MARIKINA CITY – Manufacturers of shoes and bags are expecting sales to surge this year during the Shoe Bazaar at the Freedom Park.
“Ine-expect namin na malakas ang sales this year. Every year since we joined in 2015, tumataas ng tumataas ang sales namin (We expect strong sales this year. Since we joined in 2015, our sales have been increasing every year),” Scarpe owner Mira Juanson said.
Juanson said there is a growing number of Filipinos who are already aware of the high quality of Marikina-made shoes and most consumers know that shoes are sold at discounted prices and even at factory prices during the festival.
Scarpe, an Italian word for shoes, currently sells their shoes at P300 to 1,000 per pair.
“Kapag ganitong open na ang Sapatos Festival, nag-uumpisa ng dumagsa ang mga mamimili. Kabilang na ang mga naghu-whole sale. Tanong ng tanong na nga lately ang aming mga suki kung kailan daw magbubukas itong Sapatos Festival. Excited sila lahat sa pagbubukas nito (Whenever the shoe festival opens, people start to flock our booths including wholesalers or those who sell items in large quantities at low prices. They keep on asking when will the Sapatos Festival. They are looking forward to it.),” Xykie Shoes’ Rossana Tuazon said.
Tuazon, who has been joining the Shoe Bazaar since 2011, said her store is selling men’s, women’s and children’s shoes and slippers at P300 to P650 a pair. These are 50 percent lower than the regular selling prices at their mall outlets.
The bazaar usually attracts consumers who are looking for something which they can give as gifts during Christmas season, including individuals and companies for their corporate giveaways, according to Mark Pulido who owns Salvador Bags and Shoes.
“This is our fourth time to join the Shoe Bazaar. Noong una, nangangapa pa kami. Hindi pa namin alam kung ano ang gusto ng mga tao. Pero siyempre, sa kalaunan natuto rin,” Pulido, who is in the business of making and selling mostly women’s bags – totes and sling bags, added.
Prices at Salvador’s range from P350 to P750.
Earlier, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro led the opening of the Shoe Bazaar as part of the month-long celebration of the Sapatos Festival in Marikina City.
The bazaar – where 48 shoes and bags manufactures are showcasing their products at the booths inside a huge tent set up at the park located across the Marikina City Hall – will run until January 6, 2019. This is open to the public Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m.
Photo from Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office Facebook page