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.