Julia Gonzalez Tecson was born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines. Julia attended St. Scholastica’s College in Manila and completed her studies at the Ateneo de Davao, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Julia served as diplomatic staff of the Philippine Pavilion at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. In December of that year, she married Mike (Miguel) Tecson in Vancouver. The couple settled in Vancouver for their 51 years of marriage.