THE FILIPINO SCRIBE (TFS) is a news, commentary, and public service blog owned by Mark Pere Madrona, a writer and educator from the Philippines.

Started in March 2011, this blog has now received nearly 13 million in total page views as of FEBRUARY 2024, with most visitors coming from the Philippines. It has also received at least 3,000 visits from 25 other countries, most notably the United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.

This site won the Best Text Blog award from the Philippine Legislators’ Committee for Population and Development Foundation during the 7th Annual Population and Development Media Awards last November 2011 for its series of posts tackling migration, premarital pregnancies, and sex education. Meanwhile, it is a national finalist during the 2012 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards, finishing second out of ten blogs in the online voting.

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Mark Madrona, owner of FilipinoScribe.com, with Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara during the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards

In 2014, it won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). More recently, The Filipino Scribe was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards held last September for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education and in the first-ever Philippine Blogging Awards (#BloggysPh) held in November of the same year. In 2017, it won 2nd prize in #BreakTheFake Movement’s on-the-spot blog writing competition.


The Filipino Scribe‘s updated logo was designed by Seiji Kameyama. It was inspired by the Philippine flag with the image of a quill pen at the center.

Other Blog Milestones

1) Has been included in WordPress.com’s “Growing Blogs” list several times (#3 last November 29, 2011)
2) Listed as the 5th most viewed WordPress blog worldwide for December 11, 2012 and 13th for November 18, 2013
3) Has been upgraded to its own domain (from www.FilipinoScribe.com) effective May 11, 2013

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Screenshot from www.BlogTopSites.com/Politics (taken September 12 2015)

Press mentions about the blogger

  1. Politics muddle Yuan debate” by Boo Chanco (Philippine Star, April 9, 2010)
  2. RH bill takes center stage at PopDev awards” by Katherine Visconti (Rappler.com, December 4, 2011)
  3. UPD graduate student wins in 7th PopDev Media Awards” (UP Diliman website, December 2011)
  4. Writers from Colorado, Philippines advance in Pundit contest” (AllVoices.com, June 21, 2012)
  5. Naka-blacklist dahil sa corruption ang binisita ni Rico Puno na kumpanya sa Israel
    by Ellen Tordesillas (Abante, September 12, 2012)
  6. After big quake, Phivolcs site down, frustrating anxious netizens” by TJ Dimacali
    (GMA News Online, August 31, 2012)
  7. Pinoy mock ‘racist’ joke on UK comedy show” by Ivy Jean Vibar
    (ABS-CBN News, June 18, 2013)
  8. What can you do to protect and preserve our forests?” (Panay News, September 16, 2014)
  9. Sampung Pilipinong Muntik Maging Presidente” (Interaksyon.com, May 26, 2015)
  10. UP community mourns loss of historic Faculty Center” (Rappler.com, April 1, 2016)
  11. With weeks to go, Duterte surges to slim lead over Poe” (The Inquisitr, April 7, 2016)
  12. Trending: Fictional racy tweets starring sons of presidentiables” (FHM Online, May 11, 2016)
  13. LGBT community slams Duterte on turn-around” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 23, 2017)
  14. Teachers ready to explore Facebook use in education” (Philippine News Agency, August 30, 2020)
A screenshot from the write-up about me posted in the website of UP Diliman (credits: www.upd.edu.ph)
A screenshot from the write-up about me posted in the website of UP Diliman (credits: www.upd.edu.ph)

Press mentions about the blog

  1. UP, Ateneo dropped from list of world’s top universities” by Joel Sy Egco
    (Manila Times, March 17, 2012)
  2. KC-Piolo split stirs cyber buzz” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 29, 2011)
  3. Wala iklaro, pero naklaro na hinuon?” by Ryan Mark (Banat Tabloid, November 29, 2011)
  4. Rizal would have been pro-RH” by Rina Jimenez-David (Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 29, 2012)
  5. Marjorie Barretto told us that it is her photo, says Atty. Lorna Kapunan” by Annaliza Miranda
    (Examiner.com, May 7, 2013)
  6. ABS-CBN’s Halalan 2013 goes 360 degrees” by Kane Errol Choa (Philippine Star, May 22, 2013)
  7. Canadian comedienne jokes about Filipino children” by Ira Igting (Rappler.com, June 17, 2013)
  8. “Conversation starters” by Sandra Pineda (Cosmopolitan Philippines Magazine, posted June 19, 2013)
  9. Typhoon “Yolanda” is uniting the Philippines and the world” by Moje Ramos-Aquino
    (Manila Times, November 22, 2013)
  10. First featured blog on Filipino Bloggers Worldwide website for 2014 (posted January 2, 2014)
    11. “NBI goes digital: How does the online experience rate?” (GMA News Online, January 25, 2014)
  11. Top Opinions and Editorials of the Past Week From Political Bloggers (posted on Philippine Headline News Online, March 2015)
  12. Gloria Arroyo case; The Innocence Project” (The Standard, April 7, 2015)

12 thoughts on “ABOUT US

  1. 21.11.13

    Hi Mark: Just sent you an invitation to our knowledge sharing workshop on citizen groups’ efforts to promote transparency, accountability, and participation in local governance. Emailed it to markrrsyan@yahoo.com

    Hope that is the right address. Thanks!

    Randee Cabaces

  2. 21.11.13

    Hi Mark: Just sent you an invitation to our knowledge sharing workshop on citizen groups’ efforts to promote transparency, accountability, and participation in local governance. Sent it to markrrsyan@yahoo.com Hope it’s the right address.


    Randee Cabaces

  3. I am proud to inform you of Dulaang UP’s season-ending play, Ang Nawalang Kapatid, a new musical based on the great Indian epic The Mahabharata.

    Book and lyrics by Floy Quintos; original music by Ceejay Javier; direction and choreography by Dexter M. Santos. Ang Nawalang Kapatid runs from February 5 to February 23, 2014 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor Palma Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman.

    In connection with this, we would like to cordially invite you to be one of our online media partners for Ang Nawalang Kapatid. Kindly email me your email address so I can send the letter of intent, production’s press release, fact sheet and our media partnership package for your perusal.

    We are looking forward to your affirmative response! Many thanks for your time!

    Ferdinand Martin Angeles
    Publicity Representative, Dulaang UP

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  6. Hello, Mr Madrona,

    Warm greetings!

    I’m Genevieve Francisco, a part-time college instructor presently completing my graduate thesis related to Reproductive Health. In hopes of looking for the right research participants to be interviewed in my undertaking, I’ve ran across few of your entries in this site and am sincerely wondering if you can honor a 30-45 minute face-to-face interview session at a time and place convenient for you. Should you consider this request, I will email my a)formal letter of request bearing the key topic and focus of my research and b)informed consent that spells out the protections to be accorded to you as a key informant.

    Apologies, in advance, if this email seems to be a bother in your daily busy activities.


    Genevieve Francisco
    Part-time College Instructor,
    Dela Salle College of Saint Benilde
    Faculty of Multimedia Arts

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