Gloria A. Garchitorena Goloy was born on November 13, 1927 in Manila to Maria A. Alcala from Daraga, Albay, and Jose F. Garchitorena of Partido, Camarines Sur. She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in journalism, cum laude , in 1950. She was associate editor for the Sunday Times Magazine . She has been widowed since 1963 and has four children.

Her fiction has been published in several notable magazines, including thePhilippines Free Press . Her poetry is collected in her book, Adams and Eves and Other Poems (1969).