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Marikina’s Historical Places and Events
Part 1: Shoe Museum

The author was the head writer of the souvenir booklet of one of the city’s festivities where these historical bits were published.

Marikina is indeed an interesting place with an even more interesting history. The then Marikina Mayor Bayani F. Fernando, now Chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority [MMDA], a true-blooded marikeno whose passion for the city is overwhelming, traced and marked the history places of the city so everyone can marvel how Marikina came to be.

Join me in in walking down the steps of my beloved city’s memory lane…

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    The Marikina Shoe Museum, the only one in the country, used to be a bigasang bayan [rice mill] owned by affluent family of Doña Teresa dela Paz,

    the common descent of the Tuazon clan. It was the only rice mill in the town and farmers used to deal with Jose Peping Santos, the Tuason’s administrator, for the storage of their produced grains. Beside the rice mill was the old mansion of Dona Teresa that also serves as the office of the hacienda de Tuason. It was a huge abode where mestizas used to
    party accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

    Old stories provided that the regal house has been destroyed by fire but no account has been established. During the American regime, the lot was used for the construction of a puericulture center that responded to the medical and health needs of the residents of Marikina. It is now occupied by a shoe supply center.

    The Shoe Museum is located along J.P. Rizal St., Sta. Elena, Marikina City adjacent to the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church (OLA). If you are taking a jeepney frome Cubao or Katipunan area, ride one with the sign ‘Calumpang, Marikina’ and it will bring you exactly in front of the museum.

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