Marikina not to rest on laurels despite most competitive city rank

Marikina City Hall

Marikina moves four notches up from its previous rank in the most competitive city ranking, and currently holds the top five spot in the said competition.

The recognition was given by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Philippines as the city moves higher in the ranks next to giants Davao (4th), Naga (3rd), Cagayan De Oro (2nd), and Makati (1st).

The ranking is based on local governments’ competitiveness in three equally weighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure.

With this new award, Marikina Mayor De Guzman expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked for the effective implementation of city programs and projects but likewise reminded them not to be complacent.

“We are honored and grateful that our concerted effort and its by-product are recognized. I thank everyone for their hard work and valuable contributions in the name of sincere public service. Although we have moved four notches up the ranks despite the increased number of contenders this year, we must not rest on our laurels. Let us continue to work harder and serve better for a more competitive Marikina,” De Guzman said.

In 2013, 122 cities and 163 municipalities joined the competition. This year, contenders increased to 136 cities and 399 municipalities.

According to the NCC Philippines, Marikina garnered an overall score of 45.46.

The city also ranked 3rd in infrastructure next to Cagayan De Oro (Misamis Oriental) and Davao (Davao del Sur).

Marikina’s heritage in a 6-day art exhibit

Art Wednesday

The city government of Marikina through the Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office (MCTAO) is inviting everyone to see the city’s heritage in a six-day exhibit entitled “Marikina: Sining at Kultura sa Bayan ng Marikina” at the Atrium of SM City Marikina.

Organized by the city government of Marikina, the exhibit displays artworks that illustrate the inheritance of Marikina over the years. The exhibit, which opened on August 4 can be viewed until August 9. The event features an artist forum featuring Jun Rocha on August 5 and Gani Fuentes on August 7. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and cocktails with artists will be held on August 6. Artists from Art Wednesday created the artworks on display.

“The artworks on display in Marikina: Sining at Kultura sa Bayan ng Marikina exhibits the city’s legacy exemplified by the artists from Art Wednesday” said Ma. Theresa A. Curry, MCTAO chief.

Art Wednesday is a group of artist founded in 2007 by distinguished local visual artists of Marikina such as Remedios “Remy” Boquiren, Cris Cruz, Ben Infante, Bing Siochi, and Lydia Velasco to name a few. The group consists of 25 artists from various fields of visual arts and has participated in numerous exhibit including Art In The Park & Art After Dark; Marikina: Pagbalik-tanaw sa Nakaraan during the 384th founding anniversary of Marikina; and their recent group exhibit entitled An Affair with Wednesday held at the Artes Orientes gallery, 2nd Level of the Shops at Serendra, Bonifacio City last June 4-11. It is currently headed by group president, Melissa “Lisa” Villaseñor; and includes group vice-president, Andy Pernia; group secretary, Marilyn Aquino; and group treasurer, Marijean Garcia for its set of officers.

The group also had one of their regular art sessions on July 23 at SM Masinag. Rain Gementiza, one of the spectators, said he was able to satisfy his curiosity upon observing the artists at work.

“I was always fascinated with how these paintings and drawings are made. I was finally able to see first-hand the actual process,” said Gementiza.

For more information, call Marikina Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office at (02) 646-2369.

Marikina stages first-ever Binibining Marikit & Ginoong Makisig pageant

Ginoo at Binibining Marikit Candidates

More than thirty candidates vying for the crown of Binibining Marikit and Ginoong Makisig were presented to the press this Sunday, August 3, 4:00 pm, at the Atrium of SM City Marikina.

The program included a performance from the candidates representing each of the 16 barangays of Marikina and introduction of each of these representatives as part of the show.

Hannah Wenceslao, an X-Factor Philippines finalist, and member of the 5th Avids (an all-girl group) and Musicians on Fire Philippines also performed in the event, after which a press conference followed.

