First Lady Liza, former FL Imelda visit Marikina Shoe Museum

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By Richielyn Canlas

Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro played host to First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos as they visited the newly-renovated and historic Marikina Shoe Museum in the city on Monday, July 8.

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Marikina First District Representative Marjorie Ann "Maan" Teodoro tours First Lady Liza Araneta Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos at the newly-renovated Marikina Shoe Museum on July 8, 2024. (Photos from Marikina LGU/MANILA BULLETIN)

Under the supervision of Teodoro, the shoe museum, which houses the famous collection of around 800 pairs of shoes of the former First Lady, has undergone significant upgrades.

The local government said that the rehabilitation and upgrades made to the museum aim to enhance the visitor experience and ensure the preservation of the valuable artifacts for future generations.

Marikina First District Representative Marjorie Ann “Maan” Teodoro welcomed the current and former First Ladies at the museum, and led them to a guided tour highlighting the extensive shoe collection and the history behind each pair.

Teodoro emphasized the importance of preserving cultural landmarks like the Marikina Shoe Museum.

“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,” the mayor said.

He also explained the significance of the museum to the city, especially since it is hailed as the shoe capital of the country.

“The Marikina Shoe Museum is a cornerstone of our community. 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,” he said.

According to the city government, the shoe museum was founded in 2001. It is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich history and craftsmanship of Marikina’s shoe industry and stands as a symbol of Marikina's vibrant cultural heritage.