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2008 Christmas e-Newsletter

03 Dec 2008

Dear Friend,

"Hope never fails us..." Romans 5:5

The times we live in are uncertain but so were the days when Jesus was born. Bethlehem was a place subdued by Greeks, Romans and Muslims at different points in its history and was at that time under the rule of Herod, a man known for his brutality.

Generally, people led very simple lives and lived under the shadow of their rulers. They were hoping for a saviour who would release them from poverty and oppression.

Who would have known that the saviour they were looking for would come in the form of a helpless baby and that the gift he brought was not only for them but for all generations to come?

Today, as we rise to the challenges of a world in crisis, let us remember the eternal hope that is ever before us, and how it comes to us in ways the world does not recognize. It often comes as a still, small voice reassuring us that we have a God who holds all things in His hands. Let us hope and rejoice that our Saviour lives not just in the past, but is with us as we face today and tomorrow!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.~Romans 15:13

e-Newsletter Editor

In this issue
Papemelroti Craft: Paper Dove-making
12 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas
Backpack Book Now Available!
Papemelroti Updates
Books for Less Updates
Reseller's Corner
New Products from Papemelroti

Papemelroti Craft: Paper Dove-making
See our woven paper doves hanging in our branches? Here's a video that will show you how to make it for your own decorative purposes!

This is a paper craft handed down from generation to generation in some Philippine families. It's usually made out of banana leaves. Oftentimes the weaving method featured is used for boiling rice, natively called "puso". Click here to view

12 Ways to Have a Merry Christmas
Once the "ber" months roll in, we sometimes feel a rising panic at the thought of all the preparations, shopping, parties, traffic and crowds that come with the season. It would be helpful to plan to have the most memorable Christmas ever without spending or stressing much!

1. This time is for family! Get out your calendar and block out the days you want to spend with your family. Stick to it strictly even if you get invited to last minute parties or get tempted to work overtime just to impress the boss.

2. When spending quality time with your loved ones, don't just spend time watching a telenovela or movie but as much as possible, have an interactive activity such as playing cards or board games or better yet telling stories of the blessings of the past year!

3. Have a time for peace and quiet. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, recharge by going by yourself to some place conducive to pleasant thoughts. Thank God for another year of life and meditate on how He wants you to approach the new year. Read Jeremiah 29:11 and pray for all your plans to be led by God's Spirit!

4. Serve the most impoverished in your neighborhood. Jesus, whose birth we celebrate said "whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40). How delighted He would be as we give this gift! Aspire to give hope to those who have lost theirs by acts of selfless deeds of kindness.

5. Dress the house up in lights! This year, instead of the old Christmas decor, make your own! Cut out easy to do snowflakes (see this video) or make paper doves (below) and put Christmas lights on them to add sparkle to your home!

6. Celebrate the Advent Season with special traditions! Make an advent wreathe (click here to know how) or make a Countdown Calendar! The calendar can be filled with daily activities you can offer to God as your gifts for His coming! Example of things you may offer to Him is to serve your parents one day and say an encouraging word to someone sad on another day.

7. Try a new recipe and cook it together with family and friends! This is quality time you will remember for years to come and the best reward is the afterward tasting session!

8. Gather friends and family for a memorable video! Write down interview questions for your oldest relatives to preserve these precious stories for generations to come. Gather the children for their own presentation. On Christmas eve, watching this video can be your reunion activity.

9. Sing Christmas carols around a bonfire until you run out of songs to sing!

10. Read the Christmas story to your children and if you would like their imagination and creativity to flourish, act it out in a play and let them participate.

11. Here's an easy way to make a Christmas like no other. Instead of putting the gifts under the tree, why not hide them and make a map for the recipients to find it.

12. Bless your whole family with a retreat. Join church-based events or make your own. You can also integrate a time to be spiritually recharged during your family reunion by having the family, including little children, write down blessings they've received and collecting this in a yearly scrapbook for all to cherish!

Backpack Book Now Available!
See nine countries on a budget of only P50,000 for 10 weeks, inclusive of airfare, food, accommodations, land travel and museum fees. Sounds impossible?

The Travel Club, the country’s preferred one-stop travel shop, says it is possible as it launches The Sketching Backpacker, a breakthrough travel book about backpacking, written by freelance graphic designer/Papemelroti artist/ TV reporter and true-blue backpacker, Robert Alejandro. Printed on recycled paper, The Sketching Backpacker chronicles Alejandro’s 10-week backpack adventures around Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Macau, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Read more

Get the book at Papemelroti outlets for P390 / $11.15 each.