Binibining Marikit and Ginoong Makisig is a fund-raising project that aims to raise fund for a major socio-historical project, the Dambana ng Lahing Marikina. It is a granite wall with a towering symbol of Marikitna (Inang Marikina) holding an eternal flame on one hand and the symbol of the shoe industry on the other. This landmark will likewise hold names of Marikeños who have excelled in their respective fields of endeavor and given remarkable contribution in the city’s progress.

The project was launched on June 23, which will be succeeded by a series of activities until the coronation night in December at the Marikina Convention Center which coincides with Marikina’s 18th cityhood anniversary.

Winners shall each receive bouquet of flowers and sash with cash prizes of PhP10,000  (4th runners-up);  PhP15,000 (3rd runners-up); PhP20,000 (2nd runners-up); PhP30,000 (1st runners-up); and PhP50,000 (grand winners). They will also serve as the Ambassadors of Youth who will represent Marikina in national pageant competitions.

The pageant can be followed on their Facebook fan page, Binibining Marikit & Ginoong Makisig 2014 Pageant.

Ginoo at Binibining Marikit

Marikina to host 6th ASEAN Schools Games

Sports Capital of the Philippines

Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman ensures a memorable and enjoyable sporting event as the city prepares to host the 6th ASEAN Schools Games come November 29 to December 7 this year.


An estimated 1,500 athletes representing secondary schools of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will be competing in various sport disciplines such as athletics, sepak takraw, golf, badminton, swimming, basketball, gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and wushu in this annual prestigious sporting event.

“Preparations are underway. Meetings are regularly conducted by the technical working group to ensure guidelines and calendar of activities in terms of preparation are met,” said Arch. Wilfredo Reyes, secretary-general of the organizing committee.

Physical development and repairs on facilities to be utilized during the event are also underway.

“Our sports facilities are compliant to the international standards. However, enhancements on these amenities are also underway such as additional two lanes on the track course and refurbishment of the entire facility,” said Dr. Angelito Llabres, vice chairman of the technical management and games administration and member of the organizing committee.

The tentative locations of the events are as follows: athletics, swimming, table tennis, and volleyball will be held at the Marikina Sports Center; badminton at the Marikina Convention Center; golf at the Valley Golf and Country Club; tennis and gymnastics at the University of the Philippines’ Human Kinetics Gym; and basketball at the Ateneo Basketball Gymnasium.

“Though Marikina is not a first-timer in holding such prestigious events, we take to heart the meticulous preparation to make this sporting event a memorable one not just for the Marikeños but for all the delegates who will come from all four corners of ASEAN Region,” Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman said.

Dolphy’s family supports 2nd International River Summit, holds Dolphy Concert in Marikina

Dolphy CleanUp

The children of Comedy King, Dolphy, support the 2nd International River Summit through the Dolphy Clean Up, the first game application featuring a Philippine icon.


A fun and educational game application that aims to create awareness on the importance of protecting the environment and educate the children on the proper trash segregation and disposal, the said application will be launched on July 25 at the Marikina Sports Center in a star-studded tribute entitled “Minsan Tayo’y Nagkasama Dolphy.”


The event is supported by Smart Communications which will set up a booth that will give the guests a chance to try the game app.


According to Dolphy Para sa Pinoy Foundation Executive Director Yenny Gonzales, the said app’s main purpose of educating the public on the importance of caring for the environment is in line with the 2nd International River Summit with theme “Reviving Rivers, Rebuilding Civilizations”.


Moreover, the support of the Quizon family to the 2nd International River Summit is further strengthened by Ronnie Quizon, through his company, Fore & Aft Management, the summit’s exclusive event and marketing arm. According to the company’s Managing Director, Marijo Viray, Ronnie has been a strong advocate of river protection since the Piso para sa Pasig Movement, a project of former First Lady Ming Ramos. She also added that their company was also involved in the 1st International River Summit held in Iloilo City in May 2012.


