The crypto community met in the flesh during the Mint and Greet event which celebrated Filipino crypto artists along with a free NFT minting session last Saturday, April 23, at the Draper Startup House in Poblacion, Makati City.
The event was organized by BitPinas in partnership with art collective CryptoArt PH, metaverse platform Ownly, blockchain system Tezos Philippines, graphic design studio TeamManila, and initiative First Mint Fund (FMF). MomentoFrames and Isaiah Cacnio provided digital frames to display NFTs while Kenneth Surillo officially photographed the meetup, with Allen Villaflor covering the meetup as well.
With almost a hundred attendees from the wider crypto and NFT community who either registered or walked-in to learn about NFTs, the meetup started at 3 pm and kicked off with an opening message from Michael Mislos, BitPinas Senior Editor and Mint & Greet organizer.
As a crypto publication covering the Philippine blockchain space since 2017, Michael expressed his observation on the growing support by companies and organizations on crypto players—including crypto traders, blockchain gamers, and NFT project builders. He, however, noted the lack of industry support on the increasingly growing number of crypto artists.
“There must be discourse on how the industry can further support its crypto artists, who have contributed significantly to the increase of NFT adoption in the Philippines. We hope this meetup sets the stage for this conversation, and I look forward to the day our crypto artists are discussed in the same breath as play-to-earn and other segments of the Philippine crypto community,” Michael said in a statement.
There were a number of speakers and panel discussions during the event. Moreover, NFT artworks of several artists were also featured and displayed in the venue.
Ismael Jerusalem, Founder and CEO of Ownly, started the talk by discussing NFTs and introducing CryptoArt PH to the audiences.
It was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by BitPinas staff Jules Barciaga and Arzen Ong, with artists Jowee Alviar of TeamManila Graphic Design Studio, Kata of Katamaran Art NFT, Kavi of Musikavi (he also performed during the event), and conservation photographer and filmmaker Noel Guevara.
First Mint Fund artists also had their panel discussion about their projects and art. The panel speakers were motion graphics artist Isaiah Cacnio, creative director and FMF manager AJ Dimarucot, and artist and photographer Bern Cruz.
Also sharing their NFT journey, NFT collector and artist Aldrine Alarcon is also present as well as the TITA Collective who represented 72-year old artist Carlos, one of the oldest crypto artists in the Philippines.
In the latter part of the event, Tezos Philippines’ Gian Ferrer introduced the attendees to the Tezos network, a choice for environmentally conscious NFT artists. Then, Ferrer together with CryptoArt Ph’s Jopet Arias, and @Harleen_Bloom lead the wallet creation workshop, with Jopet showcasing a live minting demonstration.
The event’s last activity and highlight gave selected attendees the chance to mint their first NFTs in the event for free.
Aside from the informational discussions and the live minting, the event was also graced with live performances from Musikavi, Harleen and spoken word artists from the Titik Poetry group.
Here are some tweets from the event attendees:
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