MARIKINA CITY – The Shoe Museum will celebrate its 18th anniversary on Saturday with a grand event gathering all shoemakers, manufacturers and artisans of the city.
In a statement on Friday, the Marikina City government said the activities lined up for the celebration include a live exhibition on how to make shoes billed as Step by Step: Live Exhibition on Shoemaking by Zapateria in partnership with FringeMNL, Pineapple Lab, Stride Collective, Shoe Artisans Society of Filipino Footwear Designer Development Guild, DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.
Admission is free for all Marikina City residents.
Noel Box, officer-in-charge of the Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO), along with other older generation of Marikina footwear craftsmen back-to-back with the new generation of shoe designers and makers, will be among those that would participate in the live shoemaking exhibition.
The Marikina Dance Guild will render a cultural presentation honoring Marikina City’s skilled and talented shoemakers as well as movers behind the industry that contributed so much to the city’s economy, livelihood, culture, tradition and heritage since the first pair of shoes was crafted in 1887.
The Marikina City Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office headed by Ponchie Santos, MASIDO, Zapateria and the shoe manufactures of Marikina are working together for this grand celebration of the Shoe Museum – a temple of the city’s vibrant soul and sole.
Also, the Marikina Rondalla Band will serenade the guests with a special number.
Founded on February 16, 2001, the Shoe Museum houses over a thousand pairs of shoes from the country’s famous personalities, dignitaries and celebrities; former presidents and vice presidents of the republic, senators, cabinet secretaries, diplomats and Marikina mayors; as well as 800 pairs from the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
The late famous comedian Dolphy (real name: Rodolfo Vera Quizon Sr.) donated a pair of shoes as well that’s on display at the museum along with other celebrities.
Located along J.P. Rizal St. in Brgy. Sta. Elena, it also houses to traditional footwear from other countries, as well as a rare collection of pairs of shoes created by artisans that were entered into city-sponsored shoe design competitions.
Shoes designed by famed Marikina shoemakers Rolando “Tatay Oly” Santos and Kiko Medina are also on display at the Shoe Museum.