Editing by Nathaniel Cajuday
Following the mass adoption of play-to-earn games during the global pandemic in 2021 and the massive integration of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology right after, the web3 community has successfully placed the country at the epicenter of the web3 movement.
This year, the Filipino founders of web3 firms and entities announced that they have prepared a stage to bring global attention that will highlight what the country’s metaverse talents have to offer through the upcoming Philippine Web3 Festival happening on November 14 to 18 in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City.
The event will be introducing “founders, developers, and gamers with an international community of NFT games, venture capital (VC) funds, and leaders in the space looking to learn how the Philippines was catapulted onto the world stage and what the future holds for Web3.”
“We were the first Filipino-led crypto project to break onto the world stage, and since then, the Philippines blockchain ecosystem has exploded… The Philippine Web3 Festival is the first truly international showcase of Filipino talent, and we are bringing the world’s best in Web3 to the Philippines to see it for themselves,” Gabby Dizon, co-founder of YGG, said in a statement.
The event is spearheaded by successful local web3 leaders from Yield Guild Games (YGG) led by Dizon, Beryl Li, and Owl of Moistness; and from BlockchainSpace (BSPC) led by Peter Ing.
“Those of us in the Philippines cryptocurrency space have been coming together to share ideas and collaborate since 2019 when we first hosted Jiho from Axie Infinity and introduced him to the community in Manila. Since then, Filipinos have been instrumental in the growth of blockchain gaming, we are shaping the future of this industry and now the world wants to come to the Philippines to see what is next,” Ing stated.
Aside from local leaders, international personalities will also be present at the fest, namely: Axie Infinity co-founder Jeffrey Zirlin, also known as Jiho or Jihoz; Animoca Brands chairman and co-founder Yat Siu; The Sandbox co-founder Sebastian Borget; and many more. (Read more: Axie Infinity’s Jihoz, YGG’s Gabby Dizon, and more to Star PH WEB3 Festival)
Moreover, representatives of venture capital firms will also be presenting and discussing why they look to the Philippines to uncover emerging Web3 trends.
The speakers will be Augustus Ilag, an associate from Sequoia Capital Investor; Mia Deng, a partner of Dragonfly Capital; Eva Wu, a principal of Mechanism Capital; Ryan Foo, a game economist from Delphi Digital; Brian Lu, a founding partner of Infinity Ventures Crypto (IVC); and other global VC funds.
“Since the Philippines has potential as one of the big players in the Web3 space, we believe it is important to support the initiatives and movements to develop the industry further,” Kenneth Stern, General Manager of Binance Philippines, stated.
Also, Globe Telecom will also be a co-presenter of the event as the official connectivity and telco partner, while MetaverseGo is the preferred platform to access Web3 Games, Guilds, and NFTs.
“GCash remains true to its commitment to provide ‘finance for all’– making products accessible to Filipinos, as it aims to do the same in Web3 while the space continues to grow in the country,” said Neil Trinidad, Head of New Businesses, Crypto Insurance and Data Tech for GCash.
According to the organizers, the PH Web3 Fest will also have sessions from leading blockchain ecosystems, including Polygon; TZ APAC, the Asia-based blockchain adoption entity supporting the Tezos ecosystem; and Xpla, a Tendermint-based and developer-friendly chain that hosts an ecosystem of decentralized applications and developer tools.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy a major esports tournament, a hackathon, NFT exhibits, and networking at community-led side events.
This article is published on BitPinas: PH Web3 Festival Targets to Bring Global Attention to Homegrown Talents
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