Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian announced that they will order thousands of pairs of shoes from Marikina.
The shoes will be given away to employees of the city government this Christmas.
Gatchalian surprised Mayor Del de Guzman of Marikina with his announcement during the recent Marikina Shoe Caravan visit to Valenzuela.
According to De Guzman, the Shoe Caravan aims to reawaken other cities consciousness about Marikina being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines as well as to promote and showcase proudly Marikina-made shoes.
“Now is the best time to buy your new pair of shoes since the caravan carries quality-made shoes where patrons can choose from different varieties and brands at discounted prices. So, better wait for us to visit your city,” said De Guzman.
The Shoe Caravan will also visit the cities Malabon, Navotas, Caloocan, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, Pateros, Muntinlupa, San Juan, Manila, Pasay, Parañaque, Mandaluyong , Las Piñas, and Makati.
The Marikina mayor also pitched for LGUs to purchase shoes made in Marikina instead of imported ones, as it will help generate more jobs and also revive the shoe industry in the city.
De Guzman revealed that he ordered 35,000 pairs of shoes to be given away to all elementary and high school students of Marikina’s public school system.
De Guzman is the author of Republic Act No. 9290 otherwise known as the “Footwear, Leather Goods, and Tannery Industries Development Act” which requires government agencies to purchase products made by these industries and encouraging the private sector to do the same.
Marikina formally started its 2-month celebration of the Sapatos Festival on Monday, October 3 until November 18.
Other activities include the Shoe for a Cause, Shoe Exhibit, Feast of St. Crispin, Re-launching of the Shoe Museum, Jazz Up my Shoes, Singing Sapatero at Mag-aareglo, Shoe Cosplay, Fashion Shoe, Tour de Takong Stilleto Race, Shoe Float Parade, Gabi ng Parangal, and the Konsyerto sa Plaza.