Galang, M. Evelina was born on April 20, 1961 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Maria Evelina Galang, the eldest of six children, was the first American-born member of her family. Her father Miguel T. Galang and mother Gloria Lopez-Tan Galang.
When Galang was one year old, the family immigrated permanently to the United States to avoid the coming Marcos dictatorship. The family lived in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Baltimore, Saskatchewan, and Peoria before settling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when Galang was ten.