Congratulations to Camille de la Fuente for winning the Children's Craft Giveaway! She was so accommodating to us in sending us her response to her prizes and even photographs of her son painting i!
Papemelroti was introduced to me many years ago by my mama as a gift. She knew that I loved crafts and trinkets and that giving me those would make me happy. The brand became a big part of my childhood to adolescent years. I’d spend some of my allowance on Papemelroti either for myself or as gifts. Fast forward, I found myself back at a nostalgic store buying Papemelroti finds now as gifts for my nieces or son’s classmates and.. okay, for myself too. I loved how the product assortment evolved and how some of them encourage a child’s creativity.
Papemelroti’s Childrens Giveaway contest was timely and meant a lot. To me it meant that it was an affirmation on going back to my love for the arts and crafts. It was an opportunity to share this with my 3.5 year old son who we recently recognized had the knack for the arts as well. It also meant more bonding time through activities that can hone this ability of his. My husband was also encouraging. So we joined the Papemelroti contest knowing we had little to lose, more to gain, and hoping that our craft will be appreciated.
You can just imagine the joy we felt when we got the good news that our up-cycled yellow poncho won! I was really so ecstatic when I saw the prizes and I was so excited to give them to our son. I wanted to surprise him. I made him wear the poncho to remind him about the contest we joined. We made him cover his eyes while we fixed the 11 prizes beside him. He was so wide-eyed and gave a long long “Wow” and a big big smile when he saw everything from the mini books, to the puppet, to the workbook and cut-outs but most especially when he saw the DIY soft toy Robot. He hugged the robot, and did not want to take a nap until we started painting it. He was sleepy but he persisted so I told him to sleep and Mama and Lolo will finish it for him. When he saw the finished product, he was so happy and said “I love you, Robot”. He kissed and hugged it. It was the first time I ever saw him express himself that way towards a toy. I told him to give his robot a name. The robot’s name is Charlie and he told me to write his name on the back. My son proudly showed it to his Lolo, Lola, Ninong and my husband.
Papemelroti gave us more than just gifts. This meant a lot because Papemelroti also allowed us a profound experience of the gift of giving. We are grateful to our family and friends who shared their time by liking our post. Thank you so much, Papemelroti, for your generosity! A simple act of giving can be a tremendous blessing to others. Stay blessed!
--Camille de la Fuente
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