(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.

Minainit Series - Endangered Fruits of Mainit

Let us preserve our "endangered" fruits in Mainit

I am sure that the old ones and not-so-old ones will still remember the following fruits we enjoyed in the olden days:
1. Pudjusan (pojosan)
2. Mangya
3. Lambunao (wild Lansones kuno ini)
4. Poyangi
5. Tisa
6. Bayono
7. Kayape
8. Pagusi (Nymphea sp.)
9. Kandiis
10. Lomboy (Duhat)
11. Hagashas
12. Mabolo (Diospyros blancoi) aka Velvet Apple and Magcono Tree
13. Mansanitas
14. Hantutuknaw
15. Santa Maria

Mano Banoy suggested that we feature them here and identify how the Pidjanga community could help preserve or propagate these species for our children and grandchildren.

So far, I have featured at least 3, although usually by accident. These are the Kayape, Pagusi, and Mabolo.

What if we ran "Take Photos and get a Lake Mainit Shirt" contest? Whoever is able to take photos of at least 5 of the above will receive a Lake Mainit Shirt (check here). Photos will be featured in the Pidjanga blog and other Surigaonon websites (di ba Monyx?).

Let's see if I can find willing sponsors. What do you think?

PS: Honestly, I have never seen a Mangya, Poyangi, nor a Hagashas in my life.

Sep 7, 2009

Additional contribution from Ranulfo Banzon Lincuna (28 Sep 2011)

  1. mangya
  2. puyangi
  3. libas
  4. tabon tabon
  5. suwa nan perada
  6. balibayon
  7. sijotis
  8. lambunaw
  9. kandiis
  10. banilad
  11. tambis na puti/puya(native)
  12. nangka 
  13. hamuyan
  14. mabolo
  15. ,lambog
  16. pagoha
  17. payaw
  18. kuyot
  19. unaw
  20. sibujin
  21. karija
  22. himbabuyna
  23. duyaw

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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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