Marikina Shoes and Bags Makers Expect Brisk Sales at Shoe Bazaar
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Manufacturers of shoes and bags from Marikina City expect brisk sales at their pop up stores at the Shoe Bazaar located at the Freedom Park.
The Shoe Bazaar opened yesterday, November 12, as part of the nearly two-month celebration of the Sapatos Festival in Marikina City. The bazaar – where 48 shoes and bags manufactures are showcasing their products at the booths inside a huge tent set up at the Freedom Park – will run until January 6, 2019.
“Ine-expect namin na malakas ang sales this year,” said Mira Juanson, who owns Scarpe (Italian word for shoes) Shoes. “Every year since we joined in 2015, tumataas ng tumataas ang sales namin.”
The 30-year-old Mira said there is a growing number of Filipinos who are already aware of the high quality of Marikina-made shoes that is why more and more people patronize them. Also, most consumers know that during the Sapatos Festival, shoes are sold at discounted prices and even at factory prices, Mira added.
“Tiwala na ang mga tao sa gawang Marikina kaya siguro mas marami ng namimili rito,” said Mira, whose five-year-old company makes and sells mostly ladies casual shoes – flats including ballet flats and wedges.
“Tulong-tulong din kami rito na gumawa ng ingay sa social media tungkol sa Shoe Bazaar, kaya mas madami ng pumunta dito para mamili,” she said.
Mira’s shoes are priced from P300 to 1,000 per pair.
Rossana Tuazon of Xykie Shoes echoed Mira’s views.
“Kapag ganitong open na ang Sapatos Festival, nag-uumpisa ng dumagsa ang mga mamimili. Kabilang na ang mga naghu-whole sale. Tanong ng tanong na nga lately ang aming mga suki kung kailan daw magbubukas itong Sapatos Festival. Excited sila lahat sa pagbubukas nito,” said Rossana, who has been joining the Shoe Bazaar since 2011.
Xykie sells men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and slippers. Prices range from P300 to P650 a pair, which are 50 percent lower than the regular selling prices at their mall outlets, said Rossana.
“Palakas ng palakas at paganda ng paganda ang benta namin dito. Lalo na siguro ngayon dahil mas maganda ang set-up ng mga booth. Lahat kami nakaharap sa tao at kitang-kita agad,” said Rossana who was helping a customer while being interviewed. “Taon-taon may mga dumadayo dito. May mga taga-probinsiya. Hindi lang mga taga-karatig bayan."
For his part, Mark Pulido said the Shoe Bazaar usually attracts consumers who are looking for something that they can give as gifts during Christmas, including companies for their yearly corporate giveaways.
“This is our fourth time to join the Shoe Bazaar. Noong una, nangangapa pa kami. Hindi pa namin alam kung ano ang gusto ng mga tao. Pero siyempre, sa kalaunan natuto rin,” said the 31-year-old Mark, whose brand, Salvador Bags and Shoes, makes and sells mostly women’s bags – totes and sling bags.
Prices at Salvador’s range from P350 to P750.
The Shoe Bazaar is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 in the morning. The Freedom Park is located right across the Marikina City Hall along Shoe Avenue.
Mayor Marcy Teodoro led the opening ceremonies of the Shoe Bazaar yesterday, assisted by shoes and bags manufacturers, local government officials and City Hall employees.
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