Can Marikina become a world - class city???
Marikina started as a settlement of the descendants of Lakan Dula who wants to escape the Spanish prosecution, according to local historian Servando de los Angeles.One of the descendants of Lakan Dula, the pre - hispanic King of Manila based in Tondo, Manila is Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo whose husband's family used to own the whole Marikina as their family hacienda.Today, Marikina is becoming a melting pot of Filipinos from different regions of the country such that the present mayor, Marides Carlos Fernando traces its roots from Bulacan. The topnotcher councilors are of Bicolano, Ilocano and Pampango ancestry.City hall managers and consultants traces its roots from different regions of the country. Rehiyon- Rehiyon Annual Festival celebrates the cosmopolitan nature of Marikina today. The city has been garnering many awards from World Bank, Asian Institute of Management, etc because of its numerous achievements. It is the shoe making capital of the Philippines, the home of the biggest shoes on earth. Its patroness is Nuestra Senora de los Desamparados, which is very miraculous. Its majestic Roman Catholic Church is now being groomed to become a Cathedral. It is the home of four out of 24 Philippine Senators: Gringo Honasan, Nene Pimentel, Edgrado Angara, Dick Gordon; and two aspirants - Koko Pimentel and Mike Defensor.It is also the hometown of the Armed forces of the Philippines Chief Generoso Senga, Philippine Communist Party Chief Benito Tiamson and Metro Manila Development Authority chief Bayani Fernando. It is a participant of the globalist manifesto worldwide advocacy which is carried in the leading websites in Yahoo and Alta Vista search engines in the stand - alone topic of "formation of a global government" over around 6 million website entries for several years now.Can Marikina City continue to become a truly cosmopolitan city ready to play important role in the national and global affair?
Yes, I think Marikina is already a world class city, based on the international awards that it has been winning since the reign of the Fernandos.
The Marikina News, will continue to document the progress of Marikina, this time through the worldwide web.
This will include the changes in the political and cultural orientation of Marikenos.