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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2013

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I send you my heartiest greetings as we celebrate Christmas 2013. As always, this is the time to remember how the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us not to be served but to serve. Indeed, the story of Christmas has taken on a most timely significance in the midst of unprecedented destruction brought about by super typhoon Yolanda. Millions of our compatriots are mired in indescribable misery, anxiously waiting for help to assuage their physical hunger, transcend emotional pain, alleviate mental anguish and remain hopeful in order to rebuild their shattered lives. The transition will not be easy and so it behooves us to commiserate with them and give a part of ourselves to ease their burden. For many, Christmas is a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first. Those in search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends, will be missing those they love. And those who have lost loved ones may find this day especially agonizing. Thats why its important at this time of year to reach out beyond our familiar relationships to think of those who are out there in areas of massive devastation and untold sufferings. We should be struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. From that day on He has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others. By restoring love and service to the center of our lives, it is my prayer that His example and teaching will continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the service of others during these trying times. I wish you all a happy and a very meaningful Christmas.

Mayor

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CONTENTS
About Santa 3 Everything

9 The Right Stuff Scrumptious Food Paradise Marikenyo Earns 10 CNN Badge 4 Not an Ordinary Pasta 11 Quality of Life at its Finest 5 A Sports Shop Unlike Any Other 12 An array of 6 Christmas Surprises 13 Refresh Your Ride Festival 7 A Feast from the Sea 14 Sapatos Week Celebration On-the-Spot Painting Night of Glamour 8 Sapatos Fest 13 15 A and Pride

HON. DEL R. DE GUZMAN City Mayor

Editorial Adviser: Editor-in-Chief: Managing Editor: Associate Editor: Layout Artist: Writers:

Marketing & Advertising: Ragie Mary Dolatre Manager Circulation: Rhyan Quilapio Circulation: Marjun Fadriquela Randie Esteves Warlito Dumaquita Armand Solacito Salvador A. Narra Legal Consultant: Atty. Florella Almarez

Jun Aguilar Paul Edward P. Sison James Paul C. Agulay Ma. Lourdes Navarro Christopher P. Papagayo Adelson Genito Carmela Salazar

Make it Marikina is published by the Public Information Office, City Government of Marikina 2/f Marikina City Hall, Shoe Ave., Brgy. Sta. Elena, Marikina City Telefax: 646-6451 Email: makeitmarikinamagazine@gmail.com Website: www.marikina.gov.ph www.infomarikina.webs.com

Christmas is a time for celebrating. It is also a time for looking back and reflecting on the year that was. Each one of us here at the Public Information Office hopes that the recent issues of our magazine succeeded in featuring the best of what Marikina has to offer. It is our fervent wish that not only where you entertained and informed, but that you were also convinced into residing in Marikina, investing in Marikina, and visiting Marikina. Help us be more effective in promoting the beauty of this once rustic eastern town a once glorious Shoe Capital trying its best to deserve the nations patronage once again. We would appreciate your inputs on how to make our promotional tools more potent. Help us spread the word among your loved ones and friends Make it Marikina!
PAUL EDWARD SISON

EDITORS NOTE

EVERYTHING ABOUT

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Santa
Once upon a time, there was a young lady that passed by a house full of dcor. She then told herself, someday. Eventually, that Santa-loving ladys word came to existence. That lady? Janet Usman. Janet, wife of Roderick Usman (also her business partner) was fond of collecting Santa figurines that their house now showcases more or less 1,500 varieties of Santa Clauses. Move over North Pole! Santa Clause well, Santa Clauses (along with his Elves, some Cherubs and various Belens) now live at # 11 St. Anne St., Provident Village, Marikina. What started out as a hobby, turned into an online shop until 3 years after in 2009, it finally became what it is now - a showroom. From musical Santa, to

Bottle holder Santa, to parachute Santa, to my favorite, the boom boom Santa (the naughty Santa doing his business on the chimney), even Santas as small as your fingertip to their biggest --- 6 feet Santa, Everything about Santa has a lot of selections to choose from. And we really mean a lot! What are also special about Everything About Santas is the quality and the materials (Resin/Fiber Resin) that they use to create their figurines. Meaning, if the figurine accidentally falls, it gets chipped. Better than getting shattered, right? Their products are of high quality that T.V. shows like Rated K, Umagang Kay Ganda, Unang Hirit and our favorite magazine, Make it Marikina ahem, have featured them.

