Antonio Martinez Abad known as the “el gran novelista de la literatura Filipino hispana despues de Rizal”. He was born on May 10, 1894 in Barili, Cebu and studied at Colegio de San Carlos. He was a poet, fictionist, playwright, and essayist who wrote in Spanish; a master of a master of costumbrismo (local color), in a personal form of anecdote known as instantánea or ráfaga. He became a professor at Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines, where he taught Spanish and co-founded the Department of Spanish (now European Languages). One of his novels, La Oveja de Nathan, is widely discussed in the following article in Spanish, by Professor Manuel Garcia Castellon, from University of New Orleans.
Some of his novels include El Último Romántico (1929), La Oveja de Nathán (1929), Dagohoy (1939), El Campeón (1939), and La Vida Secreta de Daniel Espeña (1960; one of the last Filipino novels written in Spanish). He won the Premio Zobel for his El Último Romántico and La Oveja de Nathán (with Flaviano Zaragoza), and Premio Concurso Literario de la Mancomunidad Filipina for novels Dagohoy and El Campeón. He was also one of the recipients of the Commonwealth Literary Awards.
Abad was also the editor of La Revolution, El Precursor, El Espectador, The Cebu Advertiser, and El Debate; and in 1926, he became the president of La Opinion. He is the father of poet and critic Gemino Abad.
He died on April 10, 1970.