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Marikina opens shoe bazaar and banchetto; rental fees waived

by Kiko Cueto

LOOKING to buy shoes and bags as gifts? Why not visit the shoe capital of the Philippines – Marikina City!

The Marikina City LGU officially opened on Monday, the Marikina Christmas Shoe Bazaar and Banchetto.

Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro and Marikina First District Representative Cong. Marjorie Ann “Maan” Teodoro led the opening of the much-anticipated annual shoe bazaar on the ground floor of the city’s multi-level parking located in front of the City Hall.

Mayor Marcy underscored the importance of providing the public easy access to high-quality, durable, and affordable shoes, bags, and other leather products made by the master craftsmen and shoemakers of Marikina.

Courtesy: Marikina LGU/Facebook

“Bakit ginagawa itong bazaar? Hindi lang para magkaroon ng access ang mga kababayan, kapag sabi ko na kababayan, hindi lang taga Marikina—ibig kong sabihin lahat, magkaroon ng access, makabili sila ng sapatos na gawa sa Marikina, iyong matibay, iyong maganda, iyong may quality. Iyon po ang dahilan kung bakit tayo may shoe bazaar, maliban po doon sa kabuhayan na dulot nito,” Mayor Marcy said.

During the opening of the bazaar, Mayor Marcy signed Ordinance No. 121, Series of 2023.

The measure exempts shoe and leather goods retailers of the Philippine Footwear Federation Incorporated (PFFI) from payment of rental fees, including electricity charges for the use of stalls on the ground floor of the city government-owned multi-level parking building from November 2023 to January 2024.

By exempting participating retailers from rental and other fees, Mayor Marcy explained that the measure seeks to help businesses in Marikina and provide their needs to further boost the city’s local economy.

Courtesy: Marikina LGU/Facebook

“Ang tawag ho doon ay hindi libre, socialized, subsidized—sina-subsidized po natin kung saan po tayo mahina—kung saan may pangangailangan,” he said.

“Gusto nating palakasin ang industriya ng sapatos sapagkat kapag napalakas po natin ang industriya ng sapatos ay nakakapagbigay ho tayo nang maraming trabaho.

Mayor Marcy emphasized that shoes crafted in Marikina have exceptional quality, durability, and most importantly, exquisite beauty.

“Iyong sapatos Marikina ay hindi lang dekalidad, hindi lang matibay, higit sa lahat ay maganda iyong craftsmanship, at napakamura. Wala kang mabibiling ganito kamurang sapatos sa ibang lugar na ganito ang quality o ang kalidad,” he said.

“At iyon ang pangalawang dahilan kung bakit tayo nagkakaroon ng mga shoe bazaar. Hindi lang para maipamalas o mapakita, kundi para magkaroon ng access, magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga kababayan natin, hindi lang dito sa Marikina, kundi pati ‘yung mga kababayan natin na nanggagaling sa ibang lugar—Quezon City, Pasig, dito sa bandang likod ng Antipolo. Ang nakakatuwa po ay talagang proud ang mga nakakabili ng sapatos dito sa Marikina,” he continued.

This year, a total of 47 local manufacturers of shoes, bags, and other leather goods have participated in the bazaar showcasing their respective products proudly made in Marikina.

The shoe bazaar will run from Nov. 13, 2023, to Jan. 15, 2024. 

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