Gideon Lasco

  • PhD
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Gideon Lasco is a physician, medical anthropologist, and writer from the Philippines. He received his medical (MD) and medical anthropology (MSc) degrees from the University of the Philippines in Manila. He received his doctorate from the University of Amsterdam in 2017. His previous researches include a survey of traditional healers around the Philippines, and illicit drug use among the young urban underclass. An advocate of Universal Health Care in the Philippines, he maintains the Tagalog-language health website Kalusugan.PH.

He is also a regular contributor at the Opinion pages of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, where he writes commentaries about contemporary issues on health, environment, culture, and society. You can view his articles here. Some of his other essays on a wide range of topics can be found in his website.


Taking the view of height (human stature) as an attribute of the body that is meaningful in society but one that is also a biological reality, Gideon's project looks at different situations where height matters in the everyday lives of young Filipinos. What does it mean to be tall or short in a country where the average height is 5'4 (162 cm) for men and 5'2 (157 cm) for women?

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Lasco, G. (2017). Height Matters: The Making, meanings and materialities of human stature in the Philippines (dissertation).

Lasco, G. (2016). "Height matters". Philippine Daily Inquirer. February 16, 2016. [Read article]

Lasco, G. (2015). "The politics of physical appearance." Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 14, 2015 [Read article]

Lasco, G. (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, A., Lasco, P. G., & Lim, B. A. (2014). Universal Health Care in the Philippines. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies,27(2), 180.

Acuin C. S., Lim, B. A., Lasco, P. G. (2010) “Universal Health Care in the Philippines: An Introduction.” In Acta Medica Philippina Special Issue on Universal Health Care for Filipinos: A Proposal, Vol. 44 No. 4, October-December 2010.