The name of Ocú means "Cornsilk", because for many years this has been one of their main crops. In Ocú two styles of the traditional pollera skirt are made, the Ocueña (all white, for weddings) and the Montuno (daily use), which is the local costume for women and men. The production of these folkloric elements has been passed down from one generation to the next, thanks to the handiwork of the regional artisans. This region celebrates the National Manito Festival, a quintessential folkloric festival in the Republic of Panama, recognized for being the most authentic and for best showcasing the customs and traditions of Panama and its countryfolk.
That festival is the result of the vision of a group of educators from Ocú, who saw the need to formalize those festivals and fairs that have been held in Ocú by their ancestors, ever since the era when Panama was still part of Colombia. This important festival was first celebrated in August of 1967 (when those festivities that have been celebrated since the beginning of the Republic of Panama were first named).
The district of Ocú is located in the province of Herrera, 243 kilometers from Panama City, a trip of 3 hours and 10 minutes.
How to arrive?
Bus: From the Grand Station in Panama City you can board a bus that follows the Panama- Chitré route. In Chitré, transfer to a bus to Ocú, taking around 30 to 45 minutes.
Plane: If you wish, you may take a flight from the Marcos Gelabert airport in Panama City to the city of Chitré, where you can board a bus headed to the town of Ocú.
Car: If you wish to make the trip in your own car, take the Interamerican Highway. Once you pass the checkpoint at Divisa, it will take you 10 to 12 minutes to reach the town known for Manito.
What to bring?
Visit the different corn fields