The Beast

Melvin C. Gascon has been news and photo correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer, one of the country’s leading dailies under its Northern Luzon Bureau, since 2000. He covers the four provinces comprising Cagayan Valley, which include Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino, as well as the province of Ifugao in the Cordillera region.

In 2006, he won second prize in the investigative category of the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism for his piece on the effects of mining activities in Nueva Vizcaya. An investigative piece he earlier wrote also won first prize in a writing competition among fellows of the 2005 Graciano Lopez-Jaena Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. He is also a writing fellow of Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and Newsbreak.

For the past 10 years, he has also been an instructor of journalism at Saint Mary’s University, a Catholic-run academic institution in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, and used to host Sa Totoo Lang”, a weekly news and commentary radio program over dwRV Radyo Veritas. He is also a regular lecturer of journalism seminars not only in Cagayan Valley but also in other parts of the country.

He was once editor in-chief of the FCT Group of Publications, Inc. which owns and produces three newsweeklies in Region 2, namely City Star based in Santiago City in Isabela; Vizcaya Vanguard, based in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya; and Quirino Quest, based in Cabarroguis, Quirino.

He has two degrees: Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Secondary Education, Major in English.


25 thoughts on “The Beast

  1. Good Day,
    Iam a student from De La Salle University Manila taking up online publishing, we have been assigned to interview one journalist-blogger to get to know those writers/editors/journalists who have started to use online technology in their profession.
    I would like to ask if you will be available for interview this week.Can I just send you the questions through email? Thank you very much and have a nice day at work.

  2. Hi fellow Vizcayano.

    My name is Sherma Benosa. I’m new at wordpress, although I have been blogging since 2004. Most of my blogs are hosted by blogger.

    I’m just searching for an organized group of Vizcayano bloggers. Know of any? If there isn’t any yet, why don’t we create one? I think it would be good to have a Vizcayano bloggers group. What do you think?

    It would be good for us who are not in the province to learn news from home. I’m from Bambang, but I live now in MM. I go home quite often, though. Can’t stay away from home for a long time.


  3. the power struggle between the federal and provincial governments is fascinating!! who pays ?oceana gold promised so much by corrupt governments !!mate im not arrogant just frustrated by your countrys internal problems you promise so much and yet do nothing!! you let the politicians fool you !! the mining company is doing what they were told they could do by your beloved fuhrer!! they cant win either way yet their motives are fair dinkum!! its a shame your mob cant get their act together for your countrymen and women need all the help they can get!! gees my relatives were living on 2500 piso a month about 60 au dollars a month we support them and their familes , no!! im not rich just blessed i live in oz and can help my beloved sisters and brothers in law whom i love because of their never give up spirit the filipinos have ! so dont think the mining company who are aussie and kiwis are bad people ask your self why your fuhrer said this is how you do it in the philippines and when they did what they were told they (oceanagold ) are very bad people!! ask the 200 who are still working for the company is the money helping them !! give me a break be fair in your reporting regards eaglelover

  4. Kevin, how much investment in OceanaGold did you lose? It must be quite a lot because your mouth is frothing again.. 😀

  5. no mel honey im buying more and will make a lot of pera when the mine is fully operational again and pogi one i will visit solano next year and go to didipio to see how they are doing !! and pogi its easy to migrate to oz now, you can do a lot better here than in byambong !! ask fely she has been here and her asawa jessie, and her daughter lives here near us doing very well!! they own a new house, new car and life is really good talaga !! so come on down be brave 15000 filos cant be wrong lol regards eaglelover

  6. …im buying more and will make a lot of pera when the mine is fully operational again

    …ask **** she has been here and her asawa ****, and her daughter lives here near us doing very well!! they own a new house, new car and life is really good talaga !!

    Yeah, sure you’ll make a lot of money with your mining company.. Look at OceanaGold Corporation’s price history chart here! I really like graphics. 😀

    I heard from sources that they are now selling the company. Hmmm..I don’t know much about economics, but that word they call “loss” must be such a bad thing.

    So there you go. Money, wealth, pera is all that matters to some people. We Filipinos have a term for that–“mukhang pera“. *peace*

  7. no mel honey money is not what im talking about were are a caring people and we welcome all who come to our shores !! why is it you attack those who try to help you?, in helping you we help ourselves, we are not your enemy we are allies not americans !!we are australians!! if you ever come to my country and see why we love it so then you will understand!! lighten up and learn from those who are older than you, the young know it all yeah right!! lol!! thats what i thought when i was young you will see later on when you are older talaga regards eaglelover

  8. ..why is it you attack those who try to help you?

    Help? There’s this Australian company that bribes our leaders so they can be allowed to exploit our resources.

    Help? There’s this Australian company that goes up to the mountain areas and promises heaven and earth while trampling upon the tribal people’s basic rights as human beings.

    There’s another Australian I know who comes to a town here called Solano, distributes imported chocolates to local kids and then gloats over the thought that he has “helped” them and made their lives better. Poor guy.

    ..lighten up and learn from those who are older than you..

    I only listen to the advice of wise older men, not of those suffering from old-age illness.. 😀

  9. Naimbag nga Bigat Sir,

    I am a fellow student of law, residing in Vigan City, may I congratulate you on your way to be a member of the most prestigious profession in the Philippines.

  10. Hello sir..naimbag nga aldawmo met., not yet. Though hoping, but it’s quite a long shot. Prayers lang..

    How are you? Hope to see you again soon.

  11. hello sir, i am one of your avid listeners on your radio program.Naimbag man ta binanatam dagiti staff ti Gov office, maciado na sila. para silang mga langaw na nakatuntong sa kalabaw, mayayabang lalu na yong secretary na ninenegosio lahat ng nagpupunta dun at pati mga kontrata sa kapitolyo, nakikipag agawanb siya kasama ang bayaw nia na si engr. abad.

  12. I am so happy that you decided to create this blog for the readers or consumers of news become participants. I am very proud of all your accomplishments in life. Keep up your great work! I wish you continued success in everything you do in life.

    Don’t lose sight of your dream in becoming a lawyer. I believe in you. Kayang kaya mo iyan! Ang magagawa ng iba ay makakaya mo rin. We need more exceptionally bright people like you to “fortify” our province and to protect the rights of our people.

    With prayers and best wishes,
    Gaddang Native

  13. Gaddang Native sir,

    I sincerely thank you for the kind words and encouragement. I’m just trying to be of service in whatever little capacity that I have.

  14. hi melvin.kumusta na. si rechelle to.nakita ko yung website mo and am so happy and so proud of your
    accomplishments. Bigatin ka talaga. Hope all is good and regards sa mga classmates at mga family nila.Keep up the good work.Musta na rin sa family mo. See you all again next year di pa nga sure kung kelan.

  15. well mel honey you want to be a lawyer? great news!!, then you will have to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me god lol!! so in saying that, merry christmas to you and your family may god bless you and keep you, may the new year be a blessing to you and your people best wishes eaglelover

  16. kuya melvin,

    Agbagtit met ata eaglelover pinapatulan niyo pa. I am Abegail, an alumnus of NVSU College of Agriculture. Observe niyo kagagawang provincial road bitnong to oyao, ung aspaltado. Baka wala pang isang taon eh sira na un.

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