Maria (Lia) Carmen Terlaje Barcinas is from the Marianas island of Guahan. She is an undergraduate student at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, studying Pacific Islands Studies. She is the currently serving as an officer of the Marianas club and is also a member of Oceania Rising at University of Hawai’i Mānoa.
Lia first learned the art of weaving coconut and pandanus fibers from her Grandmothers and her Auntie Martha Tenorio beginning at the age of 5. In 2011 she and her two younger sisters were accepted as apprentices of Master Weaver Phil Sablan where they have learned traditional weaving skills, and applied these to making contemporary art work from coconut leaves.