Your Karikna


yumul-provides-sociological-insights-in-one-of-the-television-shows-where-he-has-appearedHerdy La. Yumul is a columnist of The Ilocos Times and owner of

80 thoughts on “Your Karikna”

  1. Wow naman sir, kagalang-galang talaga. Taga-Laoag ka gayam sir. I have an uncle who is from Laoag as well. He owns the Bone And Joint Clinic along P. Gomez.

    1. Yeah… funny, I just had soft Biscocho, Pasuquin’s pride. I know a few from there… the Arquillos, Garaldes, Listas, Josues, etc.

  2. hahaha ngkamali si obama sa sinabi niyang small but great Filipina si gloria…great lang siya sa pangungurakot at pagnakaw sa kaban ng bayan…

    1. ian, thank you for dropping by.

      I have my own share of failures and frustrations, too, which I constantly strive to accept and overcome.

      Good luck in your journey.

  3. i usually bring back soft biscochos from pasuquin but this time i did not have time to be thinking about much to do after laying my mom to rest in november. i had to spend quality time with my 95 year old dad which i have my share of frustrations too and at the same time was able to point out these things with him.

    1. That opportunity was golden, and it is what the most precious of memories are made of. There is really something about closures that people are drawn to. I am publishing here a poem about it.

  4. thank you for the poem herdy.i was able to talk to my dad when i was there in january that ever since we were young what he says goes and now ” what i say goes “ie he saw someone smoking and he wanted to go back to smoking .we had a long talk and he never mentioned anything about it sisters are saying i am scolding him but they do not know that i care about him and love him and this memories will linger and i had closures also.

    1. Ikaw naman, tita… Of course, they know that you love him and care for him. Most oldies like my dad, 72, appreciate the reversal of roles, i.e. the child now does the preaching.

  5. napintas talaga daytoy a website ita agsursuro ak pay ag enternet pinadas ko lang intype t pudtol apayao ket nakitak met dagitoy ta nagyan kami met ijay pudtol t 7years maybe viva ilocano

  6. my definition of a friend you are in sync is also a two way not a one way street….friends enjoy each other’s company and enjoy talking with each other.friends are sensitive to each others feelings..

  7. Herdy,

    Nasayaat man ta naammuak daytoy website mo,, kasla immasideg ti Laoag. I am working here in the Banned Country Of Iraq, LOL!!

    A lot of people doesn’t have any idea what life is here in the warzone, but i would say… it can also be called a Land Flowing with Milk and Honey.

    Adda pay ket inaramid ko nga pinangipeksak kaririknak iti gobyerno(after the chopper crash in Afghan) about banning Filipinos to work in Iraq, but i dont have any idea to where will i send it.

    For sure, ill make it a hobby to visit ur site whenever i have time.

    1. Hi, don!

      Thank you for visiting.

      Nice that youcan share your insights about our kababayans in Iraq. Why don’t you send me your piece so we can share it to others.

      My email is

      God bless.

  8. sir, just want to get your opinion on:
    1. why print media didn’t prosper here in ilocos?
    2. are students aware of ilocos times?
    3. why ilocos times is only circulating in ilocos norte?
    please answer, sir. i need your answers badly for my research because i’m thinking of revising my title. instead of “students awareness on locally produced newspapers” it will be, “profiles and perception of ilocos times readers”.

    1. I can answer these questions, but am too lazy to type my responses.

      As a researcher, it will do you well to go through the process, and avoid shortcuts.

  9. hi… i like your imaginations…(tama ba?hahaha)
    sa totoo lang para karing si bob Ong na walang sawa sa pagbibigay buhay sa mga mahilig magbasa’

    well, CAS jan rin yung tito ko (asawa ng tita ko) nagtuturo….Fides Bernardo Bitanga….cguro kilala mo sya….jejejejeje

    glad to know your site…….

    1. ui bernie, of course I know you. Lagi kang ibinibida ni kuya feeds sa amin. Salamat nga pala sa pag-ayos sa portable dvd player ko.

  10. hi sir. .detoy gyam jy kun kunam nga RIKNAKEM =) nce sir..kip up the GOOD WORK..eventhough bsct lng jy tyms nga kdkdwa dka adu mt nrus surok kenkan..haha..(ilokano), ngem agpyso..

    ingat Sir


  11. .. hi sir herdy .. i hope you can remember me .. i am one of the news writers who joined and participated in the division training(dec.3-4) .. jaja,ako po ung girl na nasa likod .. you inspired me a lot .. i really like the way you thought us how to write effective news .. thank you for the knowledge you have imparted us .. i just hope we can be friends .. jaja .. god bless ..

    1. hi raya.. we’re friends now. Good luck, and please keep writing. The world needs brilliant, sincere, young journalists like you.

