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Highly Urbanized City
City of Marikina
Clockwise from top left: Cityhood Park, Largest Pair of Shoes in the world, Marikina Sports Center, Riverbanks Center, Marikina City skyline, Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Shoe Museum, Marquinton Residences, Marcos Highway, Roman Garden at Marikina River Park, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina
Clockwise from top left: Cityhood Park, Largest Pair of Shoes in the world, Marikina Sports Center, Riverbanks Center, Marikina City skyline, Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Shoe Museum, Marquinton Residences, Marcos Highway, Roman Garden at Marikina River Park, Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina
Official seal of Marikina
Nickname(s): Shoe Capital of the Philippines
Motto: "Discipline, Good Taste, Excellence"
Metro Manila showing the location of Marikina City
Metro Manila showing the location of Marikina City
Marikina is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°38′24″N 121°5′50″E / 14.64000°N 121.09722°E / 14.64000; 121.09722Coordinates: 14°38′24″N 121°5′50″E / 14.64000°N 121.09722°E / 14.64000; 121.09722
Country  Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Districts 1st and 2nd Districts of Marikina
Settled April 16, 1630
Integrated (NCR) June 1975
Cityhood December 8, 1996
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Del de Guzman (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Jose Fabian I. Cadiz (Liberal)
 • Representatives First District -
Marcelino Teodoro
Second District -
Miro Quimbo
 • City Council
 • Total 21.52 km2 (8.31 sq mi)
Elevation 14.7 m (48.2 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 424,150
 • Density 20,000/km2 (51,000/sq mi)
Demonym Marikenyo/Marikeño
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP Code 1800
Area code 2

Marikina (/mərɪˈkɪnə/), officially the City of Marikina (Filipino: Lungsod ng Marikina), located in the island of Luzon in the Philippines, is one of the cities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. Marikina became the capital of the Province of Manila from 1898 to 1899.

Marikina was given the title Shoe Capital of the Philippines[4] because of its notable shoe industry, being the biggest manufacturer of shoes in the Philippines, producing almost 70%[5] of shoes manufactured in the country. The Shoe Museum houses part of the famous shoe collection of the former First Lady Imelda Marcos, shoes of some of the world leaders and celebrities and shoes of different countries, making it the world's largest collection of pairs of shoes in a museum.[6]

Marikina is the main gateway of Metro Manila to Rizal Province as well as Quezon Province. It is one of the most awarded metropolitan cities in the Philippines, including the prestigious "Most Competitive Cities in the Philippines" awarded by the National Competitiveness Council in 2003 and 2005.[7] Marikina remains in top 10 Philippine rankings, ranking number one in Metro Manila for many years.[8] The city rapidly transformed into a highly urbanized and one of the wealthiest local government units in the Philippines. It is also home of some of high-end communities in Metro Manila, such as Loyola Grand Villas, Provident Villages and gated communities in Barangay Industrial Valley and Marikina Heights where many of the wealthy and famous live.


In view of the non-existence of records or documents on how the name Marikina came into being, the following legends were gathered from elder residents of the different barrios in Marikina.[9]

From a priest named "Mariquina"
One of the builders of the Jesus dela Pena Chapel was a young priest named "Mariquina" who was given the task of baptizing children to Christianity. Because of this very noble job, "Mariquina" was named in his honor.

From a young lady called "Maria Cuina"
It is said that before the Spaniards came to Mariquina, a beautiful, virtuous, polite and intelligent lady named "Maria Cuina" was residing in the town. Because of her expertise in business, she became rich and her fortunes were expended in charity and eventually became famous in the whole town up to Manila. When a traveler from other towns visited the barrio, he asked for the name of the town, a resident replied "Maria Cuina" thinking that what was being asked was their admirable lady. Since then, the story spread throughout and the town was known as "Mariquina".[citation needed]

From the word "Marikit-na"
During the construction of the chapel of Jesus dela Peña, it was being supervised by the Jesuit priest and the laborers were Filipinos. As expected, the language barrier resulted in the usual misunderstandings. When the chapel was completed and the priest asked what the structure would be called, one worker answered "Marikit-na-Po", thinking that what was being asked was the condition of the chapel. Because the Spaniards knew that the word "Po" is a sign of respect and they were finding it difficult to express the letter "T", the Marikit-na was believed to be said as "Marikina".

