PH First Ladies grace renowned Marikina Shoe Museum

QUEZON CITY — As the Marikina Shoe Festival opened this week, a familiar face graced the city’s acclaimed Shoe Museum – former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos, accompanied by current First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, her daughter in-law.

Imelda Marcos, who had described herself as a patron of local industries including Marikina’s shoemakers, viewed the famous shoe collection that was once housed in Malacañang Palace.

Photos courtesy of First Lady Liza Marcos’ Facebook page

The shoe museum, which holds approximately 800 pairs of shoes from Imelda Marcos’s renowned collection, has undergone significant upgrades under the supervision of Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro. The rehabilitation seeks to enhance the visitor experience and ensure the preservation of valuable artifacts for future generations.

First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos expressed how impressed she was with the craftsmanship of local shoemakers.

Marikina First District Representative Marjorie Ann “Maan” Teodoro welcomed the distinguished guests and led a guided tour of the newly renovated museum, highlighting the extensive shoe collection and the history behind each pair. Also on the tour was Kathryn Yu-Pimentel, wife of Senator Koko Pimentel, whose family has resided in Marikina for decades.

Mayor Teodoro emphasized the importance of preserving cultural landmarks like the Marikina Shoe Museum, stating, “This museum is not just a repository of footwear; it is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the Filipino people. It stands as a symbol of our rich history and our continuing journey as a nation.”

Founded in 2001, the Marikina Shoe Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich history and craftsmanship of Marikina’s shoe industry, which has long been known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.

The Marikina Shoe Museum is a cornerstone of our community,” Mayor Teodoro said. “Through these renovations, we aim to provide a more immersive and educational experience for all visitors, showcasing the pride and craftsmanship of Marikina’s shoemakers.”

The visit by the current and former First Ladies underscores the significance of the Marikina Shoe Museum as a cultural landmark and a testament to the enduring legacy of Philippine craftsmanship. (PIA-NCR)