PayMaya launches the “digital aguinaldo” service on Messenger

Send PayMaya pamasko to loved ones with ‘aguinaldo’ service via Messenger app. Now, giving aguinaldo to your “inaanak” is just as easy as tapping on your smartphone!

The Filipino time-honored tradition, giving “aguinaldo” to young family members and godchildren is truly unique.  The usual tradition is handing out paper bills—usually freshly-printed ones withdrawn from the bank but it emits a distinct smell.

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Times are changing, and sending “aguinaldo” via digital means, anytime, anywhere, is now possible.  One is able to do this using PayMaya in Messenger, by following these simple steps:


  1. If the sender already has a PayMaya account, they only have to link their account to Messenger by chatting with @PayMayaOfficial. If not, they can sign up for an account using any mobile number from all networks using Messenger.

  2. Once the account is linked to Messenger, they can upgrade their accounts to use the ‘Send Aguinaldo’ feature and load up their accounts via the more than 15,000 top-up partners that PayMaya has nationwide.

  3. To send an ‘aguinaldo’, simply chat with @PayMayaOfficial in Messenger, click the “Promos & Gifts” tab, and click the “Send Aguinaldo” option.

  4. Choose which Facebook friend to send the ‘aguinaldo’ to, enter the amount of money to be sent, and swipe right or left to choose the perfect design to go along with the money gift.paymaya digital aguinaldo

  5. After tapping the “Pay” button, the user will be asked to enter their Facebook password, after which the money will be sent to the recipient.

The feature is currently available to Android users and those with upgraded PayMaya accounts, which means they would have to undergo the standard know-your-customer (KYC) process that requires additional information from the account holder.

Once the person receives the money via Messenger, it automatically goes to their PayMaya account if they have already registered, or they will be given the option to create one if they don’t already have a PayMaya account set up.

Now, giving aguinaldo to your “inaanak” is just as easy as tapping on your smartphone!

Expanding digital payments services

You can also buy prepaid load for yourself, send prepaid load as a gift to others,  or pay bills using the Messenger app.

There is also the PayMaya QR, which allows  you  to do in-store payments by simply scanning a QR code displayed within the merchant’s premises. And as a Christmas treat for all account holders, PayMaya is giving a 50% rebate to all PayMaya QR transactions in merchants where it is available until December 24, and a 10% rebate from December 25 to 31.

Aside from this, account holders can pay for items they buy online or subscribe to digital services by using their virtual VISA card, which is available when they download the app in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Account holders can load their PayMaya wallets in more than 15,000 top-up facilities already available nationwide such as Robinsons Department Store Business Centers, SM Business Services, TouchPay kiosks, 7-Eleven, Cebuana Lhuillier, ExpressPay branches, Palawan Pawnshops, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Petron stations along NLEX, and Smart Padala centers down to sari-sari stores in grassroots communities, and Unionbank ATMs.

*10% Rebate on PayMaya QR – Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 14580 Series of 2017
*50% Rebate on PayMaya QR – Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 15286 Series of 2017

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