(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.

Traveling from Manila to Mainit

So far I know of 4 ways of going home to Mainit from Manila.
1. Lupad (by air)
2. Layag (by water)
3. Ligid (by land)
4. Baktas (hahaha - waya pa bagay nubirada nan ini!)

Kun lupad... Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have daily flights to Butuan. It takes usually, 1 hour and 20 minutes flight. Around 3 hours from your residence in Metro Manila to the airport and your actual waiting time plus 4 hours from Bangkasi (Butuan) Airport to Mainit, that gives your roughly 8 hours from Manila to Mainit.

Kun lajag... usually 30 hours sailing time (bisan waya nay barko na lajag an gamit) if the route is straight Manila-Surigao. Around 4-5 hours from your residence until actual departure of the ship in Manila, and 2-3 hours from disembarkation from Surigao pier to Mainit, that gives you roughly 36-38 hours from Manila to Mainit. But in the case of my brother who took Sulpicio Lines (I think via MV Princess of the Orient) last May, where the engines STOPPED several times along the way... it took them 48 hours from Surigao to Manila. I wouldn't be surprised that Sulpicio Lines is now grounded because of the tragedy of MV Princess of the Stars... the Coast Guard and the MARINA (and ALL of us who recently had tried the Surigao-Manila vessels) already know that seaworthiness of most inter-island ships are very, very doubtful !!!

And kun ligid... one of my Yaya's, as I have blogged, went home on vacation and took Philtranco (which was postponed twice because of Typhoon Frank), arrived Mainit on Wednesday (25 June2008) at 3 AM. The bus left Cubao, Quezon City at 5PM (originally scheduled at 12nn) of Sunday, 22 June 2008. That made the entire land trip for 58 hours from Manila to Mainit.

Aha... an tanan may 8 hours sa ikog... so duda ko...

Kun bagtas (by foot)... it will take one 888 hours from Manila to Mainit.

June 27, 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

on august, may pal express na from manila to surigao.. so more or less mga 5 hours rakan an travel, bayay na dajon! hehehe...

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