DODO DAYAO wrote about films before he wrote films. He was one of the writers and editors of the book This Is Not A Film Movement and the proprietor of the now-inactive film blog Piling Piling Pelikula. His film writing has appeared on ANC, CNN, Esquire, High Life, Philippine Free Press, Vault, Cinematheque Quarterly, Pelikula Journal, and Kinopunch, among others, and he has written pieces for Cinemanila, Cinema One Originals and the Edinburgh Film Festival. He transitioned to screenwriting in 2010 and then into filmmaking in 2014, after he wrote and directed Violator (2014) followed by the short film If You Leave (2016). The last film he wrote and directed, Midnight In A Perfect World, came out in 2021. He is currently working on his next film, his first book of nonfiction, and his first book of fiction. He lives in Quezon City.