Sep 19, 2020

S&R Membership Shopping Soon To Rise In Marikina City

Coming soon to Marikina City is S&R Membership shopping, which will be open to members for a whole new destination of great finds, big savings, and world-class shopping.

A two-storey structure will soon occupy the 15,000 sq. meter lot along Sumulong Highway near the boundary of Marikina City and Cainta.
S&R Construction site (Photos courtesy of Christine Alba)

President of SnR Membership Shopping Anthony Sy announced that they intend to hire all of their staff within Marikina.

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro believes that S&R will not only generate more jobs for Marikenos but also boost the local economy brought by the additional revenue from S&R.

S&R will be located across Tropicana Garden City and beside Nissan Sumulong Highway Cainta dealership.
S&R Construction site (Photos courtesy of Christine Alba)

This is the second S&R branded store opening in Marikina. On December 8, 2017, S&R New York Style Pizza opened a branch at Ayala Malls Marikina.

S&R Construction site (Photos courtesy of Christine Alba)

Feb 21, 2019

Happy 18th Anniversary Shoe Museum!

The Museo ng Sapatos (Shoe Museum) in Marikina just celebrated its 18th anniversary last February 16, 2019.

A series of programs and activities such as live shoemaking exhibitions by Zapateria, a history of the museum and performances by the Marikina Dance Guild and Marikina Rondalla Band were lined up in celebration of this landmark.

Representative of the 1st district of Marikina City Bayani Fernando established the Shoe Museum on February 16, 2001 during his tenure as the Marikina City mayor to highlight Marikina's shoe industry including the shoemakers, workers, artisans and manufacturers that contribute to the city's title being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Hon. Fernando attended the Shoe Museum's anniversary and announced plans to file a bill in Congress that would require the national government, government agencies and other government units to buy shoes from the Philippines only, when using government funds.

To date, the Shoe Museum houses more than a thousand pairs of shoes from the country’s famous personalities, dignitaries, celebrities and former officials including presidents, senators, cabinet secretaries, diplomats and Marikina mayors. A section of the museum also houses 800 pairs of shoes from former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

The Shoe Museum is also located along J.P. Rizal St. in Brgy. Sta. Elena, a few steps away from the historic Kapitay Moy building, where the first pair of shoes in Marikina were created 1887 through the initiative of Don Laureano "Kapitan Moy" Guevara.

Remembering the Marikina Line through the Riverland Express Train

If you enter Marikina City from Quezon City via C5, you'll be passing through Marikina Riverbanks Center and one of the prominent structures you'll notice is the Riverland Express Train.  The train is located beside a studio-warehouse opposite Riverbanks Mall facing the side of Marikina River.

From 1906 to 1936, the "Marikina Line" was one of three lines of the Manila Railroad Company (Cavite, Marikina and Antipolo Lines) which started from Rosario, Pasig (Tramo) and continued all the way to the towns of Marikina (Daang Bakal), San Mateo and Montalban totalling 24.27 kilometers.

This locomotive, owned and donated by the now defunct Pampanga Sugar Development Corporation, was an actual vintage steam train used in Pampanga and Tarlac in early 20th century.  

Today, the Riverland Express Train is a landmark signifying the historical significance of Marikina being a part of early 20th century locomotive transportation.

Feb 18, 2019

Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center provides free psychiatric consultation

In search for free psychiatric consultation?

Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, located at Sumulong Highway, Sto. NiƱo, Marikina City, provides basic consulting and brief psychotherapeutic techniques.

Consulting hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Fridays (excluding nonworking holidays).

Contact number: (02) 941-6289.

May 25, 2018

"Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga lagi Ang Palatumbasan", Opens on June 16, 2018

Change has finally come on "Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga lagi Ang Palatumbasan", Opens on June 16, 2018

In celebration of Teatro ni Juan’s 11th Theatre Season and the Philippine Independence Day, NANG SUBUKING AKYATIN NG MGA LAGI ANG PALATUMBASAN SA HANGGANAN breaks the silence on social injustices and renders a voice to the victims of brutal humanitarian crisis. This new play by Gewel Gabriel, with dramaturgy and additional text by Wana Guevara & Ana Rae Tambaoan, exposes the realities of the darkness cloaking over the country.

A group of children, referred to as 'mga lagi', poses a series of questions and socio-political opinions as they thrive to bridge the inequities and fully grasp the disturbing significance of the promised change.

The cast includes Jennelle Andre Javier, Kristine De Leon, Ana Rae Tambaoan, Jonpol Ponce, Zildgian Mirabueno, Bianca Ysabel Trinidad and Erika Landicho. Production Management by Madeline Villamon and Stage Management by Aileen Rey.

The Artistic Team includes Clarisse Ilagan (Photography and Art Direction), Mikaela Foronda (Associate Art Direction), Wana Guevara & Ana Rae Tambaoan (Dramaturgy & Additional Text), Aia Villoso (Technical Direction), Marvin Bautista(Set Design), Karl Arce (Sound Design), Matthew Ng (Property Design), Thobie Ng (Lights Design), Michaela Caranza(Costume Design), Kristine De Leon (Associate Choreography), Athena Dela Cruz (Assistant Direction & Choreography) and Mikko Angeles (Direction).

"Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga lagi Ang Palatumbasan" runs from June 16 to July 1 (Saturdays & Sundays, 7pm) at Tahanan ni Juan 43-A C. Cruz St., Sta. Elena Marikina City. Tickets are priced at Php100. Seats are limited.


