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 contact.teatronijuan@gmail.com

***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 contact.teatroniiuan@gmail.com.
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.

Sep 26, 2016

84 Children Baptized in a Binyagan Bayan sa OLOPSC 2016

In solidarity with the evangelization and acts of mercy advocacies of the Catholic Church and to translate corporate social responsibility initiatives into action, Mrs. Carmen Caday. Salvador, President of OLOPS College, sponsored a Binyagang Bayan for children of deprived families in nearby barangays in celebration of her 75th birthday.. Eighty-four (84) children, a dozen more than the President’s age of 75 , were baptized by Rev. Fr. Rommel Felizardo of the Immaculate Conception Parish in appropriate rites held at the OLOPSC Chapel on Saturday, September 24, 2016. In addition to the mass baptism, OLOPSC also gave away gift certificates and served food and refreshments for the parents, ninongs and ninangs . 
Binyagang Bayan held last Sept. 24 at OLOPSC Chapel in celebration of the 75th Birthday of OLOPSC President Carmen Caday Salvador.

Thank you Mrs. Carmen C. Salvador for your kindness.

Aug 15, 2016

Floating Crane Spotted Drifting in Marikina River

Last August 13, 2016, around 2:30pm, a crane on a barge was dislodged from the Marikina River banks and floated along the Marikina River. A portion bumped into the pillars beneath the Marikina Bridge as it floated underneath the bridge.  On the floating device was 19 year old Romeo Laguna, who was able to jump away from the barge and was rescued by Marikina City personnel before the crane eventually sunk when it collided with the Marcos Bridge, Marcos Highway.

(amateur footage of barge with crane passing through Marikina Bridge dislodged by Marikina high water levels)
(barge with crane passing underneath Marcos Bridge flips and sinks)
According to Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro, the crane was situated by the side of Marikina River which was currently used for dredging and piledriving by the riverside for slope protection. Unfortunately, the water level rose at quick rate, unlocking the floating device and crane from its position.

Due to continuous rains brought by Habagat, the water level reached 18.6 meters around 6pm. Eight floodgates were opened to lower the water level. By 9:45pm, water level receded to 17.5 meters.

According to Panahon.tv, as of August 15, 9:00am, water level has receded to 14.8 meters and all flood alerts have been lifted. However, classes in all levels have been suspended for Marikina.

 Here are some news report situationer updates on Marikina River and the weather.
Addendum: This is the not the first time large man-made objects floated and crashed into the bridges in Marikina. In 2012, a floating stage also crashed into the bridge causing it to be schredded into pieces.
Aug 4, 2016

Marikina Shoe Festival 2006 (ThrowbackThursday)

The Marikina Sapatos (Shoe) Festival was initially launched in 2002 under the previous Marikina Mayor Lourdes Fernando. It's aim has been to showcase the Marikina shoe industry with a series of events such as parades, bazaars and shows around the city.

A Marikina Shoe Festival Caravan goes out of the Shoe Capital to visit neighboring cities promoting shoes proudly made from Marikina.

Here is a shoe parade of giant shoes that went around the city in 2006.

Visit the following pages for updates on the Marikina Sapatos Festival
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sapatosfestival2015/home
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sapatosfestival2015/
Website: http://marikina.gov.ph/sapatosfestival/
Official Site: http://sapatosfestival.com/

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