The highly anticipated of gathering of Bitcoin believers dubbed as Bitcoin Island Retreat in Boracay, the first ever event to be hosted by the Philippines is expected to draw a huge crowd.


The inaugural event that will take place this coming March 27 to 29, 2023 at the famous white beach of Boracay will feature prominent venture capital leaders who will served as keynote speakers. 

Boracay Island is considered as the most Bitcoin-friendly community in the Philippines. The Bitcoin event will be held at the Henann Regency Resort and Spa. 

According to the lead organizer of the Bitcoin Island Retreat, CEO Ethan Rose, the list of speakers during the event includes HCM Capital founder and managing partner Jack Lee, Mimesis Capital Founder, CEO and chief investment officer Louis Liu, former Sequoia Capital crypto investor Augie Ilag, and Lightning Ventures general partner Mike “Muzz” Jarmuz.

Some of the most prominent names in cryptocurrency and financial experts will be in attendance also such as Elijah Tan, Vice President of operations at, considered as the largest crypto exchange and digital wallet in the Philippines. 

Ethan Rose revealed that Elijah Tan, who once served as fiat exchange lead at Binance, will discuss bringing crypto and Web3 use cases to solve challenges in the global markets. 

Prominent speakers of the event also include Albert Buu, founder and CEO of Vietnam-based Bitcoin-only startup Neutronpay. He will be giving his take on the growth of Bitcoin and Lightning Network in Southeast Asia. 

Renowned Bitcoin Educators will also participate in the said event. Here’s the List of educators and entrepeneurs:

  • Lyman Manzanares, founder of Lightning Coop
  • Max Webster, founder of Hivemind Ventures
  • Jiro Reyes, founder and CEO of
  • Gillian Kok, entrepreneur and holistic therapist
  • Chris Tan, entrepreneur and creator
  • Stephan Livera, podcaster and head of education at Swan Bitcoin
  • Mary Imasuen, Bitcoin podcast host
  • Joey Miyamoto, Bitcoin and Lightning researcher
  • Hodling Carla, founder of Hodling Apparel
  • Rafael Padilla, legal director of Farcove Consulting
  • Roy Miclat, president of 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines
  • Bill Hill, community lead of Bitcoin Island.

The first Bitcoin Island Retreat in Boracay will surely entice Bitcoin builders and enthusiasts to flock the said venue to network, pitch ideas and share announcements. 

Attendees will also get to experience living completely off of Bitcoin after enabled more than 250 locations, such as restaurants, hotels, and even sari-sari stores, to accept Lightning payments and receive instant, find settlements in Philippine Peso with no fees. also announced that aside from the actual event, Bitskwela, a key partner in the event, will also host a parallel education track where hands-on sessions will touch on topics such as how to get businesses to sign up for Bitcoin payments, how to give technical demo, how to gain complete control of your Bitcoin. 

The highly anticipated and inaugural Bitcoin Island Retreat is co-presented by and sponsored Bitskwela and Orange Pill App. 

The organizer of the said Bitcoin event, is one of the most innovative startups in the Philippines, enabling faster more affordable and more borderless payments via Bitcoin’s Lightning Network. 




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