In my years of growing up in Ybor City, which was the 20s, 30s and 40s, there was one man who stood out head and shoulders above the population. All who aspire to intellectualism, to appreciators of art and music, and to be leaders in the politics of that day, basically a long sputtering fight against communism, had to look up to Don Victoriano Manteiga. He was our leader, our lector!
November 11, 1912 was a night filled with excitement. Tampa’s elite paid ticket prices ranging from $10 to $100 for this event and the proceeds benefited El Centro Español clubhouse. Then, Ybor City’s Lady of Spain walked onto the stage and you could hear a pin drop!
Collectively, we’re Latins. Ybor City Latins. West Tampa Latins. The Latin Community. We were here first. That’s the deal.
Legend has it when Sammy and Andrew were born, they came out singing and they haven’t stopped since.
Nicknamed “The First Lady of Cigars” for holding the highest ranking corporate position within the cigar industry–president of U.S. operations for Arturo Fuente Tobacco Company.