About Ria

Here are some of the frequently asked questions I get.

Where are you from?

I was born in Ontario. My parents divorced when I was eight; my mom raised me in Burnaby. I identify as Filipino-Canadian or Filipino-Irish-Canadian.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to plan and can often be found trying to spruce up my agenda. Otherwise, I’m watching a whole mish mash of things: right now favourites include The Witcher, The Masked Singer, and I also watch a lot of wrestling; Monday and Friday nights are dedicated to it. I grew up watching the WWF, and I’m still a touch obsessed. In the community, I love volunteering my time emceeing at events, or just helping out not-for-profits whenever I can.

How did you get to where you are today?

I’ve spent most of my time working as a journalist, but I’ve been a radio news anchor since January 2019 for NEWS 1130 in Vancouver.

I originally wanted to be a coroner or a social worker; the former was my choice when I graduated from university. I applied to BCIT’s Broadcasting & Online Journalism program in 2012 and was one of the last students to get into the 2013 cohort.

I managed to pick up freelance work at News Talk 980 CKNW (now Global News Radio 980 CKNW) in Vancouver and was eventually hired as a full-time reporter in 2014. I worked while finishing up at BCIT, graduating in 2015 with distinction.

A few weeks after graduating, I officially became one of two morning news anchors and was also given the job of Assignment Editor. It meant early morning wake-up calls, but it was a fun job that provided a lot of opportunities for personal growth.

By early 2018, I figured I needed a new challenge, and I’d always wanted to work at a not-for-profit. I spent time with the BC SPCA before landing an anchoring gig at NEWS 1130 the following year.

How did you meet your husband?

Jon and I met through BCIT’s journalism program! He’s the best and has always been my biggest cheerleader. I don’t know what I’d do without him. A significant number of photos on this site (that aren’t selfies!) were taken by him. Jon is often found taking photos. You can view some of what he’s done on his Instagram page by clicking here. 

If I’m not blogging or working, we’re usually hanging out together watching whatever’s on T.V. — or I’m watching him play whatever video game he’s obsessed with.

We also love eating…so we’re often out on the weekends trying a new restaurant, or reliving our love for a classic one!