Xenia Ribaya Emperador-Garnace is an educator, researcher and speaker by profession, but still considers herself as a journalist by heart.
She finished all her degrees in Saint Louis University, namely: AB Communication in 2007, MA in Language Education (Cum Laude) in 2013, and Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education (Magna Cum Laude) in 2019.
Prior to her stint in the academe, she served as a broadcast reporter and online news correspondent for ABS-CBN, servicing Baguio and nearby Northern Luzon provinces. She also served as a TV Host during the 2009 Baguio Flower Festival. One of her notable achievements as a journalist include her nomination as Best Reporter in the 2007 KBP Golden Dove Awards for her story on the Julia Campbell Murder Case.
Her love and passion for journalism can be traced back to her younger years. Her humble beginnings in journalism took place when she served as a staff writer for the Pine Tree and Ang Bag-iw, the school publications of Baguio City National High School. She eventually became the Editor-in-Chief of White and Blue, the Official Student Publication of Saint Louis
University. She and her staff bagged several local, regional and national awards and distinctions. She also served as the Overall Chairman of the first-ever Lambakan, the Luzonwide Cultural-Journalism Gathering of SLU in 2007.
Given her experience in the field of journalism, she became a seasoned speaker on newswriting seminars and workshops. Among her remarkable talks was in 2014 during the Fusion: Languages and Arts Festival of DMMMSU, where she stood as a guest speaker alongside national artist, Kidlat Tahimik. She also served as a freelance editor of Tagaligtas, the Official Publication of the PNP Special Action Force.
She enjoys practicing the teaching profession for almost ten years now. As a licensed professional teacher, she teaches several Social Science subjects and basic and professional English and Communication courses in the University of Baguio School of Teacher Education and Liberal Arts.
Her research interests include languages and communication. Her master’s degree thesis entitled, Exploring the University of Baguio English Language Academy Network (ELAN) Teaching Practices for Spoken English, has been presented in an international research
conference in Thailand in 2013, and was published in Germany in 2015. In 2017, she was awarded the Best Presenter in an international research conference held in Malaysia, where she presented her study entitled, The Interrelationship of Language and the Brain and Language Disorders in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In 2018, the same study was published in PEOPLE: International Journal of Social Sciences. She also served as a research peer-reviewer of an international journal in 2018. In addition, her dissertation entitled Speaking Assessments in Multilingual English Language Teaching is awaiting publication in an