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McDo meets MVP: McDonald’s now accepts cashless payments with PayMaya

A couple of years ago, I was at the Senado Square in  Macau with my parents and we decided to have lunch at McDonalds, since it was the only restaurant we were familiar with. Unfortunately, it was also the only restaurant that didn’t accept card payments, so I had to withdraw and look for a money changer before I could pay for our lunch.

That was when I realized that McDonalds really doesn’t accept card payments even here in the Philippines. But all that is about to change with a breakthrough partnership with PayMaya.

Pretty soon McDonald’s customers in the Philippines can expect a more convenient way to pay for their McDonald’s favorites as it starts to roll out over-the-counter Mastercard and Visa card transactions in select branches through a collaboration with PayMaya Philippines.

Initially, over 40 McDonald’s restaurants nationwide have already begun accepting card payments for all types of Mastercard and Visa credit, debit, and prepaid cards, including PayMaya Visa cards and Smart Mastercard.

To make things even more convenient for McDonald’s customers, the company will also soon be accepting PayMaya QR payments in its McCafe BGC Arts Center and McCafe Tagaytay Calamba stores, with more stores accepting QR-based payments in the coming months. This means customers only have to open the PayMaya app, scan the QR code displayed at the cashier area inside participating stores, and make quick and convenient payments using only their smartphones.

PLDT, Smart, Voyager and PayMaya Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (left) and McDonald’s Philippines Founder and Chairman George T. Yang (right) give a thumbs up to building a cashless ecosystem in the Philippines along with McDonald’s Chief Happiness Officer Ronald McDonald (middle).

Customers can also look forward to being able to book and pay for their McCelebrations Birthday Party online as well as pay for their orders via McDelivery very soon.

Convenient card and QR payments

“Our goal is to continuously provide our customers with a convenient and feel-good restaurant experience, which is why we are committed in seeking out innovations that can deliver this to them. Through our partnership with PayMaya, our customers will now have a cashless payment option to make ordering their favorite McDonald’s meals more convenient,” said McDonald’s President and CEO, Mr. Kenneth S. Yang.

“This is digital technology at its most convenient, and we are working toward enabling more partners like McDonald’s to further build a ‘cashless’ ecosystem all around the country,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman at PLDT, Smart, and PayMaya. “We’re starting with McDonald’s today, but we envision a future where most of our transactions will be carried out with the help of a PayMaya account.”

Getting a PayMaya account is easy. All one has to do is to download the app or start a chat with @PayMayaOfficial in FB Messenger to be able to create an account. Loading up their PayMaya accounts is also hassle-free, given the ubiquity of over 15,000 top-up facilities nationwide. These include Robinsons Department Store Business Centers, SM Business Services, Cebuana Lhuillier, ExpressPay, TouchPay kiosks, 7-Eleven, ExpressPay, 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.

Toward a cashless Philippines

“McDonald’s is a well-loved brand that we are glad to be partnering with to provide Filipinos with more cashless payment options. Together, we take one bold step with them in creating a cashless Philippines, which we see happening in the very near future,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at PayMaya Philippines.

McDonald’s joins a roster of pioneering companies and merchants that are embracing the cashless revolution with the help of PayMaya. Today, PayMaya is the largest online and mobile acquirer in the Philippines, powering card payment acceptance of some of the biggest e-Commerce retailers in the country, including the likes of Lazada, Zalora, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific, among many others.

PayMaya is likewise powering the QR payments acceptance capabilities of Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Supermarket, and shops under the Robinsons Store Specialists, Inc., which include popular brands such as Topshop, Topman, G2000, Dorothy Perkins, and Warehouse.

PayMaya QR payments are also accepted in all The SM Store and Mall Information Booths nationwide. Merchants in food parks as well as other retail and food chains are also now accepting PayMaya QR.

PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in cashless payments, is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about its solutions for merchants and businesses, visit

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