Historic Kapitan Moy Under Renovation

PIO Department


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The historic Kapitan Moy is undergoing renovation after its roof was damaged by a tornado middle of last month, just hours before super typhoon “Ompong” made a landfall in the country.

Built in 1780, Kapitan Moy played a significant role in the development of Marikina because it was here where the first pair of shoes in the Philippines was made in 1887. The building used to be the residence of Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevara, the prime mover behind the production of the country’s first ever pair of shoes 131 years ago.

Kapitan Moy also played a major role in the country’s history. It served as a camp for American soldiers in 1901. Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Katipunan, once visited the place.

Now known as the Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina (Cultural Center of Marikina), Kapitan Moy has become a favorite place for holding important events of the City Government such as the celebration of the founding anniversary of Marikina City. It is also available for rent as venue for weddings, receptions, debuts and other important occasions.

A must-see for everyone, particularly students and enthusiasts of history and architecture, Kapitan Moy’s ancestral house is a product of architectural evolution in the country. Its steep, hip roof, the post and lintel construction, the light and airy structure and the elevated quarters are inspired by the Philippine-style “Bahay Kubo.” Its sense of grandeur and solidity, dramatic arrangements of space, use of masonry, the simple ornamental systems are all reminiscent of European architecture.

Kapitan Moy houses the famous Café Kapitan and the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office at the ground floor. Its second floor serves as a venue for important events and is being rented out to the public.

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