Marikina is a city of more than 450,000, known for its shoe factories and as the gateway of Metro Manila to Rizal and Quezon provinces. It’s one of the Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines in rankings by the National Competitiveness Council. Let’s meet some of the famous people of Marikina:
Don Laureano Guevarra
Guevarra, better known as Kapitan Moy, was the founder of the Marikina shoe industry, which has made the city “The Shoe Capital of the Philippines.” In 1887, when the soles of his own imported shoes broke, Guevarra worked tirelessly to fix them. He finally produced his first pair of shoes, and working with other local residents, he developed a method of making footwear and started an industry that has supported the Marikina zip code region ever since. His first workshop is now a national historic site.
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Watch a documentary of Don Laureano Guevarra below:
Marcelino Teodoro is the current mayor of Marikina, he was elected the 21st local chief executive in 2016. He was previously a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, where he championed education issues.
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Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon
The new Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, he serves as the parish priest of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, built in the late 1600s by the Augustinian Order and still standing as one of Marikina’s oldest churches despite being destroyed twice by earthquakes and once by fire. It is the home of an image of the Virgin Mary that received a Papal seal from Pope Benedict XVI in October 2005.
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Bayani Flores Fernando
He is a former mayor and vice presidential candidate, Fernando now serves as a congressman from Marikina City’s First District. His mayoralty was credited with transforming Marikina into one of the best-managed cities in the Philippines.
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The 27-year-old actress starred in the Filipino TV program Eva Fonda and also co-starred in the 2013 comedy film Bromance: My Brother’s Romance. Her sister, Ara Mina, also is a famous actress whose career spans more than two decades.
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The 19-year-old actress is a rising star in Filipino entertainment. She was named one of Yes! Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful Stars of 2013 and has starred in several television series.
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The 29-year-old pop singer and songwriter was born in Marikina and moved to Canada when she was 4. She toured with the rapper Nelly. She has won the hearts and minds of many in the music world, including her song Insatiable rising to No. 1 on the MediaBase Top 40 chart for four straight weeks in 2007.
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