Just about every Filipino, probably even those now living abroad, knows the comfort of wearing a pair of tsinelas or slippers. In celebration of its ubiquity, the city of Gapan in Nueva Ecija holds an annual fiesta called the Tsinelas Festival, but this is mainly to mark the anniversary of its cityhood and to strengthen its claim of being the North Slippers Capital of the Philippines. It is celebrated with a parade of floats, which are decorated with slippers of all shapes, colors and sizes. There is also a number of streetdancing.
The Tsinelas Festival is celebrated every August 25 of the year. It is an audacious event wherein the city’s sandal manufacturing businesses create gigantic sandals that line up along Maharlika Highway, in front of the city’s municipal hall. While the sandal making industry has been around since the 1930s, it was only during the last decade that Gapan manufacturers, supported by the local government, officially started the Tsinelas Festival.