  12. job well done sir herdy.i am so proud of you .you inspired lot of young writers and i bet you they will become good writers like you… the way how about the best selling book you were suppose to write .? remember we talked about that few months back?..mine will be entitled..the dedma.the yosi the laklaks and the astig?…LOL

  13. I, together with my colleagues in our school paper, were supposed to go to that Division Seminar last December 3-4. However, we were waiting for the decision of the University Administration if they would allow us to go to the Regional Schools Press Conference on December 7-10, but there was no decision until 4 PM, so we decided not to go to the seminar. In the afternoon, we were informed that there was no approval. It simply meant we were not permitted to go. Everyone was so emotional about that. Then at 5:15 PM, [I was at home that time], the University administration said that we are now allowed to go, but on official time. They gave the delegates P10,000 for transportation, but the delegates shall pay for their registration fees. I was informed about this just yesterday. Because of that, I decided not to go to RSPC.

    1. Ahh, I lectured at the Division of Ilocos Norte SPC in Solsona, Nov. 25-26, then trained at the Division pre-RSPC workshop in San Nicolas, Dec. 3-4.

      Bad that you’re missing RSPC but remember that there is much more to student journalism than joining and winning in presscons.

  14. i heard this twice in my lifetime'”thank you for accepting my son the way he is”my mother in law[ may she rest in peace] said to me when i married their son 38 years ago and the second time just recently. and i did not seem to grasp it then.only recently i was thinking as it echoes to my mind and see in these mother’s faces the sincerity and joy in there voice that there is someone that really love their sons and accept them even the way they are with their flaws..[nobody is perfect] and it is only now that i can say to them”the pleasure is also mine and also mean it sincerely .although at times i am unbearable and they are too i am here for them and willing to sacrifice for whatever it takes like how they sacrificed their life for them.

  15. Herdy-
    How about Ms Batacan in Pasuquin? Do you know her by any chance? She is my lola on father side. I think she was a retired principal in the town. Regards.

  16. Sir, is the University having budget cuts? It seems that they are not supporting the students that much during contests [unlike before] since SY 2007-2008, and especially now that the high schools and elementary school of MMSU are integrated. [You may see a post in my blog re: Integration of MMSU Laboratory Schools.] Because we would be on official time, I was not allowed my parents to go to RSPC.

    1. hi guien, budget cuts are being experienced, not only in MMSU, but elsewhere. Hope the economy gets well soon.

  17. .. hi sir herdz,i just want you to know that i bagged 6th place in the rspc .. thanks for everything .. thank you for inspiring me ..

  18. .. thank you sir .. i hope i can still continue to write when i will be in college .. you really inspired me a lot .. by the way,gud to see you on tv .. jaja ..

  19. so you were on tv?what was it all about? i am soo glad you are inspiring young writers sir herdy you are an asset to the community…please keep it up.

  20. sir, about the books of bob ong. wala po kasing alam doon. maaari po bang bigyan mo ako ng book. isasauli ko din pagkatapos kong mabasa.

  21. What a great site you have, sir!
    You’re truly blessed, sir.
    For sure, your book is another great work.

    I’d like to have some feedback from you sir regarding my, well, amateur site as I suppose.
    hehe. Although, you just told us that you’re not into ‘cheezzy’ things.
    I know sir that you have something to say about anything.

    Hoping for a response. 🙂

  22. This is the correct blog for anybody who wants to seek out out about this topic. You notice a lot its virtually onerous to argue with you (not that I truly would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just nice!

  23. I am Naomi from Ilocos Norte, though I stay in QC. I have come across your blog before, and I took this time to check it again, and take this opportunity if you could help us out. I am asking for financial assistance to a poor public school teacher (Dingras Central Elem. School), Alma, who is fighting Breast Cancer stage 2.

    Please take time to read my blog about her (link:!/note.php?note_id=10150410756300501)

    And pls share if you can. Thanks!

  24. It’s arduous to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you recognize what you’re speaking about! Thanks

  25. Hello sir. ako po si Junel (remember me ? 🙂 ) mula po sa UP bannuar last september 25-26… ako po ung nagtanong regarding sa sistema thingy haha…. isa po ako sa mga nabigyan niyo po ng libro. Your book brought me new ideas and helped me to broaden my perspective. thank you so much sir!!!! Keep on writing! and Teaching! MTFBWYA! XD

  26. I particularly like your honest to goodness comment on why Laoag City lost in the Tan-ok Festival of Festivals. I hope it will serve as an eye opener to them ….

  27. hello herdy!! Jerome here, if u still remember me heheh.. un laging mo kaaway nun sa divine hehe.. any way nabasa ko kc un 3 students na na dismiss dahil nagsalita ng Ilocano…na report na ba un case na yan sa DepEd Division Office? just asking kc, i think kelangan malaman yan ng tamang office to address the issue…

  28. This is an excellent way to serve the mass, karikna Herdy. If you plan to create a group to be called Karikna, count me in as one of the members.

  29. Your US visa interview was posted in facebook on zambales group, it’s quiet interesting so i did dig more of your writing. Keep up the good work, will surely visit your site again. My father is from Laoag by the way and planning to visit again Ilocos if time permits

  30. Hi kabsat, Benjo Basas here of Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), a follower. Hope to meet you very soon. I frequent Ilocandia and will be in IS again this weekend.

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