February 28, 2020

PayMaya: Digital Payments Help Unite Filipinos in Battle Against COVID-19

[27 MARCH 2020] - Just a week after its #OneAgainstCOVID19 initiative launched, PayMaya has already helped raised more than P7.8 million in donations from Filipinos all over the world through its digital payments channels, with donations growing rapidly by the day.

This feat was accomplished as companies and non-profit organizations such as the Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, Caritas Manila, OXFAM Pilipinas, the UP PGH Foundation and other groups work together to mobilize much needed relief and resources to help combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With many financial touch points such as banks and payment centers in limited operations and as cash handling is discouraged to prevent the spread of the virus, digital financial services like PayMaya indeed offer the fastest, safest and easiest way for people to contribute to various response and relief efforts addressing COVID-19.

“The response we have gotten just a week after launch has been tremendous, which only highlights not just the magnanimity but also the creativity of Filipinos in responding to this crisis, aided by technology. We will continue to support consumers, businesses, communities, government agencies, and humanitarian organizations in this united effort during this pandemic by providing the most convenient and inclusive means of sending monetary support,” said Orlando Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya.

With the most extensive network of humanitarian and non-profit partner organizations and various causes supported, the #OneAgainstCOVID19 initiative has quickly become a one-stop-shop for those who are looking to support medical personnel, frontliners, and disadvantaged communities who are caught in the crossfires of the battle against the disease. This is because aside from enabling donations via the PayMaya app, even overseas Filipinos and other card holders are able to contribute to #OneAgainstCOVID19 efforts via PayMaya's end-to-end platforms. 

To date, people with credit, debit, and prepaid cards, as well as PayMaya accounts, can donate via the website (http://donate.paymaya.com) or the PayMaya app to the following organizations: Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, PGH Medical Foundation, Caritas Manila, OXFAM Pilipinas, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Kaya Natin! Movement for Good Governance & Ethical Leadership, Ronald McDonald House of Charities Phlippines, YesPinoy Foundation, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, PLDT-Smart Foundation, Rock Ed Philippines, UTownPen Foundation, #nowheretogobutUP Foundation, and the #UniTENTweStandPH initiative of actress Angel Locsin.

Online concerts, game streaming

As the enhanced community quarantine persists across the island of Luzon and some provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, many individuals and groups have turned to showcasing their talents and skills to help encourage people to donate to various funds for COVID-19 response and relief efforts through the #OneAgainstCOVID19 project.

National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, for instance, has kickstarted “Bayanihan Musikahan” in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), which features a nightly online concert highlighting the best of OPM via Facebook, YouTube, and other streaming channels. Donations to urban poor communities are accepted through PayMaya's #OneAgainstCOVID19 channels.

Technology and gaming bloggers like Gian Viterbo, meanwhile, have dedicated their online game streaming time–particularly to feature new games such as Nintendo’s Animal Crossing–to help promote donations via #OneAgainstCOVID19 to their viewers.

Unity while in isolation

With the enhanced community quarantine still scheduled to last a few more weeks, the need for funds and resources will continue to rise as the whole country attempts to "flatten the curve" of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic effects, especially to the most vulnerable segments of our communities.

As part of precautionary measures against the disease, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has encourage the use of digital payments in transactions since paper bills have been found to be potential carriers of the virus.

To this end, PayMaya has encouraged users to send money, pay their bills, or do bank transfers through the app instead of stepping out of the house to perform these transactions. Users can also send money to anyone in the country using their PayMaya account by doing a Send Money transaction to a Smart Padala by PayMaya center.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to self-isolate in their homes, digital financial initiatives such as #OneAgainstCOVID19 show that Filipinos can quickly stand united with the help of technology.

To donate to the #OneAgainstPayMaya campaign, visit http://donate.paymaya.com or go to the Pay Bills section of the PayMaya app.

February 22, 2020

PayMaya Preferred: Get quick treats and sweet deals when you use PayMaya QR at Ministop

Basta Ministop, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!

Grabbing a quick bite or buying some last-minute needed items just got more convenient and rewarding as Ministop joins the growing list of PayMaya Preferred merchants, where customers can get added treats and perks whenever they pay using PayMaya QR.

PayMaya QR is now currently available in more than 500 branches of Ministop all over the country, allowing for the ultimate convenience not just in buying goods but in having a quick and hassle-free payment experience as well.

Additionally, shoppers can also get a P50 cashback once a week from February 19 until April 18, 2020 whenever they scan to pay a minimum of P200 using PayMaya QR at participating Ministop branches nationwide.

