Cryptocurrency to become mainstream in the Philippines
The Philippines is one of the world’s fastest adopters of cryptocurrency, new reports show. According to data, the pandemic has fuelled the trend, with Filipinos releasing the value of crypto as an investment and income generating currency.
A rise in crypto-friendly technology in the country has also facilitated it’s uptake, which means the Philippines is now on a par with Vietnam and Nigeria.
Reports by consensus experts from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) earlier this month show that gaming rewards, BTC, ATM networks and rural banking integration are ‘reliable early indicators’ for the upsurge that makes crypto growth in the Philippines the world’s third-fastest growing sector.
The The Fintech Philippines Association and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines have reported similar findings.
Bitcoin first became popular in the Philippines 2017, when its value skyrocketed from $1,000 to over $19,000 in the space of a few months. Since then, BSP has installed a reliable platform that protects crypto customers and also encourages bitcoin uptake, which is still in a nascent stage.
As of December 2020, BSP has also opened up channels with 17 virtual currency exchanges that are industry compliant.
Crypto currency adoption
Speaking about the swift adoption of cryptocurrency, Nichel Gaba, CEO and f ounder of Philippine Assets and Digital Exchange, said, “Between December 2020 and today, something happened to put bitcoin and crypto into a sace where even traditional portfolio managers need to consider them. We are living in interesting times in crypto,” he added.
Gaba pointed out the fintech industry in the Philippines was still at an evolving stage, and said that although crypto-supporting platforms were effective, the industry in general required more support from government and regulatory institutions.
He added that the mainstream position of cryptocurrency was close to fruition in the Philippines due to the swiftly evolving technological landscape which has seen PDAX enjoy a 70-fold increase in transactions and a 15-fold customer increase in less than a year.
BSP also recently launched a new security framework that protects cryptocurrency from being used in money laundering. Speaking about the changes, Melchor Plabasan, Technology Ris k and Innovation Supervision Director of BSP, pointed out that the use of crypto has revolutionised remittances and payments as well as opening up new fundraising opportunities.
He said, “Regulations are designed to protect the investing public. We have expanded their scope and strengthened the rules on consumer protection and cybersecurity controls.”
NFT Marketplace Rarible Raises US$14.2m
Alongside the funding announcement, Rarible has shared that they’ve officially partnered with NBA Top Shot maker Dapper Labs to bring their NFT marketplace to Dapper’s Flow blockchain. Dapper Labs has begun building out a wider coalition of NFT platforms on its proprietary blockchain which is more energy-efficient and less costly than transactions on the Ethereum network.
“To mark this next phase, we are also proud to enter an official partnership with Flow. Dapper Labs has an impressive track record of bringing NFTs mainstream by creating native experiences for non-crypto audiences. As a blockchain, Flow enables easier access and lowers the entry barrier for traditional consumers and brands, which makes it a perfect partner on our journey to the wider adoption.
“In the coming couple of months, we will be bringing Rarible on Flow as a primary and secondary marketplace, also welcoming the robust ecosystem of projects built on Flow blockchain,” Rarible said.
According to the company, last June, 6 months post-launch, total trading volume on Rarible hit the $28,000 mark. By June 2021 it grew by a mind-blowing 3000x, reaching $150 million in total sales.
“Just as we have always been at the forefront of the NFT movement, Rarible is determined to pioneer the next wave,” the co-founder of Rarible’s marketplace and CEO Alexei Falin said. “With this company milestone, we are thankful for the support of Venrock, 01 Advisors, and Coinfund and look forward to going beyond the current enclosed crypto environment and taking NFTs into mainstream consciousness.”
In a blog post the company says they hope to use this funding to explore more user-friendly developments like accepting credit card payments. “We need a world where an indie creator can effortlessly create an NFT and sell it for $5 to his community of supporters, as well as where a pop icon can use NFTs to establish close contact with her multi-million audience in a sustainable way.”
Rarible has a lot underway in the upcoming few months, including the launch of Rarible NFT protocol, L2 solution for scalability and sustainability, credit card payments, adoption of Flow blockchain, multiple partnerships and drops, and more. Many projects are already working on integrations with Rarible protocol, such as the partnership with one-click NFT creator S!NG that allows users to mint and put their NFTs on sale with no costs involved.