Maliza was born in the Philippines and moved to the US in 2002. She grew up in North Carolina before deciding to move to San Diego with her family to pursue her B.A. in Literature at UC San Diego. After receiving her degree, she worked as a Digital Content Assistant at a Christian Ministry and shortly got promoted to Digital Project Manager, where she worked for four years. Deciding to explore her interests in publishing, she worked at an independent publishing house for 1 year before working at SDFAS.
She spends most of her time attending concerts, reading rom-coms, and playing with her two dogs, Paxton & Preston.