(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.

The Parish Priests of Mainit - 1926-2014

The parish of San Nicolas de Tolentino of Mainit, Surigao del Norte was founded on 26 October 1926 by the Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC) priests which covered the areas of Mainit, Tubod, Alegria and Placer. The pioneering priests assigned in Mainit were Fr. Adriano Muskens and Fr. Nicolas de Lepper. Here is the complete list of priests assigned in Mainit:
1926-1927 - Fr. Adriano Muskens, MSC, with Fr. Nicolas Lepper, MSC
1927-1935 - Fr. Gerard Blewanus, MSC
1935-1936 - Fr. Adrian Steiger, MSC
1936-1940 - Fr. Antonio Bodden, MSC (Surigao became a Diocese)
1940-1945 - Fr. Alex Smulders, MSC
1945-1946 - Fr. Venancio Portillo, MSC, with Fr. Atanacio de Castro, MSC
1946-1948 - Fr. Francisco van den Borght, MSC
1948-1954 - Fr. Antonio Bodden, MSC (second assignment)
1954-1959 - Fr. Albert Grol, MSC
1959-1960 - Fr. John van Roon, MSC
1960-1963 - Fr. Eugene van Vought, MSC
1963-1967 - Fr. Jose Sanchez, DCS (First Filipino Parish Priest to be assigned in Mainit) with Fr. Enrique Cuison, DCS. San Nicolas Academy was founded in 1965
1967-1968 - Fr. Apolinario Olvis, DCS
1968-1971 - Fr. Jose Falcon, DCS
1971-1975 - Fr. William van Ameijde, MSC
1976-1995 - Fr. Peter Rosenhart, MSC (longest to be assigned - 19 years)
1995-1999 - Fr. Nicasio Gran, MSC, with Fr. Lauro Mozo, MSC
2000-2007 - Fr. Roman Alaan, MSC, with Fr. Gabby Galido, MSC and Fr. Martini Ladao, MSC
2007-2012 - Fr. Rey Maldo, MSC with Fr. Romy Beroy, MSC
2012-present - Fr. Alvin Lao, MSC

Updated: Aug 3, 2014
Original: Jun 26, 2008
Source: Mainit Parish Souvenir Program, 2007

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