Art Sale!

Now you don’t have to wait for the annual Art in the Park to get your Patricia Paterno paintings!  Each is part of her Sunrise Collection and each will bring such joy and inspiration wherever you want to place it.

Patsy gets up early in the morning to pray and paint so you know that each of these creations are loving works of heart!

Their themes are always uplifting with the vibrant colors and scripture verses on many of them.  The mood they convey is infectious!

You can find her paintings at the Vintage Shop, at the 2nd floor of the Papemelroti main shop in 91 Roces Ave. Quezon City.

See the many new additions to the vintage clothing mix there too!

Each painting seems to wish you a blessed day!  Here is one in detail.


50% OFF on Selected Items at the Vintage Shop!

Visit us today!  Map and directions

For inquiries, call (632) 412-6487 or (632) 375-1069

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Juan Project: Salamat

Hours and hours of trekking (through mud, steep mountains, a rainstorm, heat, cold etc.). Packing school supplies (till the wee hours of the morning) to create hundreds of school bag “packs”. Miles and miles of off road bumps and dangerous cliffs to reach these kids. It was SO WORTH IT. 

Salamat sa lahat ng nag donate para mabuo ang mga pinamigay na school supplies. So many kids will be excited for the next school year smile emoticon

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A Life of Purpose

So what’s our purpose in focusing on purpose?

Isn’t life supposed to be deconstructed and isn’t it beneficial to just go with the flow?  Some feel life is just a fleeting spark that comes and goes.  For others, it’s a never ending party.  For most of us, we want our lives to be filled with purpose and meaning.

A study found that people with a sense of purpose lived longer.  Whether they were young or old, or whether they had simple or dreams of grandeur, these helped them more effectively fight off stress and sicknesses such as heart disease.

Since the 12th century, the French word porpos meant “intention, aim” and the porposer meant to put forth”.

We know we have a purpose, a mission, but where did we get that?  We were given a purpose by the One who created us!  He has a master plan for our lives that includes blessing and goodness.  

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declared the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

His purposes for us are the very best!  “God’s will is “good, pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Everything happens for a reason and even when it doesn’t seem like it, God works to give us fullness of life.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

God wants us to work hand in hand with Him to complete His purpose in us.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

We may not know it but we actually desire what God desires for us.  Fulfilling His purpose is going to fulfill ours!

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

How do I know what is my purpose?  
Pray. Listen. Obey.

A poor monk habitually prayed and one day he hears a voice seemingly from an old wooden cross, “Rebuild my Church”.

He listened.  He then obeyed.  He build up a small church with his bare hands starting to put brick after brick, one on top of the other.  

Today in Assisi, Italy you can still see the quaint little church that Saint Francis built and how God called him to eventually rebuild the whole Church through his life of selflessness and simplicity.

A life of purpose for selfish gain will only end up in dissatisfaction but a life that is lived according to God’s purposes for our lives will bring us to lasting peace and joy that this world can never give us.

You may think it will take you years before you can hear God speak to you about your purpose but know that God wants to tell us what our purpose is!  

“…God rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

So let’s go and pray, listen and obey!  May each of us find our true purpose!


A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
How Do I Find My God-given Purpose? by Gillis Triplett

*Feel free to share the graphics posted here!  
(Only for personal use.  Commercial use requires permission.)

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Recycle Challenge Winner! DIY Plastic Lantern

Drum roll please!  WE HAVE GOT A WINNER!

Congratulations to Leslie Anne Monzon of Las Piñas City for winning the Recycle Challenge Contest!  She has shared with us her ingenious idea!

What we love about her project is that the materials are so easy to find and the finished product is really so very useful!

Leslie Anne says, “This lantern is basically made out of an old bilao, plastic bottles, plastic
cups and plastic bags. The lantern is inspired by the earth, considering its
shape and colors. My finished work is now hanging in our living




Disassemble the bilao and
take out the bamboo strips. (The bamboo strips will be used as the skeleton for
the lantern.)
Create a sphere shaped frame/ skeleton using the bamboo strips and strings. You
will have to decide how many strips you want to use for the frame/skeleton. The
more the strips are, the more durable the frame will be.
Cut out the colored plastic bottles, the bottom of the colored plastic cups and
the colored plastic bags into shapes that will fit the resulting hole pattern of
the frame.
Stick the cut out plastic bottles and plastic bags using the glue gun to cover
the holes. (Leave at least two (2) holes uncovered so that there will be an
access when you put the lighting element inside.

