Publications and Articles


Lasco, Gideon. (2020). The Philippines is Not a Small Country: Essays on Culture, Modernity and Nationhood. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press 

Lasco, Gideon. (forthcoming). “The Chemical Lives of Young Filipinos” In: Rethinking Filipino Millennials, J. Cornelio, ed. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Press. 

Lasco, Gideon. (2019). “The Doctor as Storyteller” In: From the Eyes of a Healer: An Anthology of Medical Anecdotes, J. Tabula, ed. Manila: Alubat Publishing. 

Lasco, Gideon. (2016). Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila. Manila: Primer Group


Accepted; in press

Lasco, Gideon. (forthcoming). The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Outbreak in the Philippines (2003) Philippine Studies

Lasco, Gideon. et al. (forthcoming). “It’s as if I’m the one suffering”: Narratives of parents caring for children with disability in the Philippines. Acta Medica Philippina


Lasco, Gideon. (2020) Medical populism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Public Health.

Mallari, E., Lasco, G., Sayman, D. J., Amit, A. M. L., Balabanova, D., McKee, M., ... & Palafox, B. (2020). Connecting communities to primary care: a qualitative study on the roles, motivations and lived experiences of community health workers in the Philippines. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-10. 

Lasco, Gideon, Mendoza, Jhaki, et al. (2020). Nasa dugo (‘It’s in the blood’): lay conceptions of hypertension in the Philippines BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002295. 

Cornelio, Jayeel & Gideon Lasco. (2020). Morality politics: Drug use and the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Open Theology, 6(1):327-341.

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). Drugs and drug wars as populist tropes in Asia: Illustrative examples and implications for drug policy.  International Journal of Drug Policy

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). ‘De estatura regular’: Height and Filipino bodily representations in the Spanish colonial period (1521-1898). Philippine Studies 68(1):57-82


Lasco, Gideon. & Larson, Heidi J. (2019). Medical populism and immunisation programs: Illustrative examples and consequences for public health. Global Public Health

Lasco, Gideon. & Hardon, Anita P. (2019). Keeping up with the times: Skin-lightening practices among young men in the Philippines. Culture, Health, & Sexuality

Hardon, Anita P., Davatos, Ian Anthony, and Lasco, Gideon. (2019). Be Your Product: On Youth, Multilevel Marketing, and Nutritional Cure-Alls in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. American Ethnologist 46(4):1-15

Lasco, Gideon. (2019). Curating the 21st century human body. Museum International 71(1-2):88-95

Lasco, G. D., Duya, J. E. D., Sanchez, J. H., & Dans, A. L. (2019). Before and After the Sin Tax Law: Perceived Changes in Tertiary Government Hospitals by Inpatients and Healthcare Workers. Acta Medica Philippina, 53(1): 6-11.

Lasco, Gideon and Curato, Nicole. (2019). Medical populism, Social Science & Medicine 221(1): 1-8. doi:


Lasco, Gideon. (2018). " Little Brown Brothers": Height and the Philippine–American Colonial Encounter (1898–1946). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 66(3), 375-406.

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). “They might mistake you for an informant”: Anthropology in the time of the Philippine drug war. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 10.17157/mat.5.4.573

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). Kalaban: Young drug users’ engagements with law enforcement in the Philippines. International Journal of Drug Policy, 52, 39-44.

Palafox, B., Seguin, M. L., McKee, M. ...Lasco, G...& Majid, F. A. (2018). Responsive and Equitable Health Systems—Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases (RESPOND) study: a mixed-methods, longitudinal, observational study on treatment seeking for hypertension in Malaysia and the Philippines. BMJ open, 8(7), e024000.

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). Call boys: Drug use and sex work among marginalized young men in a Philippine Port Community. Contemporary Drug Problems, 45(1): 33-46.

Older articles

Lasco, Gideon. (2014). Pampagilas: methamphetamine in the everyday economic lives of underclass male youths in a Philippine port. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(4), 783-788.

Romualdez Jr, Alberto, Paul Gideon Lasco, and Bryan Albert Lim. "Universal Health Care in the Philippines." Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies 27.2 (2014): 180.

Acuin, Cecila, Bryan Albert Lim, and Paul Gideon Lasco. "Universal Health Care for Filipinos: Introduction" Acta Medica Philippina. (2010): 44 (4):11-13. See entire volume here.

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Gideon Lasco is a weekly columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. For a full listing of his articles in the Inquirer, visit this link. He has also contributed essays and commentaries to various international print and online publications, including the following:

Could COVID-19 Permanently Change Hand Hygiene?  SAPIENS, April 17, 2020. 

Why face masks are going viralSAPIENS, February 7, 2020.

The double life of coca. SAPIENS, January 30, 2020.

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