Dear Friend,

The story of the Filipino people is truly unlike any other.  Unlike other nations whose fight for independence started through battles and proclamations, ours started with a painting.

Subtly veiled as happenstance in a Roman room, the painting "Spolarium" by Juan Luna was a statement against harsh colonialism. The painting's hidden meaning spread in the newspapers through Luna's friend Jose Rizal's speech when it won in a grand Madrid exposition.  News of the controversial painting then reached even the motherland Las Islas Filipinas.

We salute our nation's patriots for the independence they so dearly fought for and still to this day enjoy.  Happy Independence Day on June 12th!

We also wish all the fathers a very Happy Father's Day on June 20th!

e-Newsletter Editor


Father's Day Quiz

1. In 1909, the idea of Father's Day came to Sonora Dodd while...
a) she listened to a Mother's Day sermon
b) she was hugging her father after he came home from the war
c) she was writing her father a letter from abroad

2. What item according to the U.S. Census Bureau is the number one gift for Father’s Day?
a) Men's shirt
b) Flowers
c) Neckties
click here for unique gift suggestions!

3. What year did Pres. Johnson proclaim Father's Day to be on the 3rd Sunday of June?
a) 1966
b) 1923
c) 1875

4. The word "Dad" is believed to have been used as early as the...
a) 15th century
b) 16th century
c) 18th century

*answers are at the bottom of the Papemelroti branches

See more Father's Day ideas here

Manila Attractions

Whenever a friend from abroad comes over, use this guide for taking them around!  Use them yourself for a "tour" of your own!

Intramuros - where the old Manila is.  Dress up in period costume and have a photo session!

Fort Santiago - a Spanish fortress once the port for spice traders going to Acapulco, Mexico.

Corregidor Island - also known as "the Rock" is a historical site for World War II.

Binondo - This may well be the oldest Chinatown in the world!  Have your fill of mooncakes and ride a kalesa!

Manila bay (Roxas Blvd) - walk along the bay during sunset for the best experience.

Coconut Palace (CCP Complex) - a guesthouse built with wood & shells too extravagant for Pope John Paul II to stay in. 

Chinese Cemetery (Aurora Blvd) - a "living" community thrives there.

American Cemetery (Fort Bonifacio Global City) - a place to rest (just for a while that is!)

(see more attractions below)

Free Craft: Canhugger for Fathers Day

We found a perfect craft project for Dad's little helpers! 

- foam or rubber (big enough to hug a mug or metal can)
- big stapler
- foam letters and designs (from papemelroti and other craft shops)
- white glue

- Simply staple together the foam so it forms a cylinder.
- Attach letters and designs using white glue to the foam so it reflects your dad's interests!

Source: Amanda Formaro, owner of Magazine at


Have a Museum Month!

Take some time to step into the past!  Go with Dad!

For some, museums are a sleepy place filled with old things.  But in reality, museums are alive with mystery and discovery if only you know the stories behind each artifact displayed!  Visiting museums is definitely a fun way to greater learning!

The National Museum (Manila) is where you can find 16th century remains from a maritime battle, Philippine paleographs and a painting that spurred a revolution!  The museum has free entrance on Sundays. more info


The Casa Manila Museum (Manila) gives you a feel of the old Intramuros and the lives of the pre-war privileged class. more info  Also stop by nearby San Agustin Church Museum.


The Malacañang Museum is an interesting peek into the Philippine seat of government.  Photographs are allowed.  By appointment only more info


The Ayala Museum (Makati) focuses on art and history.  On April 15 - June 15, all teachers and school staff are entitled to a free admission to all of Ayala Museum's galleries. more info


Museo Pambata (Roxas Blvd) - is a hands-on discovery museum for children! more info


The Angono National Museum (Rizal) houses the oldest works of art in the country, some 3000 B.C. old Petroglyphs!  more info


Marikina City boasts of 4 small museums.  Naturally there is a Shoe Museum, which features the city's famed industry of shoemaking.  The others would very much interest young children: Doll Museum, Miniature Museum and Nativity Museum.  more info 

- June 1-30 - Viva Europa 2010, Arts, music, films free admission click here

- June 4 (1st Friday) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair at Paseo de Magallanes (South Superhighway) 

- June 1 & 15 (1st & 3rd Mondays) - Pathways Open Prayer Meeting, Janssen Hall, Christ the King, E. Rodriguez Ave., Quezon City click here

- June 4-5 (1st Friday & Saturday) - SM Trash to Cash at all SM Supermalls at 8 AM -2 PM