#11 St. Anne St., Provident Villages, Taong Tel. Nos.: 570-0864/ 514-9273 0999-5119088
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Jun Salvador

MARIKENYO
Its all about uniqueness. - Thats how internationally multi-awarded photographer, Dionisio Jundio Salvador, perceives photography. A member of the prestigious Samahan ng mga Litratista sa Rizal (SLR), Jundio started his fervor in photography while cameras were still in the film age. But it wasnt until the digital age for cameras did he turns photography into passion. Jundio was one of those affected by Ondoy. He was caught off-guard by the sudden rise of the water while he was driving. While taking refuge in the house of a kind-hearted Korean during the storm, all he had was his newly bought digital camera. As the water subsided and he was on his way home, he took pictures of the aftermath. Such is the power of those images he captured that soon he was earning recognition in the interna-

Earns CNN Badge

2012 CNN Badge Awardee featured vetted travel images and video 2012 KLM Lonely Planet DPP On Assignment Grand Prize winner (all expense paid trip to France) 2013 International Exhibition in New York by SEE.ME GALLERY (3 of Salvadors entries were chosen and had a grand showing at Angel Orensanz Foundation from July 25 until September 10, 2013) 2013 UK LRO International Magazine Photo Contest Star Calendar Photo Winner First and only contestant awarded as 2011 Photographer and Rookie of the Year at FEDERATION of Philippine Photographers Foundation (FPPF) Photo World Cup (PWC ) 2012 Featured Photographer pf the Week Manila Bulletin October 10, 2012 2012 Best Destination Photo FPPF PWC February Glorietta EXHIBIT 2011 SLR CLUB PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2013 Finalist for an exhibit and coffee table book sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank Capturing Timeless Vision Contest 1st place Las Casas de Acuzar, Bataan Photo Contest 2013 November top 15 Grand Prize winners HYUNDAI I-shine PHOTO EXHIBITS: October 2013 Manila Yacht Club One Man Photo exhibit

OTHER AWARDS & CITATIONS

KLM shoot out winning photo (Wawa Dam)

tional community. These photographs would soon inspire our international neighbors particularly an American Baptist Church, to aid in the relief operation for the victims of Ondoy.

2012 World Photography Organisation commended Photographer Split Second (eat my dust)

BRITPART International 2014 CALENDAR PHOTOCONTEST WINNER

CNN iReport vetted photo earning a BADGE AWARD

Centerpiece photo at the Yuchengco Museum Diwata Photo Exhibit on Women in Mining

LRO International Winner 2014 Calendar Photo

FPPF PHOTO WORLD CUP First Place Festival

Quality of life at its finest


RANCHO
Cold breeze of nature and peace and order, thats how the homeowners officers and couple described Rancho IV East when they moved there five years ago. Before, they lived in an executive village in Paraaque City, but when they heard about the village in Marikina, there were no second thoughts of having a new home there. Rancho IV East is a private subdivision and a gated community. It consists of small residential streets and includes various shared amenities. It has a covered basketball court, volleyball court, Grotto, and a playground park. It also boast its reflectorized corner gutters and posts for safe driving. Mercy Ong, the re-elected president of the homeowners association said that security is their number one priority. In fact they installed two CCTV cameras at the entrances of the village to prevent criminals from entering their vicinity. We also initiated a security scheme among our residents by designating a hotline number connected to the guards on duty for immediate emergency response. We are also planning to add six more CCTVs to make our security measures even more intensified. At the heart of the village is a cozy and relaxing park and playground accentuated by animal replicas. This place is best for enjoying quality time with family on weekends or even during hangouts with friends. As a way of fostering community spirit and promoting camaraderie among its residents, Mercy Ong carefully nurtured a fun and exciting life for Rancho IV East residents. We have several events like Breakfast with the Homeowners and some calendar events which we yearly celebrate, as well as some sports festivals. Through this, she believes that the quality of life of the residents is truly enjoyable and memorable. Aside from these developments, they also help the city government with easy collection of plastic bottles within their community.

ESTATE IV-EAST

Mercy Ong

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Digital experience @ SM Marikina Cinema

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T OF 12 CREATS HRISTMAS A Shrektacular Christmas at SM City Marikina!


An unforgettable Christmas with a Shrektacular celebration was held at SM City Marikina in spectacular opening rites on November 9. With the Shrek-themed centerpiece, it allows everyone to take photo opportunity with the said display. Let Shrek and friends fill us with the Christmas spirit, as they get merry and festive. Guests were treated with an experience of great music and amazing performances including a special number by the son of the Pinoy King of Rap francis Magalona, Elmo Magalona. The Christmas spirit is indeed at an all-time high in SM City Marikina as it readied an array of festive activities celebrating the holiday season until January 9, 2014. Lets say Hello to our Shrektacular friend! The Shrek Meet & Greet event is happening all Fridays of November and December. Itll be a Shrektacular Christmas indeed especially for the kids and the kids at heart. There will also be Shreks Christmas Camp from December 913. And of course, the Grand Shreks Christmas Treehouse centerpiece will grace the mall throughout the entire season.

