- 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
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.
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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