Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Instagram Contest: Win Bike Bookends!



We're giving away one of our newest premium products this month!


This is an absolute must-have for all biker dudes and dudettes!  It's so cool and hipster and an ideal gift for young and old, guys or gals.





Join the Contest on Instagram!

1- Follow @papemelroti 

2- Post a papemelroti product shot 

3- Add hashtags #papemelroti and #papemelrotigiveaway08

4- The prettiest post will win!


We’ll pick the winner by February 23, 2016.





Can't wait to get one?  Order one for yourself in the color you like.



Monday, January 25, 2016

Love Advice


Now is the time to think of all things about LOVE!   It's the month of love and we have advice for all of you twosomes - so you can mature and grow your relationship in the years to come!

Did you know that in the Philippines, there's a study that revealed an average of 1,799 marriages taking place every day of February?  That makes this month a definite favorite for tying the knot.

What is love?  

The latest statistics show that divorce rates are getting higher as time goes by.  This only shows that the modern day perceptions of love are oftentimes faulty and unrealistic.

Wikipedia describes love as "a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes that ranges from interpersonal affection" and most people would agree that romantic love makes us high and colors our world.  It goes on to say, "Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.  Love may be understood as a function to keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species."




Even if scientists believe that love is a few chemical impulses here and there sparking in our brains, doesn't something tell you that love is more than that, not just a natural impulse to preserve the human race?

If love is only a feeling, than as fleeting as feelings go, in its fragility, it will die out as soon as the feeling goes.

Let's look at a different kind of love... one that isn't based on feelings.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."  - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8




Let's analyze this well worn passage on love and compare it with the statements we often hear when couples are having difficulties...

"She keeps nagging me."
"He doesn't listen to me."
"She thinks she's perfect."
"He never appreciates what I do around here."

If we take a look at the above statements, the speakers are all talking about their partners' faults and not anything about themselves.

The love that 1 Corinthians 13 was talking about was about how we act and not how our partners act towards us.

Impossible?  How can we love back when we aren't loved first?

But we are, we are loved immensely by our heavenly Father!  He who was wealthy in all things except 1 - He was the Creator of the universe and yet He was poor in sons.  He only had 1.  He gave us His only beloved Son to die on the cross for us - so that we could love Him back and be His adopted sons and daughters!




Wouldn't the unfathomable love of God (and of His Son Jesus) be enough for us to love others selflessly in return?  


"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32

We've always heard it said that "God is love".  We can love only with the love of God in us.  Without this divine love, it is impossible to love others, in the true sense of the word.


"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:8

If God is love and God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, then love is forever and not for the moment.  Love is not a feeling but a decision and a commitment.

If we start with this basis, our relationship will be off to a good start.




Here are more practical advice that we have received through the years and have seen to be effective in all relationships.

  1. Put God at the center of your marriage. Marriage is a holy sacrament.  It's not something you take lightly.  Outside forces aren't always going to draw you together. If you're not careful, you may be overcome by misguided values on TV, the internet, magazines,etc. We need God's guidance and protection over marriages. Pray together regularly and with the whole family.  "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12
  2. Despite our many weaknesses, we are recipients of divine mercy every day.  So in gratitude to the Lord for His goodness to us, let us look at your spouse through the eyes of God - with understanding, with forbearance, with forgiveness and with a lot of hope for who our spouses can become.
  3. Bring up serious conversations only after your spouse isn't hungry, mad or tired.   This is going to make your discussion all the more easier and less stressful.
  4. When you and your spouse have differences, make sure not to make it a big deal unless it is a matter of wrongdoing.  For example, you both have different preferences for the color for your drapes.  You can both reason out why you like a certain color and it's good if you can win your spouse over but if not, it's not something worth stressing yourself and your marriage out.
  5. Have regular one on one dates with your spouse.  Life gets busy and partners can drift apart.  Always keep the communication lines open.
  6. Encouragement and thank each other.  Make sure your spouse knows how much he/she is appreciated.
  7. Wives, remember to show respect to your husbands.  
  8. Husbands, stop looking at phone or at the TV when talking to your wives.  Listen attentively and respond thoughtfully to what she is saying.
  9. Expressing love increases love.  When we don't have that "loving" feeling, all we have to do is do the "love dare challenge" and serve our spouse like make their coffee, cook their favorite, surprise them with sweet gifts, etc.  Soon you'll feel that loving feeling all the more!
  10. Have a support system. Church and Christian communities help strengthen our relationships.  Make sure that your support group will be a source of inspiration for you to grow closer to the Lord as a couple and to each other.





We hope these tips have helped you in your relationship!  Do feel free to ask us anything or add advice of your own!




Sunday, January 24, 2016

Contemporary Artists of the Philippines Book


Robert's art was selected for the cover of Luciano Benetton's book of Filipino contemporary artists.





Benetton's other books feature other artists from different countries.


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Upcycled Watch Project



What do you do with watches that don’t work anymore? If you’re like me, you don’t throw them away, hoping that you could use them in another way! My mom always taught us to be creative in reusing things that would usually be thrown away.





