Kathleen Lei Limayo is a documentary filmmaker, photographer & visual anthropologist based in the Philippines. She focuses on telling visual stories about indigenous peoples, environmental issues, climate change impacts and solutions.

She has also produced, directed and edited videos and photo stories for various organizations. View her works here.


2013- 2021. 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, University of the Philippines Diliman


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


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”


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

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

  • 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)
  • Wavemakers
  • iEmergence
  • Philippine Bible Society
  • Oxfam Philippines
  • International Justice Mission, Manila
  • Operation Blessings


Kathleen is based in Manila, Philippines, and is available for multimedia documentary assignments.