Grade 3 Level

(October 6, 2016)
Sponsored by Hon. Mayor Marcelino R. Teodoro
in partnership with Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office

(Grade 3 Thoughtful PSR)

For this year’s SIP (Social Involvement Program), St Scholastica’s Academy Marikina has partnered with Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) to orient the students on the history of shoe making in Marikina and give an overview about the industry. The students were given the opportunity to meet and interact with real shoe makers in their places of work.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has been made possible with the efforts of Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro in coordination with MASIDO headed by Mr. Noel Box and the Marikina Tourism Office.

The pupils visited important places related to the industry. They were accompanied by the advisers, Head Teachers, Student Formation Coordinator, Student Activity Coordinator, Primary Academic Coordinator, Campus Minister, Parent Section Representatives, SIP Parent Volunteers, PTA President, Registrar and GS Principal, Sister Alexis Lamarroza, OSB.
(Photos at Kapitan Moy)

TOUR Kapitan Moy
This 200 year old building was once owned by Don Laureano “Kapitan Moy” Guevarra known as the Father of the Shoe Industry of the Philippines. This was the first stop where plated breakfast of spaghetti, BBQ on stick, and fried chicken was served. A photo booth was set up for everyone to enjoy.

A program was hosted by Mr. Alfred Javier of MASIDO. The girls prepared a song for Hon. Mayor Marcy Teodoro and for the generous hosts. There was a Q&A portion for the girls about the history of Kapitan Moy.

Shoe Museum
The museum holds a vast collection of shoes previously by owned several famous personalities including a pair of shoes from each president of the Philippines in chronological order. The main bulk of shoes on display was contributed by former first lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. The museum also has a hundred pairs of traditional shoes from different countries as well as shoes of actors, former Philippine presidents, vice presidents, senators, and mayors of Marikina.

Riverbanks - The Largest Pair of Shoes

The world’s largest pair of shoes, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records is proudly made in Marikina! The recognition was given in December 2002. It is made of genuine leather which took 77 days to finish by the 10 shoemakers led by Ernesto Leano. Mr Noel Box of MASIDO was one of the ten who made the shoes. 250 pairs of regular-sized shoes could be made out of this biggest pair.

It measures 529cm long and 237cm width.this can be worn by a person with a height of 125ft. Around 30 people could put their feet into the colossal shoes simultaneously. This pair of shoes was first placed at the lobby of the Marikina Sports Center, but is now on display inside the Shoe Gallery at the Marikina Riverbanks Mall.

Other Venues: C Point, Valentino, L Evaristo Shoe Factory,
Felicel Factory, HCCH Factory, Alria Factory, Stefano factory

The students were fortunate enough to have been given a chance to tour, meet and greet the shoe makers at work and to witness how shoes are actually made and see the types of materials they use. They were asked to listen attentively to the information being given to them about the

company. Question & Answer portion at the end of the tour. Some factories gave away freebies or had ready prizes for answering a question correctly.

Factories do not only make shoes but also slippers, bags belts and shoe last. It was fascinating to witness the hard work that goes into making a single pair of shoes all by hand. We are grateful for the opportunity that will be cherished not only by the students but all those that were part of the whole Lakbay Aral experience.

Gibson’s Shoe Factory

In the mid-1940s, Gibson’s was established and founded by couple Gavino Cruz and Ramona Salvador as a mere casual shoemaker. From the production of casual shoes, Gibson’s in the early 70’s, diversified its operation to venture into the field of military shoemaking.
In 1974, the company was passed on to their daughter Leonor Andres in Marikina City. The company was then renamed as Gibson’s Shoe Enterprises.

For more than 38 years already, Gibson’s has been a prime supplier to the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines supplying MILSPECS Tropical Combat Boots, Hot Weather and Dress Shoes, (Clarino) Hi-gloss. Gibson’s proudly enjoys being the most recognized name in uniform footwear by the Philippine Federation of Footwear Industries.

The tour at the Gibson’s shoe factory was awe-inspiring. The children were amazed at the amount of shoes being made in such a short period of time. They have never seen anything like it before. The state of the art machineries available these days make shoe making so much easier, but man power is still needed to make it all happen.

Lakbay Aral has truly been an experience of a lifetime and where better to witness it than in our own backyard, Marikina.

Our sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to the Mayor of Marikina. Hon. Marcy Teodoro, Mr Noel Box and the Staff of MASIDO for this momentous occasion and for making it all happen. The Grade 3 students of St Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina will always remember this experience of a lifetime.