Letters for Your Loved Ones Made Easy by Manila Handwritten
Filipinos put a lot of value in interacting with friends and family. Regular socialising is almost a basic need in this generation, with Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites already embedded deep into our daily routines. We’ve gotten used to quick and easy ‘instant’ communication, but this method tends to lack a degree of genuineness and intimacy – something that only tangible handwritten letters are capable of giving. (The letter-writing type ought to always have notebooks in hand. Check this out: Notebooks by Happy Poppy Art)
There’s nothing more genuine than a heartfelt message written by hand from someone miles away. The feel of the back of the stationery embossed with pen marks. The colorful little stamps from different countries. There are so many things to love about handwritten letters. Sadly, this tradition has been relegated to only the sentimental and is considered obsolete by most of the population.
As a 90s kid, I am part of a generation that was aware of handwritten letters, but never really had the chance to keep penpals because we were all too young. Luckily enough, there’s a new service founded by Clarkson Gillian called Manila Handwritten, which aims to breathe some life back into this beautiful tradition here in the Philippines. He himself has kept (and continues to keep) a couple of penpals, particularly from Thailand and Belgium, and he encourages more Filipinos to try out this lost art themselves.
The service is perfect for those who don’t have enough time to write letters and go all the way to the post office; Manila Handwritten does that all for you. It’s a simple but brilliant concept: all you need to do is to send them a message and choose which type of paper to use. So far, there are two, classy-looking yellow and white pads available, though more stationery types are to be added in the future. (Check this out for more classy handwriting tools: Scribe Writing Essentials: Unique Items and Great Gifts for the Creative)
Each heartfelt message will then be neatly written down on the paper of your choice, tucked into a neat little Manila envelope, stamped and shipped on its way, local or international. Accepted languages include English, Tagalog, French, Dutch, German, Spanish.
A handwritten letter surely is a great way to communicate with your loved ones, so I encourage you to try out Manila Handwritten now. Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching — a great opportunity to pour your heart out in a message and Manila Handwritten will take care of the rest. When in Manila and wanting to send a message, send it handwritten.