Ivana, Gloc-9 help launch app for artworks, collectibles

Gil Villa - The Philippine Star
Ivana, Gloc-9 help launch app for artworks, collectibles
Social media sensation Ivana Alawi with digital app marketplace VNT Vention founder Julius Santillan

MANILA, Philippines — Who better way to promote an app designed for celebrities and artists than Ivana Alawi, one of the biggest social media sensations today. Her presence, along with that of Gloc-9, brought legitimacy to the launching of VNT Vention, a digital platform that involves online selling of collectibles, owned by prominent personalities and artworks created by famous and newbie talents.

The launch billed Pancakeswap fair launch was recently streamed and hosted by model Daiana Meneses and businessman-influencer Marvin Faviz.

“Super masaya ako to be here for VNT Vention,” Ivana said in her spiel. “I wish you success. Sana lumago at lumawak pa ang inyong gawaing ito.”

At the face-to-face event held at Tanza Oasis Hotel, Cavite, with pandemic protocols in place, Ivana shone bright to help illuminate a venture touted as “Philippines’ first NFT marketplace for local artists and celebrities.”

NFT (Non-Fungible Token) can be used to represent items like photos, videos, audio and other digital file types.

The current generation’s celebrity darling performed covers of This Band’s Kahit Ayaw Mo Na and Moonstar88’s Torete.

Emphasizing on the app’s labeling as the first of its kind in the country, Ivana added, “Hinahabol natin ang ibang bansa at di tayo magpapahuli. I’m very excited para sa inyong future.”

VNT Vention is a site focusing on artists and their creations. It allows anyone to create, buy, sell, or collect digital merchandise with minimal platform fees. It hopes to help the artist community by providing a venue for valuable stuff to get proper exposure, safekeeping these collectibles, connecting artists to art collectors and ensuring them of a solid and supportive atmosphere.

Young cryptocurrency trading expert and VNT Vention founder Julius Santillan noted, “Gusto naming suportahan ang mga local artists natin. Tutulungan po namin sila to sell their collectibles and works of art.”

Gloc-9, who sang one of his early hits Simpleng Tao, looked upbeat, too, being around to show his support to a new venture that fits in today’s way of living. He said, “More power po sa inyo. Sana lumago ang inyong gawaing ito. Maraming salamat sa pagsuporta niyo sa aming mga celebrities.”

The online marketplace’s main objective is to urge Pinoy artists, from musicians and painters, to actors and freelancers, to use the blockchain technology in selling masterpieces to collectors and fans. Vention argues that “by tokenizing their works and selling them on a digital marketplace, they can maximize their marketability and reach for potential customers.”

In a report, a famous Star Trek actor had reportedly ventured into digital collectibles and issued digital cards on blockchain. It has provided him passive income every time a card is resold.

Vention spokesperson Jacob Montemayor said, “Nag-create kami ng platform designed para sa mga local artists and celebrities para makatulong at i-showcase ang kanilang talents na kadalasang hindi na-re-recognize. Pwede nila ilako (They could sell) through Vention ang mga vinyl collections nila o mga artworks.”

He added, “Ang i-no-offer namin ay marketplace platform. Hindi siya nakadepende sa cryptomarket alone.”

Blockchain is described as unhackable and user-friendly with onscreen guide features.

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