Datu Abdula Martinez Uka III (better known as “Dats”) was born and raised in Cotabato City, Philippines. He had his early education in his hometown until high school where he received various awards. Later, he moved to Davao City and continued his tertiary education at Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). There, he successfully finished his bachelor’s degree major in English Language and minor in Philosophy.
For the past 3 years, he had been working as a volunteer teacher at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies (SAG-IHS) located in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State, Myanmar through the Cardoner Volunteering Program offered by his Alma Mater. Prior to volunteering, he worked as an EFL/ESL teacher in English Doctors Academy (EDA) for Korean and Japanese students for six months. He also worked as a junior researcher at Research Quick.
He is an aspiring professor, researcher and writer. He spends more time inside his study than anywhere else. As a young adult, he likes to read and write blogs, short stories, essays and articles during his free time. His first short story “Under the Starry Sky” has been internationally published through Eastlit, a journal and website focused on creative writing, English literature and art specifically from or connected to East and South East Asia. In addition, his hobbies are watching animations and movies, listening to music, as well as playing video games.