I am Gian Lao, a writer based in Manila, Philippines.



I specialize in speeches, essays, and profiles. I was speechwriter for Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III from 2010-16. I have since moved on to a career in strategic communications, while occasionally contributing to different publications, including CNN Philippines, ANCX, Esquire Philippines, among other publications. 

I also write poetry. My first book “All the Winters of My Body,” as well as a collaborative poetry zine “What We Can See of the Sky” can be accessed on this site, together with selected work available online. You can contact me at gian.lao@gmail.com.