TOP > Cryptocurrency > [Updated Dec. 2018] Bitcoin OTC | Buy Bitcoin & Ethereum Over-the-Counter in the Philippines
January 29, 2019 Updated

There are remittance centers and money changers in the country that offer bitcoin and ethereum over-the-counter services. Find them out here.

Updated: December 2018 to include Palawan Pawnshop

There are a number of ways to buy bitcoin in the Philippines. The most convenient way is to buy through or allows buying bitcoin through 7-eleven while gCash and bank deposits are accepted at Bitbit.

Most recently, is testing a feature where select users can now buy and sell ethereum within its app.

While these methods are fast and convenient, some users might find better transaction fees by using other methods of purchasing bitcoin.

One method that we are going to talk about today is buying bitcoin OTC, or bitcoin over-the-counter.

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How to Buy Bitcoin Over-the-Counter in the Philippines

If you want to purchase bitcoin over-the-counter, the company –  is offering this very option. It also provides Ethereum over-the-counter services.

We will add more companies if there will be future ones who will provide cryptocurrency over-the-counter services.

Update: Palawan Pawnshop

Because of its partnership with Bloom, Palawan Pawnshop now has a bitcoin over-the-counter service in some of its branches. Check out our article:, according to its profile, is the country’s first cryptocurrency over-the-counter service. By partnering with government-licensed remittance centers and money changers, you can go to these centers and exchange your money for bitcoin securely. This should be a familiar experience to those who frequent money changers and remittance centers in the country.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Over-the-Counter Locations in the Philippines

Here are the locations of partner centers:

Monday to Sunday
10:30 am to 7:30 pm
3/F Venice Grand Canal Mall, Mckinley Hill, Taguig

Monday to Sunday
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Units 335 & 336, 3rd Flr, Market-Market, BGC, Taguig City

Monday to Saturday
9:00 am to 5:30 pm
18 Mata St., Villamor, Brgy. 183, Pasay City

Monday to Saturday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
G/F Filmar Arcade Philcoa, Commonwealth Ave., corner Masaya St., Quezon City

Monday to Sunday
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
2/F Cyber and Fashion Mall Eastwood City, Bagumbayan

How does it work?

A post on bitcointalk detailed the process of buying bitcoin or ethereum through these centers. The steps below are just a rough representation of how the transaction will work based on the post on bitcointalk.

  1. Specify the amount of bitcoin or ether that you wanted to buy.
  2. Pay the amount. You will get a receipt like this. This photo can be found on the bitcointalk thread.
  3. Present your bitcoin address (or ether wallet address).
  4. The salesperson will reconfirm with you the address, and then proceeds with the transaction
  5. The coins are sent to your address!

Note that the above is just a sample procedure based on this. The process might be a bit different when you try it firsthand.

How fast is the transaction?

The speed will depend on how fast your transaction is confirmed in the blockchain, just like how it is in and other sites. Always check out the current average bitcoin transaction time so you will have a good idea on how fast should the bitcoins turn up in your wallet address.

Is this Legit?

The owner of Moneybees is Mr. Jay Ricky Villarante, who is also a founder at Paylance and 8Ventures Pte Ltd. He is a former senior software engineer at Payroll Hero.

While cashless payments are popular these days, the trip to a money changer or remittance center is still a familiar sight in the Philippines, what with the millions of OFWs we have. The process should be the same when you try to buy bitcoin or ether via through these centers. Hopefully, more such centers appear in the Philippines, especially in cities outside the metro.

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