(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.


Whenever I go to Tagaytay City, fried Tawilis will always be part of the meal. I love it very much. The other day, my brother bought from Murphy Market a kilo of tawilis (only at P60 per kilo), and made out of it, boneless kinilaw and boneless fried tawilis. With super-sour suka (coconut vinegar) brought direct from Surigao and very hot katumbay (chilis), our meal was heavenly. Parisan pa nan cokes, human an baksing.

I had been wondering why is Tawilis ONLY available in the Taal Lake? Why is it not found in Lake Mainit? Why can't we produce it?

Wikipedia tells us that "sardinas man badja iton, kay an Taal, sumpay man badja nan dagat nan una (Balayan Bay). Nakay nubuto man an Taal Volcano, nalikos nan lupa an nahimo na kuman na Taal Lake. An iban na isda na sa una isda-sa-dagat (marine fish) parehas nan Tawilis, nahinang na isda-sa-danaw (freshwater fish)." Hala sa mga not-like-ours (jatot, hehehe)... read Wikipedia's entry about Sardinella tawilis here.

Aug 1, 2008

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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.

Read more at and Surigao Today.

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