Kathleen Lei Limayo is a documentary filmmaker, photographer & visual anthropologist based in the Philippines. She focuses on visually documenting the impacts of the climate crisis and is covering stories on the intersections of environmental issues with human rights and indigenous rights.
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 will be featured in Rappler.com this 2020. 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 at ABS-CBN News, Philppine Daily Inquirer, GMA News, and ANC Talk Back. She has done photo and video documentation for several organizations like 350.org, World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Sulong CARHRIHL, 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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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
NOMINATIONS, AWARDS & GRANTS
2019. Story Grantee. Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. Asia-Pacific Health-Related Climate Change Story Grants. “Heat-related illnesses: Health impacts of climate change to farmers & fisherfolk in Dingalan, Aurora“
2018. Runner up. Cambridge Climate Frontline Programme. Grant for multimedia documentary project “Ah’ah Laot: People of the Sea – Climate Change Impacts to the Tigtabon Island”
2013. Nomination for Best Documentary Film. 36th Gawad Urian Film Festival. Nomination for film “Sa Rikaw: Ang Huling Kanta ng Iraya Mangyan ng Magnot”
2012. Honorable Mention for Documentary Thesis “Sa Rikaw: Ang Huling Kanta ng Iraya Mangyan ng Magnot”
2019-2020. Member. Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc. (Anthropological Association of the Philippines)
2020. Member. Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc.
RESEARCH INTERESTS AND SPECIALIZATION
Documentary filmmaking and photography
Philippine indigenous peoples and culture
Intangible cultural heritage and traditional knowledge system and practices
Visual anthropology and multimodal ethnographic research
Climate change impacts to indigenous peoples
EXHIBITS AND SCREENINGS
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
organizations kath has worked with
- 350.org Philippines
- Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC)
- Terre Des Hommes Netherlands
- Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) Philippines
- Sulong CARHRIHL
- Sentrong Pagpapalakas ng Negritong Kultura at Kalikasan (SPNKK)
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines
- Lilok Foundation, Inc.
- Christian Convergence for Good Governance (CCGG)
- Votenet Philippines
- Gawang Laya
- Global Filipino Movement Inc.
- Conservative Baptists of the Philippines (CBAP)
- Peace Church Philippines
- Creative Prime Movers for Transformation (CPMT)
- Philippine Bible Society
- Oxfam Philippines
- International Justice Mission, Manila
- Operation Blessings