TH Post, Philippine Postal Corporation launch Thai-Filipino Pen Friend project


BANGKOK, Thailand – To mark the 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and the Philippines, Thailand Post and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) collaborated on Saturday, August 3 to launch the Thai-Filipino Pen Friend project at the Grand Postal Building in Bangkok.

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The launch was attended by Thailand Post’s executive vice president Ms. Patida Pananond; Philippine Ambassador to Thailand, Mrs. Mary Jo A Bernado-Aragon; and Ms. Rujikorn Saengchantr, director of East Asian Affairs Division 1, Department of East Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Pen Friend project is aimed at establishing friendship among the children of Thailand and the Philippines via correspondence. Moreover, the project is also considered to offer opportunities for children of both countries to make friends and learn from each other via the letters they write.

A total of 378 young Thais aged 11 – 14 years old applied for the project but only 70 were chosen to attend the intensive workshop on English writing on August 3-4 at the Grand Postal Building. After the training, each participant was required to write to their Filipino pen friend.

Aside from the letter-writing workshop, the young participants also studied the similarities and the differences between Thailand and the Philippines. According to NBT, the two-day training and workshop were facilitated by lecturers from Sripatum University’s English for Business Communications Department.

Two best letter writers were picked after the training and were rewarded with a package tour to the Philippines to meet their pen friends later this year.

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