(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.

Tinapsing 2008: Malangka

Duyom, Huybes, Pungod, Kwarto

Litoy: Kalangka ba anhi. Di man sab kita makatuyog.

Litay: Tala man badja kaw. Hibayo na kaw na mapaso, aja kaw magsan haboy.

Litoy: Ikaw kay ganahan man kaw magpabanga nan hilam. Taglang-an ta kaw na magpalit nan moskit, aja nimo ipalit nan balde. Si pare Nabel, may wagner na taghatag, hiwaon ko na adto.

Litay: Bungoy man badja kaw. Taglang-an ta na kaw na magpakopras man kita kuman Domingo, makabale na ako silom para ipalit nan moskit. Tabo sa lungsod.

Litoy: Aw amo. Paypaji rakan ako Lit.

Litay: Paypaji sa imo utot.

Litoy: Sige na...

Litay: Katuyog. Aruy.........
(TINAPSING is an attempt to chronicle snapshots of daily life conversations in Mainit. Volunteer English translators are welcome)
Jul 22, 2008


Anonymous said...

I like this, a conversion in mainitnon. Maybe we can have a spin off of this kind of blog, persnonal, no real names, and yet it's like a real thing. It's like novel on day to day basis. So Zimm, unoy nahitabo kina-ugmahan, may latay ba si Litay, kay nu-aruy man o happy sila in the morning.

Soy said...

Hahahaha! This is so funny! I missed Surigaonon conversation. 'Paypaji sa imo utot!' made me laugh out loud!

Maradjao karadjao, Pilipinas!

Welcome to the online home of the Pidjangas from the Municipality of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, PHILIPPINES . Pidjanga, Pedianga, Pijanga, Pedjanga... amo ra ton... gikan sa ato danao! For comments and suggestion contact me at

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.

Read more at and Surigao Today.

If you want to support the protection of Lake Mainit, contact me at pidjangaATgmailDOTcom or 0917-800-4557. Zimm/Peter/Pidjanga

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