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.

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