From a town in Spain
In the province of Nueva Viscaya in Spain, there was a beautiful town called Mariquina. This was where Eduardo de Mariquina, a famous musician got his name. The town is located beside the Charmaga River, now known as Artibai River, which is the origin of the Jesuit priests who came to the Philippines and established Jesus dela Peña. Because of this, "Mariquina" was used to honor the place where they came from. In 1901, Commissioner de Tavera changed the letter "Q" to a more vernacular “K”.

Based on history and documents in the custody of the municipal government of Marikina, the town was called Marikit-na in 1787 and was later changed to Mariquina. According to Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, the word Mariquina was in recognition of Capt. Berenguer de Mariquina who led the town in 1788.[citation needed]


Bayani Fernando, former city mayor from 1992 to 2001 and MMDA chairman

Early history[edit]

The first settlers were descendants of Lakan Dula in the 1560s and the area is part of Kingdom of Tondo, followed by Augustinians were the first to arrive at the valley in the 1570s, at the spot known as Chorillo in Barangka. In 1572, Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish was established. Next came the Jesuits in 1630, in a place now called Jesus dela Peña (Jesus of the Rocks). Here, the Jesuits established a mission and built a chapel still known today as Jesus dela Pena Chapel. Fray Pedro de Arce, apostolic ruler of the Archbishop of Manila at that time, approved transfer of ecclesiastical control and supervision to the Jesuits, and settled the place as a town.[9]

In 1687, the town was called "Mariquina" after Felix Berenguer de Marquina, who was the governor-general at that time, and the town was declared a pueblo under the Spanish colonial government. In 1690, Don Juan Pimentel, Alcalde de Tondo, gave orders to vacate and demolish the visita of Jesus dela Peña due to the turbulent river (Marikina River now) which floods the area during rainy season. The visita could not accommodate the growing population of the community. This finally led the friars to cross the river and find higher ground to establish a larger church - Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish - and subsequently created an independent parish in Mariquina. In 1787, Don Benito Mendoza became the first Gobernadorcillo of Mariquina.[citation needed]

By the 19th century, Hacienda Mariquina was owned and administered by the Tuazon family and had become the largest in the Philippines. The hacienda was declared a mayorazgo by the Spanish colonial government. Don Juan Gregorio became the first Alcalde Capitan of Mariquina in 1822. In 1887, Mariquina emerged as a town of shoemakers. Shoe-making began through the pioneering efforts of Don Laureano "Kapitan Moy" Guevarra (known as the father of shoe industry in the Philippines), assisted by Tiburcio Eustaquio, Ambrocio Sta. Ines, and Gervacio Carlos.[citation needed]

During the Philippine Revolution in 1896, Andrés Bonifacio arrived in Mariquina before he and his Katipuneros proceeded to the caves of Montalban. Mariquina became the capital of the Province of Manila in 1898, when the Philippine Revolution broke out, a period when Philippine Independence was declared by Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president. Don Vicente Gomez became the first Alcalde Presidente of Mariquina in 1900.

20th century[edit]

On June 11, 1901, shortly after the United States took possession of the Philippines, its name officially became "Marikina". The province of Rizal was created by virtue of Act No. 137 by the First Philippine Commission which was acting as the unicameral legislative body in the island of Luzon. Marikina, along with many other towns around Manila, was incorporated into the new province.

In 1906, the Manila Railroad Company completed the 31-kilometer steam train line called "Marikina Line", also known as Rosario-Montalban branch,[10] (converted into the road which is now known as Daang Bakal, including Shoe Avenue), Marikina Railway Depot (Marikina Elementary School in the present-day) and Marikina Railway Station (which stands today as Marikina Sports Center), connecting Montalban and Rosario (now known as Tramo, in Pasig).[11] During the construction of the train line, not far from Marikina Railway Depot, Marikina Airfield was completed and used for civilian airfield.[12] The runways were subsequently converted into the road known today as E. Rodriguez Avenue and E. Santos Streets, and the airfield stands today as Paliparan Subdivision. In 1936, the train line was completely abandoned, while the airfield became primarily used by the Japanese during World War II. After the war, neither was rebuilt.

Juan Chanyungco became the first Mayor of Marikina in 1938.[citation needed]

In 1942, Japanese Imperial forces occupied Marikina. The town was liberated in 1945 by combined U.S. and Philippine Commonwealth ground troops, who attacked the Japanese Imperial Army by artillery from Quezon City. Almost all of the large buildings, including the church bell tower, were destroyed. In reality, the Japanese had already left the town and retreated to the north. The town saw over 400 civilians casualties by the end of World War II. Local Filipino troops under the pre-war 4th and 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army entered Marikina and assisted U.S. forces in attacking Japanese troops during the liberation.

