Author: Virginia B. Licuanan
This Book on the life, letters and writings of Paz Marquez Benitez (1894-1983) marks the birth centenary of this extra ordinary woman. Paz Marquez Benitez was among the first generation of Filipinos educated under the Americans. She became a professor of English, as well as the country's first and foremost short story writer in English. The course in short story writing that she taught at the University of the Philippines for thirty years has been credited with having produced some of the brightest and the best Filipino writers in English. She also was among the founders of the first American-style college for women in the Philippines (the Philippine Women's College.) She founded and edited the first Filipino women's magazine. With her husband, Dean Francisco Benitez---the founder and the first dean of the College of Education of the University of the Philippines---she started the country's first professional magazine for teachers, the Philippine Journal of Education. After her husband died in 1951, she took over as its editor until her death at the age of eighty-nine.