Lets all look back on the year 2000, and how blessed our
company has been!
January of this year, Papemelroti received a
special award as Ayala Center Marketing Parner for our continued support to all Ayala
Center major and special events .
In the Jan-Feb issue of Candy magazine, our products were chosen to be
featured for their Prom issue. In February, we also won 2nd and 3rd prize for our
Valentines day display, congratulations again to the staff of Megamall and SM City.
(Note: These 2 branches won the awards but ALL the branches did very good work on this
display too!) In March, we opened a new experimental space in Isetann
This year we had a lot of new specially
made-to-order products and we promoted this with a small advertisement in the 38th issue
of Debutante and Bride magazine.
All throughout the year, we were always
filled up with new products in all our branches! We came up with our usual line-up of new
designs for paper products, decoupage, tokens and pillows, etc. but in an extra special
way, we were blessed with many new practical, usable, and coordinated
kitchen collectibles and figurines made from durable resin.
In April, our SM North EDSA branch got its
long overdue renovation and it looked so much brighter with its light blue roof and white
In June, we joined the fast-rising world of
e-malls! Papemelroti became one of the merchants of www.myAyala.com.
Papemelroti was also featured on the cover of
Jobfinder Magazine (dubbed as the Philippines No. 1 Employment Ads Magazine).
True to one of our goals in supporting environment issues, we helped
promote animal protection consciousness by participating in the Animal Lover of the Year
2000 Contest that same month - giving away prizes and becoming one of the distribution
centers for the contestants.
Also in June, our very own Robert Alejandro
appeared in the Philippine Post Lifestyle section, carrying our shop name. It was an
article about his reporter stint in the Probe Team tv show. To quote, "So what else
is known about Robert Alejandro? Aside from the fact that he is the "ro in the
trendsetting Papemelroti, which continues to be popular among the young and the
not-so-young." (Phil. Post, June 16, 2000)
July of this year, we saw a growing interest
in our Papemelroti Website (www.papemelroti.com). We received more orders on the internet
- we can see that we are slowly increasing our market base for our website!
According to our web
statistics, we have already around 4,000 visitors - an average of 50 people a day see our
website! And they come from all over the world. People from Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka,
Turkey, Italy, Argentina (to name a few) have seen our products! See our statistics
It was not only a blessed year for the
company but for Marina as well as she exchanged vows with Norme Boysillo last July 9!
The year was not without loss for us though
as we recall with sadness the passing away of Susing from our Bulacan factory last July 8.
In August, we became one of the Rewards Plus members and we came out
in the Philippine Star Business section signing the contract with Rewards Plus CEO Norman
Jones. This new partnership is good for our customers since every time they buy from us,
they get the chance to redeem gift prizes. We also get to appear on their advertisements
Also in August, we had a successful furniture
sale which provided a lot more room in the stores for our stocks this Christmas!
Another good news that happenned during this
time was that Ayala made major renovations near our Glorietta Branch - making it more
visible from the entrance.
Despite our closing our Isetann Recto branch,
on August 21, we opened a small kiosk in Robinsons Place, Manila. This branch did
very well during Christmas time.
Congratulations to Girlie who gave birth this
year to a boy!
This October, the story of Papemelroti
appeared in "Modern Home" a Hong Kong interior decorationmagazine. Several of
our products were featured there.
Despite the present economic crisis, the rise in prices, we were able
to significantly increase sales in 5 of our branches. We would like to congratulate the
top earner for this Christmas, our Glorietta Branch headed by Carina for having an
increase in their sales 10 out of 11 months, and for having the highest one-day sales ever
(a new record!)
All year round we get many letters from our
customers - mostly via e-mail. Here are some of them:
"I've been here in Canada for quite
awhile now. Hard to admit it but I am missing your products pretty badly. I make sure that
whenever somebody I know makes a trip to the Philippines, I tell them to stop by your
store and get something for me. I can't help it, I'm a huge fan!! =) Just keep up with
what you're doing. Thank You!! "-Roselle
"You really have a nice and reliable
store. All the items are great and very unique!!! What else can i say to a complete
store!!!!!" - Catherine O. Cruz
"Those prayer packs are
the most sensible gifts I ever gave to my friends and family. They really appreciate it. Thanks" - Amelia
"everything about your shop is great!
especially the concepts of your
products...God bless you..." - Azenith Castro
From a satisfied internet buyer "I am so
pleased with our order! I showed the favor sample to my mother and she was crying! She
really likes them as well!" - Melissa Bose, U.S.A.
We look forward to year 2001! We hope to see our building finished and
ready for occupancy - it has gone a long way this year, but we count on all your prayers
for a speedier finish.
From the management team of Papemelroti, we
would like to thank all of the staff for another year of your valued service and loyalty
to the company and all our customers and buyers for your continuous support!
We wish you all a wonderful
year ahead filled with even more blessings!