Update Sept. 23: Miss Universe denies being affiliated with “Miss Universe” Coin:
It has come to our attention that a “Miss Universe Coin” was introduced at Philippine Blockchain Week. The Miss Universe Organization and JKN Global Group are not associated or involved in any way, and will be pursuing all legal options with regards to this infringement.
There is currently no Miss Universe cryptocurrency or blockchain offering, and these products are in no way involved with the voting or selection process for MISS UNIVERSE or the Miss Universe Philippines pageants.
To our fans – please use caution and do not join in this falsely-named coin scam! We are doing everything we can to shut this down publicly, so that our community is not victims of this fraud.
Additional reporting by Shiela Bertillo.
- Donald Lim, convenor of the Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW), reveals that the Miss Universe Foundation will launch its own coin, the Miss Universe Coin, at the event.
- The new token is expected to change the way votes are cast in the Miss Universe contest, as voting power will be exclusive to token holders.
- It is not yet known if all votes will be done by utilizing the coin.
- Philippine Airlines also launched its own range of Limited Digital Collectibles as part of its collaboration with PBW.
- Philippine Blockchain Week is supported by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and more government agencies.
- It is scheduled to take place from September 19 to 21, 2023, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Newport World Resorts, Manila.
Update: Miss Universe Coin unveiled at Philippine Blockchain Week:
Donald Lim, convenor of the Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) 2023, announced in his keynote at the event’s press conference that he had just received a message confirming that the Miss Universe Foundation will launch its own coin.
PBW Convenor Donald Lim Announces Miss Universe Coin
The Miss Universe Coin will debut during the Philippine Blockchain Week, Lim told the media:
How Will the Miss Universe Coin Work?
Lim said the coin’s use case is replacing text votes, which is used to vote for candidates at the international pageant. This is called token voting in other crypto projects.
“Remember there were text votes before? Now only the holders of the token can vote. They will launch it around the world (at the same time as in) PBW.”Convenor, Philippine Blockchain Week
“And in support of our Miss Universe candidate, we will launch and hopefully everyone will support it.”Convenor, Philippine Blockchain Week
Miss Universe Initiatives in Web3
Last year, crypto exchange Coins.ph was tapped as the Miss Universe Philippines’ Official Crypto Partner. In a statement, Coins.ph CEO Wei Zhou, who first revealed the partnership in an earlier BitPinas interview, said Miss Universe is an important platform to spread financial awareness to Filipinos.
“I think [Miss Universe] is a powerful platform to deliver financial awareness. I would like to work with them long term. And you know, Miss Philippines historically has been very successful in Miss Universe and we look to support the winner to go global.”Wei Zhou, CEO, Coins.ph
However, there was no update as to whether the partnership between Miss Universe and Coins.ph has been extended.’
In 2021, Miss Universe released its first NFT Pageant Collection on the WAX blockchain. In the same year, Miss Universe Philippines partnered with RedFOX Labs launched its own pageant NFTs with the “Inspire You” theme.
The announcement from Lim is the first time a Miss Universe Coin was unveiled.
Philippine Airlines’ Web3 Venture with Philippine Blockchain Week
In another development, Philippine Airlines (PAL) is also venturing into the web3 space. To celebrate the airline’s history, PAL is releasing its own range of Limited Digital Collectibles, in partnership with Philippine Blockchain Week.
The Philippine Airlines – PAL NFT collection is minted on Ethereum.
“Ethereum is the largest and most well-established, open-ended decentralized software platform utilized by some of the world’s largest organizations. For this collaboration, we selected Ethereum to ensure that our NFT transactions will be executed quickly, safely, and securely for everyone involved.”Chezka Gonzales, Convenor, Philippine Blockchain Week
DICT and DTI are Supporting the Philippine Blockchain Week.
The Philippine Blockchain Week has gained the support and endorsement of key governmental bodies like the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
“At DTI, we promise to support all initiatives that will gear towards the attainment of the vision of making the Philippines not just innovative and creative, but more competitive through blockchain.”Jo-Dann Darong, Director, DTI
This year’s event, themed “BRKOUT,” aims to challenge attendees to embrace new opportunities in the blockchain and crypto space, with topics ranging from fintech, the metaverse, and regulation, to Artificial Intelligence, privacy, and DeFi.
The event is scheduled to take place from September 19 to 21, 2023, at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Newport World Resorts, Manila.
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