SM Cinema including the eight cinemas of SM City Marikina is the largest cinema exhibitor in the country. Currently it operates more than 230 cinemas in 40 SM Malls nationwide. SM Cinema is continuously looking for ways to enhance its patrons movie experience in terms of cinema quality and convenience. Recently, SM Cinema updated its website which provides a more efficient way of browsing movie schedules of all SM Cinema branches nationwide, while giving patrons the unique opportunity to purchase/reserve tickets right at the comfort of their own personal computers. With more SM Cinemas opening in the near future, there is no stopping SM Cinema from bringing the best of movie and live entertainment to the rest of the country.
WHATS UP? SM City Marikina cinema will soon have its Directors Club Theater. DID you know that all eight cinemas in SM City Marikina are 100% digital? Well, thats absolutely right!

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SM Marikina food court has a seating capacity of 316 and can be found on the 3rd level of the mall building. Whats unique about this SM food court is their twomonth-old baby, Bagnet Bai. Bagnet Bai, of course, serves Bagnet. But Bagnet here is used as an ingredient for another dish. Yup! A dish within a dish thats probably the most fitting description for it. From Bicol Express Bagnet, to Binagoongang Bagnet to Pinakbet na Bagnet. Its like having two viands in one. A good deal for a price of one, right? Check them out! Now serving only at SM Marikina Food Court.
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2/F SM City Marikina, Kalumpang 570-3888,570-4888, 570-5888, 0917 876-6888, 0919 999-3888

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Marikina City has now becoming home of one of the largest buffet restos found in the Philippines. Vikings in SM City Marikina, which also has branch in SM MOA and SM North Edsa, provides an ambiance of splendor while taking its guests to different worlds through food. It redefined the standards of dining in class and style. Vikings offers its guests superb food selections that take them on a gastronomical adventure around the globe. Divine Villanueva, operations manager, said that Vikings aims to give its guests one-of-a-kind experience by tasting the world. We have a vast array of food choices and varying cuisines here. From American to European to Asian, we cater our guests the best; we had to have the best.

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A feast from the sea

Vikings also considered having the best team of chefs, assuring the quality and richness of their food. Aside from good food, Viking also boasts its luxurious interiors to give its customers a level of class that cant be found anywhere else. Viking Marikina has the longest buffet table that offers a warm atmosphere for its guests. Seats and dining areas were designed to have a cozy and homey feel, perfect for relaxing and unwinding after a very lengthy meal. Viking mostly receives customers in groups like families and friends. It is known as a good venue for birthdays and corporate meetings. One more thing to consider when you dine for your birthday, its free!

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ON-THE-SPOT PAINTING
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The RIGHT STUFF


Mark Erwin Masangkay (techie someone who is expert in or enthusiastic about technology, is an engineering supervisor with a thirst for the latest available gadgets and gizmo. He feels that aside from acquiring the sensation of being in with the latest technology, he considers technology as an efficient tool in his job. For him, gadgets also serve as a form of bonding instrument for the family. His wife Michelle, a gadget lover like him, likes to tinker with the latest applications (Camera 360 was her latest downloaded app). Aside from taking selfie shots, she is also fond of taking photos of their daughter Chin-Chin. Chin-Chin, a tech-lover-in-the-making, loves playing educational applications. But of course, as parents, they limit the use in order to give priorities to their childs studies. Their tips when buying gadgets? Choose every little gadgets that are useful; should jive with your personality and lifestyle; durable and of course, you are comfortable with.

