Older sister Eloisa is a non-practicing interior designer based in the USA, and has just opened the design-oriented business Liberita Collective. Second older sister Jocelyn, who she is closer in age to, is an integrated marketing communications professional and former publicist for the likes of Home Box Office Asia Ltd. (HBO Asia), BlackBerry/Research In Motion, Sony, Rolex and Amway. Her mother Norie has retired from being the Asia-Pacific Finance Director for The Nielsen Company (Worldwide) Inc.
Karen is also an entrepreneur. She put up the largest Filipina e-commerce community online, Sister Secrets with close friends Charisse Abalos and Kirsten Morados.