Duterte wears gift of 68-year-old Marikina shoemaker

MANILA, Philippines — Marikina is known as the Philippine shoe capital and is home to many talented and hardworking artisans.

Duterte wears gift of 68-year-old Marikina shoemaker
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One of them is Rolando de Guzman Santos, a shoemaker who gifted President Rodrigo Duterte a pair of shoes, which the president proudly wore on his meeting with United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with Philstar.com last June 29, Boni Adaza of Chardin fashion house, which designs barongs for Duterte, shared the touching story behind the brogue-style boots.

According to Adaza, Rosemarie, the daughter of Rolando sent the shoes to Chardin after learning that their design house would be tailoring one of the barongs for the president's inauguration.

The shoes arrived on June 28, two days before the inauguration. Unfortunately, the president did not wear them because the caramel color of the shoes did not complement his black pants. The shoes also needed a stopper as they were slipping, Richard Pulatche, another designer of Chardin said.

Few weeks before Duterte's first State of the Nation Address, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro urged his fellow Congressmen to shun designer shoes and dresses and wear local products.

Rolando is just one of the many craftsmen in the Philippines who are appealing to the president to help restore the Marikina shoe industry to its former glory.

Source: Philstar

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