Ryan Cayabyab was born in Manila, Philippines, and is widely known as Mr. C. He is a Filipino musician and was the Executive and Artistic Director of the San Miguel Foundation for the Performing Arts. He was also a resident judge for the only season of Philippine Idol in 2006. His works range from commissioned full-length ballets, theatre musicals, choral and orchestral pieces, to commercial recordings of popular music, film scores and television specials. Cayabyab is now the executive director of the Philpop MusicFest Foundation Inc., the organization behind the Philippine Popular Music Festival, a song-writing competition for amateurs and professionals that seeks to encourage Filipinos to preserve their musical identity. In 2018 he was conferred as a National Artist for Music by the president of the Philippines.
The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.