Ester Tapia was born on 24 May 1957. She has an AB Philosophy/English degree from University of San Carlos. She took graduate courses in creative writing at SU and obtained a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, UP Diliman, 1998. Tapia has taught journalism and worked as writer/producer with the Broadcast Production and Training Center in Cebu City. She is president since 1997 of Women in Literary Arts. She has, says Merlie Alunan, "one of the most lyrical voices in Cebuano writing today."