Friday, May 29, 2015

Art Sale!

Now you don't have to wait for the annual Art in the Park to get your Patricia Paterno paintings!  Each is part of her Sunrise Collection and each will bring such joy and inspiration wherever you want to place it.

Patsy gets up early in the morning to pray and paint so you know that each of these creations are loving works of heart!

Their themes are always uplifting with the vibrant colors and scripture verses on many of them.  The mood they convey is infectious!

You can find her paintings at the Vintage Shop, at the 2nd floor of the Papemelroti main shop in 91 Roces Ave. Quezon City.

See the many new additions to the vintage clothing mix there too!

Each painting seems to wish you a blessed day!  Here is one in detail.


50% OFF on Selected Items at the Vintage Shop!

Visit us today!  Map and directions

For inquiries, call (632) 412-6487 or (632) 375-1069

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Picture! Picture! Contest




Her picture garnered the most likes on Facebook!

"Papemelroti is a shop I keep coming back to. The products are both enterprising and ingenious. They have variety of stuffs to choose from. I can see innovativeness in making something new out of the recycled materials. I am delighted to know that shops like Papemelroti help to contribute to our nature by showing their creativity through upcycling. I simply love it and I always suggest it to my friends whenever they are looking for gifts and stuffs. More power, Papemelroti!" - Sharielle Yanson


Picture this!  A new Tribal Collection!  Win all of these mix and match-worthy coordinates!

The set includes something for your wall and to decorate your home, things to write on, and organizers too!

These products are all Philippine made and they promote a love of the environment, as the paper products are made of 100% unbleached recycled paper.

Tribal Desk Drawer Organizer
This is too pretty to keep inside your drawer!  It's great for art materials as well as school and office supplies.  Perfect too for trinkets, jewelry, keys, watches and other things you may want to keep handy and organized! 

Tribal Half Pad
Original Papemelroti design in black ink, with 80 sheets, gummed Size 2.75 x 4.5 inches

New York Scenes Deco Poster
Black and white photographs by Papemelroti artist Jarfilledhead.  They add a touch of class to any wall!

Tribal Accessory Pouch
Keep everything handy when you bring small things inside your bag.

Tribal Notebook with Folder
Keep your notes protected in style!  It's got a load of leaves to write on and jot down your memoirs.

Tribal Book Set
It's got a holder to keep the set of little notebooks together and looking neat.  Handy to carry along!

Bird Art Decor
Originally designed by Robert Alejandro.  This paper mache bird is handcrafted and hand-painted with care!  

Tribal Desk Drawer Organizer
Tribal Half Pad
Tribal Accessory Pouch
Tribal Notebook with Folder
New York Scenes Deco Poster
Tribal Book Set
Bird Art Decor

1. Take a picture of yourself at any Papemelroti branch.  You can send up to 2 photos.  (Your face must be seen.)

2. Send the picture/s to

3. E-mail us:
- a comment that says something like "My favorite Papemelroti product is ______ " (you can re-phrase it).
- Your name and contact landline and cellphone numbers.  We will need to contact you if you win!

We will post your picture on a Papemelroti Facebook album (with your comment) and the picture with the most likes wins!!!  The sooner you send your picture, the more likes you can have!  Watch out for where the album will be so your family and friends can like it!

You can check where the nearest Papemelroti branch is here.

Contest ends on June 23, 2015 so hurry and send your entries already!

Juan Project: Salamat

Hours and hours of trekking (through mud, steep mountains, a rainstorm, heat, cold etc.). Packing school supplies (till the wee hours of the morning) to create hundreds of school bag "packs". Miles and miles of off road bumps and dangerous cliffs to reach these kids. It was SO WORTH IT. 

Salamat sa lahat ng nag donate para mabuo ang mga pinamigay na school supplies. So many kids will be excited for the next school year smile emoticon

A Life of Purpose

So what's our purpose in focusing on purpose?

