Gian Lao means ‘arduous’ in Vietnam. But Gian Lao is also a writer from Manila, Philippines. His work has been featured in CNN Philippines, Esquire Philippines, the Philippine Star, Rogue Magazine, L’Officiel Manila, among others. He has a love affair with Japan, and he goes back on a regular basis to visit different provinces. He was a finalist in the 2013 Maningning Miclat Poetry Competition, and released his first book of poetry, “All the Winters of My Body” in January 2017. He worked as speechwriter for President Benigno S. Aquino III from 2010-16 and is working a day job in strategic communications.