Albay Multimedia Arts Convention to Happen on October 8

More than 2000 attendees are expected to experience about 50 artists and brands from the web3 community in the upcoming Albay Multimedia Arts Convention.

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Crypto meetups in the Philippines are no longer limited to the National Capital Region (NCR) as gatherings are also happening one after another in the Bicol Region.

This coming October 8 and 9, well-known artists in the non-fungible token (NFT) space will be gracing the comeback of the annual Albay Multimedia Arts Convention (AMAC), a two-day event happening at Ayala Malls Legazpi in Albay. AMAC is one of the biggest events celebrating creativity through art and tech in South Luzon, cultivating the grass root creative community since 2016.

“For this year’s AMAC, we will explore the intersection of art and technology in the biggest event celebrating creativity in the Bicol Region,” their website states.

We’re so excited to add more innovation to the event by exploring the intersection of art and technology. There are also lots of exciting community-led activities for this year’s AMAC. And our hearts are so fulfilled to see how the event grow from dozens to hundreds up to thousands of attendees since 2016,” Ismael Jerusalem, CEO of Ownly said in a statement.

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About 2000 attendees are expected to attend, experience, and enjoy more than 50 artists and brands that will participate in the event’s art fair, art exhibit, and music jam. Attendees are also encouraged to join their photowalk and listen to their four art talk speakers. 

They noted that only the Art Talks are ticketed while the other activities are open and free for everyone to enjoy.


Meanwhile, the speakers for this year’s event are illustrator and doodle artist Lei Melendres; forerunner, artist, and digital nomad Jopet Arias; spoken word artist Verlin Santos; and creative director Karl Vasquez. 

Lei Melendres will discuss the topic “Illustration With NFT.” He is a full-time freelance illustrator whose art style is focused on illustrations, specifically doodle art.

On the other hand, Jopet Arias, the co-founder of the art collective CryptoArt PH and one of the forerunners of the Crypto Art movement in the country,  will talk about the topic “Fine Art with NFT.” 

He was also included in the first batch of artists that were featured on CAWA. Last January, Arias was among the five artists to launch the group exhibition of the physical art exhibit titled, ‘Begin with a second, a mirror of the first’. He was also one of the organizers of #tezmasPH, the first ever NFT-minting contest in the Philippines together with TezosPHL and BitPinas publication.

Also, Karl Vasquez, the Founder and Creative Director of the community-based streetwear brand Bounce Back PH, will tackle the topic “Branding/Graphic Design With NFT.” He is known for being the artist of the NFT Collection, Old Chap Club.

Lastly, John Verlin Santos, the founder of the Non-Government Organization (NGO) collective Titik Poetry, which aims to make art a platform for education, will discuss the topic “Spoken Word in NFT.” 

Last February, he released his first spoken word EP entitled “Galing sa Pinilas na Papel” and in January he launched his spoken word poetry NFT album titled “KONSEPTO + KONTEKSTO.”

The Art Talk Pass

The ticket for the art talk costs ₱599, inclusive of an AMAC2022 X Lei Melendres shirt and a free Mint slot for Mustachio Rascals NFT.

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Other Events in Bicol

Bicol Web3 Meet Up in Naga City and BUILDR Diner in Legazpi City

This meetup is one of the first web3 meetups in the region, which happened last August 26 and 27 in the region’s key cities, Naga and Legazpi.  

The first Web3 meetup was at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga City in Camarines Sur, and the BUILDr Dinner was at Casa Lorenzo Food and Culture in Albay. It was headed by Bicol-based SparkPoint Technologies in partnership with BlockchainSpace with the collaboration of local Bicolano blockchain technology startups Ownly, SparkLearn EdTech, and MetaGaming Guild. (Read more: Bicol Slated to Host Crypto and Web3 Meetups)

Blockchain Developer Bootcamp (BDB) 

The BDB is set to happen this month; it is the second installment of the 12-week online bootcamp focused on teaching the fundamental concepts and key tools in the smart contract and decentralized application (dapp) development spearheaded by SparkLearn EdTech. Interested? 

Bicol Blockchain Conference (BBC) 2022 

The BBC will be the region’s landmark event for all-things-blockchain happening on November 14, which will have the participation of caliber projects and startups in the Web3 industry and is set to be held in Legazpi City, Albay. (Read more: Bicol Blockchain Conference 2022)

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