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SOME SELF-INTRODUCTION

The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded writer, blogger, and educator from the Philippines.

A former instructor for tertiary institutions, he is now teaching senior high school students for the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He previously worked as an editor in a local academic publishing company. 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)

Madrona has won numerous national writing competitions as well as recognitions in behalf of TFS over the years. Most notable among these are the following: the 2011 best blog award from the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development, the first prize in the Department of Energy and Shell Corporation’s 2012 Energy Youth Leaders essay contest, third prize in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) in 2014, and second prize in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival essay writing contest – teachers category.

He earned his journalism degree cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last 2010. He is now finishing his Masters in History from the same institution.

The Filipino Scribe awards and recognitions

A “family picture” of awards won from 2011 to 2017

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. 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.

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).

ansa eap blogging competition 2015

Winning 3rd place in ANSA-EAP’s 2014 blogging competition

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.

81 thoughts on “SOME SELF-INTRODUCTION”

  1. helena says:

    pro bono for Wikipedia, isa kang bayani hahaha!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Emphasis on the syllable “free.” Malaki lang talaga utang na loob ko sa Wikipedia. 😛

  2. regel quisada javines says:

    Hi Mark, keep walking…

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Whatever you meant by that.

  3. Zandra says:

    Why Pigafetta? #justasking#

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hi, Miss Zandra. Thank for asking. I’ll probably include in this post a short explanation about that soon. 🙂

  4. anachronicworks says:

    Nice! Haha! I would’ve gone to Germany, however, if I were you.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      You’re right, Matt. I should have. If there’ll be a similar chance in the future, I will go. 🙂

      PS: Where’s the self-intro part of your blog? 🙂

      1. anachronicworks says:

        http://anachronicworks.wordpress.com/about/

        Haha! But it’s not as fancy as yours. With this, you could sell yourself to a decent magazine.

  5. markpere2010 says:

    This is too formal, in other words. 🙂 If you only saw my Multiply blog … Hahaha. Thank you so much.

  6. Rafael Pulmano says:

    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.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      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

  7. Sony Fugaban says:

    Kudos, Mark!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Salamat po! 🙂

  8. Sony Fugaban says:

    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.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      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.

      1. Sony Fugaban says:

        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!

      2. markpere2010 says:

        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. 🙂

  9. Sony Fugaban says:

    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.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      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. 🙂

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Salamat po!

  10. Sebs | MaximizingMarriage.com says:

    Hello Mark. Good to get to know you. Looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at GNN. =)

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hi, Sebs! Thanks for the comment. I’m pretty anxious already regarding that. Hehe. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:

    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.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      My email is markpere2010@gmail.com. Will be waiting for your message.

  12. raindeocampo says:

    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! 🙂

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Mr. Rain. Looking forward to your future visits. 🙂

  13. Sony Fugaban says:

    I forgot to say, congratulations! Top 1 agad sa Top Blogs. That’s another record, Mark. I’m proud of you!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Thank you so much! Medyo swerte lang po tayo nitong huli. I’m happy to know that this page has become an information source for many people. 🙂

  14. Anonymous says:

    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…

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Thank you so much for your compliment. Wish you left your name so I can address you properly. 🙂

  15. Richard Chua says:

    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!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      No problem, Richard! I will have to make some requests, though. Sorry for my delayed response. Expect an email from me re this. 🙂

      Mark

  16. Marlon Gutierrez says:

    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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      c.2. Thus same rule should apply on Aug 7

      1. markpere2010 says:

        Hi, Marlon. First of all, let’s be clear: August 7 is a non-working day by virtue of Memorandum Circular 33 (http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/07/memorandum-circular-no-33-s-2012/). During special non-working holidays, employees who do not report for work are not entitled to receive any pay, unless there’s a company policy that says otherwise (http://www.dole.gov.ph/list_of_holidays.php). You may have to check your employee handbook/contract regarding this.
        I agree with you that filing for a VL on a non-working day is absurd. However, if they are insisting on that as a precondition for you to get paid, I don’t think you have any other choice.

