Marky asked me to plan a photo walking tour in Marikina City as he was curious about what lies in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines. Since he asked the correct person which is me, a Marikeña (someone who was born and raised in Marikina), I accepted his invitation to showcase him the unique beauty of the City where I lived.
However, at the same time, Anton and his friend also asked me to do the exact tour with them. Since, I was caught between them, I decided to have a group tour instead, and that makes me, Marky, Anton and his friend Jonver.
In this blog post, I will highlight some places to eat, landmarks to see, and how to get to Marikina via public transportation or car.
How to get to Marikina
There are a lot of ways to get to Marikina, whether you’re coming from North or South, it is always an easy access.
Via Public Transportation: If you will be coming from the South, all you have to do is to ride the the LRT Line 2 or the Purple Line going to Santolan Station. Drop off at Katipunan Station and there you will find jeepneys going to Marikina.
If you will be coming from the North, you can take jeepney going to San Mateo or Montalban from Fairview and drop off to Puregold. Then take a jeepney going to Marikina Bayan.
By car: just follow jeepney going to Marikina such Calumpang, Parang, SSS or Philstress.
The LRT Line 2 Santolan Station
An abandoned post guard
Places and Landmarks to See
It was raining early in the morning but that didn’t stop us from having the photo walk. We met up at LRT Santolan Station and started walking going to the Industrial Valley Complex (IVC) where this nice and colorful façade housing project initiated by Bayani Fernando was situated.
Fernando build this façade to basically mask the inferior living condition of some Marikeños living there.
After exploring the place, we then took a jeepney going to Concepcion Uno where popular landmarks like Marikina Sports Complex, Clock Tower, Shoe Musuem, Teatro Marikina, Our Lady of the Abandon Church, and Kapitan Moy are situated.
Kapitan Moy, San Roque, a Spanish Ancestral house
I recall from our History subject that Marikina was just a town during 1700s and declared a pueblo under the Spanish colonial government. Thus this reflected at some houses in Marikina most especially in the town of San Roque where they are still very well preserved.
Because of their influence, I once planned of traveling to Mallorca, Spain, a place known for its outstanding diversity. Keep in mind that driving is the best way to see its Spanish countryside, so the best idea is to hire a car in Mallorca and here’s why.
Originally, I thought of availing Mallorca sightseeing tour package but upon checking the tour information, they allot tourists of 20 to 25 mins for each destination which was just unfavorable on my end. HEY, I love taking a lot of photos and that duration isn’t enough!
Just look at the main tourist attraction in Mallorca which is the Castle de Bellver; and see how huge and beautiful it is. There’s a courtyard and a vantage point in this castle where you can see the breath taking view of the city. You’ll see, 20 mins isn’t enough in this handsome Gothic style castle. Thus, driving around Mallorca will give you time flexibility and awesome experience to savor each tourist destination of the island.
The Clock Tower in Marikina bells every time it ticks 12, 3, 6, and 9.
Our Lady of the Abandon Church.
Where to Eat
We then had lunch at Pan De Amerikana and spent almost two hours in that restaurant from taking photos, having our own photo shoot, and eating two rounds. The food was great especially their Everlasting.
You must also try their pandesal which costs PHP6.00 each. It’s really good! The best pandesal I’ve ever had.
Before going home, we took another ride going to Calumpang and went to Cafe Lidia and tried their best seller Buffalo wings and blueberry cheesecake. I swear, this is so far the best blueberry cheesecake I’ve ever tasted!
The Cafe Lidia
Other nice restaurants worth trying in Marikina are Qizia Cafe, Alexei’s Diner and Cafe, Cafe Via Angelo to name a few.
Sample 1-Day Itinerary (A Summary from what has been done above)
09:00 am – Meet up in Santolan Station (LRT Line 2 – the purple line)
09:30 am – Landscape photography. Walk to IVC front Marikina, where the nice infrastructure is located.
10:30 am – Explore the Marikina River Park.
11:00 am – Walk again to ride a jeepney going to lunch at Pan De Amerikana, Marikina.
11:40 am – Food and restaurant photography at Pan De Amerikana.
01:00 pm – Urban photography. Clock Tower of Marikina.
01:30 pm – Photowalk, street, and panoramic photography on the way to famous landmark of Marikina: Freedom Park, Teatro Marikina, Our Lady of Adandoned Church, Kapitan Moy, Shoe Museum.
03:30 pm – Food and restaurant photography. Café Lidia.
04:30 pm – Group hug. Group photo. Pack up. End of the day.