The City of Marikina (Filipino: Lungsod ng Marikina) is known as the "Shoe Capital of the Philippines". Located on the island of Luzon, Marikina City is one of the cities and municipalities that comprise Metro Manila, the National Capital Region in the Philippines. Marikina City is a part Metro Luzon Super Region. Metro Luzon is composed of Region 3 (excluding Aurora), Region 4-A (CALABARZON) including the island province of Marinduque and Mindoro Provinces, and Metro Manila. Metro Luzon is one of four Super Regions in the Philippines. Marikina is a lush valley bounded by mountain ranges and sliced by a river. Located along the eastern border of Metro Manila, Marikina City is bordered on the west by Quezon City, to the south by Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal, to the east by Antipolo City, the capital of Rizal province, and to the north by San Mateo also in Rizal province. It is approximately 21 km. away from Manila, and lies within 14° 35' latitude and 14° 41' longitude.
Marikina City is the most industrialized city in Metro Manila. There are many landmarks located in the city, such as the Marikina Sports Park, Marikina Hotel, Marquinton Place, Loyola Memorial Park, Riverbanks Center, the Guinness Book of Records biggest pair of shoes in the world located inside the Riverbanks Mall in Riverbanks Center; some of the biggest malls in the metropolis are also located near Marikina City, like the Sta. Lucia East Grandmall and Robinsons Place Metro East, both malls being situated along Marcos Highway.
Marikina was given the title the "Shoe Capital of the Philippines", because of its notable shoe industry. Shoemakers in the city recently finished creating the world's largest pair of shoes and it was only recently that the Guinness Book of Records recognized this feat. The Shoe Museum in the city is also the home of the famous shoes of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
One of the most important places in the city is Marikina River, a tributary of the Pasig River which runs through the center of the city. The river in fact occupies a part of the Marikina Valley and is sometimes prone to flooding along the riverbanks especially when typhoons and monsoon rain season. During Christmas Season, the Marikina River is a traditional venue for the Marikina Christmas Festival.
Various modes of tramsportation are easily available in and around the city. The most afforadable mode of transport for the locals is the triccycle that can sit uo to 2 persons with a lottle extra leg room for carry-on in the cabin. It is the most preferred as it zips around the small lanes easily. However, they are not permitted on the highway. Other commpn modes of transport is the jeepney and taxi cabs.
- Marikina Shoe Museum, J.P. Rizal St, Marikina, ☎ +63 2 646 1634, . 10-7 Mon-Fri. The Shoe Museum traces the history of shoe industry in Marikina. It currently houses traditional Filipino footwear as well as some 1,500 shoes from the famous Imelda Marcos collection.
If you want go swim you can do it in Marikina Sport Center (http://www.marikina.gov.ph/pages/culture-and-tourism/tourism-places.jsp & scroll down). It´s nice there, and not to much people.
- Bonchalet II, (River Park).
- Marikina Hotel, Pio Del Pilar St. cor. Tangerine St., Brgy. Concepcion II, Marikina City, ☎ +632 998 8342 to 45(fax: +632 998 8341), . The Marikina Hotel, managed by the respected group that also handles the El Cielito group of inns, is one of the more popular hotels in the city. With 75 spacious standard and deluxe guest rooms, the Marikina Hotel tends to appeal to both independent businessmen and leisure travelers.Best rates on official website start at US$29.
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