BLOCKCHAIN technology continues to command much attention in the Philippines.

One of its strongest exponents, Token News Philippines, has gathered in Manila for the second time a battery of foreign and Filipino technology gurus and experts and stakeholders to discuss and offer possibilities for leveraging blockchain and, by extension, cryptocurrency, for economic and business pursuits.

It can be recalled that Token News Philippines, headed by Yuki-San Takarabe, CEO, conducted its first Token News Blockchain Conference on August 27 at Okada Hotel Manila, Entertainment City, Paranaque, Metro Manila.

In relation with this, one of the plans of Token News Philippines going forward is to enter into a collaboration with Philippine universities and put up Blockchain Laboratories to teach Filipino students about the technology and its myriads of applications in various aspects of governance, business, and others.

p_20181125_114254_vhdr_auto.jpgRoy Ryell Barretto (left), chief media officer at Token News Philippines, is joined in a press conference by executives of blockchain and cryptocurrency companies interested in doing business in the country. They participated in the Token News Conference on Sunday, November 25, to further promote blockchain technology and innovation. From the right are: Yukie Suzuki of Brave Sound; Kosuke Sayo, Brave Token Sound; Ted Oh, co-chairman and CCO at STASIA of South Korea; Norihisa Takayama, founder and CEO of Wowoo Exchange; and Shunsuke Kurata, marketing manager, Wowoo Pte. Limited. (EKU)

The opening of the Philippine branch of Token News HK Ltd. located at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, highlighted the first conference.

This  second time around at SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Takarabe invited to speak at the conference Coindaily, a primary market integrated service platforms for blockchain projects, represented by Ethan Wu (Qi Wu), chief business officer; Blotocol, which is a one-stop, blockchain solutions provider; MergeCommit (also a blockchain software development firm, and its president and CEO James Florentino; Jessie Lee, client relations manager, Blotocol Philippines; AP Coin, the purpose of which is to make an accessible environment for ease of financial services for Southeast Asia; Noryong Nikko Sisowath, CEO, Cambodian Royal Family (House of Sisowath);

p_20181125_122015.jpgPart of the participants at the Token News Conference at SMX Convention Center,  SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, Sunday (November 25), promoting blockchain. (EKU) 

Wowoo, a blockchain project aiming to design an ecosystem for supporting and connecting people who wants to build blockchain; Shunsuke Kurata, Wowoo marketing manager; Liberty Ecosystems (ECU) whose mission is to protect and expand th eliberty of individuals, communities, and nations; Yasu Kikuta, CEO, Liberty Ecosystems; STASIA, which connects rising K-Pop stars to fans worldwide; Ted Oh, chief customs officer; Bitcoin Cash represented by Roger Ver, a technology entrepreneur known as the first investor in the Bitcoin system; Brave Sound Token, an entertainment company founded in 2008 mainly by Brave Brother; and Brave Brother, record producer and song writer, Kang Dong-chul.

Roy Ryell Barretto, chief media officer at Token News Philippines, laid down some of the company’s plans moving forward.

He told SDN — Scitech and Digital News in an interview that Token News is planning to enter into a collaboration with Philippine universities to promote emerging technologies, among them blockchain and its applications aside from cryptocurrency.

Barretto said the planned collaboration with the academic institutions would feature Token News establishing a blockchain laboratory for their students to learn about the technology that has become a by-word not only with tech experts but also with business organizations and governments.

p_20181125_112055_vhdr_auto.jpgNorihisa Takayama, founder & CEO of Wowoo Exchange, a blockchain & cryptocurrency company, speaks of his firm’s interest in putting up an office in the Philippines. (EKU)

“Token News is also planning to hold conferences on blockchain and cryptocurrency every two months. If things fall according to plan, we will have one conference for business leaders and other stakeholders in Cebu City in 2019,” he revealed.

The leaders behind Token News, Barretto added, is focusing on the Philippines for now because they saw that the government is receptive to cryptocurrency, unlike in other countries that have very restrictive regulations.

Barretto mentioned the initiative of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to establish what is dubbed the “Crypto in the Valley” in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, Northern Luzon.

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To recall, CEZA had already issued offshore virtual currency exchange (OVCE) license to 18 blockchain and cryptocurrency companies as locators of the economic zone.

He said the Blockchain Laboratory will be a vehicle for students to learn about the technology to help make them ready to work on their own projects or be employed with IT companies.

Token News, he added, also is eyeing the issuance of its security token offering (STO), which is like a stock but in digital form.

In the pipeline as well is a co-working space of Token News where IT companies may put their offices, he said, adding that the Hong Kong-based blockchain consultant company also has in mind its own business process outsourcing (BPO) office.

Barretto this means generation of employment for Filipinos. (EKU)