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 (AB major in English Language), with a minor degree in Philosophy.
Dats began his career as a research assistant to studying professionals who are in the process of writing their dissertations. He then worked as an EFL/ESL teacher in a language academy for Korean and Japanese students. And for the past 3 years, he had been serving as a volunteer teacher and a program head in different academic programs abroad (at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies (SAG-IHS) located in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State, Myanmar) through the Cardoner Volunteering Program offered by the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). He is currently a part-time college instructor and a project-based staff in his Alma Mater.
He is an aspiring professor, researcher, and writer. He loves trekking and traveling most especially to the places of untouched beauty. As a young adult, he likes to read and write blogs, short stories, essays, and reflections 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 Southeast Asia. Also, his hobbies are watching animations and movies, listening to music, playing video games, as well as taking pictures.