In 1956, Marikina had re-emerged as a town of shoemakers after World War II. Honed by years of shoe manufacturing experience, the natives had developed a work ethic that prepared them for the arrival of heavy industries, and the town was finally named as the "Shoe Capital of the Philippines". With the industrial plants came waves of workers who chose to stay, rapidly increasing the population. Marikina soon became a victim of runaway growth, resulting in the Marikina River being polluted by the factories and squatters along the riverbanks.[citation needed] In 1968, Kapitan Moy's house (now known as Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina) was declared a national shrine by the town council and the National Historical Commission. In 1969, Rodriguez Sports Complex, known today as Marikina Sports Center was completed.

On November 7, 1975, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 824, four cities and thirteen towns of Rizal, including Marikina, were made part of Metropolitan Manila Area. On October 23, 1988, Typhoon Unsang brought heavy rains, causing widespread flooding in Marikina for the first time. Large parts of Marikina was submerged by floods and many residents were stranded on their house rooftops and trees, and their properties and businesses were extensively damaged.[citation needed]

By 1992, Marikina had become a beautiful and industrialized urban municipality under the leadership of Bayani Fernando. Marikina River was transformed into a beautiful waterway, with beautiful parks along the riverbanks. On December 8, 1996, the municipality of Marikina became a city and transformed rapidly into a highly urbanized. Marikina became a First Class City by virtue of Republic Act No. 8223,[13] the day of the Feast of Immaculate Concepcion, signed by President Fidel V. Ramos.

21st century[edit]

In 2006, under Republic Act No. 9364 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Marikina was divided into two congressional districts being served by two representatives in 2007.[citation needed]

On September 26, 2009, Marikina w widely devastated by a flash flood from the overflowing Marikina River, due to torrential rains caused by Tropical Storm Ondoy. The river reached the 23-meter mark, the worst flooding in two decades. The city was declared under state of calamity, as flood water flowed throughout the towns and barangays. The national and international aides arrived immediately for relief, retrieval and recovery operations. On August 7, 2012, the city was again devastated by flood when the river reached almost 20 meters due to torrential rains from an eight-day active Southwest Monsoon or Habagat, inundating 30% of Marikina. Rainfall during a seven-hour period surpassed the amount of total rainfall from Tropical Storm Ondoy.


Land area
The total land area of Marikina is approximately 21.5 square kilometers (km²) or 2,150 hectares (ha). This represents about 3.42% of the total land area of Metro Manila. At present, the city is composed of 16 barangays. Barangays Fortune, Concepcion Dos and Marikina Heights are among the largest in terms of land area.[14]

Land use
The south portion of the city comprises the numerous commercial, industrial and residential areas, heritage sites and mixed use zones, while the north and northeast portion are primarily for residential and industrial zones, and various establishments such as small and medium enterprises. Loyola Grand Villas, located at the northwest portion of the city, is a gated community comprising upper-middle class and wealthy residential areas. Barangay Sta. Elena represents a poblacion, or the center of Marikina. At present, it comprises 38% residential, 19% commercial and industrial, 17% Roads, 8% Mixed-use, 18% for parks and open spaces, development areas, institutional, cemeteries and others.[15]

From the north, Marikina occupies most of the south bank of Nangka River. The east slices at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains of Antipolo and sliced by the streets of Montserrat Hill, Bonanza and Starlite in Barangay Concepcion Dos. The southeast slices by Sapang Baho River occupies the north-west bank. The south portion is sliced by Marcos Highway and occupies most of the north side of the highway and extends to the west until it occupies the LRT-2 Santolan Station depot until it reaches the Marikina River. The east occupies the southernmost of Quezon City hills which lies in Barangay Industrial Valley and sliced by C5 Road occupies the west side until it reaches Ateneo de Manila University campus. The east part of the campus covers the city, extending to the north and sliced by several roads of Loyola Grand Villas, which covers the east part of the village until it reaches Marikina River and its tributary Nangka River to the north.

Located along the eastern border of Metro Manila, it is bordered on the west by Quezon City, to the south by Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal, to the north by San Mateo, Rizal and to the east by Antipolo City, the capital of Rizal province. It is approximately 21 kilometers away from Manila and lies within 14°38′24″N 121°5′50″E / 14.64000°N 121.09722°E / 14.64000; 121.09722.