Using the cardboard: Create holes with sizes and number enough for each
Christmas light bulbs to be inserted in the cardboard.   
* Using a rolled tissue tube: Create holes with sizes and number enough for each
Christmas light bulbs to be inserted from the inside.
Insert the Christmas light bulbs through the holes.
Leave at least a half inch for each of the ends of the cardboard  without
Christmas light bulbs.
Connect the extra inches of the cardboard to make it into a tube.
Make sure that all the cables are inside the tube to make it look neat.

Insert the finished tube lighting element inside the sphere through the
uncovered holes of the sphere.
Tie up the lighting element at the top and bottom of the sphere so that it won’t
move inside the frame.
Tie up an extra string at the top of the sphere so that you can hang it in your
bedroom or in the living room.
Make sure that the Christmas light plug is outside so that you can now light it

Thank you Leslie Anne!

We hope you guys will try this project and provide a way to reduce the landfills of plastic!

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Off the Wall

Graphic designer Robert Alejandro has been creating such charming creatures with his Papemelroti paintings!

Robert’s shares some thoughts with us on his art…

“Most of you don’t know – I’ve always been insecure about my art. 
Insecurities of “why aren’t I an artsy artist”? Why am I not part of “art manila”? Why don’t I have a gallery handling me? Why am I not paid big bucks for my art?

All these why’s. All these insecurities.

Recently, a wise friend advised me, “you should be thankful that so many people admire your art and are inspired by it”. My friend is right. 

And so I will (try my best to) put aside my insecurities and instead replace it with gratitude and sharing. 

These were my thoughts as I painted the latest mural for Papemelroti UP Town Center. 
This is a detail of the mural. I sincerely hope you enjoy my art.”


The Craft Party
Can you imagine exploring some remote wooded area and chancing upon a party of animals chatting and busy with crafty projects? A cat preparing for papier-mâché, a hedgehog doing bead work, a pug sculpting, the kingfisher is drawing and a reindeer doing carpentry. 

“Freestyle drawing” is what I call it. When I’m done painting with acrylics, I use a pencil and just scribble and doodle. 

Some people (Facebook friends) asked if I could draw some Philippine endemic animals in my next#papemelroti “mural”. Well, here is a Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher. 

Do you know there are 200+ endemic bird species in the Philippines????!!!!! This is a drawing of one of them: the Apo myna.

This is a detail from my latest Papemelroti mural at UP town center. It’s a hedgehog fiddling around with small pliers and beads making a charm bracelet. Guess how big is this hedgehog drawing?

This bulldog doesn’t seem too happy about the sculpture he’s making!

When I did my last #papemelroti mural at #smfairview , some followers asked me to paint other animals such as a reindeer. Request granted! Here is mr (or is it a ms?) reindeer working on some carpentry project.

While the cat, kingfisher, hedgehog and reindeer are busy working on their craft projects, the black bunny is in it for the free food. 

The little owl is next to his papa owl. I painted this with acrylics directly on whitewashed pine wood (recycled from crating material). See (or FIND) the actual artwork at 

#papemelroti #uptowncenter#iloveuptowncenter

To see these works of art in person, visit the newest Papemelroti branches at UP Town Center and Shoppesville Greenhills.

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Postcards from Sri Lanka

Accompany Robert Alejandro on one of his journeys!

This time he visits a land of many names.  It is often called the Land of Lions and the Land of Serendipity.

It is said to be called the Land of Lions because Sri Lanka has it’s roots in the Sanskrit word “Sinhala” which means “the blood of lions”.  Though lions never originated here, they used to call the men here “lion-like” which meant someone who resembled a hero to the townsfolk.  

It’s also known as the Land of Serendipity because as early as 361 AD, it was called the Arabic word “Serenib”.   Serendipity as we know it know is then correlated with “The Three Princes of Serenib”, the 13th century story of explorers who would make discoveries by chance.

Needless to say this place has a rich cultural heritage and is catching the eye of travelers who are looking for attractions off the beaten track.

While many of us bring home our memories using our handy cameras and zoom through as many destinations as we possibly can, Robert likes to take it slow on his travels.  You will oftentimes catch him sketching by the roadside.  With his brush and pens in hand, he creates stunning postcards to send to his loved ones at home.  Here are some of his work.

 Ella is a small village on a hill.  200 kilometers from the nation’s capital, here, one can imagine himself a hermit.  It’s surrounded by cloud forests and tea plantations.

Robert said you could just sit and watch as different wild bird species alight near enough so you can appreciate their beauty.

The place is a biodiverse area for flora and fauna.

Here’s Robert (while he wasn’t sketching) and we wonder where he is off to next?

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