Marikina to host Centennial Jamboree

Centennial Jamboree

Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman extends his greetings to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and welcomes participants coming from all over Luzon who will be attending the Centennial Jamboree for Luzon this November 4 to 9 as Marikina City hosts the said event.

Working hand-in-hand for the momentous event are the city government of Marikina, Department of Education(DepEd)-Marikina, Marikina’s League of Barangay, and Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Centennial Jamboree-Luzon, as the city prepares to accommodate an estimate of no less than 10,000 scout participants.

Prior to engaging in Global Development activities which include modules on green house, peace advocacy, ecosystem, livelihood skills, and the likes, an opening ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Boys Town Complex of Brgy. Fortune before ensuing at Sime Darby area, also of the same barangay.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, is the jamboree’s guest of honor.

The venue of the jamboree is expected to be dense with tall grasses, thickets, shrubs, or the likes, to which, according to Mr. Rodrigo Adriano, is intentional.

“The venue of the jamboree will have tall grasses or shrubs to begin with. People might get confused as to why the venue appears as such. Participating scouts will be trimming these as the jamboree commences. This is part of the thrill in scouting,” said Adriano.

Meanwhile, a pre-centennial jamboree will be held on October 24 to 26 as part of the preparations for the jamboree in November. Some 2,500 scouts from Marikina will be attending the said pre-centennial event.

De Guzman is the BSP’s vice chairman for Luzon, and the honorary chairman of the jamboree organizing committee.

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Photos courtesy of:

Centennial Celebration Secretariat
Field Operations Division
BSP National Office, Manila

Shoe Pattern Making Course

Shoe Pattern Making Course

The city government of Marikina, through its Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO), in partnership with the Marikina Polytechnic College will be holding a course on shoe pattern-making for some 20 enrollees comprising of students, participants from shoe the companies, and interested individuals come September 15 to October 24 from 8:00 am to 12:00 nn at the Marikina Polytechnic College.

The forty-day course is divided into 15 modules that include lectures about footwear history, foot anatomy, materials used for footwear, anatomy of different footwear categories, midsole and bottom components, types of international sizing systems, shoe last, cutting of different patterns, making of court, oxford, derby shoes and sandals, grading of patterns, prototyping, and course graduation.

Course lecturer will be Noel Box, a technical consultant for Treadline Footwear who trained under the Clothing and Footwear Institute of London. Box is also the creator of the “mano-matic” system in footwear manufacturing and one of the creators of the world’s largest pair of shoes which is found in Marikina.

Through development programs, the city is aiming to achieve global competitiveness for its shoe industry.

“This activity is part of the city’s road map to help revitalize our shoe industry. Through shoe development programs such as technical training and integration of international standards, we hope that Marikina will be able to achieve global competitiveness,” said Rene Santillan, officer-in-charge of MASIDO.

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