The location of Marikina lies on the so-called Marikina Valley, which extends to the south toward Pasig City and Cainta, Rizal. Sierra Madre mountains lie to the east and Quezon City hills to the west. Marikina River runs through the mid-west portion of the city, with its tributary including Nangka River. Nangka River runs through the north slicing between Marikina and San Mateo, while the small waterway called Sapang Baho Creek slicing the southeast between Marikina and Cainta and Antipolo City.

Physiography zones

Disaster prone
Marikina is prone to various natural disasters, including 2009 Typhoon Ketsana, and southwest monsoon flooding such as 2012 Habagat. Flash floods and landslides are frequent in Marikina, especially when struck by heavy rains.[citation needed] Primarily, flooding within Marikina is caused by the increase of water level in major rivers and its tributaries, followed by overflowing from its riverbanks to low-lying areas throughout the city. Landslides are another threat, particularly at the foot of the higher grounds.

Another major threat is earthquakes in Marikina. West Valley Fault System, previously known as Marikina Valley Fault Line, lies at the west of Marikina. The east of the fault line, in which a large portion of Marikina is included, is constantly sinking. It generates as the epicenter of the earthquake is in Marikina itself if the earthquake struck.[citation needed]


Marikina features a tropical monsoon climate. Its proximity to the equator means that the temperature range is very small, rarely going lower than 18 °C (64 °F) or higher than 38 °C (100 °F). However, humidity levels are usually very high, which makes it feel much warmer. It has a distinct, relatively short dry season from January through May, and a relatively lengthy wet season, from June through December.

Climate data for Marikina, Philippines
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 20
Precipitation mm (inches) 25.4
Source: Pagasa DOST

Marikina River[edit]

Marikina River runs to the western part of the city and surrounded by many lush trees on the riverbanks. The south portion of the river is surrounded by structures and concrete walkways. The river covers an area of around 220 hectares and measures about 11 kilometers in length, and is the principal drainage system for Marikina. Its depth measures from 12 meters up to 18 meters during heavy downpour. Rehabilitation of the River started in 1992. The river traverses 11 city barangays which have streets and alleys going to the river, making river parks easily accessible. River parks today are popular sports and recreational centers not only in Metro Manila but throughout the Philippines.


Population census of Marikina
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1975 166,453 —    
1980 211,613 +4.92%
1990 310,227 +3.90%
1995 357,231 +2.68%
2000 391,170 +1.96%
2007 424,610 +1.14%
2010 424,150 −0.04%
Sources: National Statistics Office[3][16]

The native people in Marikina refer to themselves as "Marikeño" (or Marikenyo, in Filipino). The population of Marikina is near half a million, making it one of the most densely populated areas in the Philippines.

Like other places in Metro Manila, the original settlers are Tagalog. There has been constant migration of ethnic groups in the Philippines such as Bicolanos, Ilocanos, Cebuanos and other Visayan settlers. There is also a notable number of foreign nationals that had migrated there, including Koreans, Americans, Chinese and Japanese.[citation needed]

Tagalog is widely spoken and the main language in Marikina, while English is used in education and business. Other languages such as Cebuano, Bicolano, and Ilocano are prevalent among some families and their respective communities.[citation needed]

Marikina was one of the seats of the Spanish colonial government in past centuries, and has been used as the base of Roman Catholic missions to the Philippines. Religious orders include the Dominicans, the Franciscans, the Jesuits and the Augustinians, which were the first to arrive in Marikina. The Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, completed in 1572, is the seat of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados, the Patron Saint of Marikina.

Other Christian faiths in Marikina including Iglesia ni Cristo, Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch), Seventh-day Adventist Church, Philippine Independent Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more than a dozen Baptist churches and other small Christian groups. Other small religions in Marikina are Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.


Main article: Barangays of Marikina

Marikina is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.[17] Its barangays are grouped into two districts for city council representation purposes. The first district encompasses the southern section of the city, while the second district encompasses the northern section.

