(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.

QUICK INFO (2006) - MAINIT, Surigao del Norte

How to go there
Usual route from Manila or Cebu:
1. Manila/Cebu to Butuan City or Surigao City by Plane
2. Butuan City or Surigao City by Bus or Jeepney to Mainit Poblacion via/transfer at Brgy. Magpayang

[ Manila to Surigao City ] Philtranco
[ Davao to Surigao City ] Bachelor Express, Van , Jeepney
[ Surigao City to Mainit ] by Bus / Jeepney via Magpayang
[ Any point in Mindanao to Mainit ] by Bus / Jeepney via Magpayang ; Bachelor Express, and V-hire(van)

[ Manila to Surigao City ] Asian Spirit
[ Manila to Butuan City ] PAL; Cebu Pacific
[ Cebu City to Surigao City ] Asian Spirit
[ Cebu City to Butuan City ] Pal ; Cebu Pacific
[ Surigao City to Mainit ] by Bus / Jeepney

[ Manila to Surigao City ] SuperFerry, Sulpicio Lines
[ Cebu City to Surigao City ] Cokaliong, SuperFerry, Sulpicio Lines
[ Surigao City to Mainit ] by Bus / Jeepney via Magpayang


Languages Spoken

Surigaonon, Cebuano, Bol-anon, Tagalog, English, Mamanwa

23,417 (as of May 1, 2000)

Third largest municipality of Surigao del Norte
(next to Rizal - 1st and San Jose - 2nd)

Barangays (Villages):
Total: 21 Barangays

Major Barangays:
Magsaysay (Poblacion)
Quezon (Poblacion)
San Francisco

Hon. Roger Gatpolintan

Mobile/Phone Communications:
Smart Communications/TalkNTxt
Globe Communications/Touch Mobile

PhilCOM DialUp (Beta Testing Internet Cafe []- Labrador and Resullar Family)
Nokia Dream Parabolic via Satellite (Beta Testing Internet Cafe [Paniamogan Ltd.] - Paniamogan Family)
Smart WiFi (promised by Smart o be activated in Mainit by early 2006)

Mode of Transportation:
Surigao City/Butuan City to Mainit/Magpayang: Bus, Jeepney, MultiCab, Van, Car-for-Hire (from P40.00 per head)
Magpayang to Mainit: Jeepney, MultiCab, Motorized Trisikad, Motor Bike (from P7.00 per head)
Within Mainit Poblacion: MultiCab, Motorized Trisikad (from P5.00 per head)
Mainit to Mountainous Barangays: Motor Bike, Habal-habal, Skylab (from P45.00 per head)
Mainit to Lakeside Barangays: Motor Banca, Pump Boat (from P45.00 per head)

Moyon's Grocery
Kaifut's Mini Grocery
Maylon's General Merchandise
Tiyoy's General Merchandise

Bum in Style: Beauty Parlor
Padajon, Inato Ra: Restaurant
Cellphone Repair
Tattoo Center
Painting Store and Art Exhibits
Garden: Videoke Shop
Rent-a-Videoke (P2,500/night)
Billiard Shops
Buyangan (Cockfighting Arena)

Cable TV:
Community Cable TV (16+ channels)

Bottled Water:

Flights via Butuan City:
Cebu Pacific, Asian Spirit, and PAL

Flights via Surigao City:
Asian Spirit

Updates: 7 March 2006
Last Update: 7 April 2006
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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.

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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