was a prominent social worker.
she became a teacher and a principal in a public school before she was
sent to New York in 1919. She took up a degree in social work with child and
family welfare as her major. On her return to the Philippines she
worked to raise the standard of social work practice,
introduced methods and new techniques in social work education.
Martinez founded and was the first director of the first school of social work
in the Philippines, now known as Philippine School of Social Work which was
affiliated with the Philippine Women's University.