During President Rodrigo Duterte’s dialogue with US Secretary of State John Kerry on July 27, our president was more than proud to show off his brown brogue boots, which was proudly made in Marikina City, best known as the country’s shoe capital:
Curious about how Duterte’s boots look up close? Here’s a detailed photo:
Did you know that these boots are extra special? The pair is a present from a veteran shoemaker named Rolando de Guzman. Making bespoke shoes for 54 years, Mang Rolando took the chance to craft a special pair for Duterte, who happens to be his idol. Mang Rolando’s daughter Rosemarie shared on her Facebook page behind-the-scenes photos of her father working on the personalized pair:
Though Duterte was supposed to wear the pair Mang Rolando made for him during his inauguration, the color did not go with his ensemble at the time and the outsole still needed to be added in order to make the shoe less slippery. Nonetheless, it was a proud moment for both Rosemarie and Mang Rolando when Duterte patronized the latter's creation, and in effect, Marikina- and Filipino-made shoes. In fact, the president loved how comfortable they are, as reported in a Kicker Daily article.
“Akala ko imposible yung adhikain ko para pasayahin ang tatay ko, but by answering my prayer, nakarating na po [kay] President Rodrigo Duterte ang sapatos,” Rosemarie proudly said in her post.
Patronizing and promoting Filipino-made clothes and shoes are aligned with Duterte's appeal for people to not dress extravagantly, evidenced in his first State of the Nation Address (SoNA)
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Banner photograph by Hernel Tocmo for ABS-CBN News