Beautiful land of my dreams … so begins the song which has the same name as this province, thus Manabi in Ecuador. Undoubtedly, those who are born in this land of fighters and visionaries feel the native pride in its historical legacy as well as the customs; traditions and way of living that create our very own cultural identity and makes us stand out from the rest of the country.
To speak of Manabi is to talk about gastronomy, revolution, traditions, warmth of its people and much more. The importance of the cultural identity is such that every year an entire month (June) is dedicated to an agenda of activities designed to strengthen the Manabí culture.
If there’s an object that captures the essence of the Manabí Province it is most certainly the Straw Hat, commonly (and incorrectly) known as Panama Hat. Despite the popular belief, the hat, or rather the process of making it has been present in Manabi for centuries and its rightful birthplace is the ancient town of Montecristi.