For the November LitWit Challenge, we asked readers to write a letter to Andres Bonifacio, whose 150th birthday we marked last Saturday.
maelynda wrote a formal, respectful letter about her personal acquaintance with the life and legacy of Bonifacio, the gaps in our education, and our national failure to deal with our revolutionary past.
the boomerang kid wrote a poem about Bonifacio in rhyming quatrains. Nice effort, but it reminds us of grade school declamation contests.
Solace sent Bonifacio a bunch of questions, then says she/he doesn’t know much about Bonifacio. Why write to him then? (‘Because this is a contest’ is not an answer.) The tearing of the cedula is emphasized in a manner that suggests it is the only thing the writer knows about Bonifacio.
regtol opens with a cute greeting (‘I thought you’d also be a Scorpio’), as if this were a pitch for a romantic comedy. He proceeds to hurt our eyes with purple prose and naive assumptions that would not be out of place in a high school literary magazine.
lizagaspar also makes cute and addresses the Supremo as an equal. She also has not read much about Bonifacio, or she would know that he didn’t actually win any battles with his bolo. Then she says ‘My writing is good’ and proceeds to contradict herself.
The winner of the November LitWit Challenge is maelynda. Congratulations! You win Php1,000 in gift certificates from National Bookstore. Please post your full name in Comments (It won’t be published). We’ll alert you when you can pick up your prize at the Customer Service Counter of National Bookstore at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati.
Update: maelynda, you can pick up your prize tomorrow. Call first; their number is (02)8974562.
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