Saturday, May 30, 2015

The East Side of Town

Work brought me to the east side of town, Marikina to be exact, one Saturday in April. Since the task I had to do wasn't going to take the whole day, I figured I'd take that as an opportunity to check out the place since I was already there.

Marikina City is known for its shoe industry, it's the biggest manufacturer of shoes in the Philippines. That's why it's called the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.

Marikina's own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame





Being the Pasay-Makati-Ortigas girl that I am, I didn't really know any place in Marikina except for the famous Shoe Museum and Pan de Amerikana since I went there a couple of years back with some of my friends. Luckily, I knew someone who was nice enough to volunteer to show me around.

Meet my friend and tour guide for the day, Ver


Our first stop was this nice looking church, the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish since it was right across our meeting place. 




I said a short prayer and a wish (Ryan told me you're supposed to knock on the door of the church the first time you visit it and say a wish so I've been doing that) and then we went off to go to the place I really wanted to see... The Shoe Museum!



The Shoe Museum housed the former controversial First Lady Imelda Marcos' shoe collection - well part of her 8 1/2 shoe size collection at least.


Check out her amazing shoe collection! I'm definitely in awe at the number (800 pairs of her 3000 pairs of shoes!) and also envious of her collection since I'm a shoe lover myself. 






Aside from Imelda's shoe collection though, the Marikina Shoe Museum also had on display other famous personalities' shoes from local celebrities to politicians. 






I also saw these interesting shoe designs from a 2014 footwear competition. 






For an early dinner, our feet took us to a burger place called Mama Chits. 



It's like being transported to a 1950's diner in Mama Chits. 






And outside, you'll see all these different signage, still in keeping with the diner theme.  




Ver and I ordered pasta carbonara, burger and fries coupled with iced tea. The food was affordably priced, the burgers were big and all of it was delicious! I was a happy girl with a satisfied stomach. 



Ver actually took me to a couple more places around town but I'll end this post right here since these were the places really worth noting. I had a good tour of Marikina and I want to come back to check out some more food joints in the area. I read some restos that may be worth checking out from Spot.ph. 

23 comments:

Russ R. said...

This is really really interesting. I have never ( gasp! ) been to Marikina but I would definitely want to see the Shoe Museum .. perhaps after the rainy season.

Fernando Lachica said...

Marikina got the excellence in shoemaking, but sad to say, some wealthy Filipinos preferred items made from other countris. So sad it's happening..

Yvonne Tan said...

Cool Post! Haven't travelled to marikina Just passed through in some occassions. Im always a south girl :)

ivy napata said...

Oh wow! I didnt know there is a shoe museum in Marikina. I will definitely go there when we visit in the Philippines. Salamat sa post na ito.

Anna Plaida said...

I just visited Marikina once pa lang to attend the wedding of my girlfriend. Maybe someday I will try to visit the famous shoes city and the shoe museum :-)

Penny Tan said...

I don't want to go to marikina! I am weak! I may end up buying every shoe in sight. Lol!

Celerhina Aubrey said...

Wow!! Alam mo I've always wanted to visit Marikina. It seems like a nice city. And it's a foodie haven too. The shoes are interesting. Ang saya naman.

Liz Martin said...

I usually just pass through Marikina as well. :) am more a makati-pasay gal since that's nearthrough where I live.

Liz Martin said...

Yes Anna! Try to visit! It's a small museum but it's an interesting place to visit :)

Liz Martin said...

LOL! I feel ya! I've a weakness for shoes too. :)

Liz Martin said...

Oo! Masaya sya girl bisitahin! I wanna go back nga and try more restos in the area. :)

Liz Martin said...

So true! Our local shoe products are under appreciated.

Liz Martin said...

LOL! It's quite far from you kasi. I feel ya. Rarely am I in Marikina because it's also far for me. But try mo to visit some time. :) it's nice there Russ!

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Donna C said...

shoes.. shoes.. shoes! I want to live in Marikina :)

Liz Martin said...

It's a shoe lover's dream come true! ;)

Ashley Uy said...

The shoe designs were so interesting! It truly shows that Filipinos are boundless when it comes to creativity. I haven't been to Marikina myself but the shoe museum and their walk of fame seem really fun to see live. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

Yang said...

Wow, I learned from History Class that Marikina was a shoe capital but I never thought that they'd have those interesting kind of footwear. Thanks for sharing and putting Marikina to my future travel list. :)

Dianne Gutierrez said...

Our town's right next to Marikina, but I've never been to the Shoe Museum! Must visit it soon. :) Next time you're in Marikina, I suggest you drop by Beeffalo. They have great food: http://memetdiaries.blogspot.com/2014/11/crazy-over-beeffalo.html

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Louise Banta said...

Been wanting to visit Marikina to find a supplier. Maybe one of this days, I'll get to finally visit the place and will allocate time to visit the Shoe Museum too! I still can't believe that Imelda owns so much shoes or footwear in her life! Haha!

Louise Banta said...

Been wanting to visit Marikina to find a supplier. Maybe one of this days, I'll get to finally visit the place and will allocate time to visit the Shoe Museum too! I still can't believe that Imelda owns so much shoes or footwear in her life! Haha!

melo villareal of out of town blog said...

Marikina is becoming one of the most visited foodie destination. Its been a while since i visited some of the restaurants there... Maybe its time for me to plan another Marikina Food Trip :)