LOOK: Iloilo's 'Shoe Goddess' displays over 500 shoe-designed items

Divine Faith Sing, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 05 2017 05:16 PM

ILOILO CITY - Elsie Magallanes Tamaño has been dubbed "Shoe Goddess" for her vast shoe-inspired collection, which she has recently placed on display.

The 74-year-old Tamaño, who hails from the district of Mandurriao in this city, owns over 500 items, like figurines, bags, accessories, and wall decorations, all with shoe designs.

"These shoes of mine represent my journey in life," she told ABS-CBN News.

Tamaño started collecting the items in 1972 and she said she felt satisfaction and happiness like no other whenever she adds a new one to her collection.

She said her collection help make her feel that her life is complete.

"I am very happy every time I receive a gift. I told you that whenever I receive one, I would like it to be a shoe for my collection," she said.

As a retired teacher, Tamaño wanted to spend her life happily and to inspire other with her humility and positivity in life.

"Wherever you go, keep on smiling because a smile costs nothing... be happy," she said.

Take a look at some of the items from her collection:

Barbie Marie Magallanes Tamaño