Bulacan student chosen best young letter writer to rep Philippines in Switzerland tilt

Loraine Evangelista was picked as the country’s best young letter writer in the local edition of the UPU competition. San Ildefonso NHS Facebook photo.

San Ildefonso National High School student Loraine Evangelista has been chosen as the Philippines’ best young writer to represent the country in this year’s international letter-writing competition in Berne, Switzerland.

The Bulacan student was announced the official national winner of the local edition of the 51st Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People conducted locally by the Philippine Post Office (PHLPost).

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The competition this year asked young writers to write a “letter to an influential person explaining why and how they should take action on the climate crisis” as a means to promote better understanding around the world through the art of letter-writing.

Evangelista of San Ildefonso National High School in Bulacan was named this year’s first prize winner. She received PHP 25,000 and will go on to represent the country in the UPU International Letter-Writing Competition to be held in Berne, Switzerland. The international competition winner will be announced on October 9, World Post Day.

Lucia Camila Perez Sta. Ana of Paref-Woodrose School Inc. in Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City, was declared the second prize winner along with a prize of PHP 15,000.

Sofia Luxel Alburo of General Santos City National High School in General Santos City won the third prize of PHP 10,000. The winners will also receive corresponding medals, plaques, and albums of Philippine stamps.

The local competition held in May 2022 is organized annually by the PHLPost under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations, which is composed of 192 member countries around the world.

The post office said the contest is designed to strengthen literacy among young people through the art of letter-writing and boost awareness of the important role postal services play in our societies.

“The contest is designed to develop the young people’s skills in composition and the ability to express their thoughts clearly, to foster their enjoyment of letter-writing and to help strengthen the bonds of international friendship, one of the basic missions of the UPU,” the post office said in a statement.

PHLPost encouraged young writers to write about their experience of Covid-19 last year and earlier encouraged students to write letters to teachers to celebrate National Teachers’ Month.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the winners of the 51st Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Competition for Young People organized by the Philippine Post Office (PHLPost)!

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