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 in 2020 and his bachelor’s degree in journalism cum laude in 2010, both from the University of the Philippines Diliman. He is now taking PhD in History from the same university. His area of interests includes Philippine journalism, history, and politics as well as social media.
He previously taught for tertiary institutions including Technological Institute of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and University of Santo Tomas. As of 2021, he is a senior high school teacher for Department of Education – Quezon City and a senior lecturer for University of the Philippines Diliman Department of History.
His articles have been published in various news outlets including ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Vera Files, and Yahoo News Philippines. Just last May 2020, he wrote an opinion piece for the Philippine Star regarding the disadvantages of pursuing online classes.
He has also been invited to talk about journalism and other social media issues in various schools nationwide and in numerous television and radio shows, including GMA 7’s Investigative Documentaries, TV5’s Reaksyon, and as part of DZAR’s 2019 Election Day news coverage.
Mr. Madrona has earned various recognitions over the years for his writings – the first one of which is the best blog award from the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development in 2011. This August, he won first prize in the 2020 International Women’s Month essay writing contest – teachers category organized by the Quezon City local government and Department of Education – Quezon City.
In 2021, he received the Gawad Primero service award from the Department of Education-National Capital Region for contributing to the agency’s learning continuity plan as a module writer.
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.