Papemelroti Updates!
Kiosks to Stores! Several of our kiosks are moving to bigger and better locations!
  • Robinson's Place Manila kiosk has now moved to the Ground floor near the Padre Faura entrance.
  • Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall kiosk is moving to the 2nd level.
  • Glorietta 3, 3rd floor is moving to the Ground floor, Glorietta 3 beside Bon Appetite.
  • Gateway kiosk is moving to the Level 2 beside MRT entrance.

Reseller's Corner
The trick to having a well stocked store.

Papemelroti's advantage over other retail outlets is that it manufactures its products and for most of our products, you need only to give us enough lead time to produce the items that are popular in your shop. You need never have to run out of saleable products if you are able to plan ahead for coming occasions. Please allow 2-3 weeks for us to make products that are not in stock anymore.

We also come up with new products every month so you have a wide variety of items to choose from. We also try to respond quickly to reseller suggestions so let us know what is selling fast in your shop and we will produce more of that kind for you!

We've also created a community online for all resellers so you can swap information with each other on the latest business tricks of the trade! Sign up now and enjoy a world of opportunity with other papemelroti resellers and distributors!

Want to try being a reseller? Click here for more information

Books for Less Updates
New Arrivals! We've got 60 square feet of new books just come in!

Get 10% Discount for your BFL purchases!
Be sure to keep all your receipts!!! Accumulated purchases amounting to P10,000 will entitle you to your very own privilege card!

Want to be a DEALER?
Contact: LANIE DE LEON 633-8584, 633-8557 / 0920-8131020 

FYI: Soon to open! Books for Less at the 2nd flr. Berkley Square, Commonwealth Ave.

More fyi: Hot drinks on us! For every P250 purchase, get a FREE drink! Spend some downtime with us and enjoy a restful browse among our rich selection of reading material! Stop by your nearest BFL branch today! Click here to see which branch is nearest you! It's easy to find the book you need at Books for Less! Just e-mail or contact the TEXT Hotline at 630-9999 (no format needed). For other BFL inquiries, please e-mail Books for Less or call 371-4539 for details. For branches and other information visit their updated website at

New Papemelroti Products!

  • Advent Wreathe makes the season more special with anticipation! Standard design comes with the Holy Family. Includes prayers for each week of Advent.
  • Backpack Book (see above description)
  • Filipiniana Just Raw Art T-shirts by award-winning Graphic Designer Robert Alejandro. 19 new designs to choose from. Wear each shirt proudly! P499 / $14.26 each view all the designs
  • Glass candleholders with assorted designs. Ideal for a family gift with words "God bless our home" and "Let your Light Shine". #107-51 costs P129 / $3.69 or larger size #107-50 costs P189 / $5.40 each.
  • Porcelain rose jewelry is now available in limited supply. Neckace #20-3-2191 and Earrings #20-1-2186 cost P49 / $1.40 each pair. view
  • Napkin holders made of recycled wood and full color decoupage designs.
  • New Designs of Greeting Cards, 8800 Notepads and White Pads!
  • Architecture and Scenes giftwrapper #600-11 are depictions of Asian streetlife. Designed while on a backpacking trip across Southeast Asia by the Sketching Backpacker. P6 each.
  • Metal Waste Segragation Bin #189-90 is foldable and its canvas cover is washable. Plastic/ Paper/ Metal is easily separated for easier re-use or for sending to waste trade markets for cash! An original Papemelroti product. P799 / $23 each
  • Mini Compartment for jewelry and knick knacks in different cover designs. With 3 drawer spaces. P94 / $2.69.
  • Porcelain Rose Flowers for different craft projects. Only P10 / $0.29 each pair.
  • More products at the stores! Click here to order or inquire.

Papemelroti branches are located at: SM City North EDSA 9285828, SM Fairview 9393594, Ali Mall and Gateway Cubao 9111267, SM Centerpoint 7161580, Glorietta III, SM Southmall 8064578, SM Megamall 6341270, Sta Lucia East Grand Mall, Robinson's Place Manila, SM San Lazaro 7420143, SM Manila 5218607, SM Clark, Pampanga (045) 4990080, SM Pampanga, Main branch: 91 Roces Avenue 3751069/ 3742442 / 4120887.

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