The 2nd International River Summit is hosted by Marikina City in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marikina in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). It will be held on November 19 to 21, 2014 at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center. International and local experts in the field of river and environmental management will once again converge in the Philippines to share their expertise, knowledge, studies and best practices. It aims to identify and put into action long lasting, concrete and doable solutions for river problems.


Meanwhile, those interested to participate and register for the 2nd International River Summit may contact the Summit Secretariat at numbers (02) 975-5112, email or visit the website Those who would like to partner and place ads may contact (02) 985-2227 or email

Immediate clean-up

Immediate cleanup

Immediately after the devastation of typhoon Glenda, the city government of Marikina through its City Engineering Department, City Environmental Management Office (CEMO), River Park Development Office, Parks Development Office (PDO) and Volunteer Management Office (VMO) conducted clean-up drive just like what these personnel are doing at the jogging lane of the Marikina River Park. Majority of the debris that were collected were leaves, branches and trunks of trees and other light materials such as uprooted plants and plastic sheets that were battered by the typhoon’s strong winds. Yesterday, the City Engineering Department collected 40-50 loads of mini dump trucks of the aforementioned debris while CEMO collected 96 cubic meters of the same materials. Presently, the City Engineering Department is simultaneously using 18 trucks, some of which were lent by private companies to beef up clean-up operations in the city’s 16 barangays. To date, the city government resumes regular operations.


Marikina braces for GlendaPH

Marikina City ensures all its evacuation centers in the city’s 16 barangays are ready in case the situation escalates as typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) draws near Metro Manila.


The assurance was made after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Public Storm Signal Number 2 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the typhoon may landfall tonight in the Bicol region and head towards Southern Luzon.


“In times of evacuation, the Department of Education-Marikina activates its system of deploying teachers and principals assigned with respective responsibility in the schools that serve as evacuation sites. They underwent practice and orientation so they are prepared for any eventualities and can be relied on as evacuation camp managers in their respective areas,” said DepEd-Marikina’s Division Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Dr. Elizalde Cena.


Among the city’s 17 public elementary schools and 15 public high schools, schools serving as evacuation centers for the residents in the riverside communities are Nangka Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 42 classrooms), Hermogenes Bautista Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Concepcion Integrated Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Malanday Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 60 classrooms), and Sto. Niño Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 25 classrooms). When situation worsens, additional schools such as Marikina Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, Leodegario Victorino Elementary School, Kalumpang Elementary School, Tañong Elementary School, Barangka Elementary School, Parang Elementary School, Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina High School, and St. Mary Elementary School will be opened to accommodate even more evacuees.


To guarantee evacuees’ safety during their stay, each school has been inspected recently by the School Repairs and Maintenance Office (SRMO) and ensured that its facilities such as classrooms and restrooms are working soundly and efficiently.


In relation, the city government through the City Health Office also alerts its eight medical teams composed of four health personnel each who would be deployed to the evacuation centers to check on evacuees’ medical condition. Medicines such as antibiotic, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, cough tablet and syrup, antacid, ointment, oral rehydration solution (oresol), as well as multi-vitamins, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C supplement) have been allocated.


“We ensure that every evacuee’s medical needs are taken care of in order to prevent any occurrence of disease in the evacuation center,” said City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera.


For Brgy. Tumana resident Carmela Salazar, the presence of health workers in the evacuation centers gives her and her family a sense of relief knowing that these health professional can be reached when a need for medicines and medical check-ups arises in the evacuation centers.


“The service that these health workers provide during a calamity is really something we should be thankful for. When we need to evacuate, we’d feel complacent that Marikina City has this kind of service,” she said.


Aiming for zero casualty, the city government of Marikina keeps a keen eye on the track of Glenda. It likewise ensures that barangays covering the riverside communities namely Brgy. Nangka, Brgy. Tumana, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Sto. Niño are ready in case the situation worsens in the next couple of days.