(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.

Largest Ever Mainitnon Gathering in Manila!!!

A number of Mainitnons personally approached me expressing that last night's Kasama Ka Christmas Party was the LARGEST ever gathering of Mainitnons in Mega Manila! The registrations reached more than 200 (nahutdan na nan forms) but according to Mano Eddie, he prepared 350 seats and 27 large tables. Certainly, the attendees reached more than 200!!!

Congratulations Mainitnons for the wonderful turn-out and support!

I did the impromptu emceeing (which I hope everyone appreciated my necessary adlibs). Camanava, Marikina, Dagat-dagatan, Las Pinas, Manila, and Fairview chapters prepared fantastic and professional-level performances including a group (Free Breakers) coming fresh from Japan and who were back-up dancers of Gary V's recent concert (25). Some of those who joined came from as far as Laoag City (Mano Jaime Dejolde) who really felt at home because he has not gone home for almost 40 years! There were many, many, many reunions - there were some who last met when they were still elementary students!

Mano Eddie Mojar graciously welcomed everyone to Marikina. Indeed, the venue was perfect! Large, complete with facilities, more than enough parking space, very good lighting... just perfect! We got it all for FREE! Thank you Mano Eddie.

The sound system from HM Audio Mobile of Mano Andy and Mana Weng Mordeno, also for FREE, was a showcase of lights, sounds, and effects... may aso (smoke) pa as background and foreground!

Mano Borming shared the history of Mainitnons in Manila and Mano Locloc challenged us on how to further enhance the fellowship of Mainitnons and inspired us of his commitment and that of the Board Members to keep this momentum going.

We were also very privileged to have the been graced with the presence of Court of Appeals Justice Jafar Dimaampao, the husband of Mainitnon Mana Gina Villapane, who also brought their entire family!

Basta arang ka-bibo! Arang kalipay! Puro nag-ngisi! The food was "almost" enough... well, we can improve next time... but overall, it's worth thanking ALL the chapters who brought their shares (may kinilaw, sinugba na agok-ok, pansit, biko, puto, etc) and those who sponsored the 3 lechons (Mano Cenon, Mano Locloc, and Mano Sammy).

I will upload all the 200+ photos to the Pidjanga Album (here) and of course, the videos at youtube. You won't believe how many talented, as in professional level talents, Mainitnons have, some as as young as 5 years old.

Here are some snapshots as teasers! ENJOY Pidjangas and hope to see you again in the next gathering! (Click photos to enlarge)

The crowd!

The largest contingent - Mainitnons of Fairview, Quezon City

The second largest group - Marikina, etc!

The Board Members rendering the handog pasasalamat sa Mainitnon - Bayang Dinarangal!

With Justice Dimaampao and other brave Mainitnons who went for the kodakan, just before the dinner!

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The Lincunas and Dignos

Cubelo, Mosende, Lincuna, etc

Dinner... labjog!

The Kasama Ka Interim Board of Directors (l-r standing) Boy Mosende, Tony Mondano, Charlo delaCosta, Eddie Mojar, Locloc Juan, Pepe Elsisura, Sammy Dignos, Zimmbo Mosende, Cenon Japay. (l-r seated) Brando Juan, Inday Dimaampao, Vilma Agravante, Jeejee Reyes, Vicky Moster, Borming Modanza (Not in the photo: Lolong Calang, Arnold Villapane)



The Free Breakers of Dagat-dagatan, led by Cybil Juan (daughter of Brando Juan)

The Sans Gen (Generation) of Fairview

The board offering a song to all Mainitnons... with Mana Vicky and Mana Vilma leading the interpretative dance!

The crowd stood up to join the singing of Lungsod na Pinayangga (download song here)

Feel na feel an kanta!

The invocation led by Mana Lucring.

Justice Jafar, Mana Inday and kids.



Mano Jaime Dejolde from Laoag City

Manila Group (Tondo, Sampaloc, Sta. Mesa, etc)

A fourth of the parking area!

The secretariat, led by Mana Vicky Moster prepared well the registration.

Mana Gloria and the volunteer Luyabs during the registration!

Mano Locloc leading the filling up of membership forms.

Iya Piding and bodyguards!

Dec 14, 2008

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