Before joining the FOX11 news team in May of 2000, Maria spent two years as the weather anchor for the daily 5, 6, 9, and 11 p.m. newscasts for OCN (Orange County News Channel). She also built and produced weather graphics for the station's nightly broadcasts. Before that, she was the evening meteorologist
for NBC Hawaii News 8 in Honolulu, HI.
Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Maria immigrated to Hawaii when she was 10 years old. In Honolulu, she studied Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 2005, she earned her Meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.
When she can, Maria volunteers her time speaking to young single mothers about her own experience as a single mom. Having a baby while still in high school left her with very early responsibilities. She enjoys sharing her experience of struggle and success in hopes of inspiring another teen mom to achieve her dreams.
Twenty- three years after the birth of her first son Desmond, she remarried and embarked on a new journey of being a mom for the second time.
In December 2015, after an 18-month long battle Maria’s husband Sean, passed away from Glioblastoma, a rare Brain Cancer Disease. Since then, she has been raising their young son Gus, and is now an advocate for Glioblastoma and Brain Cancer Awareness.
Maria brings her unique life experience and passion to help tell meaningful and memorable stories.