SOME SELF-INTRODUCTION

The Filipino Scribe is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a freelance journalist, college instructor, and blogger from the Philippines.
He is one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards held last September for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. In 2014, he won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP).
He previously worked as an editor in a local academic publishing company and as an instructor for several tertiary institutions in Metro Manila. His articles have been published in the national and international news outlets including ABS-CBN News, AllVoices.com, Bulatlat, Vera Files, and Yahoo News Philippines.
A screenshot of my first published investigative article (dated September 11, 2012)

He appeared on Global News Network’s Opinion Leaders talk show twice this 2012 to talk about blogging and cyberbullying. Meanwhile, his feature story about renown Filipina environmentalist Regina Paz Lopez titled “Love for Nature that Never Ends” is included in the book Story from the Mines – Of Struggle, Sisterhood, and Solidarity, which was released by anti-mining group Alyansa Tigil Mina in October 2012.

Last November 2011, he received the Best Text Blog award from the Philippine Legislators’ Committee for Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation during the 7th Annual PopDev Media Awards for his series of posts tackling migration, premarital pregnancies, and sex education. Check articles from Rappler.com and the PLCPD for more on this event.

Mark Madrona received the Best Text Blog award during the 7th PopDev Media Awards

In March of 2012, he won 2nd place in the Women Entrepreneurship Summit essay writing contest organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (whose flagship project is the hugely popular Go Negosyo). His winning entry, which deals with the challenges faced by Filipina business owners in the country, can be accessed here.

He also won the grand prize in the 2012 Energy Youth Leaders Youth Leaders. The organizers made the announcement via Facebook last May 2012. (MM – They gave our cash prize, but an awarding ceremony for the winners was never held.)

He got the 3rd prize in the 2014 blogging competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP).

The recognition is for his essay titled “Getting young people’s help in addressing the problem of out of school youth.” In that entry, he shared his experiences as a volunteer-teacher during the tutorial sessions for out-of-school-youth living in the vicinity of Technological Institute of the Philippines QC where he taught for two years.

ansa eap blogging competition 2015
Winning 3rd place in ANSA-EAP’s 2014 blogging competition
He was part of the Philippine Collegian during his days as a journalism undergraduate at the University of the Philippines Diliman. He then interned for The Philippine Star from April to June, 2009. He received his degree cum laude in 2010. He is currently finishing his Masters in History from the same institution. 
Apart from being a passionate writer, he is also innately competitive. He has joined a wide array of contests since his elementary days (quiz bees, spelling contests, and essay writing tilts, to name a few).  He won in AllVoices.com’s American Pundit Competition last June 2012, the first Asian to do so.
My certificate for joining the 2011 World Bank International Essay Competition for Young People

He has been blogging intermittently since 2007, primarily in Multiply.com, where he made more than 200 posts. He wrote mainly about UP Diliman campus politics.

So, what can readers expect from The Filipino Scribe? Unlike others, he almost certainly won’t write about the latest techie stuff out there or what he wears or eats.

Even though this blog mostly features news, political commentary and other informative stuff, readers can expect not-so-serious items (humor and entertainment) every now and then, too.

PS: I know this corner sounds more like self-gratification than self-introduction (LOL!). By the way, “scribe” is the more informal term used to refer to journalists and writers.

 

79 Comments on SOME SELF-INTRODUCTION

  1. Hi Mark,
    I just came across your blog entry ‘Running for Congress was a gross miscalculation made by Gloria Arroyo’ today, and I like what you wrote. I agree with your thoughts on the matter, although what looks plain and simple now probably wasn’t that crystal clear back then when GMA thought she was still queen of the nation. I jumped immediately to this page (Some self-introduction) and I am impressed. My personal congratulations to you and I hope you keep blogging and anything, and everything. I’m sure there are those who benefit from your insights. I am one.

    • Sir Rafael, thank you very much po for reading. As a writer, such comments makes me feel great. I appreciate din po your compliment. Looking forward to more visits from you in the future.

      Regards,
      Mark

  2. Walang anuman. I’m just happy for meeting another Filipino Blogger on WordPress. I browsed over your blog and learned that, so far, most of what interests you are about politics. To be honest, I’m the opposite. Having said that, I admire you for being such a BIG voice here through your posts. It goes without saying dito na lang ako magbabasa (sa blog mo) ng current events ika nga.

    • Alam nyo po, blogging gives me the opportunity to meet new people, albeit virtually. I am really humbled when people read and appreciate my work. Salamat po muli. Ilalagay ko na po kayo sa blogroll ko so we can have more interaction in the future.

      • I share the same sentiment towards blogging. Meeting new people, especially highbrowed ones, is priceless for me. Thank you very much for adding me to your blogroll. Let’s keep promoting our beautiful country. Based on the title of your blog (and on some of what I read from it), we are heading the same way.

        Mabuhay and mga Pinoy!

