Marikina is a multi-awarded metropolitan city with a vibrant economy and competitive workforce. It prides itself in having green spaces that are suitable for cycling and walking. The city features tree-lined streets, antiquated houses, churches, cultural hubs, spacious parks, walkways, and clean sidewalks. It is rare to see a walking beggar or street vendor in the city. The city government strictly enforces the local ordinances. Because of this unwavering effort to maintain cleanliness and order in the city, Marikina is often called “Little Singapore of the Philippines.”
Sandals, flip flops, gladiators, rubber shoes, loafers, sneakers, stilettos. No matter what kind of footwear you are looking for, the shoemakers in Marikina can definitely make it, as the city is the center of the shoe industry in the country. As the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines,” the finest footwear is manufactured in many of the shoemaking workshops. Marikina even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, when shoemakers in the city joined forces in crafting the world’s largest pair of shoes.
There are many competent schools in Marikina. The government-run institutions include Marikina Science High School, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, and Marikina Institute of Science and Technology. Private schools, colleges and universities in the city include AMA Computer University, STI College, St. Scholastica's Academy, National Christian College, Roosevelt College, Marist School, OLOPS School and National Cottage Technology Center.
Marikina offers a variety of options when it comes to an individual or a family looking for a new home. If one already has a family and is not interested in high-rise living, one can definitely opt for an apartment. Renting an apartment in Marikina is very easy, as there are many available apartments to select from.
For one, a studio type apartment with one bedroom, one restroom, and a main gate can be rented at a rate of PHP 4,000 per month. This vacant studio type apartment is situated in Malanday and near Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center. Another studio type apartment with a bedroom and a bathroom is available in Parang with a rate of PHP 4,500 per month.
If one is looking for an apartment close to jeepney and FX terminals going to Cubao and SM Marikina, a studio type apartment in Concepcion is very well advised. Also in Concepcion is a studio type apartment with a main gate that can be rented with a rate of PHP 6,000 per month.
If the family is quite big, a two bedroom and two bathroom apartment in Concepcion is recommended. The apartment can be rented for PHP 7,500 per month. For those going solo and just looking for a place to rent, there is an available room for rent in Panorama, complete with toilet and kitchen.
There is also an apartment near Robinsons Metro East and Blue Wave Shopping Mall. The rental rate for this one bedroom apartment at Marquinton Residences was originally priced at PHP 12,000 and is now down to only PHP 11,000. The apartment has access to amenities like the swimming pool, gym, tennis court, basketball court, kids playground, and daycare center.
Another fully furnished apartment is available for PHP 10,000 per month at Parang that can be used for both residential and commercial purposes. However, if one is looking for an apartment with a parking space, a one bedroom apartment in Cainta, Rizal near Ortigas Extension is recommended. The 46.56 sqm apartment costs around PHP 15,000 per month and is ready for occupancy.