Barangays District Population Area (ha) Density (/km²) Zip Code
Barangka 1st 19,222 117 16,429 1803
Calumpang 1st 14,879 72 20,665 1801
Concepcion Uno 2nd 39,204 213 18,405 1807
Concepcion Dos 2nd 26,114 184 14,192 1811
Fortune 2nd 33,390 219 15,246 1810
Industrial Valley 1st 14,263 65 21,943 1802
Jesus Dela Peña 1st 9,465 82 11,542 1804
Malanday 2nd 51,956 87 59,719 1805
Marikina Heights 2nd 35,416 206 17,192 1810
Nangka 2nd 40,731 182 22,379 1808
Parang 2nd 37,896 164 23,107 1809
San Roque 1st 18,252 109 16,744 1801
Santa Elena 1st 6,954 44 15,804 1800
Santo Niño 1st 26,120 146 17,809 1800
Tañong 1st 8,479 73 11,615 1803
Tumana 2nd 41,809 182 22,971 1805

Local government[edit]

Like in other city governments in the Philippines, Marikina is governed by a mayor and a vice mayor elected to three-year terms. The mayor is the executive head and leads the city's departments in executing city ordinances and improving public services, along with city councilors, while the vice mayor heads a legislative council along with barangay councilors. Every barangay also has its own set of projects, providing community service in the city as well as basic services provided for remote residences.

Marikina has received numerous awards for good governance, management and integrity. Marikina boasts one of the wealthiest local governments in the Philippines.[18]

Legislative districts
Marikina is divided into 2 districts, Districts 1 and 2, where each district is represented by a congressman in the House of Representatives of the Philippines.

List of city mayors

City seal

City Seal

The official seal of the City of Marikina bears the inscriptions "Lungsod ng Marikina", "Pilipinas", "1630" (the founding year of the municipality), and "1996", the year of approval of the city charter. The two mountains represent the majestic twin ranges of the Cordillera and Sierra Madre, between which the Marikina Valley is nestled, traversed by the Marikina River. The rising sun points to the eastern location of the city, with each ray representing the city's barangays. The machinery gear symbolizes its industries and the shoe last represents the traditional manufacturing in the city. The torch focuses on the lofty and noble ideals for human development and a better quality of life, and is symbolic of its Hispanic culture and tradition. The bamboo underscores a mixture of the people's natural humility and strength of character and also emphasizes the city's transition from an agricultural past to the urbanized, industrial present; the leaves and branches symbolize order and serenity. The bamboo and the wheel represent Marikina and its people's respect for and protection of the environment so as to remain in harmony with progress.[19]

Social services[edit]

Amang Rodriguez Medical Center
Marquinton Residences


Each barangay in Marikina has a public primary school and growing numbers of public secondary schools. It also has a public tertiary school and vocational schools for continuing education, and a centralized public library. A Department of Education division office and TESDA office are located in Marikina. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina sets the first city-owned university along with Marikina Polytechnic College and Marikina Science High School. Marikina Catholic School serves as the Catholic-owned school in Marikina.

There are a number of prominent private schools in Marikina such as Marikina Christian Integrated School, National Christian Life College, Roosevelt College, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College, Marist School, St. Scholastica's Academy, Kostka School, Mother of Divine Providence School, St. Nicholas School, Holy Trinity School, Charis School, Infant Jesus Academy, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila School, Ingenium School Foundation and others.

The number of technical and IT schools is also growing in the city, including AMA Computer College East Rizal, STI College Marikina, International Electronics and Technical Institute, Informatics Professional Development and others.


Local government provides free medical and dental missions, health seminars and check-ups, proper disposal and hygiene training, special services for seniors, pregnant women and children, and other free medical operations. It also has a privilege card that offers discounted fees and free services such as emergency, medical, and security services. Every barangay has its own health center to provide basic medical services in the community, and also has a city health main office to assist in barangay health centers.

Marikina City Health Office is the center of basic health services, assisting to meet the needs of barangay health centers. Amang Rodriguez Medical Center is a major and prominent public hospital not only in Marikina, but also in its neighboring cities, while Marikina Valley Medical Center is a private major private hospital.

Marikina Sports Complex provides a gym, sections for senior citizens, dance and aerobic exercises, oval track for runners, and other sporting activities. Riverbanks Center is a place for jogging, walking and running.


Shoe industry[edit]

Marikina is the biggest manufacturer of quality shoes in the Philippines, producing 70%[5] of the shoes made in the country. It is also the Philippines' largest worldwide exporter of leather shoes. The city produces shoes made of rubber, wood (bakya) and plastic, as well as sandals, slippers and other footwear that tagged Marikina as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Hundreds of footwear establishments are located across the city, generating thousands of jobs that continue to make the shoe and leather industry the top livelihood in the city. By the 2000s, the Marikina shoe industry was affected by competition from Chinese manufacturers,.[20]

Local markets[edit]

Public markets in Marikina are often divided into two: the dry goods section and the wet goods section. Commerce in these public markets is active, especially in the early morning. Under the urban renewal program of the city, some public markets have been refurbished, like the Marikina Public Market (popularly known as "Marikina Market Mall"), one of the biggest and cleanest[citation needed] markets in Metro Manila, located in the city center of Marikina.