      • You can add me po in your blogroll, too – though hindi ko lang po alam kung saang category nyo ako ilalagay doon. Haha. Anyway, bago pa lang po ako sa blogging – having started only last March, so having been viewed thousands of times already makes me feel great. 🙂

  3. Your posts definitely speak for current events. Hence, your category name is CURRENT EVENTS.

    Yeah, that’s one of the first things I noticed when I viewed your blog. Lucky you! You’re nearing 40,000 views and that’s undoubtedly an accomplishment for someone who just started this year.

    • Nakakatuwa nga po. Well, perhaps, readers find my posts informative. Yun naman po ang goal ko. Personal blog po ito in a sense because I own this, although I seldom write about myself. 🙂

  4. Hey there! Thank you for visiting and liking “i-unFacebook: Real Reasons Why You Have Facebook And Why You Can Quit”.

    May I ask for your email? I wish to leave you a private message.

  5. Hi Mark, thanks for dropping by my page.. and after seeing your blog and your posts, I’d like to say that I am very much honored. Congratulations and more power to your blog! 🙂

  6. great job..it’s my first time to take time and read a blog like this and i like it….worth reading…hope to read some more in the future…

  7. Hi Mark Madrona!

    I came across your blog and found your entry on Student leaders to solon: Decide on the RH Bill before 2013 polls very relevant and insightful. With your permission, we would like to publish it on P3.

    P3 or Progressive Pinoy Perspectives (www.p-3.ph) is a crowd-sourced and curated online news magazine that publishes blog entries featuring perspectives on modern Filipino culture. All articles are written and/or submitted by bloggers and freelance writers in different fields. Our goal is to provide a platform for Filipinos of different walks of life to be able to reach significant awareness and encourage social responsibility among our readers.

    May we please feature your blog post? If you grant us permission, we promise to cite you as source and to link back to your blog.

    Thank you and have a great day!

  8. 1. We are monthly wage earner.
    2. Aug 7 was suspended by the President of the Phils through especial presidential proclamation.
    3. The company asked employees who didn’t work to file for VL on the premise of no work no pay.
    4. Employees don’t agree, on the premises:
    a. The no work no pay applies to daily wage earner and not on monthly wage earner.
    b. Filing VL on a day that is non-working is illogical
    c. “be covered by a favorable company policy and practice”
    c.1. Company pays holidays without deducting VL of employees

    Can you please make a write up regarding this? Many thanks.

  9. Hi, Mark! I love your writing style and the angles of your stories. It is also my dream to become a journalist, a good one in the near future. But I can’t seem to write the way I want to. I need my writing skills to be polished. Si I was thinking of taking up a Master’s degree in Journalism at UP Diliman. Can you at least be my mentor and help me out with the basics in News writing? Thanks a lot =)

  10. Hello, Kathleen. I find that extremely flattering. Thank you so much for the compliment. I’m willing to help you in whatever way I can. I’ve handled several writing courses before and my modules may be of help to you. Keep in touch!

  11. Awesome blog, I wondered where all the amazing Filipino writers were. I now realise I’ve been too *lazy* to find them (and shouldn’t use the WP Reader too late at night when so few are publishing). Kudos on all your achievements. Keep scribing 🙂

    Warmly,
    Mary

  12. Hi. I’m doing a research and it kind of concerns gender and mass media. The paper (analysis) you submitted for your ‘gender sensitivity in the mass media class’ would be really helpful if included in the related literature part of my research. Hope it’s okay with you if I include it. Of course, due credit and proper citation would be used. 🙂

      • Please send me a copy of your final output at [email protected](dot)com. 🙂

      • it’s actually a part of my undergraduate thesis 😀 a copy of the whole thing or the one with your paper? 🙂

      • oops. accidentally posted outside this thread :))
        If I’m lazy, most probably. haha but I intend to finish it before the year ends. haha 🙂

      • That’s really how it goes. Even in UPD, there are also two speech communication orgs that also accepts non-Speech majors. Hope we can work on something for the coming sem. 🙂

    • I knew it. Haha. You have seven months to go nonetheless. In any case, if you need my insights for your thesis, you may send me questions. 🙂

      And if you are part of any organization there, you might want to organize events I can be part of. haha 😛

  13. My name is Michael Brown, an American living in the Philippines. I would like to ask you to post an article about my situation.

    In 2006, I started a training company in the Philippines, with my business partner (and also my best friend). In the end, my “friend” stole the company from me.

    Please read and sign my petition on change.org here http://www.change.org/petitions/mylene-morillo-buijs-return-the-company-that-rightfully-belongs-to-me. And please post a link to the petion on your website. Finally, please encourage others to sign it and post about it.

    You don’t have any reason to believe my story, but I’m asking you to post the link so that you and others can look at it and decide for themselves.

    Thank you very much for any help.

    Respectfully, Mike Brown.

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