MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino who established an online publication to serve the Filipino-Australian community won an award for its coverage of community affairs in Australia.
Romeo Cayabyab, editor and publisher of “The Filipino Australian”, received the award at ceremonies for the first New South Wales Multicultural Media Awards at the State Parliament last September 15.
An accountant by profession, Cayabyab migrated to Australia in 1981. He lives in Minchinburry, New South Wales with his family.
The native of Capas, Tarlac is a self-taught encoder, programmer and web publisher.
In 1998, Cayabyab co-founded emanila.com with multimedia specialist, Rom Zamora. Two years after, emanila.com became the first recipient of the Technology Award under Australia's National Multicultural Marketing Awards.
Cayabyab further used his expertise to establish "The Filipino Australian" in 2005 to provide online news services to the Filipino-Australian community.
Honorable Shaoquett Moselmane, Member of the Legislative Council, NSW Parliament, said it is fitting to recognize the multicultural and indigenous journalists who bring communities together and promote multiculturalism in Australia.
Moselmane founded and chaired the Awards.