Dumaguete-born, political activist Martinez was resettled with his family by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; has lived in Los Angeles, CA since July '74.  He ws the 1979 Editor, Asian American News (L.A.); awarded First Prize for "The Amulet", Short Story / Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature; and a 1997 Palanca Awardee, poetry, for "Shadow on the Sun". He published poetry, short stories, and essays in Philippine Free Press and Weekly Graphic,1964-1971; was record holder, Silliman University, collegiate debate gold medals won against RP's top universities, Ateneo de Manila, San Carlos University,  University of San Jose, and Divine Word University; Outstanding Alumnus (Literature), Foundation University, Philippines. Currently Secretary General, Alliance for Separate and Independent Nations, Philippines. Married with children.

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