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Country Philippines
City MARIKINA
Official Website http://www.marikina.gov.ph
Island Grouping Luzon
Region NCR
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Marikina City is the most industrialized city in Metro Manila, according to MMDA. There are many landmarks located in the city, such as the Marikina Sports Park, Marikina River Park, Marikina Market Mall, Marikina Industrial Zone, World of Butterflies, Marquinton Place, Loyola Memorial Park, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina, Riverbanks Center, the Guinness Book of Records biggest pair of shoes in the world and other interesting places. 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 and also the Riverbanks Mall in Riverbanks Center. SM City Marikina which considered as the biggest SM mall in the eastern metropolis is also located in Riverbanks Center.

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. Marikina River reflects the Marikina pride because of its beauty. It is the best place for jogging, sightseeing, biking, camping and more activities. At night, Marikina River transform into a modern nightlife events because of some numerous bars, restaurants, cafes and night clubs along the riverbanks. During Christmas Season, the Marikina River is a traditional venue for the Marikina Christmas Festival which began annually on the late October. Marikina Christmas Festival has annually themes which attracts not only the residents of Marikina but also the neighboring cities and towns. The festivities offers different entertainment for the family, friends and love ones because of different rides, boutiques, tents, food houses, shows and many more.

Location

Marikina City is located at the northern part of Metro Manila. It is bounded to the north by Bulacan, to the west by Manila Bay, to the east by province of Rizal, and to the south by Laguna de Bay. Dry Season - November to April. Wet Season - May to October.

Population

437,030

Language

The main language is Filipino, which is based on Tagalog. In addition, Marikeños are also proficient in the English language.

Currency

Philippine Peso (Php) in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1 in pesos and. 25, 10, 5 and 1 in centavos.

Economy

Marikina is the home to a number of industries, some of which are the biggest and most successful in their fields, and foremost of all, shoe manufacturing, being the best in local craftmanship.

Shoe Industry

Marikina is the biggest manufacturer of quality shoes, and Marikina produced 78% of the shoe production of the Philippines. All locally produced shoes was made in Marikina, from slippers to shoes. Marikina also produces shoes which are made in rubber, wood (bakya) and plastic.

Commerce

Public markets in Marikina are often divided into two, the dry goods section and the wet goods section. Commerce in these public markets are in full swing, especially in the early morning. Under the urban renewal program of the incumbent administration, some of the public markets had been refurbished and given a fresher look, like the Marikina Public Market also known as Marikina Market Mall (or People's Mall), the biggest and cleanest market in Metro Manila.

Modern shopping malls dot the city especially in Blue Wave Mall at Marquinton. Sta. Lucia East Grandmall and Robinsons Place Metro East are Metro Manila's major shopping centers, stands along Marcos Hiway bounded by the city of Pasig and Cainta, Rizal. One of the popular malls that lies in Marikina is Riverbanks Center.

For the adventurous shoppers, you may venture beyond the hotel/shopping complex package and combine other interesting destinations for cheap buys such as in Marikina Market Mall. Bargaining is the major part of your shopping experience when you pass by on these area, as it sells goods at rock-bottom prices. It sells indigenous Filipino crafts and delicacies.

Banking services

Almost all of the major commercial banks in the Philippines operate a branch in the city. Many major banks was operated in the city of more than 1 branch or much more. At this time, there are 50 banking institutions offer banking services to businesses and residents. Most of these are concentrated in Barangay Sta. Elena, Sto. Niño, Concepcion Uno and Barangka.

Sources: Marikina City website

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30 Sep 2010  BUSINESS DIRECTORY: Gifts and Christmas Decors  View
30 Sep 2010  List of State Universities and Colleges in NCR  View
15 Feb 2008  Marikina River  View
14 Feb 2008  History of Marikina  View
13 Feb 2008  Shoe History  View
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13 Oct 2007  Major products  View
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