Philpost: Revive art of letter writing-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Thursday, October 10, 2013
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These are just among many benefits of writing letters, said Baguio educator Tess Macasinag in the recent 1st National Letter Writing Day conducted simultaneously in SM malls nationwide.
Among the many benefits of writing letters through the postal service are meaningful relationships, lasting friendships and more "personal" communication built by what most now believe is a dying art.
For Baguio City National High School student Dana Asuncion, improving one’s grammar and English writing skills are just among the gains she knows one could get from writing snail mails but admitted this is hardly the case for most students today.
During the program Wednesday morning, a mall executive asked students on how many are still writing letters to their loved ones and hardly a dozen students out of the estimated 150 raised their hands and acknowledged they still send mails through the post.
In the advent of mobile phone communication and the internet, Philpost North and West Luzon Director Joel Zamudio said most post offices in the country only get bills, private and public legal notices and government announcements.
Zamudio shared more than 50 percent of mail volume handled by Philpost dropped since the entry of new technology in the last decade.
Baguio postmaster Bernard Kub-aron agreed this trend of the unpopular snail mail has crippled their operations with budget cuts on personnel hiring and other expenses.
He said through these activities, letter writing and sending mails through the postal service would encourage the youth to still practice the traditional means of communication.
The postmaster added additional earnings for Philpost means income for maintenance and operations expenses.
These expenses have resulted in the Philpost renting out spaces in their old building. This has led to an online petition asking for its declaration as heritage site and postal museum.
Zamudio, meanwhile, assured the petitioners they are taking action soon as exemplified in Postmaster General Josephine Dela Cruz’s order for studies on the building’s conversion to a postal museum.
But he stressed they have a different design for the museum as a One-Stop Shop for Baguio tourists where residents and visitors could snap a picture, turn it into a postcard and send it to their loved ones all over the country through the postal service. He also added the site could also be converted not only as a heritage museum but also as a site for tourists to learn the art of letter writing and the growth of the postal industry in the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 11, 2013.