Thursday, September 20, 2007

About the author

Gideon Lasco MD is the sole author and writer of PinoyMountaineer. He is medical doctor, graduating from the INTARMED program of the UP College of Medicine in 2010. He is also currently taking up medical anthropology at the University of the Philippines and is an advocate with the Universal Health Care Study Group of the National Institutes of Health.

He grew up in Laguna, and graduated from the UP Rural High School in UP Los Banos.

He started climbing at a young age, with Mt. Makiling in his hometown of Los Banos as his first climb at age 8. His first major climbs were Mt. Banahaw and Mt. Pulag (2003) and at age of 19 Gideon did a solo expedition to climb Mt. Apo (2005). He joined the now-defunct UP Remondatos hiking club in 2005. He has climbed over 110 mountains in the Philippines, many of which he climbed from 2007-2012. In 2007, he became founding president of the UP Med Outdoor Society and launched with the help of Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town.

View Gideon Lasco's list of Philippine mountains climbed

From 2008-2010, Gideon Lasco was contributor and later, columnist, in Manila Bulletin Travel which came out every fourth Thursday of each month. An avid traveller, he has visited most of the Philippines from Tawi-Tawi (2006) to Batanes (2008-09). He has also climbed over 30 mountains in 14 countries and four continents, including Mt. Fuji, Asahi-dake, and Yotei-zan in Japan, Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia, Jiri-san and Halla-san in South Korea, Gunung Lawu in Indonesia, Shivapuri in Nepal, the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail in Massachusetts, United States. He has scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa and one of the Seven Summits of the world. His current altitude record is Stok Kangri in the Indian Himalayas, at 6153 meters above sea level.

Aside from mountaineering and travel, Gideon loves to read world literature and considers National Artist F. Sionil Jose as his mentor. He was editor-in-chief of UP Rural High School's The Ruralite, associate editor of the UP Medics, and has written essays and articles that have been published in Philippine Daily Inquirer and Philippine Star. He was featured in Sunday Inquirer Magazine on March 2008 and has appeared in ANC's Shop Talk. In 2010, both Lonely Planet Philippines and Lonely Planet Southeast Asia guidebooks recommended PinoyMountaineer as the guide to trekking in the Philippines. As PinoyMountaineer, he was won awards or finalists' citations in the Philippines Blog Awards (2008-2009) and the Globe Tatt Awards (2011).

A former assistant scoutmaster, he is an Eagle Scout of the Laguna Council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He was an officer of the Mu Sigma Phi, the multi-awarded, service-oriented fraternity in the UP College of Medicine of which he is a alumnus.

You may email Gideon at or visit his Facebook page.

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