President Rodrigo Duterte showed off his new pair of custom-made leather boots to members of the Cabinet as they were emerging from the President’s Hall in Malacañan.
This was shortly after the lunch meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on July 27.
In a conversation with Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, the President even took off one shoe and showed it to his audience for scrutiny.
He said the custom-made pair was given to him by a Marikina shoemaker.
President Duterte proudly talked about the quality of locally-made products at par with international standards.
“Sa craftsmanship, number one ang Pilipinas. Even sa furniture, walang makatalo sa Pilipinas (in terms of craftsmanship, the Philippines is number one. Even with furniture, no or can beat the Philippines),” he said.
Marikina was given the title “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” because of its world-class quality footwear products.
The Marikina shoe industry started in 1887 and for more than a century it made the local economy robust. (PNA)