I’m Evan Tan, a writer based in Manila, Philippines.
I am a contributing editor for the Lifestyle section of leading media website Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering LGBT+ culture and lifestyle.
I was also published in 100: The Hundreds Project, by the UP Writers Club.
I have spoken in various conferences, seminars, & workshops, such as Pecha Kucha Manila and Impact Hub’s FuckUp Night Manila, to name a few. Likewise, I have also been featured in media across the region, such as Bloomberg Malaysia, Channel NewsAsia, GMA TV, 2nd Opinion, Rappler, and The Manila Times, among others.
I am a co-founder and the chief marketing officer of Taxumo, an online platform that helps small business owners and self-employed professionals pay their taxes easily. Taxumo is the first digital startup firm recognized by the Philippine government’s Board of Investments for its Investment Priorities Plan, in 2017.
I am a founding member of the Philippine LGBT Chamber of Commerce. As the organization’s vice chair for industry, I spearheaded one of the country’s landmark LGBT+ research, the Philippine Corporate SOGIE Diversity & Inclusiveness Index.
I was a key part of the launch of various pioneering global and local initiatives, such as sustainability champion MyShelter Foundation (now renowned globally for their A Liter of Light project – an economically- and ecologically-sustainable campaign which provides lighting to underprivileged households) and Yoga for Life (a one-of-a-kind HIV support group that uses yoga to help raise HIV awareness.)
During my work in local public relations agency GeiserMaclang, I garnered numerous awards for the companies I have worked with, in different industries such as health & beauty, pharmaceuticals, real estate, apparel, and food.
I previously served as the administrative head of The Red Whistle, an organization which aims to spark conversations on HIV and AIDS, along with the issues surrounding it such as gender, sexuality, and sexual health.
I was formerly the regional communications director for Southeast Asia of Freelancer.com, the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace. During my tenure, we won the company its first-ever Asia-Pacific Stevie Award.
As its country marketing manager, I was responsible for the world’s largest gay social app Blued‘s marketing efforts in the Philippines. In the first year of my work with the company, we managed to almost double the number of users in the Philippines.
I’m a vegan, a secular humanist, a creative professional, and a passionate traveler who wants to do good stuff.