Isn't life supposed to be deconstructed and isn't it beneficial to just go with the flow?  Some feel life is just a fleeting spark that comes and goes.  For others, it's a never ending party.  For most of us, we want our lives to be filled with purpose and meaning.

A study found that people with a sense of purpose lived longer.  Whether they were young or old, or whether they had simple or grand dreams, having a purpose helped them more effectively fight off stress and sicknesses such as heart disease.

Since the 12th century, the French word porpos meant "intention, aim" and the porposer meant "to put forth".

We know we have a purpose, a mission, but where did we get that?  We were given a purpose by the One who created us!  He has a master plan for our lives that includes blessing and goodness.  

"'For I know the plans I have for you,’ declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

His purposes for us are the very best!  "God's will is “good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Everything happens for a reason and even when it doesn't seem like it, God works to give us fullness of life.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

God wants us to work hand in hand with Him to complete His purpose in us.

"For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

We may not know it but we actually desire what God desires for us.  Fulfilling His purpose is going to fulfill ours!

"With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith." (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

How do we know what is our purpose?  
Pray. Listen. Obey.

A poor monk habitually prayed and one day he hears a voice seemingly from an old wooden cross, "Rebuild my Church".

He listened.  He then obeyed.  He build up a small church with his bare hands starting to put brick after brick, one on top of the other.  

Today in Assisi, Italy, you can still see the quaint little church that Saint Francis built and how God called him to eventually rebuild the whole Church through his life of selflessness and simplicity.

A life of purpose for selfish gain will only end up in dissatisfaction but a life that is lived according to God's purposes for our lives will bring us to lasting peace and joy that this world can never give us.

We may think it will take us years before we can hear God speak to us about our purpose but know that God wants to tell us what our purpose is!  

"...God rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6

So let's go and pray, listen and obey!  May each of us find our true purpose!


A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
How Do I Find My God-given Purpose? by Gillis Triplett

*Feel free to share the graphics posted here!  
(Only for personal use.  Commercial use requires permission.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Recycle Challenge Winner! DIY Plastic Lantern

Drum roll please!  WE HAVE GOT A WINNER!

Congratulations to Leslie Anne Monzon of Las Piñas City for winning the Recycle Challenge Contest!  She has shared with us her ingenious idea!

What we love about her project is that the materials are so easy to find and the finished product is really so very useful!

Leslie Anne says, "This lantern is basically made out of an old bilao, plastic bottles, plastic cups and plastic bags. The lantern is inspired by the earth, considering its shape and colors. My finished work is now hanging in our living room."




1. Disassemble the bilao and take out the bamboo strips. (The bamboo strips will be used as the skeleton for the lantern.)
2. Create a sphere shaped frame/ skeleton using the bamboo strips and strings. You will have to decide how many strips you want to use for the frame/skeleton. The more the strips are, the more durable the frame will be.
3. Cut out the colored plastic bottles, the bottom of the colored plastic cups and the colored plastic bags into shapes that will fit the resulting hole pattern of the frame.
4. Stick the cut out plastic bottles and plastic bags using the glue gun to cover the holes. (Leave at least two (2) holes uncovered so that there will be an access when you put the lighting element inside.

1. Using the cardboard: Create holes with sizes and number enough for each Christmas light bulbs to be inserted in the cardboard.   
   * Using a rolled tissue tube: Create holes with sizes and number enough for each Christmas light bulbs to be inserted from the inside.
2. Insert the Christmas light bulbs through the holes.
3. Leave at least a half inch for each of the ends of the cardboard  without Christmas light bulbs.
4. Connect the extra inches of the cardboard to make it into a tube.
5. Make sure that all the cables are inside the tube to make it look neat.

1. Insert the finished tube lighting element inside the sphere through the uncovered holes of the sphere.
2. Tie up the lighting element at the top and bottom of the sphere so that it won't move inside the frame.
3. Tie up an extra string at the top of the sphere so that you can hang it in your bedroom or in the living room.
4. Make sure that the Christmas light plug is outside so that you can now light it up.

