Celebrating Marikina’s Rich Culture, History and Heritage
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Marikina City holds some of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in the country all year round, honoring traditions, celebrating heritage and culture.
Marikina Day and Ka-angkan Festival
Ka-angkan or Angkan-Angkan Day, celebrated in April, honors the values of kinship, belongingness and solidarity of the city’s multi-clan populace. It also gives tribute to the city’s families who have made Marikina their place of home for a hundred years.
Coinciding with the Marikina Day, which celebrates the founding of the city on April 16, 1630, the Ka-angkan festival’s main highlight is the parade of the clans, or old families, with members of each clan proudly proclaiming their “bansag” or special title through banners and costumes.
Expect a fiesta-like atmosphere with colorful and creative banners, banderitas (the staple in every Filipino fiesta celebration) and a cacophony of sounds from drums and bugles to add more life to the festive mood.
Rehiyon, Rehiyon is a lively festival that pays tribute to the migrants who have chosen to stay in Marikina and contributed significantly to its progress. A carnival like atmosphere prevails in the air as the citizens of the city revels in street dancing and production numbers wearing magnificent costumes that also showcase the culture and heritage of Marikina. It also commemorates the local government’s celebration of Marikina’s cityhood anniversary on December 8.
Sapatos Festival is a three-month long festival that usually begins in September. It showcases the creativity, craftsmanship, style and quality of shoes, a product Marikina is known for, hence former President Ramon Magsaysay declared Marikina as the shoe capital of the Philippines in 1956. The festival features parades, cultural presentations, trade fares featuring shoes made in the city, visits to the shoe museum, among other fun activities that attracted tourist from all over the country, as well as from abroad.
Marikina has long been confident of the quality of its shoes. After all, it is the city’s pride and heritage. Despite the influx of cheap footwear from other countries, the promise of Marikina shoes is the confidence in the craftsmanship behind the making of every pair that’s available at an affordable price.
Among the highlights of the festival is the race called Tour de Takong, where participants are required to wear stillettos with at least three inches in height instead of the usual running shoes. Since the race started in 2011, it has attracted a multitude of participants from all over the country, and is one of the highly-anticipated events in the city.
Marikina Christmas Festival
Marikina Christmas Festival marks the start of the celebration of the Christmas season in the city held at the entire stretch of the Marikina River. It is a surefire crowd pleaser as it has always attracted a multitude of crowd every year coming from different places.
Among the main attractions include the nightly entertainment shows at the well-lighted Marikina River that’s also teeming with stalls selling shoes, bags, clothes, toys, home accessories, Christmas decors and a lot more at affordable prices. Some festival goers simply enjoy strolling along the riverbank, enjoying the cool air and dazzling lights.
One of the objectives of this event, held every February, is to banner the flagship program of the NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) through a month long citywide event. Art Month aims to promote and support Filipino Artistry through life transforming works of local artist and to inform Marikiños on various activities and showcase related to arts. Part of this celebration are talks from local artists, exhibits, among others.
Marikina Christian Festival
This event is a city-wide observation of the Lenten Season. Among the usual activities lined-up for this event are March for Jesus and Bisikleta Iglesia, where those who want to visit different churches in Marikina use bicycles.
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