Cara started working at the age of sixteen as a fashion, print, and television commercial model.
She won a national Ford Models competition called Supermodel of the Philippines. And three years later she coveted the Miss Philippines title (Binibining Pilipinas - World) and placed in the Top 10 at the Miss World pageant.
She has been represented by Ford Models NYC/Grimme San Francisco, STARS of San Francisco, CalCarries Hong Kong, Elite Hong Kong, and the Professional Models’ Association of the Philippines (PMAP).
Cara finished her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Soon after she decided to start a different career path in the Philippines by pursuing television work while continuing to model in advertising commercials and fashion shows.
She became a sports courtside reporter, an entertainment show presenter, a news anchor, producer, reporter, and TV host to various special events. She has been represented by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and Genesis Manila.
After settling down to have a family, Cara took a break from work and cared for her daughter until her kid's toddler years.
A few years later Cara would return to broadcast journalism by anchoring the program 'Balitang Amerika,' the first Filipino-American nationwide news broadcast of The Filipino Channel (TFC), an international arm of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation.
While performing her once-a-week anchoring duties in Balitang Amerika, Cara also pursued another career path in the private sector in the area of quality systems and technical communications.
Cara maintained this career until today. She became a PMP® and MPM® Project Management certified, and Six Sigma Greenbelt® certified. She was also credentialed in technical writing. Currently, Cara held a management role in a medical technology company.
Eventually, she would end her moonlighting run as Balitang Amerika's anchor for eight years when the show converted into a daily news broadcast. Once in a while, Cara was tapped to host television shows and special events, and model in television commercials.
Cara has a mantra she strives to live by - to be happy, be grateful, be kind, and do what means the most. It was a work-in-progress but it kept her focus to stay on a path that fostered positivity, encouragement, and empowerment.