Today is author Paz Márquez-129th Bentez’s birthday, as Google gleefully informs us on their home page. One must consider what this woman accomplished in her life to land on one of the most popular search engines in the world after seeing her in a Google Doodle. Benitez is one of the first Filipino women to publish literary works in English, meriting attention and honour. She is cited as a key literary character in the book Filipino Quarterly of Culture and Society.
Márquez Bentez had a clear vision. She is a member of the first generation of Filipinos educated in the United States after being born into a prestigious family in the province of Quezon. She pursued teaching at the University of the Philippines after receiving her degree. She served as an admired and exceptional mentor in the English department from 1916 to 1951. She is a strong supporter of women’s rights and education above all else.
One of her most sought-after pieces is Dead Stars. She established herself in Philippine literature with the help of the first contemporary Filipino short story written in English. Alfredo Salazar, the main character, navigates the complexities of falling in and out of love throughout the story.
The story has an impact, according to an excerpt from the Filipino Quarterly of Culture and Society. Almost everyone agreed that 1925 marked the transition of Filipino short fiction in English from the “Age of Imitation” to the “Age of Adaptation and Experimentation” for decades following its publication.
Woman’s Home Journal, A Night In The Hills, and Filipino Love Tales are a few of her other works.