Thursday, March 27, 2014

Papemelroti Story: The Unexpected

Dear Reader,

This month, we are featuring an original Papemelroti story contributed by one of our supporters.  We hope you enjoy it!  Keep posted for more of these stories coming soon!

My husband and I are married for a year now.  It isn't easy for my husband to move in here in the Philippines and live a different life.  He is use to live alone and being in the military.  He is not accustomed to be cared at and settling down in a strange place for him. 

Our routines at home is like in the military.  We wake up we have breakfast we talk and then we go to work.  On occasions he rather wanted to be informed heads up and in buying gifts for people.  He rather wanted to know what you want for Christmas than surprise you with what he think you would like or appreciate.  So everything for us is expected well at least for me it is.

But last year, close to our wedding anniversary.  I never expected him to prepare something.  We seemed to be doing the usual routine we always do but the day before our anniversary I came home from work and saw him sitting at the couch and watching television and just kissed me and I wondered am I missing something.  

I went up to our room and when I open my closet I was surprise to see this poster hanging in my closet.  A kraft poster from Papemelroti with a Filipiniana theme. 

While I was reading the quotes I felt my husband hugging me and reading the quote allowed.  I cried and felt very touched for I never expected him to give me such a surprise.

I remembered him saying "I know my military self shows my tough side and may make me look like I am insensitive but I wanted you to know that you mean a lot to me and that I thank God that he blessed me with a great wife and I love you".

I hope this short brief story would touch any woman who is married to a military guy that they should give them a chance and perhaps who knows they will surprise you. 

Story by Marion Kabigting-Huff

*You too can share any love and friendship experience you have had with a Papemelroti product and if we choose to publish your story you will receive a surprise gift from us!  Just e-mail it to 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Free Summer Wallpapers for iPad and iPhone!

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  - Henry James

Summer is here!
The sun shines brighter, the days grow longer!

We've got some fun freebies for you to make summer even grander!  So go ahead and download!

Just right click on the image and save on your computer.  Send to your iPhone or iPad via e-mail or iTunes and save as your wallpaper!

"When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. " - Luke 21:30

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Grand Garden Giveaway

"You are closer to God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth."
- an excerpt from Dorothy Frances Gurney' poem

We already have the WINNERS yeyyyy!

           ****** Congratulations to Bianca Luz Racho for winning the Grand Garden Giveaway for Facebook!  She says "Your website is full of amazing products. There are baptismal giveaways that Im interested on. Especially the chime one.  Thank you so much for this! More power and God bless! ******
For Instagram, our winner is Roni Ann Ata who told us "I'm actually a big fan of Papemelroti since then. Especially when it comes to planners, stationary and accessories! Sweet! I always dropped by at Papemelroti Shops every time I see one and had a chance for I love the fact that they sell Eco-Friendly and recyclable items in spite of its beautiful designs, crafts, affordable and high quality items! I'm such a big fan of nature and quotable quotes that is why I consider my self also a big fan of Papemelroti because you sell those type of items that are really unique and gets my taste preference.
When I knew about the contest on Instagram, without hesitations of trying my luck, I joined and reposted the photo that needs to be reposted since the day I saw that post. I'm not actually fond of joining contests because I always fail and didn't even win. When I saw my instagram notification today, I totally shouted, I swear! This is actually the first time I've won a contest and I can't believe I actually won items from one of my favorite GIFT SHOP! I swear, you made me really happy and I'm always here to support Papemelroti all the way! More Godly and Wisdom quotes for your designs because it spread the good and positive side of the world. May GOD Bless Papemelroti and the staffs always and never fail to give us, customers the unique but eco-friendly items we can find only at your shop. :)))"

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(sunflower source: taken from the Papemelroti garden!)

We love gardens!  Doesn't everybody?  

There is sense of solitude and peace that comes when you listen.  On occasion, a chirpy song or gentle flapping of sparrow's wings may take you by surprise.  At times, the wind would softly kiss your cheek as it brushes through the leaves on a tree.  

We want you to reminisce this feeling whenever you see these prizes!  

2 Winners!  2 Ways to Join!  Win 11 cool prizes! Join via Facebook or Instagram!  You can join both contests!!!

So here are the prizes!

Pray Garden Stepping StoneMedium Oval Size 13" x 17"
Make your garden a delight to walk in with these beautifully hand-crafted stepping stone.  You may use it in one walkway to avoid stepping out into a soggy grassy front door. 

 A pair of Leaf Earrings
Make a fashion statement with these long slim leaf earrings.  Lengthens your look!

