Manila's Blockchain Christmas Fair

Manila’s Nerdiest Christmas Market

’Tis the Season – Particl, BlockChats, and Coding Girls Manila invite you to Manila’s Blockchain Christmas Fair at BlockchainSPACE! Join the community for a magical evening between sweet treats, secret Santas, your favourite jingles, and a VIP panel on the topic of:

Christmas Shopping 2.0 - Can Amazon be replaced by Decentralised Applications?

Be it electronics, games, clothes, or even groceries – we all do it, online shopping. Obviously. It is easy, fast, and convenient, and anything that allows us to stay on the sofa in the comfort of our beloved four walls is highly appreciated.

As Amazon, eBay, AliBaba, Etsy & Co. continue to expand their activity fields, what once seemed so glorious has come to reveal an unpleasant truth: our comfortable consumer experience comes at a price.

Every click, every swipe, and (probably, they say) even every spoken word adds to a profile of our persona, a puzzle that we willingly help to complete as we share our name, address, credit card details, location, gender, favourite music, photos, food preferences, clothing size… But we seem to like it, since we reward the marketplaces by paying them for their good work, in the fees they freely decide to impose on us.
Not happy with that? No problem, just stop buying online.

But are there really only two options – play the game or be excluded from the empire?
And how much do we actually care about giving away our personal details? What, if anything, would make us reconsider our preferred online shopping choice?

Our panelists are going to cover questions all the way from the basics to the future prospects.


What is a centralised marketplace?

What is a decentralised marketplace?

What are their tradeoffs?

How do dApps want to outdo Amazon, eBay & Co.?

What do traditional e-commerce platforms do with our data?

Do we lack the sense of urgency to protect our privacy?

Can decentralised marketplaces create a fair environment for small vendors?

Completely transparent or completely anonymous: what is the future of online shopping?

Meet our panelists

Colin Goltra

Head of Cryptocurrency Program

Miguel Cuneta


Alenna Dawn

Philippines Ambassador

Chris Verceles

Full Stack / Blockchain Developer

Gerb Reign Inajada

Head of Blockchain

Mark Vernon


Christmas Market

Browse the nerdiest Christmas fair of the year and grab merchandise, souvenirs, and your Christmas dinner from the stalls brought to you by companies from the Philippines and around the world.

Want to run your own stall?

Book your table and set up your own stall on the festive Christmas Market – bring your merchandise and anything you’d like the community to get their hands on. The table booking is free, but slots are limited – the only condition: bring some Christmas food for everyone. 🙂

Secret Santa

Bring a little gift to join the Secret Santa gift exchange at the end of the event – everyone that contributes a present will randomly receive a gift brought by another guest.

How to join

Simply bring a small gift worth no more than PHP 400 and hand it to us at the reception. We will add you to the Secret Santa list, and at the end of the evening, you will take part in the gift exchange party. And even more than that, you will qualify for a special giveaway on top of that!


18:30 | Reception + Christmas Market

19:00 | a Hello from Event Partner Particl

19:15 | Panel: Christmas Shopping 2.0 – Can Amazon be replaced by Decentralised Applications?

20:15 | Secret Santa Gift Exchange

20:30 | Special Giveaway

20:45 | more Christmas Market fun


Fri 14 December 2018
Acceler8 Coworking space, LG, 111 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, 1229 Metro Manila

free entry only with the official confirmation e-mail which you can receive by filling in the RSVP form on this page.

Meet the Event Partners

For obvious reasons, BlockChats is very happy to be able to introduce Particl to Manila’s community, and we are looking forward to bringing this event to you together.

About Particl

Over the last 25 years, the internet has shown us that the mishandling and abuse of personal data by third-parties is the biggest cyber security threat there is and that not sharing your data in the first place is the only way to truly secure it. Every day, data breaches and hacks occur which threaten the safety, funds, reputation and identities of millions of internet users across the world. It’s time for change!

At Particl, we’re building a brand new decentralised and democratic economy supported by the Particl blockchain; a very secure and privacy-focused network where applications of all sorts can be built and operated without any middleman. Particl aims at offering the same range of services currently available on the web but with security, privacy, and most importantly, near-zero fees in mind.