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Exploring the Philippines' Shoe Capital: A 1-Day Marikina Itinerary Edit

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The destinations include 3 museums, 2 historical structures, 1 artsy budget restaurant, and 2 optional destinations (a science museum and a shoe shopping center). This trip costs about P350/head, including lunch, plus the optional science museum at P120/head. Though you can go through this trip without a tour guide, but hiring one would cost you P350/group.

Your Destinations

Marikina Shoe Museum

Upon entering, travelers will be awed by a huge collection of heels and flats, which were owned by the Philippines' former first lady and shoe lover, Imelda Marcos. The museum highlights Marcos' 749 pairs of shoes, with her most lavish pairs still housed inside the Malacanang Palace.

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Apart from displaying footwear, the museum also depicts the history of the shoe industry through dioramas. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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Some of the late dictator's favorite pairs on display. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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A section of the museum is dedicated to the former first lady's vast shoe collection. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

Tagged as a Diocesan Shrine in 2005, the Church of the Our Lady of Abandoned is pilgrimage site among residents not just of Marikina City, but also those of Metro Manila. The church is the oldest parish in Marikina, and the second oldest parish in the Philippines, next to that of Sta. Ana in Manila.

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The church is the oldest parish in Marikina and the second oldest in Metro Manila, next to that of Sta. Ana. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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Baroque influences are evident in the church's interiors. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Sentrong Pangkultura Gallery

The Bahay na Bato (translated as "House Made of Stone") in Marikina City is a Spanish heritage site declared as a National Shrine in 1968. More than 200 years old, Bahay na Bato bore witness to the first pair of shoes ever designed in Marikina City.

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Sentrong Pangkultura is a 200-year-old stone mansion owned by Kapitan Moy, the founder of the shoemaking industry in the city. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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The second floor serves as a venue for private events. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Marikina River Park 

Marikina River Park lies next to the Marikina River, a catch basin of rainwater in Metro Manila. While it's the first to pop up in the news due to devastating floods, Marikina River could be charming, if not harassed by typhoons. Marikina River Park is open for picnic, running, biking, skating (it has a dedicated skating rink), and camping.

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Marikina River Park is a 220-hectare recreational space with amenities for camping, cycling, jogging, and roller skating. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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There are also several benches in the park where tired visitors can sit and stretch their limbs. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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The towering statue of Maria Quina does not just serve as a tribute to the legendary lady the city was named after. During typhoons, local officials use the monument as a flood marker. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Pan de Amerikana

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Diners can play around this garden-themed restaurant while waiting for their orders to be served. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Definitely a busy yet a happy Sunday! #PanDeAmerikana

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Aside from their bread products, Pan de Amerikana is also famous for their delectable Filipino dishes. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Book cum Ethnology Museum

An impressive collection of travel artefacts, Book cum Ethnology Museum records Dominador Buhain’s adventures among the 273 countries he’s visited, and counting. The museum has six sections, two of which are the major ones, the Book Museum and the Ethnology Museum.

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Museum visits require at least 3 days notice. Please call 570 4449 for inquiries. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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The Ethnology Museum features artifacts from the Cordillera Region. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Marikina Riverbanks

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The Riverbanks Center is a shopping, recreational, and business center in one. Its outdoor amphitheater is the biggest in the country. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Philippine Science Centrum

This interactive science museum features over a hundred hands-on exhibits to promote self-discovery. Divided to ten themed galleries, it is the perfect venue for educational activities recognized by the Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Tourism.

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Does this funnel-like contraption look familiar? Drop a couple of coins and see what happens! (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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This and a lot more visual illusions await at the Philippine Science Centrum! (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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Learn about static electricity the fun way with this machine. (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)
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This pair of shoes is the biggest in the world and is said to fit the Statue of Liberty. The materials used are enough to make 250 pairs of regular-sized shoes! (Photo courtesy of Allan de Ramos.)

Itinerary

09:00 am Assembly at the Marikina Shoe Museum

09:30 am Marikina Shoe Museum, P50/head

10:30 am Walk to the Church of the Our Lady of Abandoned

10:45 am Our Lady of the Abandoned Church

11:00 am Sentrong Pangkultura Gallery, across the church

11:15 am Walk to Marikina River Park

11:40 am Take a jeep marked SSS, Parang, or Kalumpang, and ask the driver to drop you at Gate 3, Pure Gold (P8/head). From there you may walk or take a tricycle to Pan de Amerikana, at Gen. Ordoñez Avenue corner Maroon Street (P25/tricycle).

12:00 nn Lunch at Pan de Amerikana, approx. P120/head

01:30 pm Walk towards Katipunan Street and take another tricycle to the Book cum Ethnology Museum along Dao Street (P25/tricycle). Tell the tricycle driver it’s near Kapitan Moy Elementary School.

01:45 pm Book cum Ethnology Museum, P100/head

03:00 pm Walk towards Katipunan Street and hail a jeepney going to Cubao (P8/head). Ask the driver to drop you at the Riverbanks Mall.

03:20 pm Arrival at the Riverbanks Mall

03:30 pm OPTIONAL: Science Centrum, P120/adult, P95/public school student

04:30 pm OPTIONAL: Marikina Shoe Gallery, shoe shopping

This is where you will find the largest pair of shoes in the world.

05:00 pm End of Marikina Trip


To request for a tour guide, just call (02) 646 2369

Directions

From Cubao, take a jeepney marked SSS, Parang, or Kalumpang and tell the driver to drop you at JP Rizal Street, just after the Marikina Bridge (P11/head). Turn right at JP Rizal and walk about 10 minutes until you reach the Marikina Shoe Museum. 


Have fun exploring!


Original text by Michelle Tobias


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