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August 22, 2019 Updated

(Updated May 2019) This is an exhaustive list of how to buy bitcoins in PH. Buy bitcoin with just a trip to your local convenience store or in front of your computer.

Now that you know the basics, you will probably ask yourself how to buy bitcoins in the Philippines.

Unlike in other countries, bitcoins are not yet that established in the Philippines. Furthermore, there are a few services that will let you buy bitcoin. While they are few, it is important to note that the method of buying bitcoins on these services can be done through convenience stores near you!

This article was updated on October 2, 2018 to include Abra. Majority of this guide is catered to those who would like to buy btc with pesos.

This article had a minor update on May 28, 2019.

Where to Buy Bitcoin in the Philippines – a Complete Guide:

Via,, or Abra:

  • These sites allow you to buy bitcoins using your money.
  • There are many ways to cash in. Most noteworthy of all is that you can transfer money using Cliq kiosks in 7-eleven stores. After the money is in your account, it is simply a matter of converting them to bitcoins via the services’ apps.
  • Another excellent choice is through Abra, where you can directly deposit BTC and convert it to other cryptocurrencies. It supports deposit through local banks and Tambunting pawnshop.

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By buying Prepaid Bitcoin Cards:

Depending on where you are, you can buy prepaid Bitcoin cards which you can load on your bitcoin Wallet.

By Bitcoin using Credit Card

Using Abra:

Abra is a registered company in the Philippines under Plutus Financial Inc. It supports direct deposit via our local banks but also supports buying bitcoin through credit card.

Using allows everyone to buy bitcoins using your Credit Card. Consequently, they have a minimum amount that you can buy. Hence, you can’t transact here if you only intend to buy a smaller amount of bitcoins.


Buy bitcoin through Crypto ATMS

You can also buy bitcoins through Crypto atms in the country. The one from UnionBank even has a cash-out option.

Buy bitcoin over-the-counter in the Philippines

Through Palawan Pawnshop

(Update – February 9, 2019) You can buy bitcoin over-the-counter through select branches of Palawan Pawnshop, made possible through its partnership with Bloom Solutions.

Buy bitcoin Through Moneybees

(Update – Feb. 15, 2018), you can now buy bitcoin over-the-counter, made possible by in partnership with accredited money changers and remittance stores:

Buy through Paxful or Localbitcoins

Paxful and Localbitcoins are peer-to-peer exchanges. All you have to do is find a buyer who’s willing to sell their bitcoins and get paid through a payment method you desire. Some of the sellers here may prefer bank deposits, Gcash, or even Paymaya.

Buy through Cryptocurrency Exchanges

A number of local cryptocurrency exchanges have been approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Here are the two that’s currently live for trading:

  • Coins Pro by
  • VHCEX by VCPI Philippines

Other local exchanges opening soon are:

  • PDAX
  • JuanExchange
  • Coinvil
  • Bexpress
  • ABA Global

Read more: (Updated April 2019) List of Cryptocurrency Exchanges in the Philippines

Other Methods of Buying Bitcoins in the Philippines:

  • You can join Bitcoin Philippine Facebook Groups.
    • You will have to negotiate with the person you are transacting with first online. After that, you set up a good meetup place and proceed with the bitcoin exchange. Remember that you must have a proper Internet connection to proceed with the transaction. Furthermore, transact in a conspicuous place and always bring someone else with you!
  • You can buy Bitcoins at Bitcoin Exchange sites
    • At the time I wrote this, most bitcoin exchange sites are not based in the Philippines. But of course, you can still transact with them. With exchange sites, you can set up your own buy and sell value. Just remember to transfer your coins in your own wallet and never keep them all in these exchanges!


Right now, the guide above is currently the most complete list for Bitcoin Buying Guide in the Philippines. If you have other methods, don’t hesitate to contact us below!

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