Romeo Cayabyab

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Romeo “Romy” Zamora Cayabyab is a Filipino web publisher and editor of The Filipino Australian. He is the co-founder of emanila, the flagship website of the emanilagroup of websites which is owned and operated by emanila.com pty ltd. He is an Inaugural Awardee of the Coverage of Community Affairs in Australia in the first New South Wales Multicultural Media Awards which was held at the State Parliament on 14 September 2012.

Honorable Shaoquett Moselmane, founder and chairman of the Awards said that multicultural and indigenous journalists like Cayabyab who bring communities together and promote multiculturalism in Australia must be recognized.


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Early life and education

Cayabyab, who is a native of Capas, Tarlac, holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration and master of Business Administration degrees from the University of the Philippines where he was also a lecturer in Accounting in the university's business school.

He migrated to Australia with his family in 1981 and lived in Minchinbury, New South Wales.


Career

As audit consultant, lecturer and community advocate

Cayabyab is an audit consultant specializing in risk management in treasury and foreign exchange operations, international payments systems and business management controls. He served as senior director with the Commonwealth of Australia’s Auditor General for several years. He is also a college lecturer in Accounting at the Nepean College (now part of the University of Western Sydney).

As web publisher and editor

Cayabyab is a self-taught encoder, programmer and web publisher. He recalled how he had to use windows and learn web languages like Perl to help out his son who was then a student in a university taking up a course in Multimedia and Graphics Design.

Together with multimedia specialist Rom Zamora, he co-founded emanila.com on June 1998. It was established to celebrate activities in Sydney relating to the celebration of the Philippine Independence Centennial. The website served as a platform for promoting activities of the Philippine community in Australia to Australia’s mainstream society.

Emanila.com became the first recipient of the Technology Award of Australia's National Multicultural Marketing Awards in 2000.

Seven years later, he founded The Filipino Australian to provide online news services to the Filipino-Australian community.


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