Marikina celebrates 15th Cityhood Anniversary

Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman invites the Marikeños to take part in the 15th Cityhood Anniversary of Marikina whose week-long festivity was officially launched today, November 28, 2011 during the city government’s flag-raising ceremony.
The festivity is highlighted by roster of activities precursor to the anniversary celebration on December 8. Among these activities are the following: “Himig Handog Para sa Lungsod” concert on December 2, 7:00 p.m. at Plaza de los Alcaldes; grand mass blood donation that aims to collect 2,011 units of blood on December 3, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marikina Sports Park Building; “Barako sa Disaster” duathlon at the Marikina River Park, and “Bidyo Against Drugs” short film festival; and extemporaneous speech contest on December 7, 2:00 p.m. at Teatro Marikina.
On the December 8, the cityhood anniversary date, a thanksgiving mass will be celebrated at the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, and Recognition Night for the city’s model community, outstanding barangay council, best transport group, outstanding artists, top ten business groups, and outstanding youth organizations will be held at Teatro Marikina.
For this year’s celebration, the city government embarks on people-government partnerships where the local government taps the all sectors of the community to be one with the city in celebration.
“We would like to make this celebration a meaningful and harmonious one so we enjoin all sectors of our society particularly the private sectors in order to build with them better people-government partnerships. Together, we believe that we can surpass every challenge ahead and deliver the best programs for our people,” said Mayor Del De Guzman.
By virtue of Republic Act 8223, then municipality of Marikina was converted into a highly urbanized city on December 8, 1996.
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3rd Marikina Business Conference & Trade Exhibit 2011

To further enhance the relationship of the city government and the business sector, Marikina Mayor De Guzman together with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Marikina Chapter led by chamber president Eduardo C. Francisco will host the 3rd Business Conference on November 28 at the second floor of Kapitan Moy Building.
The 3rd Business Conference is a gathering for Marikina-based businessmen aimed at helping newly established businesses in Marikina through sharing of experiences and advices from different successful businessmen.
The conference also aims to redirect and refocus the various industries’ thrusts towards world class products, and to give inspiration to small and medium scale entrepreneurs.
Moreover, there will be a press conference for their upcoming project dubbed “Made-in-Marikina: Gawang Marikina, Gawang Kinikilala” Trade Exhibit to be held on December 15 to 18 at the SM Megamall, Mega Trade Hall 2.
The exhibit will showcase and promote products made in Marikina like shoes, bags, leather crafts, etc.
“The business conference is made to help not only to help the city’s business sector but also to revive Marikina’s shoe industry as it has used to be the primary source of income in the past years,” De Guzman said.
The activity is also in line with the city’s proclamation on the month of November as Marikina’s Business month.
Starting in the year 2012, several business-related activities and celebrations shall be launched in the Business month to help the business sector as well as to strengthen their relationship with the government.

“Make It Marikina” for the Palarong Pambansa 2012

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.

Marikina launches Shoe-per Star Alley

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.