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From Michael Mislos, Editor-in-Chief of BitPinas

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What we will discuss in today's newsletter: 

  1. PH Web3 Festival

The PH Web3 Festival Hangover

Monday, Nov. 14, the long week began for BitPinas. 

I asked Michael Lance to cover Philippine Startup Week conference (where BitPinas had a booth and a panel discussion with Coinbase, Coins.ph, and Maya).

Shiela and Nathan were hands on the press conferences of Philippine Web3 Festival and the separate press launch for BlockchainSpace’s Guild Hub. A lot of reporters in all these press conferences, Shiela and Nathan are in their home turf, together with reporters and journalists from mainstream publications. Nathan said one of the reporters from a broadcast publication was asking them about Sandbox, FTX.. It’s just a very small moment in the grand scheme of things, but I feel immensely proud of it, and I can't pinpoint why.

Oh where am I? I was in Legazpi some 500 kilometers south of Manila. Ownly and SparkPoint invited me to speak for Bicol Blockchain Conference to talk about the history of #CryptoPH.

So BitPinas was at three events at once. 

By Tuesday - Day 1 of PH Web3 Festival, we were hands on at Marquis Place. I was a bit late but still on time before Colin Goltra’s keynote about “A Brief History of CryptoPH”.

As an observer in this industry for more than 5 years now, it was a welcome trip down memory lane of everything that happened before the Axie boom. Simply put, all the work done in the previous years has prepared the country for the Axie boom, without a doubt. And Colin’s keynote celebrated all these undertakings, elevating them again to make sure these people and organizations are not brushed aside to fit narratives. (If someone is calling their project the “First” to do X, chances are someone did it before.)

Wednesday, the writers were in the Festival, while I was busy for the developer workshop we organized together with TZ APAC. It was another welcome meetup (There were 7 simultaneous side events around the same time if I remember correctly.)

At the Festival, GCash, the major sponsor, announced they will enter the space big time, with collaborations with local web3 projects, and the upcoming launch of GCrypto, which the community has been waiting since… May 2021? I feel there’s no way they are launching GCrypto next year. It will be this year. Come back to this newsletter if this turns out to be true.

Thursday, I had scheduled interviews and so I was going and out of the PHWeb3 Fest main conference hall. It was also a day of connecting with people and finally found time to check out the booths and exchange notes with colleagues in the industry. (Please watch out for my interviews I can't wait to publish them hehe.)

Friday, Axie Open Manila. I can honestly say that we enjoyed covering this one.

Esports is best experienced live, as they say, and our reporters certainly had a great time. 

The event was chock full of contents and I am nearly done with our full recap-review of the festival. Congratulations to the organizers and to everyone involved in making PH Web3 Festival. Onwards to next year!

Onwards to the news (We will include news up to today that’s published already on our site)


  • PDAX-Backed Web3 Accelerator Archipelago Labs Launches

  • Kookoo is First Creator Partner with MetaSports

  • [Live – Day 1] Philippine Web3 Festival

  • [Live – Day 2] Philippine Web3 Festival Recap

  • [Live – Day 3] Philippine Web3 Festival Recap

  • AML Watchdog to Countries: Enforce FATF Crypto Travel Rule

  • [Event Recap] QU3ST Esports Spamandrice Wins Axie Infinity Manila Open 2022

  • Twala Introduces Blockchain-Based Digital Self-Sovereign ID

  • Almost Double? Foreign Direct Investments Down $797M in August 2022 vs Same Month Last Year

  • Coins.ph, Binance, Maya Highlight Efforts in Digital Asset Adoption in PH

  • GCash Teases GCrypto, Partnerships with Local Web3 Projects

  • Coins.ph CEO on What Happens if BSP-Licensed Exchanges Do Not Follow The Rules

  • Sen. Hontiveros Reveals Plot to Recruit OFWs to be Crypto Scammers Abroad

  • BlockchainSpace Eyes to Legitimize Guilds, Web3 Communities Through Guild Hub Platform

  • BSP Governor Medalla Reiterates: Crypto is Risky

  • More Filipinos to Metaverse? Globe, MetaverseGo Sign Collab Contract


Events This Week

Check out our list of crypto events in the Philippines! There are two major events this week:

Bitcoin, Beer, & Stories - November 24, 2022

Q4 of this year has been very busy and packed with significant Blockchain events in the Philippines. We've invited some of the main organizers to debrief and talk about their future plans!

This event is co-presented by: BitPinas

What to expect: The organizers of the events that have happened in the past weeks!

Upcoming Event: Philippine Blockchain Week

New Jobs

Check out the newest section on BitPinas: Jobs! Here's what you can do currently: 

  1. Look for jobs

  2. Post a job

  3. Provide feedback

New jobs on the site:

  1. Meta Brothers Production is looking for Discord Outreach Specialists

  2. Infinity Force is looking for Creative Lead

  3. Yield Guild Games is looking for Project Manager for Growth

Check out more jobs on BitPinas!

-Michael Mislos

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