What is Riknakem?

The word Riknakem comes from two Iluko words, Rikna and NakemRikna means feelings, but Nakem eludes translation.  Roughly, Nakem means character/personality/consciousness.  It also denotes the concept of “loob” in Filipino philosophy.

Welcome home, karikna.

52 responses to “What is Riknakem?

  1. rbvergara

    hello fellow Ilocano blogger … glad to bump into your blog. i have one too — feudart.com.

    bisitaennak met paminsan-minsan

  2. sheana

    riknakem is very good, I understand , i can express my emotion and comment about the topics that are written here.

  3. matagal ko ng gustong malaman ibig sabihin ng riknakem. ngayon alam koh kng anu ibig sabihin

  4. …im proud that an ilokano has alreDY A SITE….i can expres my thoughts and comments….

  5. joY Ann

    noW,i knoW na if wHat !S rIknakem….
    im so pRoud kc Being Ilokano,,,matatalino paR!n…
    gaYa ng may aR! ng Site na iTo…

    mA rM! akung nalamaN abouT this Site!!!

  6. Joemeroy

    thanks, that we ilokano ay hindi rin nag papahuli sa pag kakaroon ng site where we can expresss our emotion…. im really proud of having this site,,, so much,,

  7. rowan

    Dear Mr. Yumul,

    Please publish your credentials. Any self-respecting journalist would do well not to hide where he graduated, where he worked before, what are his published works, what recognition he got, what groups he belong to. All these information establish his credibility and accountability.

    Thank you.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Thanks for the suggestion, rowan.

      For now, you might want to click the FEATURE page. Hope that would give you bits and pieces about me, and assure you that am not hiding anything.

      I see that your interests are on the church.

  8. arvi

    mayat man ta riknakem ,ksjay gayam ti kayat na sawwen.

  9. I love your site. Keep it up !

  10. jiru

    i am undergoing a thesis entitled “students awareness on locally produced newspapers”.
    in connection to this, i just want to get your opinion-slash-idea-slash-suggestion on how can i get through this since you are working on one.
    your help is highly appreciated.

    – MMSU student

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Jiru, you may approach me in person about your research. You might want to see the news stand at the east side of 5 sisters. Suffice it to say that Ilocos Times is the only legit paper in town. The others are phonies.

  11. jiru

    ano pa po ba ang diyaryo dito sa atin maliban sa ilocos times?

  12. jiru

    honestly, sir, nahihiya po akong lumapit sa inyo kaya idinaan ko nalang po dito yong gusto kong sabihin. eh, sir, since tulad ng sinabi niyo na isa lang ang diyaryo dito sa atin bale hindi pupwede yong research ko. tulong naman po!

  13. seven

    elow.. musta na?ingat..

  14. Naruto

    hi sir,
    how are you?

    i like the new look of “riknakem”

    i always visit your site every time i surf the net and im very happy to see new articles.

    c u around sir. .

  15. DEl


    Pakiinform man ta newspaper nga ilocos times nga diay editorial da ti January 11-17 ket nakopya lang iti maysa a blog. Adda disclaimer nga sinurat ni Johnny mercado ngem kaslang nakababain man nga editorial ti diaryo tay dita ilocos ket nakopya laeng iti maysa a humor blog.

    Kindly click the link below

    Agyamanak kabsat.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Naipadanunkon kabsat. Last week pay. Sapay koma ngarud ta masolbar daytoy a rikut, ta agusuratda koma metten iti pudpudno nga editoryal.

  16. Joshua

    Mr. Yumul,
    Hello, I’m a student from ADMU and my english professor, Mrs. Alona Guevarra, referred me to you. She says that my paper on Filipino adolescents and their lack of concern for Philippine politics lands under your field of expertise.
    If it would not be too much to ask of you, Mr. Yumul, I’d like to interview you via email concerning my paper.
    Thank you!

  17. Mafia

    Hi. I recently came across Ianree’s article about gaying the sayamedy. It really touched me. I like it. The link was actually given by my sister when I told her about a certain problem I had with males stereotyping and alluding something negative to being gay. I will share your blog with my students, gay and not, for them to be enlightened.Thanks much! More power.

