Mikael de Lara Co’s poetry is decidedly Filipino in scope, vision and heart. Writing of the pre-colonial and the colonial experiences, the poet pieces together the dream of a nation from all its broken materials. Co’s project has made him one of the strongest contemporary Filipino poets.
Mikael de Lara Co’s poetry and translations have garnered numerous accolades in the Philippines, among them four Palanca awards, two Maningning Miclat awards, and two nominations for the National Book Award. He staffed for former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, and currently heads the corporate communications division for a renewable energy company. He remains an active volunteer and advocate for public sector reform, climate justice, human rights, data privacy, and truth-telling.