What's a Papemelroti?
often asked what papemelroti
is actually the combination of the first syllables of five names -
Patsy, Peggy, Meldy,
Robert, and Tina.
They are the children of Benny and Corit Alejandro, who
started the papemelroti business. Papemelroti
is a specialty shop which carries a wide variety of gifts and
decorative accessories. Papemelroti’s history began
in October 13, 1967, when Benny and Corit opened a small gift
shop along Tomas Morato Ave. (Manila, Philippines). Korben
Gifts, as it was called, started out as a hobby, with Corit making
stuffed toys and doll’s dresses and Benny supervising the furniture
Even before that, Corit was already
sewing dresses for her daughters, making stuffed toys from cloth
scraps, and play food from felt for her children to play with. Benny’s
was woodworking and he made furniture for their home, and a playhouse
from a wooden crate for the children. Soon their children were making
their own paper dolls, decorating box dollhouses with clippings from
old catalogs, drawing and doing other crafts. From this background, it
was natural for the children to help out in the family business,
starting with painting figurines, and hammering wooden plaques to give
them a distinctive "antique" look.
In 1976, the family planned to open a
new shop in Ali Mall, Cubao. Since Korben came from a combination of
Corit’s & Benny’s names, it became a family joke to name the
new shop after the 5 Alejandro siblings - Patsy, Peggy,
Meldy, Robert and Tina.
When they couldn’t think of a better name, they finally decided to give
the shop the tongue twister name - papemelroti.
From the start, when that first shop opened during the summer vacation,
all five siblings helped out in the business.
papemelroti has evolved into a chain
of gift shops that has touched countless lives through it’s unique
product lines. Patsy,
Peggy, Meldy, Robert
and Tina continue
to design products for papemelroti. They aim to
design products that help encourage, uplift, and inspire as well as
bring warmth and beauty to homes. Their products reflect values and
themes which are important to their family - a commitment to and love
of God, family, home, country and the environment. Through years of
designing, manufacturing and retailing, papemelroti
has become a popular name in the Philippines’ gift and decorative
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