L Y K A G O N Z A L E Z is a Filipino filmmaker, photographer, and humanitarian. A visual journalist with a heart for humanity, her stories and advocacies bring hope to light.
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. She was also selected as one of the panelists to represent Film and the Arts at the She for She gender equality forum by the Embassy of France in the Philippines. Lyka also lent her voice to the #RespetoNaman, a nationwide campaign which aims to raise awareness against gender-based violence.
With a commitment to strengthen public advocacy and global development, Lyka translates this lifelong mission through her service with the United Nations, namely through UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Lyka holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University and was honoured the Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts in Visual Arts: Photography. She completed her postgraduate diploma in Visual Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism.
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