The Season of Gift Giving and Hunting Starts in Marikina
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The annual Shoe Bazaar in Marikina City, the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, opened yesterday, marking the start of the season for gift giving and hunting.
There are 48 manufacturers of shoes, bags, wallets and other leather goods from Marikina who are selling their products at the booths inside a huge tent at the Freedom Park. These products are being offered at a discount or at factory prices, making them value-for-money because they are durable, comfortable and made of high quality materials and craftsmanship.
Since the bazaar started several years ago, it has become a favorite hunting ground for those who are looking for something that they can give themselves, to their families, friends, and in the case of companies and entrepreneurs, as corporate giveaways to favored clients.
"Usually ang mga pumupunta dito ay bumili ng pang-regalo. Siyempre dahil Christmas," said Mark Pulido, who is one of the manufacturers and sellers at the bazaar. His brand, Salvador Bags and Shoes, are selling ladies bags at the bazaar. "So ang mga binibili iyong mura siyempre pero maganda ang quality."
The Shoe Bazaar is one of the highlights of the months-long celebration of Sapatos Festival in Marikina from November 12 until January 6, 2019.
Mayor Marcy Teodoro, who has been helping the local shoes and bags manufacturers since day one of his administration, opened the Sapatos Festival and the Shoe Bazaar, portions of which were aired "LIVE" over at ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda" morning program.
One of its hosts, actor-singer Marlo Mortel, was at the Freedom Park yesterday to report live and interview some of the officials of Marikina City Hall such as Ponchie Santos, head of the tourism office, and the candidates to this year's Miss Marikina search.
So for those who are still undecided on what to give their family, friends and loved ones this Christmas, head off to the Freedom Park, right across the Marikina City Hall, along Shoe Avenue and who knows, you might find what you are looking for in one of those booths. The bazaar is open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 in the morning.
Some items at the bazaar are sold at 50 percent lower than their regular selling prices at the shopping malls and retail outlets.
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