Dear Friend,

A family is such a beautiful thing.  Each one different and in many ways the same.
When I was little, my family would sometimes gather together and each would pick one of us to draw.  I would draw my father, he would draw my mother, and so on.  

We would sketch silently and then afterwards, show our pictures.  I thought all families were like mine.   

Today we all still create art together but it is to make things for others to enjoy.    

*Picture at top left is my sister Patsy drawn by my brother Robert.

It's Grandparents' Day on September 11th!  Let's make it memorable for our Lolos and Lolas!

e-Newsletter Editor

"In time of test, family is best." ~Burmese Proverb

Family Get Together

Relationships are a work in progress.  Even families can drift apart due to changing life situations.  Here are some ways to ensure you stay together.

Celebrate People - Look for breakthroughs in your family life and celebrate these!  Make like it is Thanksgiving every day by shouting out your blessings to one another.  Be generous with your appreciation.  Good grades in an exam?  Celebrate!  Somebody won the game?  Celebrate!  Never forget to applaud each other and celebrate each other's strengths. 
Family Games Night - Traditions strengthen families.  Whether it's reading bedtime stories to the children or taking a vacation every summer, each family should have and keep some.  As the children grow up, these traditions can evolve but still have meaning and hold the family together. A family can also make a "new" tradition such as "Games Night" where one day a week, the family meets and just spends time playing card or board games.  Simple fun times like these can help build and bond relationships.
Highlights Lowlights - Sharing life's ups and downs gives family members a way to care for one another.  One family does this every dinner time just to catch up on how everyone is doing.  For families with young children, this develops their communication skills in an ideally supportive setting.
One to One - Children need to feel special and secure.  A parent spending an hour or so with one child can do wonders for their self-esteem.  Make sure that each child gets the same quality time from each parent to build up a solid "friendship" with each child.  You can share a meal together or take a walk in the park.  This is not a time for scolding or giving advice.  It's a time to listen, relax and enjoy each other's company.  If possible, do this on a regular basis like once a month.
Family Mission Statement - Frequent reading of your family's mission statement will help keep you on track. We already know it and oftentimes live it but sometimes it's hard to put into words.  A family mission statement is just as important as a personal one.  If you don't know where to start, here's a free online Mission Statement Builder.
Family Prayer -  It's true.  The family that prays together, stays together.  Perhaps you can start out by having each one say
a simple thank you prayer for their blessing of the day before the mealtime prayer.

Make grandpa and grandma dance the night away with this simple children's craft!

computer and printer
carbon paper
thin black or dark brown marker
grandparents pattern (provided at right)
poster paints (grey, flesh, white, dark brown)
scrap cloth (denim, floral, red or other colors)
metal fasteners


1. Click on the image pattern here and print out on paper.

2. Use scissors to cut out the different shapes.

3. Trace the shapes on to cardboard and cut.  Paint flesh poster paint on the faces, necks and legs.  Using carbon paper, trace the face and finalize with thin marker.

4. Cut the other parts out and attach pieces of cloth or color with poster paints according to pattern.


Volunteer Opp: 9/11 Coastal Cleanup

- wear comfortable clothes
- bring sunscreen and/or insect repellant
- water/drinks & snacks
- heavy duty gloves
- if they have these: pitchforks, rakes, garbage bags, other tools
- low stools (for those with bad backs)

INSTRUCTIONS for volunteers:
- separate biodegradables 
- shake sand, seashells, soil off the garbage
- segregate plastics, styro and footwear 

2:30 pm - Assembly of volunteers at open space near the guard's trailer office
3:00 pm - Work begins, other activities such as pictorials etc also begin
6:00 pm - Work stops, washing and clearing of materials
dispatching of garbage trucks
6:30 pm - Relax, bring out the drinks and snacks and enjoy the sunset

For more information, contact Gina Mapua at 0917-5385411
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines

- Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Fridays) - Lingkod ng Panginoon Meetings, join young professionals in Christifying the workplace at 9/F Banco Filipino Bldg, Paseo de Roxas, Mkti. City contact, La Salle Greenhills contact or Immaculate Conception Church, 39 Lantana St., Cubao, QC  contact to confirm the schedule 

- Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 (Sundays) - Free Concert at the Rizal Park, 5 PM, Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium more info

- Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 (Sundays) - Kakaiba Ka inspirational radio show DZIQ 990 on your AM dial, 4 PM more info

- Sept 9 (2nd Fri) *Ayala Recyclables Fair at Glorietta 3 Park, Ayala Center, Makati City

- Sept 10 (2nd Sat) -  *Ayala Recyclables Fair at Market! Market! Transport Terminal, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

- Sept 10 (2nd Sat) -  Hangad Album Launch, 7:30 PM, Sto. Niño de Paz, Greenbelt Chapel, Makati City, free admission

