It has been decades since the National Capital Region (NCR) hosted the Palarong Pambansa. That was way, way back in the eighties. Whatever the reason for the apparent boycott of Metro Manila, it’s about time for athletes and officials from other regions to travel back to the nation’s capital to experience the best sporting facilities and modern conveniences our country has to offer. And since travel is a great teacher that breaks mindsets and opens minds to great possibilities – what better way to celebrate this homecoming than having the games hosted by Marikina?
Other aspiring bidders may match our strength in terms of physical facilities and worldly conveniences … But, only Marikina affords each visitor the chance to learn about values that help them succeed later in life. Only Marikina has the advantage of showcasing the city itself as a school or laboratory in good governance. Ask any Marikenyo on the street and each has his own story to tell. The “Marikina Experience” is a case study of triumph over adversities. It is living proof that government works … a testimonial that proudly declares, “Yes, the Filipino can!”
While others talk about theories and debate possibilities on good governance, Marikina shows its visitors that it has been done. We assure you … when these young athletes come to Marikina to compete in sports, they will leave inspired and equipped to compete – IN LIFE. So hosting the Palaro in Marikina gives you the opportunity to mold each athlete into becoming responsible and relevant leaders of our nation, whether in the government or private sector. We challenge you to make this a truly educational experience for our young kids. By hosting it in Marikina, the Department of Education can clearly show the benefits of “Daang Matuwid” as espoused and advocated by our dear President Benigno S. Aquino. It will now be easy for these young athletes to grasp what “daang matuwid” is all about.
Then, years from now, you can look back with pride to this day when you collectively bet on our athletes to translate their short stay in Marikina into a firm resolve to practice good governance when their time comes to lead the nation and to touch our people’s lives with it.
The city government of Marikina officially re-launched the Shoe Museum with over 1,000 pairs of shoes on Tuesday, November 15, as part of the Sapatos Festival.
The shoe capital also launched its Shoe-perstar Alley, a walk-of-fame featuring 49 famous personalities from different careers like politics, sports, arts, entertainment, music, philanthropy, business, news and current affairs, fashion and beauty, and religion.
Their names are placed on 60cm. x 60cm. tiles that has a 16cm. x 16cm. shoe design made of brass. These are placed on the sidewalk surrounding the Shoe Museum.
According to Mayor Del De Guzman, the Shoe-perstar Alley features people who have greatly contributed to the upliftment of the Shoe Industry in Marikina.
“Through the Shoe-perstar Alley, we hope to inspire our children to follow in the footsteps of those who have contributed not only to our shoe industry but to our nation as well” De Guzman said adding that, “every child has a dream to be in the shoes of someone he looks up to and admires.”
The 49 honorees are: former First Lady Imelda Marcos, former President Fidel Ramos, former President Joseph Estrada, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr, Sen. Gringo Honasan, Manny Pacquiao, Paeng Nepomuceno, Eugene Torre, Cornelio Padilla Jr, Chelsea Bernasconi, Fernando Josef, Remy Boquiren, Abdul Mari Asia Imao, Lav Diaz, Lisa Macuja, Agot Isidro, Jericho Rosales, German Moreno, Edgar Mortiz, Cristine Reyes, Raimund Marasigan, Simeona Chanyungco, Jeffrey Hidalgo, April Boy Regino, Gary Valenciano, Dandy Gomez, Rosa Rosal, Tony Meloto, Bolok Santos, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Henry Sy Sr, George Ty, Lucio Tan, John Gokongwei Jr, Exequiel Robles, Cheche Lazaro, Rhea Santos, Tina Monzon Palma, Charo Santos Concio, Ariel Villasanta, Ricky Reyes, Shamcey Supsup, Patis Tesoro, Tessa Prieto, Angel Aquino, Apostol Arsenio Ferriol, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Ka Eduardo Manalo, and Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
Aside from that, the Shoe Museum also features shoes owned by these famous personalities. Moreover, they were awarded plaques of appreciation and a copy of the city council’s resolution honoring them.
The Shoe Museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 5pm. Entrance is PhP50.00 per person.