Marikina's Cultural Mapping Project Is Nearly Finished

PIO Department


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Marikina is almost done with its Cultural Mapping Heritage Project that started in August of this year.

Marikina’s cultural mappers — composed of teachers, representatives from different communities and employees of City Hall — attended the third module of the project on October 11 and 12. During the first day, the participants attended a lecture on how to go about documenting the city’s craft, culinary and tradition. The second day was spent doing the actual research on these three topics.

For craft, the participants did a research on shoe making and visited the factory of Valentino Shoes, one of Marikina’s oldest shoe manufacturers.

For culinary, they visited the Kusina ni Kambal restaurant where a cooking demonstration on how to prepare Marikina’s homegrown dishes — “waknatoy” and “everlasting” — was held.

“Waknatoy” is Marikina’s version of the “menudo” (a popular Filipino pork stew dish) with sweet pickles. “Everlasting” is Marikina’s version of meatloaf.

For tradition, the Marikina Dance Guild performed and gave a lecture on Marikina’s own folk dances called Lerion and Balse.

Marikina is 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.” His former residence known as “Kapitan Moy” has been converted into the center for culture and the arts of Marikina.

The fourth and last module of the project, which will be about heritage tourism and industries, will be held on November 8 and 9.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro is the proponent of the project that aims to:

*Identify and document distinct natural, built, intangible and tangible heritages of Marikina;

*Create awareness and appreciation among stakeholders and the community around Marikina City; and,

*Provide basis for the development of a piece of legislation and initiate local ordinances concerning heritage.

The Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office is the lead implementer of the project.

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. 

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