Esther Alinsug flew from the Phillipines to be with her son, Coco, as he is sworn in to Lynn City Council on Monday. She brought with her a traditional barong and sinulog necklace for Coco to wear during the ceremony. (Spenser Hasak)
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Alinsug becomes first Filipino-American city councilor in New England

LYNN — The new Ward 3 Councilor Constantino “Coco” Alinsug will become the first Filipino-American city councilor in New England and the first out gay councilor in the city after the inauguration on Monday.

Alinsug, 50, will be wearing a national Philippine costume ― a formal long-sleeved shirt called a barong ― to the inauguration, which his mother, Maria Esther Alinsug, has brought especially for the occasion from the Philippines. The garment is black and embroidered by hand, said Alinsug, and since the Philippines was once a colony of Spain, it will look familiar to a lot of people of South American heritage.

“I am purposefully wearing it to show the people of Lynn ― because Lynn is a multicultural city ― that a city councilor from Guatemala could be on the horizon or a city councilor from Ukraine,” said Alinsug.  “The reason for me wearing …

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