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July 15, 2019 Updated

This article is meant to show you that it is indeed possible to buy these altcoins directly. And if it’s available for buying and selling in PHP, we will tell you how to buy them in other ways.

Updated on July 15, 2019

May 30, 2019 – 10 years ago, Satoshi Nakamoto proposed an idea of a digital currency which we now know as Bitcoin. It runs on a technology that we now called blockchain.

Today, there are numerous other cryptocurrencies aside from Bitcoin. While these cryptos have different use cases, some of them are similar to Bitcoin in functioning as a payment method and store of value. Some of them operate on blockchains that can be used for building decentralized applications.

Today we will talk about where to buy these cryptocurrencies in the Philippines. Because while it’s easy to purchase Bitcoins with just one trip to the convenience store, you might find it difficult to buy cryptocurrencies such as ethereum, tron, Bitcoin cash, and the likes. This article is meant to show you that it is indeed possible to buy these altcoins directly. And if it’s available for buying and selling in PHP, we will tell you how to buy them in other ways.

This article is more focused to general cryptocurrencies. 

How to Buy Cryptocurrency in the Philippines

PH Cryptocurrency Wallets

Crypto Wallet Supported Cryptocurrencies
Coins.ph Bitcoin, Bitcoin cash, XRP, ethereum
Abra Bitcoin, 0x, augur, basic attention token, Bitcoin cash, Bitcoin gold, cardano, dash, digibyte, dogecoin, eos, ethereum, ethereum classic, golem, lisk, litecoin, monero, NEM, neo, omisego, qtum, siacoin, status, stellar lumens, stratis, tron, verge, vertcoin, XRP, zcash
BuyBitcoin* Bitcoin
Tagcash Bitcoin, litecoin, XRP, XLM, Tagx

Especially for first timers, the first place you should look to buy crypto are PH-based crypto wallets. These wallets allow you to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and litecoin with fiat money (in our case Philippine Pesos or PHP).

For BuyBitcoin.ph, it is only a buying/selling site and you will have to put a designated wallet address where you will keep the cryptocurrency.

How to cash in crypto wallets

For Coins.ph, it is recommended that you top up your account via 7-eleven. Go to the nearest 7-eleven store. Add money via one of the Cliq kiosks. Php will be funded to your Coins.ph account. After that, you can convert your Php to any of the supported coins.

For Abra, our recommended way for cashing in is through UnionBank. Connect your Abra account to your UnionBank account. Once that is done, you can facilitate the transfer of money from Abra to UnionBank and vice versa. (Abra also has a credit card option, to be discussed later in this article).

PH BSP-Licensed Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Crypto Exchange Status (Currently) Supported Cryptocurrencies*
B-Expro / B-Express Not Yet Live BTC, ETH (to PHP)
Coins Pro Live BTC, BCH, ETH, XRP (to PHP)
Coinvil Website Live BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, VRG, CSMT (to PHP)
Citadax Not Yet Live BTC, ETH (to PHP)
GOW Exchange Not Yet Live BTC (to PHP)**
Juan Exchange Website Live BTC, ETH, USDT (to PHP)
PDAX Beta BTC, XRP, LTC, BCH, ETH (to PHP)
VHCEX Live BTC, ETH, VHC, VHW, OSE, HWGL, OVO, XEM, OSV, REVS (to PHP)

Above are cryptocurrency exchanges registered in the Philippines that offer the option to buy cryptocurrency with fiat money (Philippine Pesos). At the time we wrote this article, only two of them are live. However, they are a good option if a user wants to set their own buy and sell price for their crypto.

Cryptocurrency ATMs

Location Supported Cryptocurrencies
The Ark by UnionBank, Ayala, Makati Bitcoin
Sunette Tower Hotel Manila Bitcoin, Litecoin

The UnionBank Crypto ATM above allows buying and selling of Bitcoin. The crypto ATM at Sunette Tower allows buying of Bitcoin and litecoin only.

