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 writing all sorts of things down in my agendas. Yes, you read that right. More than one.
My husband and I chose to get rid of our cable, so we like to watch all kinds of YouTube series; usually things about food, animals, or travel. I like to read, play board games, and I dabble in Cribbage from time to time. I’m still a big wrestling fan, and love going to WWE shows when I can.
I enjoy going for walks and try to hit at least 10,000 steps a day. I also enjoy thrifting; most of my clothes (even some of the items I wore working on TV) are thrifted, and I’m really proud of that.
In the community, I love volunteering my time emceeing and hosting events, or just helping out not-for-profits whenever I can.
How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been working as a journalist for about a decade, and have bylines in newsrooms like Global News and CityNEWS. I ended my broadcasting career as a video journalist with CityNEWS in 2022, so that I could pursue more writing and self-directed opportunities, including The Jon and Ria Show, a YouTube channel dedicated to food and fun!
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 the Afternoon 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, obviously, so we’re often out on the weekends trying a new restaurant, or reliving our love for a classic one!