Built in 1780, Kapitan Moy was the residence of Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevara (July 14, 1851 – December 30, 1891), the founder and father of the shoe industry in Marikina. Kapitan Moy served as capitan municipal and was credited for helping manufacture the first pair of shoes in Marikina in 1887.
The ancestral house is a product of architectural evolution. The steep-hip roof, the post and lintel construction, the light and airy structure and the elevated quarters were derived from the Philippine style “Bahay Kubo.” Its European architecture gleams of grandeur and solidity, the dramatic arrangement of space, use of masonry and simple ornamental system.
The house was once converted into a home of needy residents of Marikina by Doña Teresa dela Paz Tuazon, who bought Kapitan Moy to serve the needs of the marginal sector of the community.
Kapitan Moy is currently the center for culture and the arts in Marikina and houses the Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office at the ground floor, right next to the famous Cafe Kapitan. The roomy second floor is being rented out for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, debuts, seminars and graduation ceremonies.
323 JP Rizal Avenue, Marikina City