It is best known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. During its heyday, most of the shoes manufactured in the Philippines were made here. Known for its undeniable craftsmanship, Marikina shoes are still revered as the classic shoe—well made and finely crafted. So famous are the shoes, that there is a museum on JP Rizal St. dedicated to footwear. The Shoe Museum gives a glimpse of footwear history in Marikina and the world. In the late 1800’s, Kapitan Moy Guevarra learned and crafted shoes instead of the native bakya or wooden slippers, teaching and working with the locals during off-harvest season.
There are shoes from Philippine presidents and famous actors, but most notably 749 pairs of shoes from the lady who is known for her excessive and eccentric taste in footwear—Imelda Marcos. The building itself is historic, from an old Spanish arsenal, it also became the holding cell of General Macario Sakay during the Filipino-American war.
The House of Kapitan Moy Guevarra is now the Sentrong Pangultura ng Marikina (Cultural Center of Marikina). Buy a pair of this hometown product in the Marikina Shoe Trade Fair.
Several churches, built in what we call “Earthquake Baroque,” are located in Marikina, such as the Lady of the Abandoned Church and Jesus dela Peña Church.
In the last few years, Marikina has revamped itself to become a model city. The Marikina River Park is a system of expansive tree-lined walkers. It’s perfect for that morning jog and has 56-kilometers dedicated to bikers.