Marikina

Marikina

Markina is one of the cities that compose the greater Metro Manila area. Originally called Barrio Jesus dela Peña, the city was founded in 1630 by Jesuit priests. It was renamed Mariquina in 1687 then finally Marikina in 1910.

The city is arguably the center of the local shoe industry. Best known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina houses the largest manmade pair of shoes as well as the Shoe Museum, which holds part of former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ extensive shoe collection. Although the industry is no longer what it used be decades ago, mostly due to the influx of cheaper shoes and materials from other countries, when most local people hear of Marikina, they think of shoes.

The Marikina River cuts through a portion of the city. Although the river has a tendency to overflow during the monsoon seasons, there are parks located along the riverbanks where people can have picnics.

The Marikina Sports Complex, built in 1969, boasts being the first of its kind in Asia. It has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and two grandstands which can seat around 15,000 people each. The complex was the main venue of the 2014 ASEAN School Games and it continues to be used as a venue for other sporting and entertainment events.

The Philippine Science Centrum can also be found here, located just inside the Riverbanks Center. The first “hands-on” science museum in the country, the Philippine Science Centrum has several interactive exhibits, such as a flight simulator and an anti-gravity mirror.

Despite being a young city (only being incorporated into the Metro Manila in 1996), Marikina is considered one of the best places to live in the metro.

Top Rated Restaurants in Marikina Browse All

  1. Cafe Lidia
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    245 Reviews View
  2. Isabelo Garden Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    81 Reviews View
  3. Rodic's Diner
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    124 Reviews View
  4. Krung Thai
    4.5 Stars
    Thai
    85 Reviews View
  5. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
    66 Reviews View
  6. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    132 Reviews View
  7. Sebastian's Ice Cream
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  8. Vikings
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    159 Reviews View
  9. QiZia Café
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    121 Reviews View
  10. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
    4.5 Stars
    Breakfast
    254 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Marikina Browse All

  1. Oracle Hotel and Residences
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  2. Flamingoes Resort
    3.5 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  3. Mariposa Budget Hotel - Marikina
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Kubling Tago Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Marikina Hotel
    2.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Marikina Browse All

  1. Cafe Lidia
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    245 Reviews View
  2. Isabelo Garden Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    81 Reviews View
  3. Rodic's Diner
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    124 Reviews View
  4. Starbucks Coffee
    4.5 Stars
    Coffee
    85 Reviews View
  5. Krung Thai
    4.5 Stars
    Thai
    85 Reviews View
  6. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
    66 Reviews View
  7. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    132 Reviews View
  8. Sebastian's Ice Cream
    4.5 Stars
    Ice Cream
    120 Reviews View
  9. Vikings
    4.5 Stars
    Buffet
    159 Reviews View
  10. Sip & Gogh
    5.0 Stars
    Art Studio
    23 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Marikina

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