Proud Kusina Bisaya – Boy Zugba opens second branch

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It is very usual for us Filipinos to stuff ourselves with good food – most especially when we worked our butt so hard in the entire day. It seems that it is just the delicious barbeque that could relax our overused brain and tired body.

So, it is pretty much the main reason that at the end of the day, we find ourselves thinking where we could dine and eat the stress away.

Last night I joined the Blogger’s Night and Media Sneak Peek for Boy Zugba’s newest branch in Centrio Ayala Mall. Boy Zugba – Kusina Bisaya (Blogged here as well) is a Filipino-themed grill house that offers modern and casual counterpoint to traditional Kagay-anon home-cooked meals, catering premium food selection ranging from an array of grilled food items to meals we usually find in Cagayan de Oro karenderias or even at home. To simply say, Boy Zugba’s menu is full of offerings which people really love to it.

See below on the things I stuffed myself of, and what actually happened. If you follow me on IG, I posted some short video clips from last night.

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Their specialty, “What’s you plan, leche flan?” (Witty again!)

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Hi Boy Zugba! (Nasa likod nila Ate.)

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Boy Zugba is as well famous on it’s Trivia Night every Tuesday, nighttime. And though it won’t be held at the new branch yet, our brains went drained once again for a trivia session was held on that blogger’s night.

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I am so proud of my teammates for winning. I haven’t helped that much. Lol. Sorry.

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Boy Zugba’s first branch is in Corrales Avenue, which originally introduced the food venue’s concept of mixing the past and present in dining – home cooking and Filipino street food. Boy Zugba is known for its witty, Bisaya food names such as Pisbol sa Corrales, Pansit sa Pulis and Sinuglaw de Cagayan, proving true to its form as a proud Kusina Bisaya food joint. Everyone’s all-time favourite Cheezzy Chorizo – one of Pinoy’s top choice is also available in Boy Zugba.

I also learned that soon, Boy Zugba will be launching new and innovative line of dishes such as Buko Pancit, Chika Chicharon, Binaki, Bistek Bisdak, Na-uyapan na Baboy and several others.

What I loved about Boy Zugba is its food is meant for sharing. Diners can avail a extra big platter of everything available in the place (Hello Boodle Fight).

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TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 18 is the big day! Boy Zugba – Centrio Ayala Mall Branch will be opening its doors to the public! If you’ll be going there (and I hope you could come because I am inviting you right now!), you can expect a large group of families and friends, laid-back atmosphere, and of course, comfortable and good food at an affordable rate.

So, see you tomorrow! Atung bisitahun ang ikaduhang balay ni Boy Zugba! It is located at the Third Floor of Centrio – Ayala Mall.

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For more information and promo updates, visit boyzugba.com or their Facebook page.

Pacifico Boutique Hotel CDO launches mega promo

Cagayan de Oro City is known as the business hub of Northern Mindanao which means most of the working people in the region are employed here. However, for individuals whose home is outside the Oro vicinity, it has always been a challenge to where to stay comes situations that there is no other choice but to find somewhere to sleep for a night or two.

For the purpose of orienting you, speaking here is someone who is used of commuting from home to work. Though there are times I am attracted to just consistently stay at my cousin’s place after work (which is located at Iponan, by the way), I feel that it is much different to be just at home after an entire day of staring at the computer monitor. I do not know about you but as for me, going home to my loved ones just relieves all my stress and exhaustion.

Still, I have to admit that there are already countless of times that I find no other way to go home. It might be because our emergency meeting went beyond 9:00pm that it is not already safe to commute back home, or it might be raining hard or the traffic was stressfully heavy because of an accident somewhere. These are moments which always stress me times I encounter one. Thus, the safest way to go is to rent a place right in the heart of Cagayan de Oro and sleep the night away.

I am much happy to know that The Pacifico Boutique Hotel decided to treat its customers with a very exciting, mega discounted promo for both their standard and deluxe rooms.

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Do you know that for only Php 1,499.00 (book and buy basis) and for a minimum of 2-night stay, guests can stay at The Pacifico CDO’s modern and spacious rooms? Plus, these rooms are equipped with 12-inch thick mattresses, bamboo silk sheets, blackout curtains, fast and free 100 Mbps wireless Internet, 40 inch wide screen cable TV, floor to ceiling view of the city and large bathrooms with hot and cold water running through rainshower heads. In addition to that, each room also comes with free breakfast for two.

