The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded blogger, journalist, and licensed professional teacher 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.
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.
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).
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.