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116a RED FOX 116b DIGI BABE 117 SAMSUNG 118 CAPDASE 119 LENOVO 120 ASUS 121-122 CITY LIGHT 123 MEGA PIXEL 124 SMART 125 SILICON VALLEY 126 MEMO EXPRESS 127 OCTAGON COMPUTER SUPERSTORE 128 KINGPAD 129 ALL PHONES 131 PC EXPRESS 132 VACANT 133 CD-R KING

134b AERO -WORLD PHONE 151 I-CLICK 135 INFORMATICS 152 SONY 138 ASIANIC ERICSON COMPUTER 153-155 APPLE EXHIBIT CENTER 139 SUN CELLULAR 140 TECHNO MOBILE KIOSK 141 INKRITE INFOMAX 142 POWER MY PHONE TELECOM CHERRY MOBILE SHOP TORQUE 143 GAMES AND FIREFLYV GADGETS SWISSTECH 144 DATA BLITZ KINGCOM 145 SDL MOBILE CLOUDPHONE 146 VILLMAN PHOENIX BAT147 HALO TERY 148-149 GLOBE ISS EYAN TELECOM 150 ELECTRO

KATA INK 1 COBY DR LAPTOP CIRCUIT CITY SST LAPTOP CDRKING MOBILE SKK MOBILE

BLACKBERRY BOLD

Premier Hub for Consumer Technology


Cyberzone, the ultimate technology and lifestyle center of the SM Supermalls, it is the largest chain of IT retail stores in the Philippines which offers a vast number of global brands and comprises of a wide range of local players that provide complete products and services as well. SM City Marikina in known to be one of the biggest Cyberzones among SM Super Malls.

IPOD MINI SAMSUNG NOTE2 IPOD 2

BLACKBERRY Q10 WITH KEYPAD

DR. DRE BEATS HP CAMCORDER FULL HD

PANASONIC LUMIX DMC-FZ00

SONY VAIO NETBOOK

PANASONIC HEADPHONES

Ground Floor SM City Marikina, Kalumpang


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Scrumptious food paradise


Hannsmat Resto and Bar is a foodie paradise hidden in Provident Village, Marikina. This place is a haven for everybody who is anybody. From group of friends, to families, to stressed-out office workers seeking a moment of liberty from the jagged grasp of city life, Hannsmat offers an escape for anyone who seeks to chill-out in a relaxing environment. Hannsmat was derived from the name Hans Matthew, the son of owner Henry Cruz. If chilling-out and relaxation are on top of your present priority list, it is the ultimate spot for you in Marikina. Enjoying melodies from different genres while having a booze, devouring scrumptious repasts or having a cup of coffee garnished with free Wi-Fi, one cannot help but realize that Hannsmats tag line -Savor the Flavor & Ambiancehas been bestowed upon them. The place has a main dining furbished with television, a bar and a Venice-styled fauvist mural painted by some UP Fine Arts graduates ideal for families, friends, and sweethearts to dine in. They also have a music room which can accommodate 10 persons; the function room / catering room is the most spacious of the Resto and Bar, it can accommodate up to 140 persons ideal for conferences, birthday parties or any occasion that needs a commodious environment; and last, but definitely not the least, is their Fresco. And of course, we have their food and beverages mouthwatering, delectable, lip-smacking food and fruit-forward, full-bodied and fun-todrink beverages. From their Rib-eye Steak, to their Shrimp Tempura, to their Fettuccini Alfredo, to their Blue Ocean Drink, youll probably hear your stomach holler, Get in my belly! Ever wondered how cinnamon would taste with chicken? Heck! Even their sauce has its own pleasant surprise.
#76 St. Marys Ave., Provident Villages, Taong Tel. Nos.:695-3692

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Its actually the quiet ones who often draw the most attention. After your Qizia experience, you will surely find out what Amy Efar was trying to imply in her quote. Qizia, the silent player as their operations manager would describe it, is indeed one of those quiet ones drawing attention. And why would it not? Winning Best Pasta Award for 2013 and being one of the Most Affordable Restaurants of 2011 featured in Ang Pinaka of GMA News TV, definitely rouses the curiosity of ones taste buds. In the year 2007, what started out as a humble small coffee shop that served as an extension of the hospital, Qizia is now also the home to scrumptious pasta and pizza. And dont forget about their meals! Each cuisine has an eccentric blend of ingredients that comes as a pleasant surprise. Dont believe me? Try their cheese sticks. Quite common right? But theirs is something special. A roll of tissue wont be enough to wipe the smile off your face after tasting their version of this dish. Curious? Go ahead and try their meals.

Not an ordinary pasta

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SDS Medical Center Compund Concepcion Dos Tel No.: 489-0760

Did you know?


Qizia has a sister-resto named Sweet Maria. It is located at The Gardens of Loyola Grand Villas. This kitchen-like, cozy resto has a hint of sweetness in color and tranquility in atmosphere, a visual depiction of the inspiration collected by one of the owners who loves to travel. Their menu is a delectable fusion of mostly Italian and Filipino cuisines. Experiencing a pleasing blend of Italian and Persian flavors in contrast and harmony is something that you will look forward upon visiting this place. The owner of these restos take pride on their pasta and pizza. Youll be sure of total satisfaction after having savored on the first bite.

