Rebeca Méndez Jiménez, whose love story inspired the celebrated song from the group Maná "En el muelle de San Blas" ["On the San Blas Wharf"], died at the age of 63 in Monterrey early Sunday morning on September 16.

Her relatives in Monterrey, Nuevo León and Ahualulco, Jalisco, have asked the city of San Blas to provide all its help to grant Rebeca's last wish: to scatter her ashes in the sea from the San Blas wharf.

According to the stories of local chronicalists, years ago Rebeca, who suffered from a mental disorder, became friends with a seller of artesan work named Ladislao, and she dressed as a bride telling all the townsfolk that she was going to marry him. Ladislao was runover in Guadalajara, and later died in Tepic. Rebeca never understood what had transpired.

Another version says that when Rebeca was young, she met a fisherman named Manuel, and they were to wed. On October 13, 1971, three days before the wedding, Manuel went to sea and never returned. The people of San Blas assumed that Manuel fell victim to the onslaught of a tropical storm, as other fishermen also did not return.

But everybody agrees that the woman, while in Puerto Vallarta selling candy still dressed as a bride, fortuitously met Fher from the band Maná, where the singer learned of her history.

Later, Maná went to San Blas to record the video of the internationally known song, which retold the story of Rebeca.

San Blas mayor, Porfirio López Lugo, reported that the people and municipal government will continue with the project initiated months ago do erect a commemorative statue to the "Madwoman of San Blas wharf" who gave worldwide fame to the Nayarit port.

At the unveiling of the statue will be the members of Maná, who were invited by Nayarit governor Roberto Sandoval to perform a concert on the day the new Tepic-San Blas highway is inaugerated in the middle of next year.


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