Marikina Shoe Museum, Manila, Philippines
The Shoe Museum was conceived in 1998 under then Mayor Bayani F. Fernando on the assumption that the City, being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, can be a significant venue for nurturing the historical and cultural values of its shoe industry. It was opened in February 16, 2001 and was initially called the Footwear Museum of Marikina.
The building which houses the museum was used as an arsenal during the Spanish period. It was also a detention cell during the Filipino-American war where General Macario Sakay, one of the leaders of the Katipunan, was held. At the latter part of the American regime, it was converted into a motor pool for the American soldiers. After the 2nd World War, the Tuason family used the building as a rice mill for the entire hacienda.
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