While zealously furnishing feature stories for Ilocos Times about two years ago, I spotted this column with a writer’s photo, an image of a young skinhead exuding verve and pluck, quite atypical for the longest running community newspaper in the North. His trenchant writing style reminded me of the British punk rock group of the 70s, The Sex Pistols, and their controversial God Save the Queen.
Riknakem is weighty talk, but never vapid. Its owner’s adroitness with daring punk rock attitude and interesting rebellious streak made me want to follow him on WordPress, his blog host. In no time, I restarted my blogging career also via WordPress. We met on the net about a year after and then linked up with each other and became web friends. This is, veritably, only the third time I am seeing him, and not reading him.
In the blogosphere, where anyone can be an author, but not necessarily an engaging one, only the stimulating and ethical bloggers will leave an indelible mark in the minds and hearts of blog visitors. I literally followed The Herd… even all the way to the Philippine Blog Awards Night at the RCBC Plaza in Makati where he was given the honors as a finalist in the Socio-Political Category. And now, the much-awaited book by the accomplished young Ilocano writer, proudly homegrown, The He(a)rd Mentality!
My message at the launching of The He(a)rd Mentality
MMSU-UTC, January 20, 2011, 1:30PM
The Mariano Marcos State University in Batac hosted the historical book launch.
We instantaneously recognized each other… Tina? Tita Lolita?
My balikbayan blog reader Tita Lolita Bareng-Chestnut from New Hampshire. We met through riknakem.com. Connectivity through the blogosphere!
Omg, how could I have forgotten about this childhood favorite of mine? Homemade baduya which reminds me of Ericta’s. Tita Lolita and I almost always talk about food, and she says that she gained some pounds because of me and my food posts. I find that sweet! I promised to take her to BergBlick.
Herdy never fails to surprise! How could he not tell me? My eyes rolled and my heart fluttered as I flipped through the pages! Ianree’s intro for Chapter V, Of Kings, Paupers and Everything in Between scared me. I’d better be real good….
To be among Portraits, after Makoy, Kris Ablan, Imelda, Rafales, etc… I’m kinda flabbergasted! Herdy, I think I need a tranquilizer when I see you, again.
And another one…
A thousand copies of the book of the 55 essays were sold out. You may grab a copy at National Bookstore soon.