THE Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) based in Berne, Switzerland, recently launched the 50th International Letter-Writing Competition (2021) for the youth to promote better understanding around the world through the post office, especially during this time of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
The competition will focus on the theme: “Write a letter to a family member about your experience of Covid-19.”
A specialized agency of the United Nations, the UPU says that the current generation of children has tragically fallen to the pandemic. The competition is an opportunity for children around the world to write about their experiences in these unusual months, and to remind everyone that literacy is extremely important for a child’s future.
PHLPost, on the other hand, acknowledges the importance of families’ well-being by keeping members connected during this difficult period.
According to PHLPost, all elementary and high-school students in public and private schools nationwide who are Filipino citizens ages 15-years-old and below are qualified to join. Compositions must be recent, unpublished and original letters in English, handwritten, strictly adherent to the theme, and must not exceed the limit of 1,000 words in length.
On a separate sheet of paper, the participant must indicate the number of words of the letter composition, his/her complete name and address, gender, age and date of birth, name of school and address, grade level, and contact numbers. A 2×2 colored digital ID photo with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI must accompany the submission.
Local entries must reach PHLPost, via post office, on April 2. Selection of semifinalists will be done on or before April 12. Entries sent through private couriers shall automatically be disqualified.
The contest hopes to develop young students’ skills in composition, while fostering their enjoyment in letter writing. It is also an excellent way of making minors aware of the important role postal services play in society—one that has become even more noteworthy during the global pandemic.
The first-prize winner will receive P15,000; second prize, P10,000; and third prize, P5,000; plus other recognitions. The first-prize entry on the national level will automatically qualify for the UPU International Letter Writing Competition to be held in Switzerland.
For more information on the contest, call PHLPost’s Postshop, Philately and Museum Division Special Project Officer Joy Edralin-Cacho at 8527-01-32, or log on to www.phlpost.gov.ph.