Philanthropy & Charity

Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala

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Broadcast journalist and documentarian Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala shines light on breast cancer through the ICanServe Foundation


When Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala looks back at her battle with breast cancer in the late 1990s, she can’t help but regret how little she knew about the disease at the time. “As a journalist and a documentary filmmaker, I am in the business of information and storytelling,” she once wrote in an essay for the Manila Bulletin. “Yet I didn’t bother to know more about the big C.”

After she beat the disease, she resolved to do what any great journalist does when faced with a problem: she shined light on it. Together with four other breast cancer survivors, Magsanoc-Alikpala founded the ICanServe Foundation in 1999. To this day, it’s one of the Philippines’ most prominent advocates for breast cancer awareness and a beacon for patients and survivors.

Simultaneously, Magsanoc-Alikpala continued her career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She was a contributing reporter to CNN International, among others, and has reported on many significant stories, such as the capture of four Abu Sayyaf members in 2002. She also produced the 1997 documentary Batas Militar, on the Martial Law era, and the 2018 documentary Call Her Ganda, on the murder of Jennifer Laude.

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Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala was one of three celebrity critics for the reality TV show Dokyu.

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