Marikina-made Shoes Continue to Draw Customers
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When it comes to shoes and other leather goods, Marikina is the undisputed powerhouse. This is not surprising because the city is known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, where the country's shoe industry was born in 1887.
Given its provenance, Marikina continues to draw customers from other places in the country that are looking for well-crafted shoes, bags and other goods made from leather at affordable prices.
This month is no exception.
The Senior Citizen Neighborhood Association of Bacoor, Cavite on Tuesday dropped by at the Marikina Shoe Trade Fair for some shopping after a cultural tour of Marikina.
Before them, several groups such as the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte National Coordinating Committee (MRRDNCC) also did some shopping at the trade fair after holding a feeding program for the victims of tropical storm “Karding” in Marikina.
Also this month, “Lakbay Aral” delegates from Camarines Sur visited the trade fair and bought several pairs of shoes and other products.
Meanwhile, the Disaster Risk Management Reduction Office (DRRMO) of Davao City through its head Emmanuel Jaldon, promised to buy shoes for its personnel in Marikina. Jaldon, who delivered the DRRMO’s assistance to the victims of typhoon Karding in the city, said he would recommend ordering 500 pairs of shoes from Marikina. Davao became a sister city of Marikina in June this year.
It is not only groups who are touring the city that are drawn to the Marina Shoe Trade Fair to buy shoes and other products. There are also a number of walk-in clients who do their shopping,especially during weekends and paydays.
The Marikina Shoe Trade Fair, which sells shoes, bags, belts and other leather goods made in Marikina, is located at the ground floor of the East Grandstand of the Marikina Sports Center along McDonald's Avenue. The trade fair is managed by the Trade and Industry Office of Marikina headed by Ma. Lourdes "Lou" Dela Paz.
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