How do you begin a love letter? There is no app that can read your mind, measure your feelings and weave together the best words to describe the exact thoughts running through your veins.
“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations,” John Green writes in “The Fault in Our Stars.”
If you need help, ask your writer friends for inspiration.
The Baguio Writers Group can help you, too. The group is currently running its “Commission a Handwritten Love Letter” project to raise funds for Taboan Festival 2015 in the Cordilleras, a regional literary event in May. You may ask one of the writers in the group to help you say “I love you” throughout the month.
In its online form for commissioned love letter, BWG asks important questions to the sender:
What are his/her likes or dislikes? What is that special something about him/her? The sender should also provide the “essence” of the message in the love letter.
The group celebrates all kinds of love. A fair warning, though: BWG does not accept marriage proposals or break-up letters.
Jennifer Cariño, BWG president said the group reacted positively when the idea of letter writing was proposed as a fundraising activity for this year’s Taboan.
“Handwritten letters seem to have died,” Ms Cariño said, attributing the situation to the accessibility of electronic mails.
Among the early supporters of the project is celebrated author and publisher Gilda Cordero-Fernando, who has also commissioned a love letter, saying it is “a great idea.”
Letter requests are organized and assigned to maintain confidentiality.
BWG member Elizabeth Lolarga, who was drafting a note from a separate desk during this interview, said the project brings to mind the 2010 movie “Letters to Juliet” (inspired by the nonfiction book of the same title, written by Lise Friedman and Ceil Friedman). A number of BWG writers are participating in the project, and volunteers have signed up to meet calligraphy requests. BWG member Toottee Chanco-Pacis has volunteered to bake special Valentine’s Day rum cakes to accompany the commissioned letters.
Handwritten love letters carry with it the kind of thoughtfulness and warmth that no e-mails or hashtags and emoticons can match. Through its project, the BWG is casting the spotlight on traditional letters, defying technology and inspiring people to express their love and affection the old school way.