If I had a Single Flower Oval Plaque
A beautiful saying that can bring a smile to anyone's face.

A Collection of Personal Prayers These short and simple 47 prayer cards will help connect you to God any time of the day.

God Bless You Blank BookletSize 5 7/8" x 4 7/8", 40g
Cover is handmade, with 16 blank kraft pages

 I am Loved Floral Pendant
with a vintage floral design and the words "I am loved" cutout on top.  Bubble styled design is suspended on a chain.  One size fits all.  A heart charm adds a delightful touch.

The Little Book of Nature by Calej 
A charming book that lets you enjoy nature in more than 50 ways!  Develops an appreciation for the environment.  A perfect gift for nature lovers.  Every page has a outdoor activity, whimsical illustrations and an inspiring quote for young and old alike!  Another amazing book designed by Papemelroti artist calej.  Made of 100% unbleached recycled paper.  With 64 pages, Size 4" x 4".

Spectacular Brooch
made of upcycled materials

Vintage Stationery
Made of 100% unbleached recycled paper, Size 5.5" x 8.5", 20 sheets

Botanical Sticker Set
12 stickers in one set, Victorian style with words of wisdom

Nothing is Impossible Luke 1:37 Ivy Cross
Hand-painted, made of durable resin

All the prizes are as follows:

1st set of prizes goes to the Facebook winner
1 - Pray Garden Stepping Stone - Medium Oval Size 13" x 17"
2 - A pair of Leaf Earrings
3 - If I had a single flower plaque
4 - A Collection of Personal Prayers
5 - God Bless You Blank Booklet 

2nd set of prizes goes to the Instagram Winner
6 - I am Loved Floral Pendant 
7 - The Little Book of Nature by Calej 
8 - Vintage Stationery
9 - Spectacular Brooch
10 - Botanical Sticker Set
11 - Nothing is Impossible Luke 1:37 Ivy Cross

How to Join via Facebook:

1. Fill up the rafflecopter below.  You can use your e-mail address or Facebook account to login. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
2. You can get more raffle entries by doing the other tasks on Rafflecopter (optional) for example:  
Add us on Google+
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

Follow us on Instagram
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Tumblr

3. We will pick a winner using Rafflecopter!

How to Join via Instagram:

1. Follow Papemelroti on Instagram (@papemelroti)

2. Post this image on your Instagram account 

save image by right-clicking and "save as" on your computer

3. Put hashtag #papemelroti and #papemelrotigiveaway02 (both links are mandatory to enter).

4. We will pick a winner via raffle!

We will be picking winners on March 27, 2014.

Winners from the Philippines can have the prize mailed to them or picked up at one of our gift shops.  If you are not in the Philippines, you can still join but you'll have to pay for the shipping charges.

We will be contacting the winner via e-mail and will announce it also in our
next e-Newsletter so watch out for that.

*Winners must reply within 3 business days or we will sadly have to pick another winner.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

A Tribute to Socorro Alejandro

Socorro "Corit" Alviola Alejandro moved to her heavenly Father's house last February 15, 2014 at the age of 80.  She was the founder of Papemelroti gift shops.

She was born January 12, 1934 in Cebu City, went to San Carlos High School, and graduated with an Architectural degree from Cebu Institute of Technology.

Socorro Alejandro in her 20's

Corit married Benny Alejandro (of Procter and Gamble) and they reared five children - Patsy (married to Luigi Paterno), Peggy (widow of Jing Pilapil and married to Charlie Lasa), Meldy (married to Lito Fider), Robert and Tina.

Early days in Cebu with her sister

Active in Women for Christ fellowship, Corit enjoyed many hobbies like sewing, gardening, drawing and making miniatures.

She will be sorely missed by her grandchildren, Carlo, Elyse, Chris, Mark, Joshua and Isabel.

To celebrate the beauty of her life, we are sharing some of the family's honorings here.


One of the best compliments I can ever get is for someone to say I look like mommy.
Even if it is just her eyebrows that's good enough for me.  Anyone can see she is a beautiful woman.  But outward beauty is fleeting and mommy knew this.  That is why she lived her life as a Proverbs 31 wife and mother.

