PayMaya and Uber launch exclusive promo for more enjoyable cashless commute for Cebuanos


CEBU CITY, Philippines, October 28, 2016 — PayMaya, the pioneer in mobile money and payments, and Uber, world’s leading ridesharing mobile application, launched today an exclusive promo for Uber riders who will use their PayMaya app or card in paying for their transactions.


From October 20 to November 30, 2016, first-time Uber riders will get PhP150 off on each of their first two rides when they pay using PayMaya and the promo code PAYMAYACEBU. The promo is open to new and existing PayMaya app and card users and is valid for uberX trips in Cebu. To avail the promo, PayMaya users just need to have at least PhP300 in their account prior to requesting their ride.

Only Prepaid Wallet Accepted By Uber

PayMaya is the only prepaid wallet in the Philippines — and only one in the world outside India and China — that is accepted on Uber. With the addition of PayMaya, riders now have more choices in terms of their payment options whenever they request an Uber ride. All they need to do is download PayMaya from the Google Play Store or the App Store and activate an account with any mobile number. Users will then have an instant 16-digit virtual Visa card that can be used to open an Uber account and hail convenient, safe, and cashless Uber rides.


“Uber and PayMaya share the same commitment to providing safe, easy, and convenient services to make people’s lives better. This promo is a demonstration of that commitment, and an expression of our gratitude to Cebuanos for their continued support. We hope that they will enjoy more cashless rides with Uber using PayMaya,” said Paolo Azzola, co-COO and Managing Director of PayMaya Philippines.

“This partnership between PayMaya and Uber highlights how technology is enabling more Filipinos to have cashless transactions without necessarily owning a credit card. Riders can be assured that they are provided with the same value of safety, reliability, and convenience with PayMaya, as they have been with Uber,” said Laurence Cua, General Manager, Uber Philippines.

The Benefits of Going Cashless with Uber and PayMaya

Cashless transactions make life easier for riders and Uber drivers, helping both avoid delays in payment settlement immediately after the end of the trip. It also eliminates the security risk of cash handling. As part of PayMaya’s security advantages, a text message of the transaction is automatically sent to the user’s mobile number at the end of the ride.

The latest transaction history can also be viewed on the PayMaya app for easier expense tracking. Since PayMaya is reloadable, consumers have more control over their expenses.

Leading Digital Payments App

The leading digital payments app in the Philippines today, PayMaya allows anyone to shop and pay online without a credit card. Consumers just need to download it from the Google Play or the App Store and register to get a PayMaya virtual Visa card that can immediately be used for digital transactions.

Aside from the mobile app, PayMaya users can also opt to have their own PayMaya physical prepaid card which can be used in brick-and-mortar stores worldwide that accept Visa.  A variant also comes with its own beep™ wallet, allowing users to ride the MRT, LRT, and other beep-powered transportation. Users who upgrade their account can use their PayMaya for peer-to-peer money transfers and ATM withdrawals.

Loading up a PayMaya account is also convenient as it can be topped up at any of the over 15,000 PayMaya reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, UnionBank ATMs, 7-Eleven stores with CLiQQ Kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO.

For more information about PayMaya and how users can get their own PayMaya card, visit Engage with us on social media:,, and


From Left to Right: Butch Conejos, Head of Domestic Remittance for PayMaya Philippines; Arwin Abe, Social Media Officer for PayMaya Philippines; Tina Perales, Trade Business Manager for Smart Padala; Mica Nopuente, Marketing Manager for PayMaya Philippines; Benjie Baladad, Rider Operations Lead for Uber Philippines; Lawrence Ferrer, Vice President of PayMaya Philippines; Nick Wilwayco, Head of PR and Communications for Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines; and Mervin Wenke, PR Lead for PayMaya Philippines

About Uber

Uber is a technology platform that is evolving the way the cities around the world move. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our app, we make places more accessible, open up more possibilities for riders, and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 400 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer. Launched in 2014 in the Philippines, Uber also aims to help solve one of the biggest challenges being faced by cities in the metro — road congestion.

About PayMaya Philippines

PayMaya Philippines, Inc. (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.) is the pioneer in mobile money and payments, having established brands such as PayMaya, the first prepaid online payment app that enables the financially underserved to pay online without a credit card; PayMaya Business, the company’s system solutions provider that allows businesses to receive online and card payments anytime, anywhere; Smart Money, the world’s first e-wallet linked to a mobile phone; and Smart Padala, the leading remittance network in the Philippines with over 15,000 agents across the country.


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