        PS: Please check this announcement from DOLE -> http://www.gov.ph/2012/08/07/dole-explains-pay-rules-for-private-sector-workers-pursuant-to-op-announcement-august-7-2012/

  17. Tess Chancellor says:

    wow, Top 3 sa Topblog, ang hirpa ngang maka top 10 don pero ikaw consitent. COngrats! naaliw naman ako magbasa sa post mo.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Mam Tess, marami pong salamat sa inyo. I really really appreciate your support. 😉

  18. olops001 says:

    MABUHAY PO KAYO!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Kevin, thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  19. Kathleen Katruskha (@misskathmoreno) says:

    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 =)

  20. markpere2010 says:

    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!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow, thank you so much. It will be an honor. I plan to enroll next semester. Here are my contacts, 0927-968-2936, kathleenmoreno_solarnews@yahoo.com. Pls. feel free to text me about urs so we can keep in touch. I like to hear from you soon. Thanks.

      1. markpere2010 says:

        Hi, Kathleen. Thanks for coming back. How are you? In what course do you intend to enroll in? Thank you and keep in touch.

      2. Anonymous says:

        Hi Mark! I badly want to enhance my news writing skills. Journ or Marketing Comm. Hoe you can help me. Thanks a lot =)

  21. My Tropical Home says:

    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

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hi, Mary. I appreciate your visit. Thanks for being my latest follower. Hope you enjoy my future posts. Gotta visit your page soon! 🙂

      Mark

      1. My Tropical Home says:

        Thanks, Mark. I’m sure I will.

      2. markpere2010 says:

        Thanks too. Wonder how you came to know my blog. 😀

  22. Francisco says:

    You should be a part of a contest for one of the finest blogs online.
    I most certainly will recommend this blog!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Francisco, thank you so much! Messages like this inspire me a lot. 🙂

  23. NhiceyScribe says:

    Wow. Ngayon ko lang nabasa to Sir. Ikaw na! 🙂 Congratulations! You have your own domain na pala 🙂

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hahaha. Thanks for dropping by, Eunice. Mas professional sounding kasi pag own domain na. Saka mas madaling tandaan. 🙂

      1. NhiceyScribe says:

        I am just so proud of your achievements 🙂

      2. markpere2010 says:

        You’re sweet. Salamat ng marami. 🙂

  24. Kristofer says:

    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. 🙂

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hi Kristofer! I’m happy to know that my paper can be of help to you. You may use it, of course. Thanks for taking the time to inform me. 🙂

      PS: Refer to this website for guides on how to properly cite websites, just in case you need it. 😉 -> http://www.studygs.net/citation.htm

      1. Kristofer says:

        thanks a lot! 😀

      2. markpere2010 says:

        Please send me a copy of your final output at markpere2010@gmail(dot)com. 🙂

      3. Kristofer says:

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

      4. markpere2010 says:

        If you don’t mind, that will be fine. 🙂 Is the email address you used to comment here valid? I may correspond to you through that,

      5. Kristofer says:

        sure. 🙂 and yes, that’s my email address 🙂 I’ll send it as soon as I finish it 😀

      6. markpere2010 says:

        When would that be? March? 😛

      7. Kristofer says:

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

      8. markpere2010 says:

        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. 🙂

    2. markpere2010 says:

      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 😛

      1. Kristofer says:

        that would be great 🙂 thank you.

        awesome. I would gladly tell my organization about that awesome idea 😀

      2. markpere2010 says:

        There are lots of topics I can help you with. The ball is in your hands, of course. 🙂 What org is that, by the way?

      3. Kristofer says:

        The Rhetoricians: The UPLB Speech Communication Organization. but not all members are speech comm majors, some are writing, some are theater (i think) :p

  25. Kristofer says:

    if I’m lazy, most probably. haha. I intend to finish it before the year ends. haha.

  26. Michael Brown says:

    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.

  27. Nelly Angelie says:

    What a nice blog!

    1. Mark Madrona says:

      Thank you, Nelly!

  28. mrpaandar says:

    Galing mo pala. Marami talaga matutunan sa yo.

    1. Mark Madrona says:

      Maraming salamat, kuya!

  29. mrpaandar says:

    Malulongkot pamangkin ko nito. She’s a big fan of Zayn.

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