This is on top of the usual 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback they can get whenever they use PayMaya QR at thousands of partner merchants and establishments nationwide.

“Whether it’s grabbing Ministop’s famous Uncle John’s Fried Chicken for a quick lunch or buying supplies for home, your payment experience just got more convenient and rewarding because of PayMaya QR. It’s the perfect marriage of convenience and rewards, which makes buying your items at Ministop with PayMaya even more exciting,” said Raymund Villanueva, Head of QR Ecosystems at PayMaya.

Ministop is just the latest in a growing list of PayMaya Preferred Merchants around the country, where PayMaya is the preferred mode of payment instead of cash, as part of the “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” campaign of the country’s most rewarding mobile wallet today.

Aside from being able to conveniently pay for Ministop purchases using their mobile phones, PayMaya users can also add money to their accounts in select branches through the Pay & Go kiosk, which will soon be enhanced to offer even more convenient add money options in the coming months.

So hop on the cashless lifestyle and download and register for a PayMaya account now to enjoy the most rewarding mobile wallet experience at Ministop today. Dahil basta Ministop, don’t pay cash, PayMaya para may BalikBayad ka!

To know how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit www.PayMaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

February 12, 2020

Top 6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with PayMaya para may BalikBayad ka!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to fall head over heels on PayMaya’s deals this month of love! From gift shopping online for your loved one to dining out at your favorite restaurant with your special someone, you can have a more exciting and lovelier Valentine’s Day celebration when you use PayMaya for your payment transactions.

Here are 6 ways to enjoy PayMaya’s BalikBayad perks this month of love!  


It’s always the thought that counts when you’re buying a gift for your loved one. Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, shopping at the mall can be a challenge.  

So skip the hassles of dealing with rush hour traffic or lining up at the mall and enjoy a sweet P143 cashback when you shop for gifts online with a total spend of P5,000 using PayMaya. This promo runs until February 15, 2020.


If you and your date are book-lovers, have a fun and exciting date at the much-awaited Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at the World Trade Center, Pasay City from February 14-24, 2020. PayMaya is once again powering the cashless experience at the mega book sale event, allowing you to enjoy the convenience and perks of using PayMaya and other cashless options to shop for your favorite books.  

You can score up to 100% cashback when you pay for your purchases via PayMaya QR. Aside from that, you can get P50 cashback for every P2,000 single-receipt transaction using the PayMaya physical card.  

Express your love in the simplest way possible, such as surprising your loved one with a delightful meal from PayMaya Preferred Partner KFC. It’s surely a Valentine’s Day treat to remember because of the cashback rewards from PayMaya.  

You can score a P100 reward weekly until March 1, 2020 when you #ScanToPay for your KFC meals with a minimum spend of P200 using PayMaya.

Bring your date to an unforgettable culinary adventure! Take advantage of more food at a lesser price when you use your Zomato Gold for your post-Valentine's Day celebration.

To unlock the best food deals in the metro at the best price, pay for your Zomato Gold membership using PayMaya and get a 50% discount upon your payment. You can also maximize your perks by dining at Zomato Gold partner restaurants with PayMaya QR because you have two chances of getting up to 100% cashback throughout the weekends of February. 


Enjoy a romantic getaway with your loved one this February. Whether you’re going to the beach or exploring scenic places, you can have an amazing and memorable road trip when you gas up at PayMaya Preferred partner gas stations.  

You can definitely avoid the heartbreak and enjoy P5 savings per liter when you #ScanToPay at Total, Metro Oil, Power Fill, and Marz Fuel. This is on top of the usual PayMaya QR promos, where you can get as much as 100% cashback capped at P500 for every qualified transaction. 


If you’re single and looking for that special someone, start your journey in finding true love by subscribing to the world’s most popular mobile dating app, Tinder. Meet new people and engage in interesting conversations every time you swipe right! 

Furthermore, you can get lucky and connect with more people when you purchase Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold in the PayMaya app, which is currently at up to 75% OFF until February 29, 2020.

Don’t miss your chance to express gratitude and appreciation for your special someone this Valentine’s Day and this whole month of love! With the help of PayMaya, you can now spend this special occasion in the sweetest and most hassle-free way, plus may BalikBayad ka pa!   

Download the PayMaya app for free on iOS or Android now and avail of great deals, promos, and offers. For more information on exclusive deals and offers available to users, visit www.paymaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

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