WBCA Names Mr. South Texas Award Honoree

WBCA Names Mr. South Texas Award Honoree

LAREDO, TX — The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) has announced their selection of Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui as their honoree for the prestigious Mr. South Texas Award for the 123rd Washington’s Birthday Celebration.

The Mr. South Texas designation is presented to a deserving individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region.  The formal announcement was made during a press conference held at Texas Community Bank (TCB) in Laredo. The event is sponsored and hosted by TCB.

Texas Community Bank is pleased to sponsor the Mr. South Texas Luncheon and we congratulate Her Excellency Martha Barcena Coqui for her well-deserved recognition as the Mr. South Texas honoree for the 123rd Celebration,” said Douglas G. Macdonald, President & CEO of TCB.

The Mr. South Texas Selection Committee, comprised of past presidents of the WBCA and former Mr. South Texas recipients who reside in Laredo, meet and discuss possible candidates.  Committee members take great effort in creating an all-inclusive nominating pool of candidates from all walks of life who have made a significant impact on the area.

“Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui truly embodies what the Mr. South Texas Award represents,” said Jay Puig, Chairperson for this year’s Mr. South Texas Selection Committee and WBCA Immediate Past President. “Her Excellency Martha Bárcena Coqui is very deserving of this award and WBCA is proud to honor her.”

Ambassador Bárcena was appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and ratified by the Mexican Senate on December 2018, becoming the first female Ambassador to hold this position.

Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., she was posted as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies. She has also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, non-resident to Georgia and the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan; Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, non-resident to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, and as Consul in Barcelona.

On the multilateral level, Ambassador Bárcena has represented Mexico as delegate at the UN, UNESCO and the OAS as well as head of delegation at the Forum on Migration and Development. She has also participated in multiple international conferences organized by the G-20 and the World Humanitarian Summit.

Ambassador Bárcena holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She also earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies (Diplomatic School, Spain) and a Master’s Degree in Political Philosophy (Universidad Iberoamericana).

Together with the Mr. South Texas designation, Ambassador Bárcena becomes a member of a select group of national and international distinguished men and women who are honored for their dedication and countless hours of service and support to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration each year by an official induction ceremony and presentation of the Caballero Medallion.

One of the most celebrated and illustrious WBCA events is the Mr. South Texas Luncheon Hosted by Texas Community Bank, attended each year by dignitaries and honored guests from the United States and Mexico.  This year’s luncheon will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 12 p.m., at the Laredo Country Club.  Texas Community Bank generously sponsors the event.

The Mr. South Texas Luncheon Hosted by Texas Community Bank is one of more than 37 events in the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Calendar. Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more.

Save the Date for the 123rd Washington’s Birthday Celebration, which takes place January 23 – February 29, 2020.

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