The first thing to do is open up the watch, and remove the old straps.




I have some transparencies I made by putting transparent tape on ephemera, or color copied pictures. 




Then you dip this in water, and remove the paper by rubbing it with your fingers.  You will find that the design gets left on the tape.




Just be sure to remove all the paper and dry. It will still be a bit sticky, and you can stick it to some Transparency OHP Film (the ones you use for overhead projectors). 



Cut a piece to fit the watch face.




Fit it into the watch face, replace the watch pieces. If you prefer, you can put a photograph of your sweetheart, or some words like “I love you”. Or you can even put a lock of hair or dried flowers instead of putting the watch back. The space between the face and the back is deep enough to put a memento in it.




I have a lot of jewelry components from old jewelry, and from too many trips to Divisoria. After looking through all the pieces, I decide to add it to a necklace. 




Depending on what you have, you can add the watch to a bracelet, a bag ornament, or a key holder. You can also just decide to make it into a magnet.




Here’s the necklace with the upcycled watch.



I can even give it as a gift, if it’s packaged nicely!








ABOUT THE AUTHOR Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog.  She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.

See more crafts at

Friday, January 22, 2016

Free Printable Photo Borders



This Valentines, frame your favorite couple photos in one of our free photo borders!  Designed by Papemelroti artist Calej.


They're in the sweetest pale pink hues and they come in 7 different styles.  You can use these for your digital scrapbooking or as you new Facebook profile picture!  You can print these on sticker paper and put them up on your wall or notebook!





Here's a sample of how it will look like!




So save the PNG file below and have fun!  (Just right-click and save!)





You may use Canva to layout your photos on these borders.

Remember these are for non-commercial use only.







Thursday, January 21, 2016

May Puhunan


We're happy Karen thought of featuring our business for her May Puhunan tv show.



Having a chat with designer Elyse


Honestly, we are camera shy!



Karen and Robert catching up.


The team with Karen

The story behind the success of Papemelroti


The story behind the success of Papemelroti

Posted at 01/20/16 4:09 PM

MANILA - When you're in the mood to look for Filipino-made arts and crafts, one name may pop into mind: Papemelroti.
What started out as a small gift shop in the 1960s, the family business has grown into a specialty shop carrying a wide variety of paper products and other accessories mostly made from recycled materials.
But what does "Papemelroti" even mean?



Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page
One of the owners, Patsy Alejandro Paterno, shared that the brand name comes from the names of five Alejandro siblings--Patsy, Peggy, Meldy, Robert, and Tina.
They are the children of Benny and Corit Alejandro, the owners of Korben Gifts.
Patsy said her mother herself made stuffed toys and dolls from scrap when they started the small business.
"'Yung mga pira-pirasong tela, gagawin niyang stuffed toys. ‘Yung mga toilet paper rolls, gagawin niyang doll. 'Yung bote, gagawin niyang piggy bank. So mula ng bata ako, nakikita ko ‘yung nanay ko na mahilig gumawa sa kamay niya. Very artistic siya, very creative,” she told "My Puhunan."



The owners of Papemelroti, Patsy Alejandro Paterno and her siblings. Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page
Patsy said the first Papemelroti opened in 1976 in Ali Mall, selling recycled and re-purposed products designed by her siblings.
"Kailangan kasi na iba ang paningin natin sa basura, which is exactly what my mom used to do,” she said.
Patsy said the Filipino brand is conscious about helping the environment and empowering Filipino families.
“We’re really committed to helping Filipino families, so ayaw naming mag-import from other countries kasi that means tinutulungan mo ‘yung mga pamilya doon, eh dapat mauna dito,” she said.
Patsy's brother, Robert, is still involved in designing some of the products in the store, including piggy banks made from plastic bottles.



Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page
Robert believes that their business was able to survive over the years because young Filipinos go through the "Papemelroti phase."
“Tumatak na din sa isip ng mga tao na dito ka makakabili ng mga paper products na hindi ganoon kamahal. ‘Yung mga bumibili sa amin, karamihan mga bata,” he said.
Papemelroti now has 18 branches in the country, most of which are located in Metro Manila.



Photo from My Puhunan Facebook page

Story Stones Exhibit






We salute INK (Ilustrador ng Kabataan) for the Story Stones exhibit held this January!  The installation was not only appealing to children but to everyone who saw it!






Here are some of Robert's illustration on the stones.






Here's what other people said about the exhibit











ROBERT JOHN A. ALEJANDRO

A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, Robert is an award winning graphic designer.  He is a founding member of Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK), an organization of children’s book illustrators.

His varied projects include design and illustration for books, magazines, and advertisements as well as designs for shopping malls, retail shops and entertainment centers like Eureka at SM Mega Mall.For papemelroti, Robert makes designs for stationery, bags, figurines and a variety of decorative accessories, often using his popular "Official" characters and Filipiniana themes.  He was once the host of the popular television show "Art Is-Kool" on Channel 7, a children's art workshop on TV and formerly one of the correspondents for "The Probe Team" with Che Che Lazaro on Channel 2. 


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