Paz Marquez Benitez
Born on 1894 in Lucena City, Quezon, Márquez-Benítez authored the first Filipino modern English-language short story, Dead Stars, published in the Philippine Herald in 1925. Márquez-Benítez was among the first generation of Filipinos trained in the American education system which used English as the medium of instruction. She graduated high school in Tayabas High School (now, Quezon National High School) and college from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912.
Márquez-Benítez later became a teacher at the University of the Philippines, teaching short-story writing and becoming an influential figure to many Filipino writers in the English language, such as Loreto-Paras Sulit, Paz M. Latorena, Arturo B. Rotor, Bienvenido N. Santos and Francisco Arcellana. The annually held Paz-Marquez Benitez Lectures in the Philippines honors her memory by focusing on the contribution of Filipino women writers to Philippine Literature in the English language.
After “Dead Stars” she only had one more published short story, entitled "A Night In The Hills". Nevertheless, she made her mark in Philippine literature because her work is considered the first modern Philippine short story.