Marikina City is a highly urbanized industrial city located at the eastern part of the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is one of the cities and municipality that comprises the conurbation of Metro Manila, the country’s National Capital Region. The city sits on the lush Marikina Valley surrounded by the Cordillera and Sierra Madre mountain ranges, and traversed by the Marikina River in the mid-west. Bordering it to the west is Quezon City, to the south are Pasig City and the municipality of Cainta in Rizal province, Antipolo City to the east, and the municipality of San Mateo, also in Rizal, to the north.
Marikina is famous for its shoe industries and export-quality products, giving it the designation as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines”. Found in the city is the world’s largest pair of shoes certified by the Guinness Book of Records, and the Shoe Museum that features the former first lady Imelda Marcos’ collection of shoes.
Aside from this, the city has also received many awards and prestigious titles even before its incorporation into a city. It has been the first local government unit to receive the title Cleanest and Greenest City in the Philippines, and has set itself as a hall of famer in the said category. Most recently, in 2004, Marikina was declared as the Most Competitive Metro City in the Philippines. It was awarded by the esteemed Asian Institute of Management Policy Research Center, International Labour Organization (ILO), German Technical Foundation, Asia Foundation, and Konrad Adenauer Stiflung. The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has honored Marikina by including the city in its prestigious Global 500 Roll Of Honour. It has also been recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s most healthiest and livable cities.
All these awards and recognitions stand proof of not just the city’s status, but also of the discipline and hard work of its residents. Together with its booming and vibrant economy, its supportive business sector, and responsive government, Marikina is setting the standard for all urban cities in the Philippines.
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