When in Marikina - We Buy Leather Shoes

When Filipinos are looking for good quality shoes, the place that they go to is the City of Marikina, which is known as the "Shoe Capital of the Philippines". So when I was in need of a pair of office shoes, My Beloved Wife and I dropped by a shoe factory in Barangay Concepcion Uno known as CPoint.

Marikina leather shoe store - CPoint

The shoe factory of CPoint is located along Bagong Silang Street in Concepcion Uno.

At first I did not know that it was a shoe factory because the store looks more like a cafe.

CPoint Cafe and Shoe Store in Marikina City

There are really nice chairs where I sat when I am fitting shoes. This is also the good place to sip your coffee or tea.

Yes, you can sip your coffee or milk tea here because CPoint is a shoe store and a cafe rolled into one. That means that you can shop for shoes while sipping your coffee or tea.

CPoint shoe store offers milk tea and coffee.

Milk Tea and Coffee at CPoint, Marikina City

I did not order any coffee or milk tea so I do not know if its worthy to be included in your Facebook or Instagram posts.

Unfortunately, those who have allergy or asthmatics may not enjoy CPoint’s cafe because the air inside the store smells strongly of glue.

The reason for the glue smell is because at the back is the shoe factory. I actually saw, through the back door, workers make CPoint Shoes. Unauthorized persons are not allowed in the factory so I was not able to get a good photo. However, this the Marikina City Government website has this good photo of CPoint's shoe factory:

CPoint Shoe Factory in Marikina City
(Source: Marikina City Government)

According to a story in the Marikina City Government website, the shoe store/cafe/shoe factory of CPoint stands on the spot of the former shoe factory where the shoe maker parents of CPoint owner Noel Evangelista were employed once.

Noel Evangelista now owns the area of that old factory and turned it into a spot of a 5-storey headquarters of his shoe company.

CPoint Shoe Store where you can buy Marikina leather shoes

Most of the shoes on display are made of leather and there are so many of such shoes to choose from!

Shoes for Sale in CPoint Marikina

The popularity of CPoint shoes took off Eat Bulaga’s Maine Mendoza visited CPoint during Eat Bulaga's "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment. Maine even shared the CPoint shoes that Jose Manalo bought for her.

Aside from shoes, CPoint also sells other leather products like belts and leather bags. 

Leather Belt at CPoint Marikina

The shoes that I chose are these smooth and shiny charol shoes. 

CPoint Marikina Black Leather Charol Shoes
(Source: CPoint FB page)

I chose charol because I don't need extra effort to make it shiny. I got these shoes for 925 pesos. The CPoint staff told me a tip in taking care of my charol shoes. She said that I use kerosene to clean the shoes. She told me not to use Kiwi or similar shoe shine products because it can ruin my charol shoes.

There is another CPoint shoe store a few meters away from the 5-storey CPoint shoe store/cafe/shoe factory. The store is much smaller but also has plenty of shoes to choose from.

Marikina Leather Shoes at CPoint

After C Point, My Beloved Wife and I went to neighboring Jednic Store where we bought sandals. 

Jednic Marikina Leather Sandals

Many resellers go to this shop to buy sandals. These resellers get discounts or factory price because they buy on bulk. My Beloved Wife, on the other hand, only got the regular price for a few pairs of sandals. Still, the regular price is much lower than those in SM or other shopping malls.

Jednic Slippers Marikina

I can say that I got a good pair of office shoes for a reasonable price. Buying shoes in Marikina is much better than going to the shopping malls, where the price of the same Marikina-made shoes are astronomical.

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Read more about my adventures in Marikina City:

Visita Iglesia 2019: Our Lady of the Abandoned Church of Marikina City

Playtime for the Kids in Rizal Park Children's Playground

Fun for the Kids at Rizal Park Children's Playground

According to Pediatrics Journal:

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.
In short, play is good for our children, Samuel and Samantha. It is also a good way of bonding between me, My Beloved wife, and the kids. That's why I join playing toys with the kids. I  join their pretend plays and sometimes horseplay with them.

Unfortunately, our hometown in Laguna woefully lacks public park. That city doesn't have any green public park or a decent playground. This is a big contrast to Baguio City and Tagaytay that have wide green public spaces. In fact, our family has to go to Nuvali just to give the kids a wide green space to run around.

So, one day we decided to bring Samuel and Samantha to a big playground. We brought them to Rizal Park Children's Playground.

Entrance to Rizal Park Children's Playground

Rizal Park Children's Playground is big and has slides, swings, seesaw, and other things that the kids will enjoy. The best thing is that there's no entrance fee, which is like the playground in Baguio's Burnham Park. 

Samuel and Samantha ran with excitement the moment they entered the playground. They went up and down on this rainbow slide.

Rainbow Slide at Rizal Park Children's Playground

They also had a good time with other slides.

Slide at Rizal Park Children's Playground

Swings and monkey bars.

Monkey bars at Rizal Park Children's Playground

What I like about the Rizal Park Children's Playground is the whimsical and playful designs of the park like these bench carried by frogs.

Frog Bench at Rizal Park Children's Playground

Then there is this statue of a fish being eaten by another fish, which is a playful design for a tunnel.

Fishes at Rizal Park Children's Playground

Statues like these reminds me of monsters and characters from Studio Ghibli movies.

Our favorites in Rizal Park Children's Playground is this life-size and larger-than-life statues, such as these dinosaurs:

Dinosaurs at Rizal Park Children's Playground

Then there is giant hippo, where my son bravely entered and had a good photo in its mouth.

Giant hippo at Rizal Park Children's Playground

These statues are the reasons why I wanted to bring my children to Rizal Park Children's Playground. I always see them every time I ride the LRT train and I know that my children will marvel at the dinosaurs.

There is also a big statue of the pawikan.

Giant sea turtle in Rizal Park Children's Playground

Of course, I imagined my kids being devoured by this giant sea turtle.

Pawikan in Rizal Park Children's Playground

The whimsical characters and larger-than-life statues in Rizal Park Children's Playground is very good for enhancing my children's imagination. The people who planned this park really thought about the children who will use this playground.

Rizal Park Children's Playground features things that can be found in fairy tales such as this "shoe house".

Magical shoe house in Rizal Park Children's Playground

Then there is a pumpkin house...

Pumpkin House in Rizal Park Children's Playground

...which reminds of the carriage used by Cinderella.

Rizal Park also has a volcano.

Volcano in Rizal Park Children's Playground

Do not be afraid. That volcano is dormant and will no longer throw up sulfur and ash.

My Little Ones had the great time in Rizal Park Children's Park. I was happy to see them enjoy. Sadly, I observed not-so-good things during our tine there. 

One not-so-good thing is the rudeness of other kids inside the park. These kids throw sand and gravel on the slide and other kids.

Another not-so-good thing graffiti and vandalism of park visitors. I saw plenty of writings in the statue and other park amenities.Other visitors also throw their garbage anywhere.

Graffiti and vandalism in Rizal Park Children's Playground
Graffiti in Rizal Park Children's Playground.

These not-so-good things are not the fault of Rizal Park administrator but by Filipinos themselves! It reflects our nature as Filipinos. And it is saddening. 

Despite the not-so-good Pinoy behavior that I observed, I will still bring my little ones to the Rizal Park Children's Playground because this is one of the very few places where they can experience the joy of play, which is also the joy of childhood.

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Read about my other post about Rizal Park, which is about the Luneta Park Dancing Fountain.