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PIA Press Release
2010/02/03

12-year old RP student bags first prize in int'l letter writing contest

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Cebu City (3 February) -- The Philippine Postal Corporation has announced the winners of its 38th letter writing competition of the Universal Postal Union through the International Bureau.

First prize went to 12-year old Jose Manuel De Santos Balmaceda of Ateneo De Manila University who walked away with P15,000 while the second prize was bagged by 15-year old Walton Royce Chiu Tan of Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus in Cebu City who received P10,000.

Third prize winner was Joyce Dayrit of Mauaque Resettlement High School who received P5,000.

Each of the three winners, aside from cash, received a medal, plaque and a stamp album.

The winning entry of first prize winner Balmaceda was sent by PhilPost to the UPU International Bureau in Berne, Switzerland as the Philippines' official entry to the UPU/UNESCO International Letter Writing Competition for Young People.

PPC Regional Director Robert S. Mondonedo in a statement said the contest, which was open to young people up to 15 years old, required contestants to write a letter to someone to explain how decent working conditions can lead to a better life.

Hon. Carmelita Abduraham, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Full-time Commissioner, sat as the chairman of the competition's board of judges. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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