Born on 21 July 1939 in Pacis, Sinait, Ilocos Sur. Onefrecia Ipac Ibarra has a BSEE (cum laude), M.A. in Education, and Ph.D. in Bilingual Education degrees, and received a number of scholarships given by both government and private agencies. She has served in various capacities as professor and faculty member of the Mariano Marcos State University, and became the first teacher of Ilokano literature to postgraduate students in the country. Her numerous short stories, essays, drama, and poems were published in Bannawag, Sirmata, Ani 7, Tobacco Farmers, Pluma, Siit, Talged, and GUMIL Sinait . She received the prestigious Leona Florentino award from GUMIL Filipinas on 27 April 2002, and retired as professor V from the MMSU College of Education in the same year.