- June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Fridays) - Lingkod ng Panginoon Prayer Meeting, join young professionals in Christifying the workplace at 9/F Banco Filipino Bldg, Paseo de Roxas, Mkti. City or Immaculate Conception Church, 39 Lantana St., Cubao, QC  contact to confirm the schedule 

- June 6 (Sun) - Philippine Independence Day Parade in Manhattan, New York

- June 6, 13, 20, 27 (Sun) - free entrance at National Museum, P. Burgos, Mla

- June 11 (2nd Friday) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair at Ayala Center 

- June 12 (Sat) - Philippine Independence Day click for info

- June 18 (3rd Friday) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair, Alabang Town Center (parking lot in front of St. Jerome's Parish), Alabang-Zapote Road

- June 20 (Sunday) - Happy Father's Day!

- June 24-26 - Metro Job Fair, SM Megatrade Hall, Megamall

- June 25 (4th Friday) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair, Trinoma, QC

- June 26 (4th Saturday) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair, Marquee Mall, Angeles, Pampanga

Click here for Philippine Fiestas

*For info on Ayala Recyclables Fairs, sell your printer cartridges, broken appliances, paper, plastic, metal, used batteries, more info: Ayala Foundation (632)752-1084 or


Papemelroti Updates 
  1. Back to School items at Papemelroti include: Notebooks, Kraft Folders, Planners and Book of Days, Desk organizers and boxes, Corkboards, Magnets and more!

  2. Congratulations to Ara Jurao, the winner of our Blog Giveaway contest!  She won a lariat type necklace with a mix of metal and clear beads held by a leather cord designed by Papemelroti designer Meldy.  Ara says, "You gave my world a little of peace with every item you create. Thank you very much."  Thank you very much to all who participated!

  3. The Papemelroti Vintage Shop is now on sale for selected items!  Come visit and take a look at the new arrivals too!  Bags, jewelry, wristbands, belts and so much more!

Reseller's Corner:

June is a fun month to decorate and offer items!  We have three major events to prepare for: Father's Day, Back to School and Independence Day.  Make sure you are well stocked with the items so you can service the needs of your customers!

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Are you creative and hardworking?  Do you have an original Filipino product to sell?  Papemelroti is open to selling your products! 

Calling all crafty people, dressmakers, shoemakers, bath products!  Please e-mail us at with a list of your product lines and an idea of your costs.  Spread the word!

New Papemelroti Products! 
  • See Father's Day products here

  • New Wall Clock Designs Honor your dad with this special full color Papemelroti design.  Made of MDF (multi-density fiberboard) or recycled wood. #1055 (Size 7.5" x 7.5") or #1056 (Size 11" x 11") -  (To prevent damages to the product, a sturdy box is included with every piece.)  More new designs here

  • #7014-17,-21 and 22 Book of Days with Kaleidoscope and People design to plan your days to the full!   view this product

  • #9028-45 Paisley Craft Cuts and other new designs are here to use for your scrapbooks and other craft projects!   view this product

  • #215-359-6 Notebound with recycled paper sheets covered with assorted designs for handy note-taking!  A great gift idea for both men and women!   Also Available: #215-258-7 Big Notebound view this product

  • #215-161-35 Spiral Notebooks with shiny metallic covers and assorted design elements.  Also Available: #215-161-5 Handmade Paper Spiral Notebook with textured paper covers

  • #215-171-5 Long Notebooks bound by elastic string and coconut bead buttons.  Covered with bright spiraled handmade paper. view this product

  • #240-87 Little Bench Box is a novelty item for keeping little items.  Can be used for a doll.  Made of recycled wood.

  • #113-45 Rustic Wood Lamp is a handmade craft that gives any corner a homey feel. Available in assorted colors.  view this product

  • #189-103-2 Imagine Wire Words Wall Hanger this metal wall hanger holds up your clothes, umbrellas, keys and other items in a fanciful way.  Other Words Also Available: Family, Forever, Faith, Priceless, Inspire

  • #213-75-7 & -13 Wallpaper Bags Make your gift more special using these wallpaper bags with cloth side piping for extra durability.  #213-75-13 Large Size 10" height x 9" x 4" #213-75-7 Small Size 6" height x 6" x 4" view this product

  • More products at our shops!  Click here to order or inquire.

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SM Megamall 6341270
Sta Lucia East Grand Mall
Robinson's Place Manila 5361675
SM San Lazaro 7420143
SM Manila 5218607
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Father's Day Quiz Answers:
1. A
2. C. (flowers are second)
3. A
4. B

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