The second half of the duo behind the popular local stationary shop Papemelroti, Bienvenido “Benny” Alejandro, passed away at the age of 92 as confirmed by the shop’s official Instagram account yesterday, May 15. His wife and co-founder Corit died last 2014.
Bienvenido and Corit established Korben Gifts (a merge of their names) in October 1967 in Alimall, Cubao; but in the summer of 1976 changed it into Papemelroti – the merged names of the couple’s five children, Patsy, Peggy, Meldy, Robert, and Tina.
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The papemelroti family sends off our co-founder, our beloved Sir Benny. May he rest in God’s eternal peace 🙏🏽 – Bienvenido G. Alejandro August 18, 1926-May 15, 2019 – 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' Matt 25:21
One of the children, Patsy, took to Facebook to express her love and farewell for her dear father: “You were always my champion when I needed one. You took care of us in many practical ways that we sometimes took for granted.”
“You were a faithful, loving husband, a wonderful father, and a fun lolo! We rejoice in the hope that we will all be together one day!”
According to Paterno’s post, the wake will take place at Loyola Commonwealth.
This story originally appeared on Manila Bulletin Entertainment.