By Nath Cajuday
To spur the general public towards a deeper understanding of blockchain and its role in the future of Philippine society, publishing house Bookshelf PH is set to publish “Opening the Archipelago: the Story of Blockchain in the Philippines”, a book that aims to localize the blockchain uprising and give Filipinos a glimpse into how blockchain can transform local industries – from finance and banking, to education and even governance, authored by UnionBank Executives Henry R. Aguda, Cathy Bautista – Casas, and Atty. Nathan Marasigan.
“Carrying the negative connotation sometimes associated with Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the daunting task of communicating this information to the masses was undertaken by the three authors to make the subject of blockchain comprehensible even to the most digitally challenged individuals,” Bookshelf PH stated.
Told in three parts, the book’s first part is about breaking down the basic concepts of blockchain, then goes into showcasing the different blockchain use cases and initiatives in the Philippines (i.e., those founded by Filipinos or which Filipinos helped flourish), and lastly, concludes with a discussion about the need for progressive regulation and how this can shape blockchain innovation and the future of this country.
Proving how comprehensive the book is, Marasigan, one of the authors, claimed that the book is intended to make information accessible and easily digestible by all – from financial experts, to our nanays, tatays, lolos, and lolas.
In addition, Casas, also one of the authors, believes that the power of blockchain goes beyond banking and is strong enough to alter the entire economic system.
“With the unpredictability of tomorrow, information is key to making the next move. The work we’ve done provides this knowledge to whoever wishes to be at the front of the world’s nonstop evolution,” she added.
On the other hand, believing in the importance of the book, Bookshelf PH stated that ‘Opening the Archipelago: the Story of Blockchain in the Philippines’ is the essential guide to understanding blockchain technology as it applies to the Philippines, Southeast Asia, or even more broadly, emerging markets.
“This guide would be most relevant to anyone who wants to innovate with blockchain or partner with those already doing so in the space, including startup founders, corporate executives, government regulators, community organizers, institutional investors, and other like-minded leaders.”
The online marketplace and boutique publisher for print, digital, and audiobooks also expressed that the three authors are uniquely positioned to document the potential of blockchain in the Philippines, given their position as executives at Unionbank.
Bookshelf PH is already accepting the pre-order of Opening the Archipelago: The Story of Blockchain in the Philippines for only Php 1000.00.
This is not the first book that documents blockchain and its usecases in the Philippines. Jay Villarante of Moneybees/Paylance wrote and published Blockchain: A Catalyst for Good Governance in the Philippines in 2019.
This article is published on BitPinas: Bookshelf PH, UnionBank Executives to Publish PH Blockchain Story Book