For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, you may contact Camille Doctolero (+639268815358) or email

***Tahanan ni Juan is a found space venue with no air-conditioning. For directions, see attached image. Tahanan ni Juan is also on Waze, Google Maps and Grab.


May 17, 2018

"Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga Lagi Ang Palatumbasan Sa Hangganan" Set to Play at Teatro Ni Juan

In celebration of Teatro Ni Juan's 11th theatre season and Philippine Independence Day, Teatro Ni Juan proudly presents - “Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga Lagi Ang Palatumbasan Sa Hangganan", a new play by Gewel Gabriel.

Jennelle Andre Javier, Kristine de Leon, Ana Rae Tambaoan, Jonpol Ponce, Zildgian Mirabueno, Bianca Trinidad and Erika Landicho  head the cast of this production which intends to expose the realities of the darkness cloaking over the country.

 “Nang Subuking Akyatin Ng Mga Lagi Ang Palatumbasan Sa Hangganan" will run from June 16-17, 23-24, 30-July 1, 2018 at Tahanan ni Juan, 43-A C. Cruz, Sta. Elena, Marikina City.

Tickets are priced at PhP 100. For tickets, sponsorships and showbuying inquiries, contact Ms. Ana Rae Tambaoan (Publicity Manager) at +639050768071 or e-mail
Artistic team:
Mikaela Foronda (Associate Art Direction)
 Clarisse Ilagan (Photography and Art Direction)
Wana Guevara and Ana Rae Tama- baoan (Dramaturgy)
Gewel Gabriel (Playwright),
Chiara Villoso (Technical Direc- tion)
Marvin Bautista (Set Design)
Jennelle Andre Javier (Sound Design)
Thobie Ng (Lights Design)
Michaela Caranza (Costume Design)
Kristine de Leon (Associ- ate Choreography)
Athena dela Cruz (Assistant Direction and Choreography)
Mikko Angeles (Direction)

Teatro Ni Juan is Marikina City's premiere community theatre, with its continuing commitment to the youth, focuses it efforts to serve the local community as its mission., creating an atmosphere for discovery and social transformation through LIKHA.

Sep 27, 2016

Remembering Typhoon Ondoy 7 Years Ago

Last September 26 was the 7th anniversary since Typhoon Ondoy struck the Philippines.  For Marikina City, it became one of the horrific typhoons because of the non-stop heavy rains it brought causing severe flooding in most parts of the city.

I remember clearly it was a Saturday morning and raining.  Being from Marikina, you usually are alert to monitor the rains especially if it's non-stop due to floods.   When we saw the first sign of flooding at the street level, we weren't very alarmed since it takes time before the waters would rise from street to sidewalk and if ever, inside the gate and in our experience, water usually subsides even before it would reach at an alarming level.  Living in Marikina, we've experienced floods from time to time and know the drill.  The highest floods in the past years prior to Ondoy measured only up to around 3 feet high inside the house.  This was also one of the reasons why we had a 2nd floor built.

So it was a real surprise that even though the rains lessened in downpour, the water was still rising.  And in less than an hour, flood water started entering the house flowing as fast as a fountain. All of a sudden, everything became a priority.  We had to figure out where to put our 3 dogs who were stranded on top of a table.  We had 2 cars that were slowly being submerged till rooftop.  We had a huge refrigerator that suddenly became afloat and looked like a boat floating from kitchen to dining room and we had to avoid from being hit by it cause it was heavy and filled with food.   We had to cut off electricity cause the wall electricity outlets were just about to get submerged in flood.  We had to save food from getting wet and spoiled.  And we had to all move upstairs for our safety.  We had to do a lot of things but couldn't because of the swift speed the water level was rising to.

If this wasn't bad enough for us, we knew that this was the same scenario for all of our neighbors who were experiencing the exact same situation feeling the effects which Typhoon Ondoy brought.  So nobody could help anybody else.

The flood water reached up to an all time high of over 5 feet inside the entire first floor of our house, and even deeper outside.  The sheer volume of flood water inside the house practically made the doors almost impossible to open or close.  A lot of our belongings were soaked.   We all stayed upstairs only equipped with a radio as our source of what's happening elsewhere.  We heard that Marikina River transformed into a Raging River and which overflowed and spread to the riverbanks including Provident Villages, which we heard experienced up to 10 - 20 feet of flood water in the entire village.

 An array of emotions spun around us but by this time, we were basically physically and emotionally drained. We prayed for our safety and for the safety of our other family and friends who may have been affected by Typhoon Ondoy.

It took hours before the floodwaters finally subsided and what was left was devastation and destruction of property everywhere.  The next day, all the neighbors were cleaning their respective houses.  It wasn't easy to clean an entire house with mud, debris and trash.

The long term aftereffects of Ondoy?  We didn't have electricity for 1 month.  We had to rely on donations for food not because we couldn't afford to buy, but because there was almost no store in Marikina that survived so there wasn't anything to buy.  And the nearest grocery stores experienced hoarding and panic buying cause people needed to replenish damaged food and prepare since it wasn't the end of the typhoon season yet.  Any sign of continuous rain thereafter was always a sign of concern and alarm for us and for Marikenos.

It took a while before we eventually recovered and got back to normal. But the memory of Typhoon Ondoy affecting Marikina City will never be forgotten.

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