Situated along the eastern border of Metro Manila, Marikina is a lush valley, bounded by mountain ranges and was founded 300 years ago. It was then called Barrio Jesus dela Peña (Jesus of the Rocks), in honor of the infant child Jesus. The town eventually changed its name to “Marikina” as per order of the first Philippine commissioner, Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera.
It is hard not to think of shoes whenever one talks about Marikina. Known as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines, “ the city produces the finest quality of shoes and the best variety of export-quality footwear. The shoe industry in the city is thriving, with a number of notable shoe artisans producing world-class remarkable designs for the market every year.
Marikina even carved its name in the Guinness Book of World Records when shoemakers in the city joined forces to create the world’s largest pair of shoes, which can be seen inside Riverbanks Mall in Riverbanks Center.
Located 21 kilometers east of the capital, Manila, Marikina is a progressive but laidback urban city. Among its many landmarks include Marikina Sports Park, Marikina Hotel, Marquinton Place, Loyola Memorial Park and Riverbanks Center. Some key shopping and retail centers in Metro Manila such as Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, SM City Marikina and Robinsons Place Metro East are located in or near the city. Being the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina has the Shoe Museum, which houses the famous shoe collection of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Marikina hosts several reputable academic institutions. Primary and secondary schools in the city include Marikina Science High School, Saint Scholastica’s Academy and Marist School. Those offering tertiary-level education include Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina, Marikina Institute of Science and Technology, AMA Computer University, STI College, Roosevelt College, National Christian College and Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College (OLOPS), while the Cottage Industry Technology Center (CITC), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), provides training opportunities for cottage and small-scale industries.
Many Marikina residents ride bicycles not only for recreation but also to travel for different places in the city. Cycling is regarded as an inexpensive and healthy alternative form of transportation that contributes to a more ethical and sustainable way of living. The City Government of Marikina built several bike lanes, bike parking facilities, and biking routes to encourage commuters to use bicycle rather than taking traditional motorized modes of transportation.
Two Ayala malls are scheduled to open in Marikina. The mall in Marikina Heights has 13,000 square meters of space. The other Ayala mall, the 79,000-sqm Ayala Malls Feliz, is located along Marcos Highway.
A progressive and dynamic city, Marikina is definitely the perfect place to start an enterprise. Looking for a lot for lease in Marikina is easy. An elevated vacant commercial lot in Marikina Heights is available and up for negotiation. It is a flood-free area and an ideal space to build a warehouse, tiangge store, auto shop, grocery or food establishment.