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Have your shoes made in Marikina, the Shoemaking Capital of the Philippines

Have your shoes made in Marikina, the Shoemaking Capital of the Philippines

I get asked this maybe at least several times a week for my ten years now involved in the shoe industry here in the Philippines. I thought, why not just send them a lead on what to search for online. So here now are my eight recommended steps for those interested in starting to have...

The noun “object” and descriptor “complimentary” or “in-harmony” both exist in one Filipino word: “bàgay”

I was at the woodwork studio of artist-designer Clifford Monto Espinosa (of EADE Furniture) when he outlines so passionately for me his creative philosophy–all in one word, “bàgay”. Bagay in Filipino can mean two things: used as a noun, it means “object” and as a descriptor “in-harmony”, “complimentary”. Espinosa’s current creative philosophy (while wholly original)...
The Anti-thesis to Glass Slippers?

The Anti-thesis to Glass Slippers?

Putting on this pair and walking on them would certainly break the crystals and pulverize some to fine dust. So how will it be?
The Mayor's Gala of MARIKINA CITY: Design, City Branding, Heritage, and Style

The Mayor’s Gala of MARIKINA CITY: Design, City Branding, Heritage, and Style

Can DESIGN help revive a contracting industry?

Sapatero Pabrika

I visited the factory of VALENTINO SHOES in Marikina. The brand has been around since the 1930s and is now handled by the third generation of the Valentino Family. These are video references for the production team. -Brian Tenorio [youtube]dLHYMBKKoaY[/youtube] [youtube]gQZwUG1qhx0[/youtube] [youtube]I85o3UG81bk[/youtube]