Mayor Marcy Leads Opening of Sapatos Festival, Shoe Bazaar

PIO Department


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Mayor Marcy Teodoro today, Monday, November 12, formally opened the Sapatos Festival and the Shoe Bazaar at the Freedom Park.

The Shoe Bazaar, which will run until January 6 next year, will showcase Marikina City's main products — shoes, bags, belts and other leather goods and fashion accessories. There will be 48 manufacturers from Marikina that will be selling their products that are value for money because of their high quality, durability and affordability.

After the mass and the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mayor Marcy went inside the big tent set up at the Freedom Park and visited each booth. He also spoke with some of the shoe manufacturers who proudly showed him their booths inside the tent.

Marikina is known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines because it was here where the first pair of shoes was made in 1887 that paved the way for the establishment of a vibrant shoe industry that has contributed much to the economy, culture and heritage of Marikina.

Given the important role played by the shoe industry in Marikina's economic, cultural and social development, Mayor Marcy has lined up a number of measures to bolster Marikina's footwear and leather goods including organizing several bazaars and caravans that will help expand the market for these products.

The Sapatos Festival is just one of the major festivals and events that will be celebrated this month and in December. On December 9, Marikina will mark the Rehiyon, Rehiyon Festival that honors the Marikeños who settled in the city from other places of the country and made Marikina their home.

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