MANILA, Philippines–To bring back the lost art of letter-writing in this age of instant messaging and 140-character limits, the Department of Education (DepEd) has teamed up with the Philippine Postal Corp. (Philpost) to sponsor the 2nd National Letter Writing Day on Oct. 9 as part of World Post Day activities.
The event for freshman to junior high school students will be held simultaneously at 35 SM malls nationwide. In Metro Manila, it will be held at SM Aura in Taguig City.
The National Letter Writing Day theme is “Pinasaya,” with participants required to write a letter on paper in longhand that will bring joy to a relative, friend, teacher or anyone the student considers special.
The DepEd said the activity aimed to develop composition skills, promote positivism and foster a passion for letter writing amid the prevalence of social electronic communications. It is also intended to build stronger friendships and family ties.
It would also familiarize the youth with one of the most basic forms of communication, as well as the workings of the postal system.
On Nov. 8, regional contests will be held for the Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) 2015 international letter-writing competition which is open to Grade 7 to 9 students nationwide.
All entries to the UPU contest must be submitted through post and a national winner will be chosen from each participating country. The theme for this contest is: “Tell us about the world you want to grow up in.” The best letter from each country must be submitted not later than April 30, 2015.