Philhealth Board Memberrecognized Globally as a filipina of distinction

Filipina Leadership Global Summit and Gala Awards Ceremony August 21-24in Cebu, Philippines at Shangri-La Mactan Resort


Manila, August 17:  Karen Alparce-Villanueva, Board Member of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Managing Partner of Health Prx Communications, Inc.was selected as one of the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women’s Network.

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. Alparce-Villanueva was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.  She will be recognized as an Innovator and Thought Leader, a woman who has broken new ground in helping improve the lives of others in the area of health.  In her 20 years in the healthcare sector, she has facilitated corporate social responsibility programs that have helped save women’s and children’s lives.  In addition, she has enabled many public-private partnerships to improve health, governance and leadership specially in marginalized communities. After 20 years in corporate, she took an early retirement to serve the government and the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations, a non-governmental organization advocating for stronger patient participation in health policy.

“The Global FWN100™women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said Josephine Romero, Chair of the Global FWN100™Worldwide Search and Selection Committee. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose and FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy by 2020. The awardees are asked to re-invent themselves by paying forward,femtoring a young Filipina womanand bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on August 21-24, 2016 in Cebu, Philippines at the Shangri-La Mactan.

“Karen Alparce-Villanuevais now a partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community’s pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “president” position in allsectors of the global economy, ” added Marily Mondejar, FWN’sFounder &CEO. “We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be part the largest recorded diaspora in modern times.”

“The summit’s theme this year is Influence. Accelerate. Action. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during the gala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Pinay sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations.”

The Filipina Summit’s aspirational sessions include “Smart. Young. Unintimidated. Next Generation Leaders. Yes. We. Are., Make Me A Filipina Millionaire, Make Me A Filipina CEO. The popular‘Pinay Speed Femtoring’ with selected 100 young Filipinaprofessionalswho will meet and learn from the Global FWN100™awardees is much awaited. Topic sessions include: STEM, Economic Empowerment, Health and Well Being, Violence Against Women, Entrepreneurship Breakthroughs.

Sponsors who have partnered to-date with FWN are Wells Fargo, AT&T, Seven Seven Corporate Group, Ramar Foods International, and 5M. To sponsor the Filipina Leadership Summit or attend the gala awards ceremony, go to


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