The Filipino Scribe (TFS) is managed by Mark Pere Madrona, a multi-awarded blogger, journalist, and licensed professional teacher from the Philippines.
Mr. Madrona earned his journalism degree cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman last 2010, where he is now finishing his Masters in History. His area of interest includes journalism, history, politics, as well as social media.
A former instructor for tertiary institutions including Technological Institute of the Philippines-Quezon City, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University-Manila, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, and University of Santo Tomas, he is now teaching at the senior high school level.
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, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bulatlat, Vera Files, and Yahoo News Philippines.
Mr. Madrona has earned various recognitions over the years for his written works – the first one of which is the best blog award from the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development in 2011. He also won the first prize in the Department of Energy and Shell Corporation’s 2012 Energy Youth Leaders essay contest, and third prize in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP) in 2014.
Last March 2019, he won first prize in the 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival essay writing contest – teachers category organized by the Quezon City local government and Department of Education – Quezon City. He won second prize in the same competition two years earlier.
Mr. Madrona has also been invited to talk about social media issues on various TV and radio shows, including GMA 7’s “Investigative Documentaries,” TV5’s “Reaksyon,” and DZAR’s 2019 Election Day news coverage.
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.