- Cynthia Barker, the first Filipina to become a mayor in England, has passed away at the age of 58
- Cynthia’s brother, Gene Alcantara, confirmed the sudden passing of the Mayor Councillor on social media
- It was said in the post that Cynthia succumbed to a “serious illness” but the specific details were not yet disclosed
- Cynthia made history when she was elected as the Mayor of Hertsmere last June 24, 2020
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Just months after Cynthia Barker made history in England, sad news about her sudden passing was reported.
KAMI learned that the first-ever Pinay that was elected as a Mayor in England passed away at the age of 58.
In a Facebook post by his brother Gene Alcantara, he confirmed that Cynthia passed away after battling a “serious illness.” However, her specific illness was not disclosed yet.
“It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of The Worshipful Hertsmere Mayor Councillor Cynthia Barker following a bout of serious illness,” Gene said in his post.
The family of Cynthia will be giving a statement with additional information soon. However, the family now requests for privacy as they face this difficult time.
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Cynthia Barker is a daughter of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) It was her mother who helped her move to the United Kingdom. In 2015, she was elected as the first Filipina to become a councilor in the United Kingdom.
In 2019, Cynthia also made history when she became a Deputy Mayor in the United Kingdom as well. She shared that it was her Filipino roots and culture that helped her become a great leader.
Aside from Cynthia, another Filipino, Danny Favor, made history when he was elected as a mayor in East Grinstead, Sussex about a year ago.
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