Shopping and commercial centers[edit]

Modern shopping malls dot the city, especially in the southern portion of Marikina. SM City Marikina, Blue Wave Mall at Marquinton and C&Ps Circle Mall are some of Metro Manila's major shopping and commercial centers. A popular recreation and commercial center in the city is the Riverbanks Center. Other major shopping centers located on Marcos Highway are Sta. Lucia East Grandmall, Robinsons Place Metro East and SM City Masinag.

Almost all of the major commercial international, local and government banks in the Philippines operate a branch in the city. At this time, there are 60[citation needed] banking institutions offering services to businesses and residents. Most of these are concentrated in Barangay Sta. Elena, Sto. Niño, Concepcion Uno, San Roque, Calumpang and Barangka.

Marikina lined up as one of Information Technology hubs in Metro Manila, and has continuous growth of outsourcing and call centers including ICT Groups, Sykes, NCO, Teletech, to name a few. There are numerous contact centers worldwide with IT-based offices in the Philippines in Makati City, Ortigas Center and Riverbanks Center in Marikina City.


Local cuisines[edit]

  • Everlasting – This famous and signature dish Marikina-style meatloaf which has similarity of ingredients to those of Embutido. However, Everlasting dish is cooked on the "llanera" or the baking pan and is garnished with chopped hard boiled eggs, strip of bell pepper, chopped carrots, sliced hotdogs and the likes. This can be decorated with vegetables, which is a perfect dish for festive occasions.
  • Waknatoy – Also called Woknatoy, is a dish unique to Marikina. The name is unique to Marikina but the dish itself is not. Waknatoy is simply a variant of Menudo. The only marked difference is the addition of pickles which gives waknatoy a sweet-tangy flavor. The rest of the ingredients are the same — meat (pork, most of the time), liver, potatoes, carrots, sausages, bay leaf and tomato sauce.
  • Laoya – Sometimes called Lauya, is also a unique dish in Marikina which can be compared with the typical Nilagang Baka except for the addition of luya (ginger), garlic and sweet potatoes (camote). The dish is cooked by adding those ingredients in the broth and boiling altogether with the beef, baguio beans, pepper and cabbage until the broth is ready and the beef is tender. Most people would be confused by Laoya’s taste as it is similar to Nilaga or Tinola with beef as the main ingredient instead of chicken.
  • Colored Putong Pulo – Putong Pulo is a small, reddish brown puto made of rice, sugar, baking soda, and achuete for coloring. It is steamed and topped with a small, thin slice of cheese. Aside from its traditional reddish brown color, it also comes in assorted flavors and colors like white, green, pink, and purple.
  • Pininyahang Manok – This dish is also famous in Marikina and also has its own version. Aside from its basic ingredients, Marikina-style Pininyahang Manok has tomatoes. The addition of tomatoes give it distinctive flavor and color.
  • Binabayasang Alimango – This signature dish is a rich and flavorful seafood dish best served with steamed rice. The main ingredients are crabs and ripe guava, and it is cooked in a low fire until the crab's shell turns into reddish color and the sauce become thick.
  • Sinigang sa Bayabas – Typically the main ingredient is guava, and the dish depends on what kind of meat (or seafood) is used; the authentic dish came from Marikina, and is very popular in every Marikina home.
  • Tapsilog – Traditionally, beef tapa is made by marinating slices of beef overnight and then drying them in the sun. Arguably, the Tapsi or Tapsilog, a combination of tapa, sinangag (fried rice), and later itlog (egg), was originally intended to be quick breakfast fare. Originally established in 1980's, the word Tasilog came from the famous Tapsi ni Vivian restaurant, but the combination has become so popular that Pinoys opt to eat it for lunch and dinner as well. In fact, the tapsilog has produced a number of iterations (replacing tapa but retaining the "si" and "log") such as tocilog (tocino) and longsilog (longganisa), among many others.


