(Fom left to right) Kat Gonzales, Operations Head, YGG Pilipinas; Jayvee Fernandez, Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder, Anito Legends; Paolo Romero, editor, Multiverse.PH; Kenneth Stern, General Manager, Binance Philippines; Sec. Ivan John Uy, Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology; Catherine Anne Casas, Senior VP & Head of Blockchain and API Business Group, Metaverse Center of Excellence and Government Projects; Lucien C. Dy Tioco, Executive Vice President, PhilSTAR Media Group

The Philstar Media Group on Tuesday launched a news website that is focused on new technologies and their impact on consumers, businesses, and the economy.

Multiverse PH (multiverse.ph) is expected to help bridge the gap between public awareness and the adoption of such technologies, according to PhilStar Media Group Executive Vice-President  Lucien C. Dy Tioco.

“Through this platform, we will learn about new technologies that will have an impact on our daily lives and how we can better embrace them.”

Multiverse PH will cover topics like Web 3.0, which is an upgraded Internet technology that uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency.

According to Secretary Ivan John E. Uy of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, there have been “misconceptions” about cryptocurrency, but people need to understand that Web 3.0 is a larger concept.

“People need to understand Web 3.0 and how it handles and protects data, as well as its many applications other than crypto that can have a profound impact on our society,” he said.

For his part, RCBC Executive Vice-President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Angelito “Lito” M. Villanueva said that those living in far-flung areas need the most awareness about Web3 and blockchain because they are more susceptible to cybercrime.

Catherine Bautista-Casas, senior vice-president and head of blockchain and API business group at UnionBank of the Philippines, said: “There’s a lack of deeper understanding of what blockchain technology is.”

“We need risk management, we need compliance, and we need talents,” she said when asked what it would take for Filipinos to embrace blockchain technology. 

According to Mr. Uy, his department is looking into potential applications for blockchain technology in government, particularly in the areas of registry and online voting. — ALB