As Shoe Museum Turns 18, Marikina Hosts Grand Debut Celebration Tomorrow

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The Shoe Museum will turn 18 tomorrow, Saturday, February 16. To mark its debut and 18th anniversary, the City Government of Marikina, Zapateria and the shoemakers, manufacturers and artisans of the city will be hosting a grand celebration deserving of the lady in full bloom and the industry that nurtured it, ready to conquer the world.

Among the activities lined up for tomorrow include a live exhibition on how to make shoes billed as Step by Step: Live Exhibition on Shoemaking by Zapateria in partnership with FringeMNL, Pineapple Lab, Stride Collective, Shoe Artisans Society of Filipino Footwear Designer Development Guild, DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.

Skilled shoemaker Noel Box, officer-in-charge of the Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO), along with other older generation of Marikina footwear craftsmen back-to-back with the new generation of shoe designers and makers, will be among those that would participate in the live shoemaking exhibition.

The Marikina Dance Guild will provide a cultural presentation that will honor Marikina’s skilled and talented shoemakers and the movers behind the industry that contributed so much to the city’s economy, livelihood, culture, tradition and heritage since the first pair of shoes was made in 1887. The Marikina Rondalla Band will provide the music.

Founded on February 16, 2001, the Shoe Museum houses more than a thousand pairs of shoes from the country’s famous personalities, dignitaries and celebrities; former presidents and vice presients of the republic, senators, cabinet secretaries, diplomats and Marikina mayors; as well as 800 pairs from the former First Lady Imelda Marcos. Famous comedian Dolphy had donated a pair of shoes that’s on display at the museum along with other celebrities.

The museum is also home to traditional footwear from other countries, as well as a rare collection of pairs of shoes designed and made by artisans that were entered into city-sponsored shoe design competitions. Shoes designed by famed Marikina shoemakers Rolando “Tatay Oly” Santos and Kiko Medina are also on display at the Shoe Museum.

The Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office headed by Ponchie Santos, MASIDO, Zapateria and the shoe manufactures of Marikina are working together for this grand celebration of the Shoe Museum – a temple of the city’s vibrant soul and sole.

The program will start at exactly 1 o’clock in the afternoon at the Shoe Museum. Entrance is free for all Marikina residents.

For more information about the event, please call the tourism office at (02) 646-1823 or drop by its office at the G/F of Kapitan Moy building on J.P. Rizal St., Brgy. Sta. Elena Marikina City. The Shoe Museum is also located along J.P. Rizal St. in Brgy. Sta. Elena, a few steps away from the Kapitay Moy building, where the first pair of shoes  in Marikina was made in 1887.

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