Friends and relatives confirmed that Dr. Rowena Burden passed away on Friday, December 15, 2023; she was 58 years old.
According to Dr. Rowena’s nephew, Kristian Burden, the doctor visited their house the day before and she seemed fine. However, her assistant informed Dr. Burden’s family that the doctor was experiencing severe back pain.
Burden was rushed to Chung Hua Hospital where she suffered cardiac arrest.
Moreover, Burden was supposed to run against Governor Gwen Garcia in the 2025 gubernatorial elections. Her reason for running was because of the poor state of Cebu’s healthcare system.
She was open and vocal about criticizing Governor Gwen Garcia’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Burden faced eight counts of cyber libel filed by Garcia because of her Facebook posts that were about the Governor’s abuse of power.
This is a hard time for Dr. Rowena Burden’s family. May she rest in peace.