About me

Gideon Lasco, MD, PhD is a physician, medical anthropologist, writer, and advocate of health and environmental issues. He currently teaches Anthropology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He obtained his medical degree from the UP College of Medicine and his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. A Palanca-winning essayist, he has a weekly column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where he writes about health, culture, and society.

His current research projects include documenting the impact of the drug war among young people, making sense of skin whitening practices among students, charting the meanings and materialities of height in the Philippines, and understanding barriers to hypertension care. His works, both academic and popular, have been published in international journals (see Google Scholar) as well as international publications like Singapore Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Korea Herald, Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post.

An advocate of universal healthcare (UHC), Dr. Lasco was the Program Coordinator of the UHC Study Group of the National Institutes of Health, UP Manila, from 2011 and 2013. He has also served as an ambassador for environmental organisations like the Climate Reality Project, WWF Philippines, and Forest Foundation Philippines An avid mountaineer, he has climbed over 170 mountains in the country and has hiked in six continents, including 3 of the 7 Summits of the world. Author of the Dayhikes from Manila guidebook, he maintains PinoyMountaineer.com, the Lonely Planet-recommended guide to hiking in the Philippines, recognised as the Best Sports and Recreation Blog in the Philippines.

Updated June 2018