WHERE: At the Marikina Shoe Gallery of Riverbanks Mall, Marikina City, Metro Manila
DATE OF TRAVEL: August 28, 2010
WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
1. It is officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest pair of shoes in the world and it right here in the Philippines!
1. During the Ondoy typhoon in Metro Manila (September 26, 2009), this pair of shoes "swam" out of the window. Good thing the shoes didn't go straight to the Marikina river!
2. The design of the shoes is patterned after the pair of shoes that Don Laureano Guevarra (more commonly known as Kapitan Moy) brought home from Europe. This is pair that is "responsible" for the birth of Marikina's shoe industry because Kapitan Moy supposedly studied this pair through reverse engineering and began making shoes.
The shoes measure 529 centimeters long and 327 centimeters wide. It is made of genuine leather and it can fit 30 people inside! Built in 2002, it took 77 days to make the pair. The materials used for this pair can actually make 250 regular-sized shoes.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Just go to Marikina Riverbanks and head the Riverbanks Mall. It is right inside the Marikina Shoe Gallery.
Marikina City is near Quezon City, Pasig City and Antipolo City.