- Sept 11 (Sun) -  9/11 Coastal Lagoon Cleanup (see details below)

- Sept 11, 18 & 25 (Sun) United Voices Choral Group Auditions, 7 to 10 PM, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Bacood Sta. Mesa  Look for Albert dela Cruz more info

- Sept 12-17 (Mon to Sat) - Gideon's Flame Christian Film Festival, Union Church of Manila more info

- Sept 14 - 18 (Wed to Sun) - 32nd Manila International Book Fair, SMX Convention Center

- Sept 16 (3rd Fri) - *Ayala Recyclables Fair, Alabang Town Center (parking lot in front of St. Jerome's Parish), Alabang-Zapote Road

- Sept 19 (1st & 3rd Mondays) - Pathways Choices Open Prayer Meeting, at 3/F Obispado de Cubao, 41 Lantana St. Cubao, QC, 7:30 - 10:00 PM  more info

- Sept 21-25 (Wed to Sun) - OTOP National Expo, Halls 1 and 2, SM Megamall Megatrade Center 

- Sept 23-25 (Fri to Sun) - Direct Selling Association of the Phils Business Fair, Hall 3, SM Megamall Megatrade Center 

- Sept 27-28 (Tues to Wed) - Tech Tutor, Hall 1, SM Megamall Megatrade Center 

- Sept 30 - Oct 2 (Fri to Sun) - SM San Lazaro and SM Clark Mallwide Sale more info

Click here for marathons, climbs and other fitness events

*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. Patsy, the "Pa" in Papemelroti was featured on GMA-7's early morning show "Unang Hirit" last September 2, 2011.  See her make recycled materials into Christmas decor keepsakes.

2. Paolo Abrera of ANC Channel's Green Living interviewed Papemelroti artists and owners Patsy Paterno and Robert Alejandro about how their shop began and how the business helps the environment.  Featured August 23, 2011. 

3. Congratulations to Shermaine Capuli who won our Wisdom Pendant giveaway!  Watch out for our future contests!

4. See the RAW museum shop-room of Robert Alejandro with original watercolor art, matchboxes, metal mobiles and more for sale.  It's housed in 10-A Alabama St. New Manila, Quezon City.  Click here

5. Mallwide Sale Dates! 
We will be taking 50% off selected basket items and 20% off paper products. 


Sept 30 to Oct 2. . . . . . SM San Lazaro Branch
Sept 30 to Oct 2. . . . . . SM Clark Branch

Reseller's Corner:

Finding your Business and Gifts: Working with Family (Part 3)
by Patricia Alejandro Paterno

A lot of people have told me they didn’t want to work with their parents, for various reasons.  They couldn’t communicate.  It was hard to put a dividing line between what was a family concern, and what was work.  They overlapped and there was a lot of friction and emotional investment.

It was difficult to have your mom and dad as boss!  You couldn’t escape them when you went home!  I guess we also experienced these difficulties but the key to working with your family, or with anybody, is really communication.

In one article, I said my mom was like a leech.  She won’t let go until you both understand each other or at least agree to disagree.  Up to now, we have family meetings to iron out difficulties, and sometimes there’s crying, but if you’re committed to each other, you don’t give up.  You continue to work things out.

Ever since we were young I remember my mom painstakingly explaining things to us. We used to call going to Korben (the name of our shop before Papemelroti), going to Siberia, the prison camp.  It got so that my mom called us all together and asked if we still wanted to continue with our business. Did we want to close it?  But we all agreed we wanted it to continue.  For my mom, family was first priority before the business all the time.

In 1976, we put up the 1st Papemelroti in Ali Mall.  Papemelroti comes from our names, patsy, peggy, meldy, robert and tina. It started as a joke because we said that Mommy and Daddy have Korben, we wanted our own. So although no one could pronounce it, and people couldn’t remember the spelling, we’ve survived.

People gave the store a nickname - pape!  As it was the summer vacation, we had a grand time because the stores on the 2nd floor were also manned by families.  I was cashier, Peggy was selling, Meldy made pillows, Robert painted eggheads and they sold like hotcakes.  By this time I was 20 and my youngest sister Tina was 7 years old.  She was in charge of wrapping and because she couldn’t reach the counter, she had to wrap on the floor.  Of course our customers were amazed!  We came out in a women’s magazine and this helped our sales tremendously.

(To be continued)

Food for Thought: What things does your family like doing together?  Can you work at working together?

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We are open to consigning items from you!  Do you have an evening gown you just used once?  A pre-loved item that became one or two sizes smaller?  Shoes that were given to you but these didn't fit?

