The One & Only; Marikina


Marikina Riverbanks By Iris Lausingco


Marikina Riverbanks is a place where in nature is protected and loved. It is also a place wherein families, friends, and even lovers will surely enjoy wondrous, inexpensive outdoor activities. This eco-friendly place in Marikina is also well-known for holding special activities and events such as, tournaments, festivals, and free concerts. During Christmas-shopping season, you’ll find here “tiangges” where you can find cheap but at the same time, exquisite things. Also, when there are occasions being celebrated, children will enjoy here different carnival rides such as Roller Coasters, Ferris Wheels, and many more. This is the perfect place to enjoy the Enchanted Kingdom, Divisoria, and Lamesa Eco-park all mixed up together in one place. Where else are you planning to go to? Marikina Riverbanks na!

This area has other sub-areas such as the Women’s Park, “Butiki” Park, and others more. It is really great to hangout in this place because as you will see in our photo gallery, there are a lot of benches, seats and tables in Marikina Riverbanks where families, lovers, and friends gather around to spend some quality time together.

There are also ample of people doing school work and performing some dance practices and such. This place is very huge that lots and lots of people can fit right in and do their own thing. You can even sleep underneath the cool shade of the trees. Picnics are nice to have especially with the sunny weather. Plus the bonus feature that it is free to catch fishes from Marikina River, eh talaga namang mapapasarap ang lunch mo!

Marikina Riverbanks is the place to hang out especially if you have low budget but you are really in the mood to have some fun outside. People can jog, eat, bike, fish, play, sleep, rest, gossip, laugh and even just take a break from this busy world if you go to this fun eco-friendly place. So come on and join me with saving power supply in our homes and run around outside protecting mother earth at Marikina Riverbanks.

Kapitan Moy Ancestral House  By Kate-Lyn Mariano


Marikina is famous from their shoes. Their shoe making industry started around 1887 when Don Laureano "Kapitan Moy" Gueverra started experimenting with the art of shoe making in order to repair the broken soles of his shoes. At that time, only the Chinese who lived in the central city knew about shoe repair and shoe manufacturing.

        The first shoe lasts which Kapitan Moy imported from Barcelona were too pointed so they were remodeled.When Kapitan Moy died; he left Marikina a legacy, a source of livelihood for its people. The shoes are made in the basement of their houses or in their nippa huts near their living quarters. The shoes are made in the basement of their houses or in their nippa huts near their living quarters. Marikenos were already engaged in the limited production of slippers and clogs, or bakya, even before the coming of the Spaniards through the help if this wonder guy—Kapitan Moy.

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Sunday 
Lunch break 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
Closed on Holidays 

P50 per person 

J.P. Rizal St , 
Barangay San Roque, 
Marikina City


Shoe Museum  By Kate-Lyn Mariano


It is Located along JP. Rizal St. and just across the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church is the Shoe Museum.   The museum holds shoes of several famous people including a pair of shoes from each president of the Philippines in chronological order.

   The main bulk of shoes on display were contributed by former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos... 749 pairs to be exact.   You'll see all different kinds of shoes she owned for different occasions.  Shoes both made in Marikina and made abroad with different brands, styles, shapes and colors are all on display.

In 1998, under the administration of former mayor Bayani f. Fernando, the shoe museum was perceived. Thus, it was done due to the belief that the city, being the shoe capital of the phil., would be able to develop the historical and cultural values of its shoe industry. For this reason, the museum was productively built on the 16th of February, 2001 and was called, Footwear Museum of Marikina.
Over the years, Marikina has established a fine place at the top of the Philippine Shoe Industry. And to show the people of Marikina's senses of creativity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit in shoe making, the Shoe Museum was established.   

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church By Eunice Topacio

  1. Built by the Augustinians in the 1700's, Our Lady of the Abandoned Church is one of the oldest churches in Marikina. This is where their Patron Saint, Nuestra Senora de los Desamparados resides. The current church as of today is only a rebuilt structure because of the two major earthquakes the old church has gone through.
  2. Located near Bayan along JP Rizal Street in Sta. Elena, Our Lady of the Abandone Church is just right across Otto main shoe factory and Kapitan Moy.