Letter from a Philippine Sanatorium

Dec. 21, 1963
Culion Sanitarium
Culion Palawan
Philippine Islands

Dear Pal Ilona,

First of all I would like to send my best regard to you and to your family. Maybe this will puzzle your mind about this letter and who this stranger happened to know you. I wish to introduce my humble self to you.

I am a lady with sickly parents, both of us were victimized by a most dreadful disease of mankind called Leprosy. My parents are both invalid, they can not work anymore. We are poor. We are only depending upon out ration, but our ration is not enough. This Culion is designed by our Government exclusively for us to live and die. This is far from my hometown. This Culion is surrounded by a water.

My sole purpose of writing you this letter is to be come a friend of yours. I think this is the only means to encounter my endless sufferings, sorrows and poverty. Yet in doing so, we can find out hearts although you are far from me.

My name is Maxima Coyangco. I was born on November 18, 1941, so I am now 22 yers of age. I have one sister, she is not married and they have one child, a baby girl.

Before I forget, I hope you will answer this humble letter of mine. I’ll pray to God that she will give a long life on this earth. I’ll promise you that you and your family, will include in my daily prayers. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you. Hearing from you soon.

Your New Pal,
Maxima Coyanco


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