  18. asiong

    Sir Herdy,

    May I add another scrabble words of riknakem? It is also compost of two words= ‘riknak’ and ‘akem’. These are your own possessions, your rikna (riknak) as an emotional writer and your akem as the moderator of this site.

    • Herdy La. Yumul

      Wow, you have a way with words, asiong, amazing. Akem means role. Feelings are translated to responsible carrying out of roles.

  19. tomtom

    nakem is more of a wisdom i think

    i used to hear my pop telling me to “ag nakem kammet a”.

    • It could also mean that way, but the exact translation of wisdom is “sirib.”

    • No ibaga ti natataengan nga ‘maaddaan ka koma iti nakem’. They want to coax you to be truly responsible and cultivate good virtues. Ti nanakman nga tao ket nasayaat ti ugali na; nasalimetmet; naurnos; managtulong; etc.

      • And when you commit a mistake and suffer because of it, the oldies would say, “pagnakmam.”

        • peter la. julian

          Congratulations, Herdy, for your achievement kas maysa kadagiti kangrunaan a blogger iti Filipinas. I am proud of you. Adtoy ti sangabotelia a basi-Lioac nga impasangoda a kas champagne kadagiti pasken ti Malacanan idi panawen daydi Apo Elpidio Quirino, ti umuna nga Ilocano a presidente ti Filipinas kalpasan ti World War 2.
          Husto amin a naibaga iti ngato a kaipapanan ti balikas a nakem. But if you go to componential analysis of meaning, adda iti tengnga (center) dagiti balikas a consciousness, maturity, will. Iti lawlawda, isu dagiti fine atrributes/positive traits ti tao nga addaan kadagiti tallo a balikas a naitalimeng kenkuana. “Sirib, kinalaing, kinaimbag” are in the periphery. Nakem defines the Ilocano male, aglalo dagiti kunkunada a malalaki, more than the female counterpart. But, of course, my claim can be challenged by your Manang Imee. Haha.

  20. fallen

    ang laki mng tanga sir… kng dka man makita sa kulungan, be prepare to die moron… alam mo ba kinakalaban mo tanga? kaya maraming namamatay na kagaya nyo dahil d nagiisip. banat ng banat d alam kng anng kahihinatnan sa buhay nyong mga tanga…

  21. MTriumph/DC

    Maawatak ti kayat mo nga saw-en, kabsat. Agyamanak ta napudno ka iti kapapanunutam ken ti riknam. Kaaduan na ket kontento ti biag nga awan ti nauneg nga panagpanunut no isu met la ti dalan nga kayat nga suroten. You dare to ask the hard questions and I applaud you for that. You remind of the lyrics to a song “Challenge what the future holds…you gotta be bold, you gotta be bad…go ahead release you fears… Stay bold and stay true to yourself!

  22. errol l. abrew

    herdy adingko,
    sagpaminsan padasem ti agsangal iti iluko. tapno maikkan hustisia daytoy nagan ti blogmo a riknakem. ta awanen ti kadadaksan a mapasamak atrehedia iti maysa a mannurat a pulos diman la makasangal iti uray puted la koma a kapanunotan iti bukodna a lengguahe. nabasak daytay librom “the herd(y) mentality.” mayat ngem iti bukodko a panagraman, kurang ti gasangna. ta awan uray maysa la koma a naisurat iti iluko. ikkam ida iti impierno, awan ti at-atanna. manong errol l. abrew

  23. barbie

    sir Yumul,

    Summer class is over and yet i just want to thank you, bcoz in your philo class i was encouraged to do even more,,i conquer my fear in dancing,,!!! thanks a lot..

  24. tita lita

    i am glad barbie conquered her fear of dancing.now she can join me at toms world..LOL

  25. nice site uncle…ma ishare nga sa fb ko

  26. king

    just good i am so proud to be ilocano

  27. shamceywithawidesmile

    Authority, influence and power 😀 tnx sir

  28. AgentA

    Proud to be Ilocano :))

  29. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site.
    I am hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me
    to get my very own website now 😉

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