Marikina Ushers In Joyous Christmas Season
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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” so says the lyrics of the song with the same title popularized by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters in 1951.
Marikina City ushered in the joyous Christmas season by putting up lanterns along A. Bonifacio Avenue and at the Barangka Flyover yesterday.
The City Government has also started putting up Christmas lights at the Floating Shoe barges at the Marikina River, where a number of events are usually held to celebrate the Christmas season such as a concert and a “tiangge” (pop-up shops) along the riverbanks.
“Paskong-pasko na sa Marikina! Nagkabit na ang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng mga parol…. upang maagang madama ng mga Marikenyo ang diwa at sigla ng Pasko. Ganito sa Marikina, makulay at puno ng buhay ang kapaligiran. Ganoon din sa puso at diwa ng bawat tahanang Marikenyo,” the Public Information Office (PIO) of Marikina posted on its Facebook page yesterday.
The Christmas festivities will also mark the celebration of the annual Sapatos Festival and the Rehiyon-Rehiyon Cultural Festival, two of the most important events in Marikina, known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.
The Sapatos Festival pays homage to the local shoe industry, its craftsmen and artisans. It is celebrated with trade fairs showcasing the shoes, bags and other leather goods made in Marikina City, parades and cultural presentations.
Rehiyon-Rehiyon pays tribute to the migrants who have chosen to stay and reside in Marikina and contributed significantly to its progress. This festival is celebrated with a carnival-like parade where the participants are dressed in colorful costumes, street dancing and cultural presentations. It also commemorates the celebration of Marikina’s cityhood anniversary on December 8.
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