Mommy was a good woman , hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
Daddy trusted her without reserve,
    and never had reason to regret it.
she treats him generously
    all her life long.
She shops around for the best products and bargains
    and enjoys making wreaths  handicrafts and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that goes to places like Divisoria, Baguio, Laguna 
    and brings back products for the shops.
She's up before dawn to attend daily mass
    And organized her day with work, exercise, 
daily prayer and scripture study at 6 PM and some computer solitaire in the afternoon.
She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she's put aside and with the help of financing
 builds a building for papemelroti.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for mass then work
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking and business.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family needs
    She has always saved for a rainy day.
She reconstructs her clothing to give it an unusual twist.
    and dresses in unusual styles.
Her husband is greatly respected and at the age of 87 still busy with his projects and some sailing on the side.
She designs domes wreaths and miniature frames for selling at our shops.
Her clothes are elegant but very affordable.  You will not find her in name brand stores.
    she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she spent Sunday mornings with students interviewing her abt the business and 
She would take this opportunity to speak to them about the gospel and Gods Word.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, our households, the office, the factory and all the branches.
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you've outclassed them all mommy!
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!

Thank you mommy for giving us a life so exceedingly blessed.  For being an example of a servant of God.  Living according to His ways and His every Word.  Put God first above all else, serve our families with gladness and work diligently with excellence.  Thank you for the heritage of faithfulness our families will benefit from.  

We rejoice knowing you are free from all tears, sickness and temptation and enjoying the eternal reward In Jesus.  Till we meet again mommy.  I will miss you dearly but will keep you in my heart always.  Love you mommy.

- by Meldy Alejandro Fider, daughter


Socorro with her youngest daughter Christina

At the first Papemelroti branch with her children

My mom's name "Socorro" is from Perpetual Succor, which also means "perpetual help". In looking at her life, I could see how she has been a help to our family and to so many in a multitude of ways.  To illustrate this, let me share some stories about her.

During the war, my mom was still very young and one day, enemy forces started ransacking homes, killing people, terrorizing the whole village.  

My mom's oldest sister, who was a young woman was cooking in one room.  A soldier, seeing her, went inside the room and shut the door behind him.  My Lola (Grandmother) seeing the danger that was about to happen to her eldest daughter looked up at the heavens and went inside the room.

My mom told me that she saw all this and felt that my Lola was willing to die at that time in saving her daughter from the soldier. My mom followed my Lola inside and saw that the bayonet was already at my Lola's stomach. 

At that moment, my mom let out a loud scream.  The soldier paused and looked at the little girl (who was my mom) and let out a sigh of exasperation and left.  My mom saved the day. 

Even when she was still so small, she helped save the life of her mother and sister. 
I have learned from my mother that one can always do something, one can always help, even when all seems hopeless. 

One time a friend of mine came to me for help.  She was in a desperate financial need.  She had a lot of children and no source of income.  I didn't know how to help her.  I told my mom and she said for me not to worry but instead, develop a product she can sell in the store.  That's what we did and she had one of the best selling product lines and is now doing very well with her family.

My mom helped a lot of people this way and we would just find out later on when these people would come forward to thank her for it.  My mom inspired me to be someone who helps others too in whatever way I possibly can.

One of the things I deeply admire about my mom is that she is a strong woman. She is someone who is set apart from the crowd. 

One time the city mayor had a meeting with all the business people.  The mayor said something to the effect that they know all business people don't pay the correct taxes.  My mom stood up in that big crowd and said that she does. Not to judge anyone but she just had to say something - that not everyone cheats. 

There were countless times that we would reason with people who were trying to bribe us.  It was an opportunity for my mom to witness to them about how fleeting life is saying "our life is only a blink of an eye compared to eternity".

My mom taught us to put God first, not just through her words but through her life.  When I was still in grade school she would bring the whole family to prayer meetings and I learned how to worship God at a young age, to have Him as my best friend.  Even when I didn't want to go, she would bring me just the same and for that I really thank you Mom.

She was always a help to me.  I remember that as a child, I was in and out of the hospital because I had asthma.  My mom would be by my side every single time.  But one day, she prayed for me powerfully and her faith healed me.  After that there was no asthma anymore.

My mom loved the bible.  Early on, my brother and I would always fight like cats and dogs.  We were constantly trying to find ways to torture the other.  My mom sat us down and read a passage - if you don't love your brother who you see, how can love a God you don't see?  God's words pierced through my heart and my brother is now one of my best friends along with my whole family.

When the family was in hard times, my Mom would gather us all in a circle, hold hands and pray.  We would always get an answer.  I have witnessed many miracles in our family life. God has been so present to us because of the way my Mom and my Dad have raised us up.  The saying that when there is great love, there are always miracles is very true in our family.

When my Mom was very young, my Lolo (Grandfather) told her that she was the sunshine in their home.  She is also sunshine to me and I'm sure she will shine down upon us, all the love and the prayers that she has always done. 