2013 Most Outstanding Cafe Restaurant (Marikina City) Given by the National Customers Choice Annual Awards for Business Excellence 2013 Best Pasta Restaurant (Metro Manila) Given by Golden Globe Annual Awards for Business Excellence
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Outdoor Gear

shop r s t r o he t o A sp y n a unlike
Well, if superheroes have capes, ninjas have masks and nudists have well, blurry circles, sports enthusiasts have sports gear. Recognizing Marikina as a Bicycle-friendly City, Henry Lim, a bicycle enthusiast and proprietor of Enduro, along with his wife (who came from a family who owns Trifemme),
#7 Gil Fernando Avenue, Midtown Subdivision, Barangay San Roque Mondays to Sundays (8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) 0922-8822786

founded Sports Yard Outdoor Gear on September 12, 2013. While others boast their sports gizmos and equipment parts, Sports Yard Outdoor Gear fosters profuse selections of quality sports/outdoor gears and apparels for hardcore sports enthusiasts. Sports Yard is known for its wide array of sports apparels that ranges from sports bottles, to mountain bike shorts, to cycling jerseys, gloves and/or swimwear. You can also choose from their extensive assortment of trusted local and imported brands -- Enduro, Trifemme, ZeFal, XON, Infini, Giyo, Cat Eye, Veloce or Pearl Izumi, you name it, they (most likely) got it! Sports Yard Outdoor Gear follows SRP (Suggested Retail Price) for fair competition one indication that you can be sure that prices here are fair and reasonable. Ask their regulars. They range from bikers, runners, to badminton players.

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615 JP Rizal St., Concepcion Uno Tel. No.: 942-2583

OGIES
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Joseph Ogie Salvador

Play need for speed much? Love customizing/dressing up your car? If you are a person like these, OGIES Car Accessories is the place for you. What started out as a fascination for cars during high school, owner Joseph Ogie Salvador turned his fantasy into a reality. In March of 2005, OGIEs Car Accessories was established. They provide electrical troubleshooting services, re-flashing, race chips, car alarms and security, LED lights, car accessories (of course) and more not to mention the spacious customers lounge. Whatever

it is, you can be sure of the quality. The secret? He also uses the same brand that he supplies an assurance that each brand has been tried, tested and found credible. Winning Best Exotic Car at the Beats-On Car and motor show, Being Best in Paint, Best in Custom Kit, Best in Sound System set-up in Auto Genix 2005 at Sta. Lucia and being featured on Top Gear Magazine, his car alone shows the competence of the shop.

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SAPATOS Festival
GAWAD KAPITAN MOY KONSYERTO SA PLAZA SHOE CARAVAN: MAKATI CITY

TOUR DE TAKONG STILETTO RACE

SHOE TOUR

SHOE CARAVAN: TAGUIG CITY

SHOE CARAVAN: LAS PIAS CITY

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FEAST OF ST. CRISPIN

MEGA SHOE SALE

PATIO DEL ZAPATEROS J.P. RIZAL ST., SAN ROQUE

2012

PhP 25,600,526.00 (as of November 8) 52,909 pairs of shoes (as of November 8) Shoe Caravan in 13 LGUs, 1 Municipality and 5 malls

PhP37,231,895.10 77,153 pairs of shoes Shoe Caravan in 16 LGUs, 1 Municipality and 4 malls

2013

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A Night of Glamour and Pride


Mayors Gala: a Benefit Dinner was held recently at the Sentrong Pangkultura ng Marikina as part of the festival week celebration of Sapatos Festival 2013. The event is a fund-raising project whose proceeds will help to continuously support the local shoe industry by sending deserving local scholars to schools that offer programs on shoe designs, shoe-making, shoe manufacturing, and marketing. Mayors Gala: a Benefit Dinner featured a fashion show where shoes designed by renowned designers Brian Tenorio, Andre Chang, Kristel Yulo, Leeroy New, Maco Custodio, Nereku, and Vania Romoff, and prototyped by Marikinas Roweliza Shoes and Carmelettes Shoes, two of the 48 shoe companies joining Sapatos Festival 2013 were highlighted.

Award-winning actress, host and model Angel Aquino hosted the program with Brian Tenorio. Officials and personalities who graced the evnt were Sen. Koko Pimentel, Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Sec. Joel Villanueva, and Metro Manila Development Authority General Manager Corazon Jimenez. Right after the show, selected pairs of shoes were auctioned. Proceeds were given to the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

MayorsGala

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