MARIKINA CELEBRATES SAPATOS FESTIVAL
MARIKINA CITY – The local government has kicked off the celebration of Sapatos Festival, marking the Christmas season in Marikina City.
Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro led the opening ceremonies of the festival and the shoe bazaar at the Freedom Park wherein more than 50 manufacturers of shoes, bags, belts and other leather goods in Marikina will showcase their products.
The city is known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines because it was here where the first pair of shoes was made in 1887, paving the way for the establishment of a vibrant shoe industry known for its high-quality craftsmanship, durability and comfort.
“The shoe industry has contributed much to the economy, culture and heritage of Marikina that is why it is celebrated every year,” the city council said.
Sapatos Festival is one of the major festivals and events being commemorated in the city annually. On December 9, Marikina will mark the Rehiyon, Rehiyon Festival that honors the Marikenos who settled in the city from other places of the country and made Marikina their home.
Rehiyon, Rehiyon Festival, on the other hand, will honor those who came from other places in the country and settled in the city, becoming Marikeños in the process as they successfully assimilated with the locals and absorbed their tradition, culture, heritage, values and ways of life.
And the Christmas Festival, which began with the installation of Christmas lights and lanterns on the riverbank, streets, parks and other places in the city, will feature a concert comprised of local artists and bands and ending with a fireworks display will be held on December 30 at the Marikina Sports Center.
Aside from these events, Marikina City will also commemorate the 22nd year since it became a chartered city on December 8, 1996.