Thank you Mommy for your example, for always the first one to reconcile, to say sorry.  Thank you for always telling me everything, even the heart- breaking things, for sharing everything with me.  Thank you for helping so many people, not just the people we work with but also the countless others who have been touched by the things they buy from the shop, the people who write back to me how they have felt God's love just from something they read in the store. 

Thank you that in the last days you would still find a way to show me that you love me, holding my face, gripping my hand so tightly, showing me that your love is stronger even then any illness or even your death.  I know your love lives on even now, in heaven and in our hearts.  I will miss you every single day.  I love you.

- by Christina Alejandro, daughter


When I think of Lola, one word comes to mind - love.  Lola Corit was an incredibly loving person.  

First, she loved her work. The fruits of her hardwork is evident in the family business "Papemelroti". When I say family business, I also mean that in the sense that even the people she had worked with became like family.  I had grown up knowing some of the employees since I was a little boy and korben had become my gigantic playground.  

Second, she loved her family.  As her grandchild, I will always cherish the memories we had when we would go to "pasyal" on Mondays and go on family trips to Fuego.

She would always make sure that we knew how much she had loved us and made sure we were well taken cared of.  I would always remember how she would treat Josh and I to Pokemon cards and our favorite sweets.

But above all, she loved God.  Lola was a true example of what a servant of God should be and her life was a testament of her faith.  She showed us what it meant to be a faithful child of God and to love Him with all our heart. 

Lola is my role model and I think the greatest, most precious lesson she taught me through her life is how to love. I miss you, Lola! I love you! 

- Mark Fider, grandson

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

DIY Craft Doll: Mrs Whatsit

A pretty do it yourself project for crafters!

So easy to do!

Mrs. Whatsit is so pretty!  
Mrs. Whatsit is excited to meet you!

She is a mixture of imagination, inspiration and sheer creativity.  She is also made of things you can easily find from your household and recycled materials too!

We're sure you will have fun making her!

She was crafted by Patricia Paterno.

milk bottle
laundry starch
little brush
masking tape
newspaper / old paper
carbon paper
acrylic paint
gesso or wall putty
plastic cup cover (like KFCs Krusher)
glue gun
old sweater


1. Prepare the materials.
Shown here are empty milk bottles and a mixture of starch (gawgaw).  You may use the recipe from here for the starch mixture  Cut the newspaper into strips.  You don't have to keep using the scissors.  Tearing them is enough.

2. Wrap the botttle with paper mache
Use the paintbrush to soak the paper strips in the sticky starch mixture and then wrap the bottle with the paper strips.  Warning this is may get pretty gooey and messy.

3. Use the top of a KFC Krusher drink.
Attach the cover onto the body using masking tape.

4.  Paper mache it all! Soon you'll have a mummy like thing!

5.  Make the arms by rolling about 5 pieces of paper into a cylinder.  If your paper is thinner, you will need more pieces to fortify it.

6. Dry the body and arms.  This will take the longest time in the project.  If you can dry it out in the sun, your project will get finished faster!

7. Apply gesso or wall putty on head and hands.
You don't want your doll to have the day's news splashed across his face so let's paint it white with the gesso or wall putty!  This will give a lot of interesting texture to your face when it will be painted.

8. Draw face.
Use a pencil and paper to make a cute face.

9. Trace on gesso-ed face with carbon paper.
Put your pencil face on top of the head portion of the paper mache figure and trace the markings with carbon paper.

10.  Here is how the traced face will look.

11.  Paint the face.
This is such fun fun fun!

12. Just look at how Mrs. Whatsit is forming!  Here's her painted face on her body.

13. Choose fabric.
We just love denim as it is so versatile.  Wrap it around Mrs. Whatsit to keep her warm.

14. Attach fabric using glue gun.
Everything is easier with the glue gun!  If you don't have one, don't fret.
Just use your needle and thread to have Mrs. Whatsit clothed in no time!

15. Wrap sleeves around arm.
We want every bit of Mrs. Whatsit to be perfect so gently wrap her arms in the same fabric as her dress.  She likes denim too!

16. Use lace to cover edges.
Add a feminine touch to her outfit!

17. Attach arms using glue gun.
(Easy enough.)

18. Attach lace or a collar.
This will make her look really dignified!

19. Cut sweater.
Hopefully your sweater isn't blue otherwise she will have blue hair!

20. Attach to make hair.
Add the finishing touches and voila! Mrs. Whatsit is all set!

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