  • Ilognayan Festival – Also known as River Fiesta, is a cultural event held every second week of February along the Marikina River. This festival is about letting the people know about the Marikina River’s significance.
  • Ka-Angkan Festival – The feast coincides with the founding anniversary of Marikina on April 16. It is an event that honors the large native clans of the city that have unique monikers.
  • Marikina Christmas Festival – This is Marikina's famous festival wherein the Marikina River bank, mostly concentrated in Marikina River Park and Riverbanks Center, is filled with stalls selling a wide variety of goods at affordable prices. The festival starts as early as October, and runs until January of the following year. The Marikina Christmas Festival has always attracted many people from different places who finds the event enjoyable, even just strolling around the riverbanks at night with all the lighted stores.
  • Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival – A festival that showcases the various ethnic groups that make up the people of Marikina. It serves as a tribute to the active community who came from other regions of the country and chose to settle in Marikina. It proves that unity can be achieved despite diverse backgrounds and different dialects. The festival celebrates every year on December 8, where Marikina was established as a city.
  • Sapatos Festival – Since Marikina was tagged as the Shoe Capital, the city celebrates the Sapatos Festival every year, from mid-September until year-end. This is a celebration of the ingenuity and craftsmanship of shoemakers in Marikina. It gives due recognition to their hardship and the local shoe industry itself.



Marikina is located at the eastern border of Metro Manila and it is the main gateway to Rizal Province and Quezon Province. Marikina-Infanta Road, popularly known as Marcos Highway, is the main highway east of Metro Manila connecting Marikina and other surrounding cities such as Quezon City, Pasig City, Antipolo City and Cainta.

Other main roads connect to Marikina, such as A. Bonifacio Avenue and Riverbanks Avenue-C5 Access Road connects to Quezon City]], J. P. Rizal Street and Fortune Avenue connect to San Mateo, Sumulong Highway connects to Cainta and Antipolo City, and Gil Fernando Avenue connects Pasig City and Cainta.

Public transport[edit]

Currently, the elevated LRT-2 runs through Marikina City. The east-end station of the line is Santolan located along Marcos Highway. The station connects to the west-end, Claro M. Recto Avenue in Manila.

The Marikina Line was completed in 1906, and continued its operation until 1936. These railways were dismantled during the 1960s and were converted into ordinary roads.[citation needed]

Aside from the Marikina Line, two other lines existed before but are now removed permanently. First is the Cavite Line, which passed through Paco, Parañaque, Bacoor and up to Naic, Cavite. Completed in 1908, its operation continued until 1936.

Second is the Antipolo Line, which passed through Santa Mesa, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Cainta, Taytay, up to Antipolo near the "Hinulugang Taktak" Falls. There is also a street named "Daangbakal" in Antipolo, where like the "Daangbakal" roads on Marikina and San Mateo, a railway line once existed. The railroad tracks also passed through what is now the Ortigas Avenue Extension. Its operation ceased in 1917.

There is uncertainty in the new Northrail project, which links Manila to the northern provinces of Luzon, because of corruption within the project's construction.

Public transportation within the city, like in most of the urban areas in the Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys and buses. Tricycles (motorbikes with an attached two seater carriage) are the usual transportation used for short distances, while taxi cabs are used by the upper middle class. The roads are organized around a set of long narrow and circumferential roads that radiate and circle in and around the city.

Other transport[edit]

The city has developed a network of 52 km [21] of bikeways and bikelanes along major roads and city streets. The bikeways program commenced in 2002 with a USD1.3 million World Bank funding grant.[21] The city of Marikina was expected to shoulder 85% of the cost of the bikeways.[22] In 2007, Marikina recorded 552,435 total bike trips in the city.[23]

A bike lane was introduced in 2012 running from Santolan station of LRT-2 up to Imelda Avenue as well as another on Commonwealth Avenue.[21][24]

Marikina River is the main waterway in Marikina and the main transportation here is river ferries. There are 2 river ferries station located in Marikina: Riverbanks Station and Sto. Nino Station. Both are under construction, and once completed, will provide more efficient transportation for commuters.


Marikina has its own radio station, DZBF DEL Radio - Radyo Marikina (1674 kHz Metro Manila), owned and operated by the city government. It an English-language AM radio station providing community news, public affairs and entertainment.

Sister cities[edit]

Marikina's sister city is Brampton in Ontario, Canada. Sister cities with no formal constitution with the following cities: Monterrey, Mexico, Plano, United States and Toulon, France.

International cities
Local cities

See also[edit]


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