L Y K A G O N Z A L E Z is a Filipino filmmaker, photographer, and humanitarian. A storyteller with a heart for humanity, she integrates her strong multimedia production background with public advocacies.
For her undergraduate research, she rendered the experience of Filipino women migrants into a Cannes-accredited short film entitled Agos: the Manila Dream (2015). The film contributed to the discourse on migration and women empowerment. Following its premiere at 68th Festival de Cannes - Court Métrage, Agos participated at the Philippine World Premieres Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, and Australian Immigration Short Film Festival. The film received Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score at the España Cine Abierto; and Best Picture at the Loyola Film Festival.
In 2017, Lyka delivered a TEDx talk entitled Understanding Humanity Through the Lens. Lyka also lent her voice to the #RespetoNaman, a nationwide campaign which aims to raise awareness against gender-based violence. She also participated at the 2019 International Women’s Day Summit and She for She: Women in Cinema by the Embassy of France and SPARK Philippines, as well as the She for She: Gender Equality forum held in 2018.
With a commitment to support international development, Lyka translates her lifelong mission through her service with the international NGOs, namely the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Lyka completed her postgraduate diploma in Visual Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University. She was honoured the Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts in Visual Arts: Photography and was awarded Best Thesis, 2nd Place by the Department of Communication for her narrative film and research about urban migration in the Philippines.
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