The father of Marikina’s shoemaking industry

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By Anna Valmero

MARIKINA CITY, METRO MANILA— The story of how this city became the country’s shoe capital dates back to the Hispanic period when Laureano Guevara -  referred to by locals as “Kapitan Moy” – studied shoemaking and taught the natives to make a living out of it.

Kapitan Moy was born on July 4, 1851 to Jose Emiterio Guevara and Matea Mariquita Andres. Until today after more than two centuries, their ancestral house still stands along J.P. Rizal Street.

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