Gwendolyn Garcia Biography, Age, Family, Achievement

Gwendolyn Garcia is a Filipino politician. She is currently serving as governor of Cebu Province in Central Visayas Region, the first female to hold such position.

In the May 13, 2019 election, she ran under the local 1Cebu Party and easily defeated incumbent Vice Governor Agnes Magpale of the Nationalist People’s Coalition. She ran again for governor under the same party in the May 9, 2022 elections and resoundingly won over former Secretary of Tourism Ace Durano and independent candidate Nito Magnanao.

Gwendolyn Garcia
Gwendolyn Garcia (Photo Credit: Facebook Page

Personal Information
Real Name –> Gwendolyn Fiel Garcia
Nickname –> Gwen
Birth Date –> October 12, 1955 (age 66)
Birth Place –> Cebu City, Cebu Province, Philippines

Father –> Former Congressman Pablo P. Garcia
Mother –> Esperanza F. Garcia
Brothers –>
1. Pablo John Garcia (Congressman, 3rd District)
2. Byron F. Garcia (Security Consultant, Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC))
3. Winston Garcia (Former GSIS Administrator)
4. Nelson Garcia (Former Mayor of Barili)
5. Marlon Fiel Garcia (+) (Mayor, Municipality of Barili)
Husband – Winnie Codilla (Separated)
Children – Paulo Garcia, Liloan mayor Liloan Mayor Atty. Ma. Esperanza Christina Garcia Codilla Frasco, Carissa Garcia

Elementary – St. Theresa’s College
High School – St. Theresa’s College
College – University of the Philippines Diliman
Course – Broadcast Communication and Bachelor of Laws

Work Experiences
2004-2013, 2019-Present – Governor
2016-2018 – Deputy Speaker
2013-2019 – Congresswoman of Cebu’s third legislative district
* Provincial Consultant, Systems Promotion and Development
1998-Present – President, GGC Group, Inc.
1996-1998 – Chairperson, Leyte Cooperative Bank

* Ranked No. 1 in job approval rating among all governors in 2021 according to RP- Mission and Development Foundation Inc.

Scandals and Controversies
On February 12, 2018, Gwendolyn Garcia was dismissed from service for grave misconduct by the Office of the Ombudsman. The case was connected with the purchase of a sprawling property for close to P100 million when she was governor. On April 23, 2014, she was cleared by the the Court of Appeals (CA) Special 18th Division.

RELATED: List of Current Governors of the Philippines

See also: Top Government Officials Under Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

See also: Famous People from Cebu Province

See also: Profiles of Philippine Provinces and Tourist Spots

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