MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) recently announced the winners of the 51st Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Competition for Young People, to promote better understanding around the world through the post office.

The first prize winner will represent the country in the worldwide competition to be held in Berne, Switzerland.

This year’s winners are Ms. Loraine C. Evangelista, a student of San Ildefonso National High School, Bulacan– first prize; Ms. Lucia Camila Perez Sta. Ana, of Paref-Woodrose School Inc., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City – second prize; and Ms. Sofia Luxel C. Alburo of General Santos City National High School. General Santos City – third prize.

The contest is a yearly event organized by the Philippine Post Office under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which is composed of 192 countries around the world of which the Philippines is an active member. The chosen theme for this year is: “Write a letter to an influential person about why and how to take action on climate change.”.

This year’s judges are National Press Club of the Philippines President Ms. Lydia Bendaña Bueno, MC, PMJF; Mr. Genaro R. Gojo Cruz, Professor of Literature, De La Salle University; Asst. Prof. Joreen T. Rocamora, Ph.D., Director, Office of Public Affairs, University of Santo Tomas and Mr. Romeo B. Parayno, Head Special Events Unit, Department of Education.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU), through the International Bureau, has invited youth ages nine to 15 to join its letter writing competition, to strengthen literacy with one theme, making young people aware 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.

The first prize winner will be awarded P25,000, the second prize P15,000 and the third prize P10,000 plus corresponding medals, plaques and albums of Philippine stamps.

The awarding ceremony will be held on Oct. 9, coinciding with the worldwide celebration of World Post Day.

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