Marikina Commences Cultural Mapping Project

PIO Department


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The Cultural Mapping Heritage Project of Marikina -- which includes conducting an exhaustive research on culture, heritage and history of the city -- started yesterday, Tuesday.

Educators and cultural mappers began their fieldwork on 16 barangays of Marikina, which entails visiting historical landscapes, churches such as the Our Lady of the Abandoned, antique houses and other landmarks, as well as interviewing Marikenos, especially those who are knowledgeable about the city’s rich and colorful past.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro is the prime mover behind the project and it is being done in partnership with the UST-Center for Conservation and Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics (CCPET), DepEd Marikina, and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina (PLMAR). The Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office is the lead implementer of the project and is the coordinating with various parties involved in the research.

The ultimate goal of the project is to support, promote and preserve the history, culture and heritage of Marikina, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines because it was here where the country’s first pair of shoes was made in 1887 under the stewardship of Don Laureano Guevara, better known as “Kapitan Moy.”

In fact, the ancestral house where Kapitan Moy used to live is now part of Marikina’s heritage and has been declared as the center for culture and the arts in the city.

Republic Act 10066 mandates all Local Government Units to conduct a comprehensive cultural heritage mapping of their areas, covering both tangible (structures and artifacts) and intangible (practices, knowledge, skills). The result of the cultural mapping shall be submitted and registered with the Philippine Registry of Cultural Property.

Marikina, celebrating its 388th Founding Anniversary this year, is home to some of the oldest churches, houses, streets, traditions and practices in the country. It is only one of the two cities in Metro Manila that has its own folk dances known as Lerion and Balse Marikina, both have become popular in other parts of the country thanks to the efforts of the city's various dance guilds and troupes such as the Marikina Dance Guild.

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