Where we are:
2nd Floor, Korben Place, 91 Roces Ave. Cor. Scout Tobias St.
Quezon City, 1103 Philippines 

New Papemelroti Products! 

  • #1-1251 Grandmas are guardian angels with hugs and kisses and stars for wishes desk stand with metal angel charm  view this product

  • Papemelroti is now manufacturing metal products for home and office.  We are also accepting made to order signage with or without hooks in a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes.  Just send us the specifications for a quote.  Original Papemelroti metal products also available:  #6-131-2 Welcome (big) Metal Sign -
    #6-131-1 Welcome (small) Metal Sign
    #6-134 Best Dad Metal Wall Decor
    #6-301 Kokopelli with Mike Metal Figure
    #6-302 Kokopelli Metal Figure
    #6-401 Family Tree with circle pictures of your family members
  • #319-6 Flower Pencil Power, upcycled denim pencil pouches with crochet flower embellishments  each. view this product

  • #131-2259 (Girl) Filipiniana Candleholders designed by Robert Alejandro, made of recycled materials - Megamall branch only for now  #131-2259-1 (Boy) Filipiniana Candleholders
  • #302-68 Fabric Flower Pendants can be used as brooches, just attach to your belt, bag, pouch or blouse.

  • #321-1-1 No. 1 Sister Mug is ideal for your drinks in the office or on the go. Size 6.5" x 3.5" diameter, 150g. Also available #321-1-2 No. 1 Brother Mug. Price: view this product

  • Zipper Pulls made of assorted charms for your bag

  • By popular demand, we now have New Designs of Eyeglass Holders: Dentist (Male #1-1513, Female #1-1514) and #1-1512 Engineer, made of durable resin.

  • #302-61 Crochet Flower Pin for decorating your plain shirts or bags. P129 / $3.69, #302-63 Crochet Flower Baby Headband for your little lady. Garterized lace. view this product

  • #317-4 Floral Bouquet Hair Clips give a touch of romance to your look. Available in various colors - Brown, Pink, Peach, Red, Pale Pink view this product
  • #292-16 New Designs Oval Metal Rings  view this product
  • #131-2259-1 Ninoy Penholder a unique item designed by Robert Alejandro, made of recycled materials. #131-2259 Cory Penholders, a unique item designed by Robert Alejandro, made of recycled materials.
  • Painted Picture Frame individually hand-painted on upcycled wood #313-22 Crackled Wall  view this product , #313-23 Garden Plaid  view this product , #313-25 Purple Paradise  view this product
  • #323-1 Wooden Letters for scrapbooking and crafts. Lightweight with grainy finish. Numbers 1 to 10 made of a composite of recycled wood view this product
  • #322-1 Beadland Critters fascinate and advocate reading! They are made up of tiny beads all strung together in ingenious ways! A gift that will be treasured for always.
            #322-1-1 Seahorse view
            #322-1-2 Gecko view
            #322-1-3 Bee  view
            #322-1-4 Turtle view
         #322-1-5 Owl  view
            #322-1-6 Ladybug view
            #322-1-7 Monkey view
         #322-1-8 Crab  view
  • #9040 New 2012 Planners! Get your favorite design before they all run out! Available in a handy carry everyday size 4" x 5.75".  Made of 100% unbleached recycled paper. view this product

  • #7004-34 New Journey 2012 Wall Calendar! Get a head start on your Christmas shopping.  A gift for both men and women with quotes about the journey of life.  size 8.5" x 5.5".  Made of 100% unbleached recycled paper.view this product

  • #3-497-6 Collage Boxes Give a nostalgic feeling.  Perfect for packaging delicate objects or jewelry.  A gift in itself.  Box is made of 100% unbleached recycled paper.  view this product

  • Industrial Metal Picture Frames with export quality modern feel.  Ideal for black and white photographs. Heavy duty decor.  #296-26 Large (10" x 8" x 2", 660g)  and #296-27 Medium (7.5" x 7.25" x 2", 500g) view the large size  view the medium size

  • #319-12 Denim Shoulder Bag is a cool way to help the ecosystem because it is made with upcycled materials view this product

  • #290-3-3380 Be Nice Pendant adds a vintage touch to your look view this product

  • Gift suggestions?  Click here.  More new products at our shops!  Click here.
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  • Click here to order or inquire about these items.

Papemelroti branches are located at:

SM City North EDSA 9285828
SM Fairview 9393594
Ali Mall 9111267
Gateway Cubao 9111267
SM Centerpoint 7161580
Glorietta III  8195629
SM Southmall 5198014
SM Megamall 6319860
Sta Lucia East Grand Mall
Robinson's Place Manila 5361675
SM San Lazaro 7420143
SM Manila 5218607
SM Clark, Pampanga (045) 4990080
SM Pampanga (045) 963-5871

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