy about his children, all professionals and doing great as family men. Even without fame, power and fortune, knowing that his children and grandchildren have bright futures is already a celebration... a mission accomplished!

I have shared several times that he is the man that who molded and taught me the love of God and love of country. My first prayers were taught by him. At a very young age, we already know that 6 o'clock in the evening is a a time for the Angelus and everyone should be in the house. Every child in the house, even those under 5, were required to recite the creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary, Glory Be, and the Hail Holy Queen. We did not have television nor radio, so our entertainment was our post-supper program where he asks each of us to perform (recite, sing, dance, etc). In between or after the program, he will have his lectures or sharings... the day won't end without reminding us to be good Christians and help Mainit.

To honor him, we have named our youngest son after him. I also named our new boat "Commander Yonie".

We are finding strength in his sweet memories. One such memory is this photo. Daddy Yonie brought me to Manila Zoo when i was 3 years old.

He was Yonie to most Mainitnons and also Lalo to the family. He was Larry to most of his friends. He was commander to a number of followers, a Papa to many friends, and a very dear daddy, uncle, tito, mano, to all of us Mosendes.

We lost our idol, a very handsome and intelligent Pidjanga, but his memories and teachings will forever live in our hearts.

We plan to have his final rites on April 12 (Saturday), at the Mainit Cementery. Please let us know if you would be able to join us.

Salamat karadjaw!
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Soy said...

My condolences to you and your family...this must be a difficult time for you all and I hope that you will find strength knowing that your dad died with the knowledge that he was loved.

Glenn said...

hi mr zimm... just discovered your blog. my condolences to you and your family.

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