Ortiz, Gorriceta, Tiongson, Pecson, 8 Others Win Honors for Supporting and Implementing Blockchain Technology in the Philippines

Philippine Block Awards honors the country’s top blockchain innovators

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By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN — SciTech and Digital News 

Dr. Donald Lim (center) listens intently. He is the lead organizer of the First Philippine Blockhain Week (PBW) 2022. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

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MANILA (SDN) — Organizers of the First Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) showered honors on 12 technology champions at the conclusion on December 2, 2022, of the “highly-successful” event.

Leading the honorees are UnionBank of the Philippines Chairman Dr. Justo A. Ortiz and Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta, managing partner and head of the Technology Media and Telecommunications Group of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra Firm.

The organizers led by Dr. Donald Lim, lead convenor of the PBW 2022, presented the awards at Sheraton Manila Hotel, located at Newport World Resorts, Pasay City Metro Manila.

Apparently, everyone was earnestly hoping the event would be an annual affair.

Gorriceta welcomed the recognition, as he thanked the country’s digital community for the honor.

A beaming Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta proudly holds his trophy as Philippine Block Awards winner. (Image supplied)


“I am very honored to receive this Philippine Block Champion Award during the very first Philippine Block Awards. I thank the entire Tech, Fintech, Web3 and Blockchain Community for recognizing our Law Firm’s work in this space. We are fully committed to support the industry, especially our clients’ needs in ensuring the longevity of their business models while balancing the customers and the regulators’ needs for financial consumer protection,” Gorriceta assures in a message he sent to SDN — SciTech and Digital News.

Plenary sessions of the event that kicked off on November 28 and concluded on December 2 were held at the Marriott Manila Hotel, also at Newport World Resorts.

Read: Philippine Blockchain Week articles on SDN — SciTech and Digital News

The PBW boasted a lineup of Filipino and foreign speakers and guests from across the world. Each of them a thought leader and innovator in blockchain, crypto, web3, NFTs, and gaming.

Lim and his co-organizers bestowed the first-ever honors or awards on personalities who have been championing technology, particularly blockchain, in the country.

Leader of the Year and Leader of the Future

Organizers of the PBW declared Ortiz as the Leader of the Year Award. Ortiz is the chair of the Fintech Association of the Philippines (FAP), Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP), and Philippine Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI). He is also a board member of the Global Fintech Alliance (GFA) founded in Denmark.

Dr. Jose A. Ortiz (Credit: PBW 2022)
Ms. Imelda C. Tiongson (Credit: PBW 2022)


“Dr. Ortiz has helped pave the way for the financial industry to adopt Web3 technology. He heads many of the country’s blockchain groups. Rien, meanwhile, has shown us that young people can make a change in the world through blockchain. We hope that Filipinos will be inspired by their work and start learning more about the technology,” Lim shares.

Nine of the 10 Blockchain Champions. (Credit: PBW 2022)

The 10 Blockchain Champions

Honored with the title Blockchain Champions are:

  • Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta, managing partner and head of the Technology Media and Telecommunications Group of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra Firm;
  • Ann J. Cuisia, CEO of Traxion Tech;
  • Atty. Kelvin Lester K. Lee, commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
  • Imelda C. Tiongson, president and executive committee member of Opal Portfolio Investments, Inc., independent director of PruLife UK, and a trustee of both the Fintech Alliance Ph and Fintech Association of the Philippines;
  • Henry Rhoel R. Aguda, senior executive vice president and chief technology & Ops officer of UnionBank of the Philippines;
  • Luis Buenaventura II, country manager of Yield Guild Games;
  • Gail Concepcion Cruz-Macapagal, country director of DynaQuest Technology Services, Inc.;
  • Nichel O. Gaba, CEO of Philippine Digital Asset Exchange;
  • Gabby Dizon, co-founder of Yield Guild Games; and,
  • Miguel Cuneta, founder of Bitmark.ph and co-founder and chief community officer of Satoshi Citadel Industries.
Part of the audience in one of the highly intense plenary sessions of the week-long First Philippine Blockchain Week (PBW) 2022. (Photo: SciTech and Digital News)

The awardees included leaders in financial, technology, and business industries. Gorriceta and the nine other Blockchain Champions received the recognition “for supporting and promoting the adoption of blockchain in the country.”

“These are the men and women who have advanced the use of blockchain and Web3 technologies in the Philippines. They are also the ones leading the way for its adoption and pushing for the Philippines to be the blockchain hub in Asia,” notes Lim.

Lim said that the success of the inaugural Philippine Blockchain Week is an indication that Filipinos welcome blockchain adoption and that the world recognizes its potential. He cited the importance of support from the government.

“With the government’s help, we know that we can make the Philippines the blockchain hub in the region,” he adds.

Here’s how tech titan IBM describes blockchain:

“Blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network. An asset can be tangible (a house, car, cash, land) or intangible (intellectual property, patents, copyrights, branding). Virtually anything of value can be tracked and traded on a blockchain network, reducing risk and cutting costs for all involved.”

Powering the Philippine Blockchain Week are the major sponsors, such as 1inch, Tetrix, NChain, GCash, Coins.ph, DVCode, Ark of Dream, iPay88, and Maya. (/)

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