WHERE IN METRO MANILA: World's biggest shoes, biggest outlet center and outdoor amphitheater, first hands-on science-center museum in PH. All in the Marikina Riverbanks Center

Riverbanks Center, a mall and office complex located near SM City Marikina and the Marcos Bridge over the Marikina River, is noted for having the biggest outlet center because it has the most number of outlet stores, where named brands are guaranteed to be priced much lower than in regular mall stores.

The biggest outdoor amphitheater is located here. The Amphitheater which is set against the scenic Marikina River has a capacity for 20,000 persons. It has a space for a wide stage which makes it ideal for musical concerts, entertainment shows, stage plays, religious assemblies, graduations, sports tournaments and other large-group gatherings.

The Renaissance Convention Center in the Riverbanks is a charming place for social functions such as weddings, debuts, baptismal and birthday feasts. It is also perfect for corporate events. Available are several venues that can accommodate varied number of guests and can be dressed or set-up according to the desired theme and function.  

Located at the 3rd level of the Ecom annex, The Deck is perfect for an afternoon or night-time party of 100 to 120 people.  Its open-air set-up gives a breezy atmosphere with a view of the Marikina skyline. 

The Spirit of Bethlehem is a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world. It boasts of numerous pieces from here and abroad, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by its owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos.  Among those on display is her very first belen set bought in 1952 at Catholic Trade School in Tayuman. Belens/Nativity sets from different countries like the United States, Mexico, Spain, Israel, Africa, Guatemala, China, and from the different regions of the Philippines, will certainly catch your attention because they reflect the culture from where they originated.

After seeing all the Belens, one is awed by the collection of tiny but real-looking replicas of things you would find in all the different rooms of a European mansion. It is a collection of shadow boxes filled with Lilliputian pieces of 1:1 scale.  The miniatures are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua, a passionate artist who handcrafted most of the pieces herself. A lot of the materials used were scrap from items in our day to day living, be it plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. 

Right next to The Spirit of Bethlehem is the Joey Velasco Gallery, now home to the spiritually moving art pieces and legacy of the late Joey Velasco. Those who have seen his paintings will certainly attest that it is not just a gallery. Though there is an appreciation of art, it is  more of a place for reflection.  It is a “living museum” where art reflects the spiritual dimension of day to day living and sparks social awareness. According to Ms. Queeny Velasco, wife of the late painter/writer, it is a museum of “faith and patriotism”.

Philippine Science Centrum (PSC) showcases over hundred hands-on exhibits in eleven (11) exciting galleries (Lights, Bodyworks, Mathematics, Electricity & Magnetism, Water, Vision and Perception, Infectious Diseases, Earth Science, Space, Kids’ World and Mechanics) and various educational activities, outreach programs and trainings.  Other services offered: rental of exhibits for school and corporate events, venue for birthday parties, trainings and seminars and science-related events. Located at E-Com Building, the 2,500 sq meters facility can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors in a day or 500 visitors in any given timeslot. For a maximum of 1.5 hours, you can enjoy the first hands-on science-center museum in the Philippines - P130 for adults and private school students, P100 for public school students, senior citizens are given 50% discount while teachers and children below 2 years old can enter free.
Located at the Marikina Shoe Gallery, it measures 5.29 m long. It is made of genuine leather and upper lining. It took 77 days to finish. Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records, it can be worn by a person with a height of 125 feet. It can fit 30 people inside the shoes. It can produce 250 pairs of regular shoes from the materials used. 


Strategically located at the gateway of Marikina City, at the crossroads of the progressive communities of Quezon City, Pasig, Antipolo, Montalban, San Mateo and Cainta, the Center is accessible from two major thoroughfares - A. Bonifacio Avenue and Marcos Highway. It can be reached via all modes of transportation including LRT 2 - Santolan.

Riverbanks Center is situated just a few minutes drive from Quezon City and the residential and office areas along Katipunan Avenue and its vicinities. Riverbanks Center is also within easy reach from schools including Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, Miriam College, Philippine School of Business Administration, St. Scholastica's Marikina, Marist School and other educational institutions.

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Author: Paul Michael Camania Jaramillo

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Paul is an Accountancy graduate from the Northwestern University. He works for VoicePoints. He was the former College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chairperson. He likes discussing tax issues. He was one of the finalists of the PWC Cup (Taxation and Payroll Accounting)

He has been involved in different advocacy and defending human rights. As a blogger, writer, netizen and an advocate, he has found focus & interest on sexuality & reproductive health, deaf rights & legal access and youth development, leadership, environment advocacy, issues in the nation and in the world, religion, culture and human rights At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership.

He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).

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