Thank you Leslie Anne!

We hope you guys will try this project and provide a way to reduce the landfills of plastic!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Off the Wall

Graphic designer Robert Alejandro has been creating such charming creatures with his Papemelroti paintings!

Robert's shares some thoughts with us on his art...

"Most of you don't know - I've always been insecure about my art. 
Insecurities of "why aren't I an artsy artist"? Why am I not part of "art manila"? Why don't I have a gallery handling me? Why am I not paid big bucks for my art?

All these why's. All these insecurities.

Recently, a wise friend advised me, "you should be thankful that so many people admire your art and are inspired by it". My friend is right. 

And so I will (try my best to) put aside my insecurities and instead replace it with gratitude and sharing. 

These were my thoughts as I painted the latest mural for Papemelroti UP Town Center. 
This is a detail of the mural. I sincerely hope you enjoy my art."


The Craft Party
Can you imagine exploring some remote wooded area and chancing upon a party of animals chatting and busy with crafty projects? A cat preparing for papier-mâché, a hedgehog doing bead work, a pug sculpting, the kingfisher is drawing and a reindeer doing carpentry. 

"Freestyle drawing" is what I call it. When I'm done painting with acrylics, I use a pencil and just scribble and doodle. 

Some people (Facebook friends) asked if I could draw some Philippine endemic animals in my next#papemelroti "mural". Well, here is a Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher. 

Do you know there are 200+ endemic bird species in the Philippines????!!!!! This is a drawing of one of them: the Apo myna.

This is a detail from my latest Papemelroti mural at UP town center. It's a hedgehog fiddling around with small pliers and beads making a charm bracelet. Guess how big is this hedgehog drawing?

This bulldog doesn't seem too happy about the sculpture he's making!

When I did my last #papemelroti mural at #smfairview , some followers asked me to paint other animals such as a reindeer. Request granted! Here is mr (or is it a ms?) reindeer working on some carpentry project.

While the cat, kingfisher, hedgehog and reindeer are busy working on their craft projects, the black bunny is in it for the free food. 

The little owl is next to his papa owl. I painted this with acrylics directly on whitewashed pine wood (recycled from crating material). See (or FIND) the actual artwork at 

#papemelroti #uptowncenter#iloveuptowncenter

To see these works of art in person, visit the newest Papemelroti branches at UP Town Center and Shoppesville Greenhills.

Postcards from Sri Lanka

Accompany Robert Alejandro on one of his journeys!

This time he visits a land of many names.  It is often called the Land of Lions and the Land of Serendipity.

It is said to be called the Land of Lions because Sri Lanka has it's roots in the Sanskrit word "Sinhala" which means "the blood of lions".  Though lions never originated here, they used to call the men here "lion-like" which meant someone who resembled a hero to the townsfolk.  

It's also known as the Land of Serendipity because as early as 361 AD, it was called the Arabic word "Serenib".   Serendipity as we know it now, is then correlated with "The Three Princes of Serenib", the 13th century story of explorers who would make discoveries by chance.

Needless to say, this place has a rich cultural heritage and is catching the eye of travelers who are looking for attractions off the beaten track.

While many of us bring home our memories using our handy cameras and zoom through as many destinations as we possibly can, Robert likes to take it slow on his travels.  You will oftentimes catch him sketching by the roadside.  With his brush and pens in hand, he creates stunning postcards to send to his loved ones at home.  Here are some of his work.

 Ella is a small village on a hill.  200 kilometers from the nation's capital, here, one can imagine himself a hermit.  It's surrounded by cloud forests and tea plantations.

Robert said you could just sit and watch as different wild bird species alight near enough so you can appreciate their beauty.

The place is a biodiverse area for flora and fauna.

Here's Robert (while he wasn't sketching) and we wonder where he is off to next?

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide

We've had plentiful Father's Day products over the years!  Do you have a gift already?

Not all of these are available but if you order them and given enough time, we can have them produced for you.  To see more information about these products, skidaddle over to our site!


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