Tony Mondejar and Hipolito “Polo” Vazquez will be recognized as 2010 Distinguished International Citizens of Ada April 9 at the Sixth Annual Global Ada Banquet.
At each Global Ada Event at least one Distinguished International Citizen is recognized for their contribution to the Ada Community. Mondjar was born in the Philippines and Vazquez in Mexico.
The event will begin with a reception to be held in the North Lounge of East Central University Memorial Student Union and end with a banquet in the Wagner Ballroom. The reception will go from 5-6 p.m. and the banquet will be 6-7:30 p.m.
The night of International Culture is to highlight ECU’s and Ada’s participation in the global economy and to recognize our local international citizens. In honor of their selection this year’s event will feature Mexican, Philippine and American food.
Mondejar immigrated from the Philippines to the United States and Ada in 1988. He is well known in Ada for his formation of and devotion to the Ada Judo Club. He is active in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and has for the last 18 years participated in the “Pilgrimage Walk” carrying a wooden cross to remind everyone what Easter is about. He shares his vocal talents as a solist at his church, at weddings, funerals and sings the national anthem for sporting and community events. He has been inducted into the United States Martial Arts Association in four different categories and has been teaching martial arts for over 45 years.
Mondejar and his wife, Betty, are the parents of two grown children. Their son, Tony Jr. and daughter, Trenna Black, both now live in Houston.
Vazquez immigrated from Mexico to the United States in 1964 and moved to Ada in 1965. He is best known for his main street restaurant, Polo’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant was featured in Southern Living magazine in 2004 and has regularly been named the Reader’s Choice Award for the Best Mexican Food in Ada. Polo’s currently employs 43 part-time and full-time employees. He has also established and operated restaurants in Seminole, Durant, McAlester, and Ardmore. He and his wife, Teresa, were the Grand Marshalls for this past year’s Ada Main Street Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights.
Polo and Teresa are the parents of four grown children. They have two sons, Richard and Roy, and two daughters, Rosa and Yolande. They have six grandchildren.
Past Distinguished International Citizen honorees include Mrs. Loretta Yin (2005), Dr. Tawfik and Mrs. Siham Ramadan (2006), Mrs. Erna Leach (2007), Dr. Stan Nnochirionye (2008) and Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya (2009). Global Ada is sponsored by the ECU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team, Ada Rotary Club and the Ada Sunrise Rotary Club. Assisting with the event will be the Global Special Interest Group of the ECU Business Club.