The community pantry in Marikina, the shoe capital, offers free shoes


A community pantry in Bgy. Sto Nino, Marikina City offers free shoes. Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News.

MANILA РInstead of food, a community pantry donated free shoes to residents of Barangay Sto. Ni̱o, town of Marikina.

The spirit of bayanihan lives on as “Otto and Ely’s Shoes Know” offered different sizes of slippers, sandals and shoes.

“Kasi yung nangyayari ngayon medyo highlighted all community members, sabi namin, kung pwede kami makatulong in the same group as kami katuwaan says in the community of Marikina,” said shoemaker Elise Ebullan.

(Due to what’s going on right now people are a little stressed out, we said if we could help in other ways so we can share the fun here in our community here in Marikina.)

Community pantry in shoe capital Marikina offers 2 free shoes
A community pantry in Bgy. Sto Nino, Marikina City offers free shoes. Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News.

Marikina was granted the title of “Footwear Capital of the Philippines” in 1956 after creating a remarkable footwear industry and becoming the country’s largest shoe manufacturer at the time.

The birth of the industry dates back to 1887, when a local community leader and a few companions rebuilt a pair of imported shoes, marking the spread of hand-shoe-making skills in what was then a predominantly agricultural town. .

But last year, at least 80% of shoemakers were forced to shut down their business activities due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, community pantries have sprouted across the country after Ana Patricia Non started the movement in Maginhawa in Quezon City.

No launched the initiative over a week ago to provide free food to those in need as government assistance was not enough to feed many people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

After gaining support from other officials for his “Bayanihan” initiative, Non took over his pantry, which has already been replicated in many parts of the country.

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