Face to face with Ms Maria Ressa and the Professional Heckler at the 1st Globe Tatt Awards!

Last Friday night can be easily be considered one of the most memorable in my life. I mentioned in my previous post that I won an invite to the 1st ever Globe Tatt Awards for bloggers (held in Manila Peninsula’s Rigodon Ballroom). I also wrote there how I was selected. Since it was originally announced that the program would start by 6PM, I decided to leave work shortly before 5PM. So what if I’ll be slapped with a miniscule salary deduction for the under time?  The event is a rare opportunity for me to meet the country’s top social media personalities, and I will never forgive myself if I miss it.

Event attendees were allowed to get inside the venue at around 6:30 PM. There’s a red carpet entrance, with photographers taking pictures of everyone who enters the function hall (and this reminds me of the Oscars!). Afterwards, we were asked to post our pictures (and our respective shoutouts) on a makeshift freedom wall. As expected, I promoted this blog again. Ha-ha. We enjoyed the free-flowing drinks (take your pick: wine or tea?), the siomai (fried and steamed), and other small meals.  My goal is to have a picture with multi-awarded international broadcast journalist Maria Ressa (who served as one of the judges for the competition) and the King of Philippine humor blogging, the Professional Heckler.

Mark Madrona with Ms Maria Ressa!

Ms Ressa arrived at around 7PM, and photographers immediately mobbed her. I approached her to ask if we can have a picture together, and she obliged. After that, I told her that we had a Twitter conversation about her previous book Seeds of Terror two weeks ago. I think we exchanged about five tweets about MILF’s links to Al Qaeda. You can easily see in her face how elated she was to know that I read her book.

I borrowed it from the UP College of Mass Communication library. I asked her to write a dedicatory note in the book for the college, and she did! Ever the Maria Ressa fan, I asked her to write a separate note for me. I also reminded her about our first encounter four years ago during the Gawad Plaridel when I literally ran after her to ask for an autograph (she was with Ms Charie Villa then). She said: “Ikaw pala yun!” She even gave me a hug and a beso after! How nice of her! How surreal can things get?

Mark Madrona with the Professional Heckler aka Mr. Loi Reyes Landicho!
The Professional Heckler with his “Wordslayer” award. (Notice his Kobe Bryant shirt!)

The winner in the Wordslayer category was the first one to be announced. As expected, the Professional Heckler won. To my surprise, the Heckler (Loi Reyes Landicho in “real life”) did not give an acceptance speech after getting his award from event host Tim Yap and award presenter Gang Badoy. I went to the place where Mr. Landicho was seated to have a picture with him. He said yes but he requested that we have the picture taken outside the function room. I also took a picture of him with his trophy. Wearing his favorite Kobe Bryant shirt and a black jacket, Mr. Landicho stands out for his simplicity and approachability. Last Thursday (my birthday), he replied to my piece about him.

Me and Youtube star Arjohn Gilbert! (check his videos and see for yourself!)

I also talked to young Youtube sensation Arjohn Gilbert (search for his video titled “Kid Singing in Pure Gold,” in case you haven’t yet). The program started with him singing Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” The kid showed entertaining dance moves, too! I’m looking forward to interviewing him soon. After being able to do all of those, I decided to go home already. For one, it’s almost 9PM already. I may have not finished the entire awards event, but it was a night I will never forget.

*The Professional Heckler has mentioned me in his “Thank You” blog. Wow!: 


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Mark Pere Madrona

The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded writer and licensed professional teacher from the Philippines. Mr. Madrona earned his master’s degree in history from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last 2020. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in journalism cum laude from the same university back in 2010. His area of interests includes Philippine journalism, history, and politics as well as social media. Know more about him here: https://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

6 thoughts on “Face to face with Ms Maria Ressa and the Professional Heckler at the 1st Globe Tatt Awards!

  1. Congratulations! You should’ve told my former boss that we were classmates. Haha! Great thing about Ma’am Maria is her memory for the people she meets. Grabe. And wow, panalo yung pagpapa-autograph ng note in our college’s copy of Seeds of Terror!

    1. Oh, I forgot that! Nakakataranta kasi when she’s already near you! Hindi mo alam kung kukunin mo ba yung camera mo or yung notebook muna. Haha. She’s so nice. Ms Maria is great!

      PS: Hope the college appreciates what I did. 🙂

  2. ayay! wa jud ko ka greet sa atong independence day mamejiss .mau paka da kay naa ka flag pole diha sa inyo ehehhehe! murag mag naggubat sa pinas kay naka ibabaw man ang pula hehhee joke! na notice lang nako kadali reminded me when I was in elementary kasab-an me sa amo titser kay nabali ang flag imbis na blue ang sa ibabaw bring the good o’l days hehehe!gamay nalang antos mami, makauli na jud ka! happy trip!!!sowe sa late visit!

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