See why this city in Metro Manila is more than of its shoes.
Marikina City has carved itself in another image apart from being the country’s Shoe Capital. It has now become an ideal Pinoy city—orderly, peaceful, and properly planned—situated in the eastern part of Metro Manila.
The secret to the success of this city is that it is made up of an very efficient local government and a disciplined and warm community. If that’s not enough to convince you to move here, perhaps these five more reasons would.
|The Truck Park
Beloved eateries have been feeding the city for years like Jesus Panciteria (it has a no-frills dining area and retro signage, but it has been feeding Marikeños for decades), Macky’s Goto, Mama Chit’s Coffee House, Tapsi Ni Vivian, and Mang Frederick’s Barbecue. And don’t forget Luyong Restaurant, which has been serving Cantonese food since the 1950s.
Marikina encourages you to walk—with its unobstructed paved sidewalks—as well as cycle your way around the city with its bike lanes. Its many open spaces like the Riverbanks amphitheater (and the actual river bank) are favorite spots to jog, walk, and play in, or simply walk around in to clear one’s head.
|Marikina Sports Center
Right in the heart of the city is the Marikina Sports Center, which features a 400-meter track oval, an Olympic-size swimming pool, fitness gym, and courts for different sports. With a P10 entrance fee, it’s definitely cheaper than your average gym membership.
Marikina has no shortage on good value-for-money shopping haunts. Riverbanks Center mall leads the way with its many outlet stores of international and local brands like Guess, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Bizaare, BNY Jeans, and Page Jeans.
The Philippine International Footwear Center across the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church offers Marikina Made Shoes as well as leather and shoe making materials. If you’re looking for more trendy offerings, check out the sexy styles of Lupe Saenz shoes. If you want something more luxe to splurge on, go for the bespoke and old-fashioned detailing of customized men’s shoes at Black Wing Shoes (by appointment only).
For more budget-friendly items for the home, there’s JMS Japan Surplus shop, which sells pre-loved sofas, dining sets, dinnerware, and bicycles—lots and lots of bicycles. Which you can use to bike around Marikina!
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