#CardsPhil & #EcommercePhil - Day 1

Friday, September 25, 2015
Earlier this month, my blogger friends and I attended one of the biggest e-commerce events that was brought into the country by a foreign organizer.

Cards & Payments Philippines and E-Commerce Show Philippinesby Terrapinn

It was 5:15 in the morning when Dems I met up at McDonald's in Marcos Highway last September 2nd. With wet hair and sleepy eyes, we grabbed some breakfast and got an Uber ride to SMX Convention Center.

Despite the horrible traffic, we at the SMX Convention Center with plenty of time to spare before our scheduled registration hour, and so we were able to get our photos taken at the big signboard outside without worries of being stared at by passersby.

After registration, we made our way to the plenary hall and grabbed front row seats.

Quite honestly, I never thought I'd enjoy a conference that talked about e-commerce and cards & payments, but I did!

Here's Ms. Sharon Roessen, Terrapinn's Managing Director for Asia, welcoming everyone to the event.

Ms. Roessen talked about how happy they were that they got such a big turnout for this event despite it being the first one they've ever organized in the Philippines. After Day 2, I couldn't help but be excited for the next conventions, because I'm more than sure they'll be more jam packed than the first one.

Day 1's Opening Plenary was packed with heavy-hitters like, oh, the CEOs of Lazada Philippines and Zalora Philippines. (The shopaholic in me was squealing with joy! Haha!) Here are some photos of the speakers at the opening plenary:

Ms. Maria Crispina Reodica, Chief Trade Industry Specialist, DTI
Ms. Janette Toral, Founder, DigitalFilipino.com
Mr. Inanc Balci, CEO, Lazada Philippines

Mr. Jose Benjamin Fernandez, COO, PayMaya

Mr. Paulo Campos, Co-Founder & CEO, Zalora Philippines
It was a VIP studded event, but I was stunned at how everyone mingled in between talks. I felt out of my league (um, lowly blogger and marketing assistant here), but even the CEOs were approachable! Want proof? Here you go:

I was so giddy when I saw Mr. Paulo Campos outside the function room that I didn't even bother checking my hair and my oiliness level before I approached him. I was even giddier (if that's even a word) that he agreed to a quick photo. I love shopping at Zalora, and I made sure to tell him that.

Did I mention that my dress and shoes were from Zalora? Yeah, I told him that too. LOL!

After the adrenaline high, we spent the rest of the day visiting all the booths and checking out what they had to offer.

My blogger friends on the other hand, took the opportunity to interview some of the exhibitors and sponsors.

That caps Day 1 of the convention. It sure was a fruitful one for everyone. I've been thinking of putting up an e-commerce site for quite some time and the talks from the plenary surely opened my eyes to the possibilities.

Interested in reading some of the quotes from the event? Head on over to Twitter and search for these two hashtags: #EcommercePhil and #CardsPhil. You'll learn lots just by reading the attendees' tweets.

Do watch out for my recap of Day 2 in the next few days. ♥

UPDATE! Read about Day 2 here: http://memetdiaries.blogspot.com/2015/10/cardsphil-ecommercephil-day-2.html

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