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