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Some self-introduction

The Filipino Scribe is run by Mark Pere Madrona, a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. He previously worked as an editor in a local academic publishing company and is currently an instructor for a private college in Quezon City. His articles have been published in the following news outlets:

ABS-CBN News

AllVoices

Bulatlat.com

Malaya

Manila Times

Outrage Magazine 

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Vera Files

Yahoo News Philippines

A screenshot of my first published investigative article (dated September 11, 2012)

Aside from those, he has also written articles for online media sites like Definitely FilipinoKuro-kuro.org, and Progressive Pinoy Perspectives. He appeared on Global News Network’s Opinion Leaders talk show twice this 2012 to talk about blogging and cyberbullying.

Meanwhile, his feature story about renown Filipina environmentalist Regina Paz Lopez titled “Love for Nature that Never Ends” is included in the book Story from the Mines – Of Struggle, Sisterhood, and Solidarity, which was released by anti-mining group Alyansa Tigil Mina in October 2012.

Mark Madrona received the Best Text Blog award during the 7th PopDev Media Awards

Last November 2011, he received the Best Text Blog award from the Philippine Legislators’ Committee for Population and Development (PLCPD) Foundation during the 7th Annual PopDev Media Awards for his series of posts tackling migration, premarital pregnancies, and sex education. Check articles from Rappler.com and the PLCPD for more on this event.

In March of 2012, he won 2nd place in the Women Entrepreneurship Summit essay writing contest organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (whose flagship project is the hugely popular Go Negosyo). His winning entry, which deals with the challenges faced by Filipina business owners in the country, can be accessed here.

He also won the grand prize in the 2012 Energy Youth Leaders Youth Leaders. The organizers made the announcement via Facebook last May 2012. (MM – They gave our cash prize, but an awarding ceremony for the winners was never held.)

He earned his degree in Journalism from UP College of Mass Communication in 2010 (cum laude) and is currently a Master of Arts in History student in UP Diliman (due to graduate by 2015, a self-imposed deadline). He 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).  He won in AllVoices.com’s American Pundit Competition last June 2012, the first Asian to do so.

My certificate for joining the 2011 World Bank International Essay Competition for Young People

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.

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.

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