(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.

Kinabuhi nan panginabuhi

Di gani magpinatyanay,
kun aja tamaki, gid-i,
kawata, pasipad-i,
an panginabuhi nan tagbayay!

amo ra...

nan bigjo nan mamigjuay,
nan daro nan mamasakay,
nan sanggot nan manubaay,
nan Pidjanga nan manlabasay,

nan bugas nan manindahay,
nan lubi nan mangoprasay,
nan sayad nan manganihay,
nan lagaraw nan manggayasay,

nan bolpen nan Mainit High,
nan makina nan manahiay,
nan pokot nan mamalingay,
nan ismagol nan mambaktasay,

nan atsa nan mambughaay,
nan wagner nan mansag-ubay,
nan weder nan manhanitay,
nan sugnod nan magsun-aray,

nan vino nan manginumay,
nan tubig nan manananumay,
nan silopin nan manduyuray,
nan litson nan mamistatahay,

nan trak nan mamyahiay,
nan silfon nan manawagay,
nan trisikad nan manhaturay,
nan opisina nan NAG-INGKORAY,

nan danaw nan Mainit, Alegria, Kitcharao,
Santiago, Jabonga, sanan Tubay.

630 PM, 13 July 2009, on transit, LRT 2, between Recto and Araneta Cubao stations.

Pidjanga notes: I hope more Pidjanga poets, like Atty. Charlo Paredes and Dr. Roland Gatpolintan, will be encouraged to share your original Sinurigao or Minainit compositions to the rest of the world! The above composition expresses my continued advocacy to protect, preserve, and conserve our beloved Lake Mainit. And with it, I realized that, though it is called Lake Mainit, the responsibility lies on all communities surrounding it. In addition, such compositions, contributes to our cultural development by putting in print and on record actual usage of the beautiful words used uniquely or most frequently in our communities. I just missed the words lagaraw, weder, ismagol, wagner, etc that's why it's up there. Besides, it reminds us of the simple treasures of everyday life back home. I don't know how these compositions affect you. Let me know!

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