Credit Cards and Debit Cards

Website Supported Cryptocurrencies
Abra Bitcoin, 0x, augur, basic attention token, Bitcoin cash, Bitcoin gold, cardano, dash, digibyte, dogecoin, eos, ethereum, ethereum classic, golem, lisk, litecoin, monero, NEM, neo, omisego, qtum, siacoin, status, stellar lumens, stratis, tron, verge, vertcoin, XRP, zcash
CEX Bitcoin, ethereum, Bitcoin cash, Bitcoin gold, dash, litecoin, XRP, zec
Changelly (notable only): Bitcoin, litecoin, xrp, ehereum, Bitcoin cash, bat, enjin, btt, tron, doge, dash, neo, nem, xlm, zrx
Binance Bitcoin

The above websites will allow you to purchase crypto in exchange for USD. Most of the time, the conversion is handled by payment solutions firm Simplex.

Over The Counters (OTCs)

Site Locations Supported Cryptocurrencies
Palawan Pawnshop Bitcoin
Monteal Money Changer 3/F Venice Grand Canal Mall, Mckinley Hill, Taguig Bitcoin, ethereum
Willyn Villarica Jewelry Units 335 & 336, 3rd Flr, Market-Market, BGC, Taguig Bitcoin, ethereum
Dominion Pawnshop and Money Changer G/F Filmar Arcade Philcoa, Commonwealth Ave., corner Masaya St., Quezon City Bitcoin, ethereum
PSulit Money Changer 2/F Cyber and Fashion Mall Eastwood City, Bagumbayan Bitcoin, ethereum
Bexpress G/F UNIT 5 Aseana PowerStation Macapagal, Paranaque City Bitcoin, ethereum
 Czarina
  • Lower Ground Level, Uptown Mall, BGC
  • Unit 1412 Tower One & Exchange Plaza, Ayala Ave
  • Liberty Center, 104 San Agustin St. Salcedo Village, Makati
  • Picasso Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
  • Estancia, Meralco Ave, Pasig, 1605 Metro Manila
 Bitcoin, ethereum

Palawan Pawnshop’s partnership with Bloom Solutions allows it to have a Bitcoin over-the-counter service. Bexpress, along with Bloom Solutions are virtual currency license holders in the country. The others on the list are made possible through MoneyBees.

Specific Cryptocurrencies

In this part of the article, we will check with some locally in-demand cryptocurrencies:

Coin Where to Buy/Exchange
Loyalcoin Loyalcoin Concierge
NEM / XEM VHCEX, Changelly, NEM Nano Wallet (buy option inside the Nano Wallet),
BAT Abra, Brave Browser
XLM Abra, Tagcash
 XRP  Coins, Abra,

Other Ways to Buy Cryptocurrencies

The last tip is buying through peer-to-peer marketplaces and face-to-face buying and selling. Peer-to-peer marketplaces like Paxful and LocalBitcoins exist to provide an escrow solution to two people wishing to exchange their crypto. The last method is of course meeting the buyer or seller directly but make sure you can vouch the person you are meeting before proceeding with such transactions.

Recommended Bank to Deposit Earnings from Crypto?

We don’t have a recommended bank but we’ve been using UnionBank lately.

How about Paymaya?

There were reports before that you can buy crypto on CEX.io using Paymaya but you cannot withdraw back to your Paymaya account. We haven’t tested this so if you are planning to do so, please test with small amounts first.

If PHP isn’t an option: International Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Now, the oftenmost way to buy crypto is to convert your Bitcoins at Coins.ph and transfer it to a foreign crypto exchange. Examples of which are Binance and OKex.

  • Binance – Trade your Bitcoin to other crypto. Perhaps the most liquid exchange in the world.
  • OKEx – Trade Bitcoin to other crypto. A top 10 cryptocurrency exchange
  • Changelly – Instant Swap crypto to other crypto
  • CEX – Purchase Bitcoin with credit card.

Do you know of other ways to purchase cryptocurrencies in the Philippines? Let us know in the comments below!

This article originally appeared on BitPinas: 15+ Places/Websites to Buy Cryptocurrency in the Philippines

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  • This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice OR a recommendation of the product being discussed. Cryptocurrency is a highly volatile market and users should always do their own research.

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