Ivan Jim “Ian” Layugan is a writer, researcher, and editorial consultant based in Baguio City, Philippines. He is currently an Instructor at the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in the University of Baguio, where he graduated with a degree in English language and literature. He is an alumni of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education’s Bagong Rizal program, and was former President of the Luzonwide Association of College Editors. He was a fellow to various journalism and leadership programs in the Philippines and abroad. He was a fellow to the Young Journalists Exchange in Tokyo, Japan; the Initiaitive for Peace program in Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong; University of the Philippines’ Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop; and as Fellow for Creative Nonfiction at the Cordillera Creative Writing Workshop. He was conferred by his home province of Benguet the Adivay Outstanding Citizen Award in 2016 for his contributions in creative and journalistic writing and youth empowerment.
He is currently writing his thesis for his MA in Language and Literature at the University of the Philippines as a Commission on Higher Education Faculty Scholar. His research interests include multimodal semiotics, development communication, and storytelling. He recently presented his study on Taylor Swift’s discography at the University of Macau. His essays and features appeared in the Baguio Chronicle, Baguio Midland Courier, Philippine Star, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He also contributes to Rappler’s Life & Style section, covering travel, music, science, and art beats.