Martha Cecilia is a Pinoy author of bestselling Tagalog romance novels mainly for Precious Hearts Romances. She is known for the Kristine series and the author behind some ABS-CBN teleseryes.
She was born in 1955 as Maribeth dela Cruz but uses her daughter's name as a pen name, she is popularly known as Martha Cecilia. She hails from Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. She is also a commerce graduate from the University of the East.
Martha Cecilia is survived by her husband and 4 children, Jose Paolo, Marta Cecilia, Juan Miguel and Nina Martinne (who is also a romance novelist).
She passed away late afternoon of December 8, 2014 due to complications of a lingering illness.