🥇City of Firsts
In 1976, we opened the first papemelroti in Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City. During the opening, Muhammad Ali cut the ribbon and there was a huge cake that almost filled the lobby. One could watch the proceedings from the 2nd floor where our little shop was located.
It was during the summer vacation, so we manned the shop, from making the things to selling it. Tina, (the "TI" in papemelro-TI) who was 7 years old, wrapped the gifts on the floor because she could not reach the counter yet.
A writer from a women’s magazine wrote 3 full pages about our family and the business. Because of her article, people would come up to the 2nd floor, point to our sign and declare, “I know what that means, Patsy, Peggy, Meldy, Robert and Tina!”
Yesterday, my husband and I attended the rebranding of Araneta Center to Araneta City. They featured our store as one of the pioneers (and amazingly the only one left of all the businesses that opened in Ali Mall at the start!!!) Thank You Lord for that miracle! And thank you to the people behind Ali Mall who took a chance on a little craft business like ours!
PATRICIA ALEJANDRO PATERNO
Papemelroti's owner and artist Patricia Paterno has been married for 21 years to a man with a good heart. They have one son who is as funny as his dad. She has been working in the family business since she was 11. When she gets home from work, she stays in her craft room and makes collages, scrapbook layouts, ATCs, and thinks of ways to re-use things normal people would throw away. Visit her arts and crafts blog. She wants to be passionate about God's passions so she also made a blog, Hebrews 13:3, about their service in the QC Jail.
Manila Jeepney Enamel Mug
Enjoy your coffee, tea, or even ice cream with this original papemelroti mug. Great to use at home, in your workspace, or for hiking or camping. Original design by award-winning papemelroti graphic artist Robert Alejandro 3"(8 cm) height x 3.75"(8.5...
Affirmations Wall Calendar 2022
Celebrate the gift of each day with this eco-friendly papemelroti wall calendar. It features messages and quotations that spread positivity and hope. Hang in any space or give as a gift. Original design by award-winning papemelroti graphic artist Robert Alejandro...
My Gratitude Journal Writing Pad
Make a note or jot down reminders in this handy, eco-friendly papemelroti writing pad. It features a space to jot down things to accomplish, the best part of the day, today's affirmation, insights, and realizations. A great way to remember...
Vintage Philippine Map Decoposter
This papemelroti decoposter features a Philippine map illustration that is perfect for any traveler. Great to hang in your own home or to give as a gift to an adventurous soul. Original design by award-winning papemelroti graphic artist Robert Alejandro Decoupaged...
Let's Draw with Robert Alejandro DIY Kit: Bahay Kubo
Learn how to draw with Teacher Robert Alejandro! This special kit includes all the materials you need to get started plus a special mini book that guides you or your child through the process of drawing a “Bahay Kubo". Great...
Words That Inspire Scroll: ABC
Hang something on your wall to inspire you. This Christian theme papemelroti scroll poster features encouraging message about life. Original design by papemelroti graphic artist Calej 11" x 8.25" (28 cm x 21 cm) Printed in full color 100% recycled paperboard...
Affirmation Metal Wall Decor: Faith - White
Add an uplifting touch to your home with this original papemelroti metal wall art by designer Robert Alejandro. Appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Place it in your home, garden or give it as a gift. 11.5" x 11.25"H...
Affirmation Notecards: Happiness
Express your love, gratitude, and well wishes with these original papemelroti blank notecards. Each box contains 12 blank cards with 3 designs. Original design by award-winning papemelroti graphic artist Robert Alejandro 5.5" x 5.5" (14cm x 14cm) With kraft envelope...