Kathleen Lei Limayo is a documentary filmmaker, documentary photographer & visual anthropologist based in the Philippines.
She currently serves as the Asia and 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.
For the past ten years, Kathleen has extensively documented stories of culture and rights struggle of Indigenous communities across 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.
In 2019, she visually documented the investigative report on the displacement of Aeta Indigenous communities due to the Philippine government’s New Clark City project with journalists from the Philippine Daily Inquirer. To date, she is documenting the ongoing struggles of Dumagat-Remontado Indigenous communities fighting against the China-funded ‘Kaliwa Dam’ project.
Her documentary film Sa Rikaw, a short film about an Iraya Mangyan Indigenous song, was nominated at the 34th Gawad Urian Film Festival under the Best Film Documentary Category. 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, the 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 the Far East Broadcasting Company Philippines, just to name a few.
She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and 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 in Socio-Cultural Studies at the Asian Center, UP Diliman.
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 & FELLOWSHIP
2021. Story Grantee. Special Two-Part Multimedia Report – “Vulnerable Dumagat folk find light, lift in solar power” and “A tribe under threat: Dumagat vs dam”. With co-grantees: Mariejo S. Ramos and Krixia Subingsubing. Released in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Inquirer.net. Supported by Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) & Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
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”
EXHIBITS AND SCREENINGS
2021. A Festival of Climate Resilience Stories. Hosted by Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) and Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
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
TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS
2021. Certificate Course on Climate Change Reporting. Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ), Ateneo de Manila University
2021. Certificate in Wholistic Ministry. Lilok Foundation
2019. 14th Professional Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Workshop. Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines, Inc.
Video Production. Execution of video productions from start to completion. Script and storyboard development. Video and audio post-production or editing
Photography. Production of photo series and stories. Taking of portraiture, documentation of projects
Remote controlled aerial videography and photography. Using DJI drone to capture aerial shots
Member. Authority Collective
Associate 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
ACADEMIC CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
October 2021. Paper Presenter. Resistance and Resilience: How Dumagat-Remontado Communities in Tanay, Rizal Province Respond to the Climate Crisis Amid Environmental and Socio-Cultural Threats to their Communities. Philippine Sociological Society’s 2021 International Conference: Sociology of Vulnerabilities and Resistance. Co-authored with Mariejo Ramos
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