I love reading letters from my readers, but this one you have to read for me…

Well, I don’t know if you could call them “letters” anymore in the old fashioned way. No one gets hand written letters anymore. You know pen and paper kind of letters.

As an author, I get private messages or PMs, emails and the like in my inbox. Here’s one that’s pretty simple, but encouraging:

“Good morning Sir. We are truly blessed with your message yesterday on our church at Crossworld. Thankyou po for making me realized na there’s hope from fornication to salvation. Salamat po 🙂… Gusto ko rin pong maging isang manunulat para sa Panginoon. I pray na magamit din po ako ng Panginoon para sa kabataan. Salamat po sir! Papuri lahat sa Lord. Thankyou for sharing your life to us. You are truly a blessing. God bless po! More werpa! Petmalu ka po sir!”

And then there are letters or PMs that I really needed help reading. It seems like it’s written in a different language. Like a Da Vinci code even. But I’m glad that I didn’t give up on it, because despite the form, it is heart felt.

Here it is:

“sir , GOOD DAY .sorry sa aBLa ..niicpan q lng na imesej ka .. Sir , nbasa ko yung libro mo khapon tas ngayun ko nga LNG ntapos bsahin .. npaka ganda ng nlaLman nto , very inspiring , may moral lessons pa ., hbang ngbbsa AQ PRA aqng nnonood ng action movies kc bwat linya dming punch line ., yung mga bible verses ngpunch tlaga xa puso q , . aLm mu sir , my few notes na AQ some of the Bible verses . yung mga Bible verses d2 xa lbro mu. ittk.notes q din 2 .., muLa nung naicpan qng bsahin 2 hanggang xa ngsmula AQ , hanggang nrating q yung summary . , ne isang sgundo hndi q nacping imesej o aLmin q cnung author ni2 .. .but then , I kep on reding last part details ., dun nbasa q yung about xa asawa mu. ., dun nbgLa AQ .i red it 3x kc mhna AQ xa engLsh bka mLi ang pgkk.unawa q.. at yun n.iintndhan ., na2lala AQ . npaisip AQ kung gaanu mu kmhaL aswa mu ., npaisp AQ qng paanu kau ngsmula .yung  sacrifices at hardships being a couple , yung bonding nyu .yung sharing nyo wen eating .my verses kpa dun xa Proverbs about a good wife .. alm mu sir .,at that time tmindig blahbu q tas tumulo luha q .., nssabi q sa sarili life is USELESS lhat nang npaghrapan mpunta LNG xa wLa .. ngtrbhu , nghrap .ngtiis , ngsakrpsyu PRA sa pmLya mu lalu na sa pnkkmmhal mu , gnyan LNG mngyyri .. npksaklap at npksakit icpin .. qng sa akin mngyri yan ..Ewan d ko ko alam gnawin q .. at ayun naiyak AQ .. But then I kep on Reding khit naninkip ang dibdib q .. ,. AT AYUN my nbasa AQ. NAG.ASAWA ka ulit .. at dun sir nbuhayan AQ .. nung nbasa qng my bagong nagppligaya sayu , mlgaya AQ PRA sau sir .. it im not mistaken familiar yung name ng misis mu nklimutan Ku LNG qng saan o kailn q nbasa o nrinig yan .. But sir , one thing is 4 sure …I’m happy for both of you …”
And I’m happy too. (Were you able to decode that letter?)
Apologies to all those who don’t speak or read Tagalog as well.
Anyway, one thing is for sure: I love my “job”!

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Ardy Roberto

Best-selling author of 8 books; Co-founder of Salt & Light Ventures and Inspire Leadership Consultancy; Husband to Miriam Quiambao and father to Joshy Boy.

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