Karen Alparce-Villanueva is currently the Vice-President of the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO) and founder of Rare Cancers Philippines. She has over 30 years experience in the private sector specializing in communications & policy work in the healthcare industry, where she spent the last 20 years. 



  • Has served in government as a Board Member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth)
  • Worked as a consultant for the Health Promotions and Communication Services of the Department of Health (DOH)
  • Worked as Corporate Affairs Director of Pfizer Philippines 
  • Currently, Karen is the Chairperson of the International Public Relations Association Philippine Chapter
  • Karen runs a communications consulting firm called Health PRx Communications Inc.
  • Founder of Rare Cancers Philippines

Terms on our board

  • 1st term (2018-2020)