Kathleen Lei Limayo is a documentary filmmaker, documentary photographer & visual anthropologist based in the Philippines.

She focuses on visually documenting the impacts of the climate crisis and covers stories on the intersections of environmental issues with gender, human rights and indigenous rights.

Kathleen aims to document visual stories of how the ecological crisis induced by climate change affects food security, livelihood, culture, tradition, gender roles, and environmental care of vulnerable sectors such as women, farmers, fisherfolk, and indigenous communities. 

She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Audio-Visual Communication from the Film Institute, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines Diliman. She is currently finishing her Master of Arts in Philippine Studies with specialization on Socio-Cultural Studies at the Asian Center, UP Diliman.

Her documentary film Sa Rikaw was nominated at the 34th Gawad Urian Film Festival under the Best Film Documentary Category. She is a story grantee of the Internews’ Earth Journalism Network for her multimedia documentary story Toil in the Heat: Impacts of climate change on health of farmers & fisherfolk in Dingalan, Aurora which was featured in Rappler.com. In 2018, she was the runner up winner of the Cambridge Climate Frontline Programme for her multimedia documentary story Ah’ah Laot: People of the Sea – Climate Change Impacts to the People of Tigtabon Island

Her works have been featured in ABS-CBN News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, GMA News, and ANC Talk Back. She has done photo and video documentation for several organizations like 350.org, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Sulong Peace, Terres des Hommes Netherlands, Lilok Foundation and Far East Broadcasting Company Philippines to name a few. 

She currently serves as the Asia & Pacific Video Producer for 350.org, an international climate movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. 

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2021. Certificate Course on Climate Change Reporting. Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ), Ateneo de Manila University

2013- Ongoing. Master of Arts in Philippine Studies (Socio-Cultural). Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

2008-2012. Bachelor of Arts in Film and Audio-Visual Communication. Cum laude. Film Institute, College of Mass Communication. University of the Philippines Diliman


2012. UP Film Institute Student Thesis Screening. Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

2011. Coffee Art Painting Exhibit. ROX Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

2008. disCOLOR: Black and White Photography Exhibit. UP Film Center, Quezon City


2020-2021. Associate Member. Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc.

2019-2020. Member. Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (Anthropological Association of the Philippines)

2019-2022. Member, Board of Trustees. Lilok Foundation Inc.


Documentary filmmaking and photography

Philippine indigenous peoples and culture

Intangible cultural heritage and traditional knowledge system and practices

Visual anthropology and multimodal ethnographic research

Intercultural studies

Climate change impacts to indigenous peoples


November 2019. Paper Presenter. Ah’ah Laot (People of the Sea): Climate Change Impacts to the People of Tigtabon Island. 41st UGAT Annual Conference, Visayas State University, Leyte

October 2019. Paper Presenter. Protecting Sierra Madre: Articulating Indigenous Identity and Rights through Forest Protection and Climate Change Mitigation Practices by Dumagat Forest Rangers in Norzagaray, Bulacan. Philippine Sociological Society Annual National Conference 2019

October 2019. Paper Presenter – Panel. Transforming Research Results into Advocacy. Philippine Sociological Society Annual National Conference 2019

March 2017. Paper Presenter. The Church as Agents of Transformation: We are Witnesses! Asian Theological Seminary 2017 Theological Forum

February 2016. Paper Presenter. Face-to-face and Online Interfaith Dialogue: Two Case Studies of Peace-building for Christians and Bangsamoros in the Philippines. Asian Theological Seminary 2016 Theological Forum

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