Digital Pilipinas showcases Ph as ‘soft landing, safe haven’ for global innovators


Digital Pilipinas, the largest private sector movement for creating a technology and innovation ecosystem in the country, showcases the Philippines as a “soft landing and safe haven” for global innovators.

Amor Maclang, Digital Pilipinas Festival (DPF) Convenor, positioned the Philippines as “a welcoming gateway to ASEAN for other countries who wish to do business in our region, for innovators from other countries who, in the face of adverse political or economic conditions, need to temporarily relocate to where their culture of innovation will be preserved.”

During the DPF, foreign and Filipino leaders shared their plans for creating a stronger, anti-fragile ASEAN by making digital tech more accessible to the public. Department of Information and Communications Technology – Philippines’ Undersecretary David Almirol stressed the crucial role of embracing the enabling qualities of technology in empowering agencies in enforcing their mandates. Through different policies and projects including the E-Governance Act and the iLGU, the public can experience seamless services which pave the way for them to take on bigger decisions and even go global.

Jimmy Kyle Siy, Brankas Director of Customer Success, said that a positive impact on trade would be the first advantage of an ASEAN tech collaboration.

Angkas CEO George Royeca said: working with ASEAN entails “collaboration with regulators in creating the best products that will have the highest positive effect.”

Manish Bhai, UNO Digital Bank Founder, President, and CEO, agreed that without a cross-border ecosystem, digitalization will not succeed: “Everyone is a collaborator – whether it’s cross-country, ASEAN, regional, global.”

Wei Zhou, CEO of, spoke of his plans to make the Philippines “a leader in Web 3.0 not just in ASEAN, but globally. Digital assets and blockchain are equalizers and can mean financial empowerment.”

DPF, which was composed of the World FinTech Festival-Philippines and the Philippine FinTech Festival, was held in partnership with Elevandi, an organization founded by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to foster public-private-sector dialogue to advance FinTech in the digital economy.

Jobbagy László, Managing Director of Digital Success Nonprofit Ltd., emphasized that “digitalization is all around us. We can have all kinds of people and have all kinds of degrees to digitize the culture even in terms of policy-making over the next 30 years.”

Participating in the DPF were co-presentor and co-convenors Etiqa Philippines; Angkas; PayMongo, UnionBank of the Philippines; digiCOOP; ADVANCE.AI; NinjaVan Philippines; KPMG Philippines; UNO Digital Bank; Creador; Globe; PruLife UK; ACUBELAW; Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra; Brankas; GCash; COL Financial; and, Xendit Philippines. Other partners were Tech Exactly; StartUp Village; Bounce Back PH; Fintech Philippines Association; FinScore; Mapúa University; GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications; Inquirer Group of Companies; Inquirer Mobile; Inquirer.Net; Philippine Daily Inquirer; The Philippine Star; Manila Bulletin; United Neon; and Coinvestasi.

Filipino and global industry and tech leaders gathered for the Digital Pilipinas Festival, which kicked off a month-long celebration for ASEAN tech while launching an anti-fragile technology and innovation ecosystem to bring about an economically stronger region.

SOURCE Philippine FinTech Festival Becomes the Exclusive Crypto Partner of the PBA (the “Company”), the Philippines’ leading fully-regulated fiat and crypto wallet services provider, today announced a partnership with the Philippine Basketball Association (“PBA”) that makes the official crypto partner for the PBA’s 47th season.

The deal marks the first crypto partnership for the PBA. will have brand presence featured throughout the Philippine Cup, the PBA’s premier tournament, where it will offer interactive experiences to engage fans and promote awareness of all things crypto. This PBA season marks the return of a full in-arena experience, with fans able to watch live games at 100% capacity in stadiums for the first time since 2019. will make use of the interactive games on selected matches to allow fans to win free crypto. At the same time, will also be featured on television ads throughout the season.

The PBA and both aim to provide economic benefits and promote professional growth opportunities to basketball fans through crypto education and engagement. will use its brand presence to increase public awareness of crypto and explain concepts such as blockchain, NFTs, and Web3 to basketball fans across the nation. The PBA is an ideal platform for these educational efforts, with some prominent players already involved in the crypto space. This partnership will extend that empowerment to fans as well.

“Basketball plays a very important part in the Filipino culture and that makes it a perfect match for, a proudly home-grown fintech brand in the Philippines. We are very excited to be the exclusive crypto partner of the PBA and look forward to bringing together exciting basketball games with the latest crypto trends. We have seen a surge in engagement with Web3 in the Philippines and we believe that more and more Filipinos are joining the crypto community. The PBA is a great platform to educate Filipinos on the crypto-economy and we value this opportunity to expand crypto market adoption,” said Wei Zhou, CEO of

“The PBA is the 1st professional basketball league in Asia and is already an institution in the country. It is still unparalleled when it comes to professional sports entertainment. And partnering with will surely take the PBA a step further as it continues to improve and strengthen its position as one of the best leagues in the region. Furhterm the PBA is all about growth and improvement. Having will give fans the opportunity to engage in a new way and at the same time learn about the crypto community. We are thankful for for choosing us to be their partner, I am sure they will introduce new venues for fun and exciting activities, ” said Willie O. Marcial, PBA Commissioner.

The basketball community can expect more exciting details and activities as the season kicks off on June 5, 2022 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.