You Can Now Send Your Paymaya Pamasko via Facebook Messenger

Sending "aguinaldo" or Christmas cash gifts to family and godchildren is now easier than ever as pioneering digital financial services company Paymaya today announced the launch of a "digital aguinaldo" service in Messenger, in partnership with Facebook.

"Ninongs" and "Ninangs" can no longer hide from their godchildren during this gifting season, as the usual Christmas joke goes, because all it takes to send money gifts to their "inaanak" is a simple tap on their smartphones.

"Today, just like many facets of our modern lives, sending aguinaldo to godchildren during Christmas has now become digital," said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Paymaya Philippines. "This is yet another way we are helping our account holders #ShareTheLove this Christmas, at the same time helping build a "cashless" society in the Philippines through services that are relevant to Filipino culture."

Adapting Filipino tradition for the modern times

A time-honored tradition, giving aguinaldo to young family members and godchildren is one of the unique ways Filipinos are celebrating Christmas, but the usual way of doing it is by handling out paper bills usually freshly printed ones withdrawn from the bank that still emit a distinct smell.

But times are changing, and sending aguinaldo via digital means, anytime, anywhere is now possible. To be able to do this via Paymaya in Messenger, anyone can follow these simple steps.

1. If the sender already has 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 form 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 more than 15,000 top-up partners that Paymaya has.

3. To send an aguinaldo, simply chat with @PayMayaOfficial in Messenger, click the "Promos and 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 send, and swipe right or left to choose the perfect design to go along with the money gift.

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 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 have a Paymaya account yet.

Expanding digital payment services

This is a new feature that has been made available for account holders of Paymaya in Messenger released in time for Christmas. Aside from sending aguinaldo, they can also buy prepaid load for themselves, send prepaid load to other as a gift, or pay their bills using the Messenger app.

Paymaya has also led the charge in enabling Filipinos with new ways to pay and do financial transactions via digital means through Paymaya QR, which allows them to do in-store payments by simply scanning QR code displayed within the merchants premesis. And as a Christmas treat for all account holders, Paymaya is giving 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.

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