MANILA, Philippines—My father is a retired math professor. My mother is a retired banker. So if I were to teach, I’m destined to teach about the combination of math and money.

Enter bitcoin.

But what to teach? Everyone is a student in bitcoin. Thankfully, the bitcoin community is a passionate (i.e. rabid) worldwide community blessed with passionate philosophers and teachers. But how to teach?

Enter Mi Primera Bitcoin, which translates to My First Bitcoin.

I was born in a street called San Salvador.

El Salvador is some 15,000 kms. away across the vastness of the Pacific Ocean.

But bitcoiners are connected, because ideas are connected.

This is how I connected the world of cooperatives to bitcoin when I stumbled upon the latter:

And this is one of the things we’re doing in the cooperatives + bitcoin space: CoopPay.

It is the world’s first Lightning wallet for cooperatives—no mean feat.


There are passionate reasons why we do what we do in a certain way.

Who knows where the road of passion takes us.

Curious yourself but don’t know where to start? #studybitcoin

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Teach the little ones how to save in bitcoin!

About Lyman Manzanares, Esq.

Founder of and managing partner of Manzanares & Partners Law Offices (est. 2011). A lawyer based in Makati City, the Philippines’ premier city, he is a Lifetime Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Makati City Chapter, and the Philippine Bar Association (PBA). After graduating from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law, the country’s top law school, in 2004, he has been involved in various legal work, particularly in the realm of commercial and cooperative law. Providing insights into the world of law through a platform called “A Case A Day,” he features jurisprudence in criminal law, civil and family law, commercial law, and technology law. In his personal advocacy, Lyman pioneered #bitcoinforcooperatives, the fusion of the special business structure of cooperatives and the sound monetary properties of bitcoin.

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