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Community web site beats the big players
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Sydney, 27 Nov --- A self-help community Website that has become the biggest Philippine presence on the Internet, outside of Manila, has won the inaugural technology category of the important Multicultural Marketing Awards, organised by the Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW. won the national award against a strong field of large enterprises.

The founders of the site recognised the need for survival translation on-line for young second-generation Filipino Australian youth. From there it developed to a free web-based e-mail service and eventually evolved as Australia’s largest portal for Philippine related news and the promotion of services on trade, commerce, arts, entertainment, travel and other topics.

"They have created the Philippine Website outside of the Philippines, a site which could only be described as highly sophisticated," says the Chair of the Ethnic Affairs Commission, Stepan Kerkyasharian.

As well as helping young Filipino-Australians to learn their home language, EMANILA has helped the Philippine non-profit organisations get online by hosting community Websites.

"At the time of launching this new technology category, I said that Australia, as the most multilingual nation on earth, stands ready to plug into the world, in any language. Now already we have two Websites as category winners and other winners with websites as an integral part of their project for the 2000 awards.

"I am full of admiration for people who get out there and have a go – they put in the long hours that complex technologies demand and they succeed.

"That’s why I am particularly happy that the new technology category, which might have been won by any of the global-wide technology companies for giant e-commerce sites, was actually won by an ethnic community organisation in Sydney," Mr Kerkyasharian said.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

ANZ Community Award Winner

Oz Concert Inc. – Australia Day Oz Concert (Winner)

Commercial Small Business Winner

Chahine Chahine – KFC Halal Chicken (Winner)

Commercial Big Business

Columbia Tri-Star Pictures – Silk Screen – A collection of outstanding films from Asia (Winner)


Telstra – 0018 Easy hours 20% Morew Special (Winner)

BEIERSDORF – Nivea – World’s No. 1 Television Commercial (High Commendation)

Export – Empowering Australian Export Businesses to Secure Overseas Online Business with a Multilingual Exporter and Importer Matching Website (Winner)


City of Darebin – Multilingual Communication Service (Winner)

Environment Protection Authority – Ethnic Communities Stormwater Education Campaign (High Commendation)

Technology  – a  place like home on the world wide web (Winner)

Grand Winner

Columbia Tri-Star Films – The Silk Screen

The judging panel for the 2000 Awards were:

Nick Kariotoglou, Treasurer, Australian Marketing Institute

Dr Sandra Bourke, Head of Marketing, Sydney University

Mr Glenn Haslam, Head of Sponsorship, Community and Ethnic Marketing, ANZ Branch.

For media enquiries:

Warren Duncan
9716 2280 (Office)
0411 117846 (Mobile)

Maria Chudasz
9716 2282 (Office)

For comment:
Stepan Kerkyasharian (Chair)
9716 2202 (Office)

For more information, visit our web site.

What they say...

Lolita Farmer, OAMCongratulations! You deserve it. Proud to know you are a gem. Thank you for responding positively to the call of the National Multicultural Award. We need more like you. Lolita Farmer, OAM, President Philippine Community Council of NSW.

Kate AndresKudos! The hard work dedication and community service of e-manila made the big difference.

The Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA) the peak organisation of Filipinos in Australia is proud to be a part of E-MANILA Website caring for the Filipino-Australian community. Congratulations and carry on!!! Kate Andres, outgoing President - FILCCA

Sachi TakahataCongratulations for winning the award! I am proud of being a part of EMANILA. It's a gift for us. Sachi Takahata, Editor - Sari-saring Balita para sa mga Pinoy, Osaka Japan

HenryBIG BIG Congratulations to emanila team in winning the Multicultural Marketing Award 2000. We should be proud of it!!!! WELL DONE emanila team! Henry Paraan, emanila*club member

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