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Just a few steps away from CDO’s major tourist spots such as Divisoria, Duaw Park, St. Augustine Cathedral, Gaston Park and City Museum (including the exact location used to be the starting point of the 2016 Higalaay Festival Higalas parade of floats and icons during fiesta season), the Pacifico Boutique Hotel has an air-conditioned mezzanine where guests can comfortably watch the view outside.

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This boutique hotel also consists the city’s only rooftop bar, the E-Bar. This is where visitors can have the best urban sunset view while listening to cool rhythms courtesy of their in-house artists and enjoy the numerous cocktails, wines and hors d’oeuvres.

As for non-CDO residents like me, working late (which I am an addict) or catching up with friends during the evenings will never be spoiled anymore for The Pacifico Boutique Hotel CDO is there to catch you when you fall (Hugot? Lol). The good thing is compared to other hotels, this boutique hotel is not a pain in the pocket and every cent spent worth the stay!

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To avail of the promo rate, you may call 0917 864 4099 or 0998 549 3629 or simply like their official Facebook page: facebook.com/pacificohotelcdo.

The Pacifico Boutique Hotel is located at Velez corner – Fernandez Streets, Cagayan de Oro City.

Smart brings together the Eraserheads to go all out for a new, complete prepaid offer

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Old school will always be cool. The comeback of trends from the 90’s —Pokémon, brown lipstick and Doc Martens boots — only shows it was the best era ever. It was also the golden age of Pinoy rock music.

And when you say Pinoy rock, the first band that comes to mind is the Eraserheads. Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Raymund Marasigan, and Buddy Zabala are the four men behind the Eraserheads, one of the most important bands in the history of Pinoy rock music.

The last time the Eraserheads performed together on one stage was in 2009. Recently, Smart was able to bring them back together for a special private performance.

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Individually, Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy are talented artists but together as the Eraserheads, they are legendary. Their time apart has only served to hone their talents and personalities. Other artists can perform Eraserheads songs well but no one can do “Magasin,” “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Ligaya,” and “Pare Ko” like the original.

And as they say, “iba talaga ‘pag kumpleto.” Whether it is entertainment or anything else, people look for the whole package. In the same way, Smart’s prepaid call and text bundles are awesome, and its surf bundles equally so. But if you combine call, text and mobile internet, you have the most comprehensive prepaid deal ever.

Last August 19, the telco launched ALLOUTSURF 30, the first complete data, call and text, offer in the market. For Php 30, prepaid subscribers get 2 days of 300MB data with free access to Facebook, unlimited texts to all networks, and 30 minutes calls to Smart, TNT and Sun.

There is more.

“The All Out Surf campaign, like the Eraserheads’ performances, will show how being complete is always the best thing, whether it refers to a band or a promo. Seeing them together brings back so many memories and shows the power of being complete,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head.

“Never miss out on anything that you’re passionate about, whether it’s your family members’ and friends’ posts on Facebook or browsing your favorite new websites. ALLOUTSURF 30 makes sure you’re connected when you need to be and don’t miss out on anything important,” she added.

Now, there’s no need to choose between call, text, and mobile data. You can have it all with ALLOUTSURF 30, the first promo offer to give subscribers what they want and need.

If you’ve just booked an Uber ride home and you need to call or text your driver, no problem. You can also check your email messages and social messaging apps. Information is just a click or a swipe away with ALLOUTSURF 30.

“Smart’s nationwide network makes sure you can keep in touch via call & text, and access the Internet for the things that matter like emails and online messages,” said Carag.

ALLOUTSURF 30 was created for today’s active digital users — from the student on a budget who always has to choose between two promos, or the young professional who always relies on Wi-Fi, to the grandma who loves to play Candy Crush and needs Facebook for “lives.”

For more information about ALLOUTSURF 30 and other promos, go to smart.com.ph/alloutsurf. To avail, text ALLOUT30 to 9999.

 

 

 

This is a press release from Smart Communications.

Best of CDO Food Tour: Celebrating higalaay, city’s great food

It is once again the time of the year that this city celebrates another joyful season of celebrating the gold in friendship. Higalaay Festival is fast approaching. It is when visitors coming from other places – far and nearby alike – would choose to visit Cagayan de Oro.

And what’s the first and basic CDO would offer them is to get to know about the city itself. Might be encouraging them to purchase local products and produce, visit heritage spots or bringing them to Tatak CDO restaurants and introduce the delicious, savouring dishes that could be tasted ONLY in Cagayan de Oro.

It is overwhelming to learn though that Bigby’s Food Corporation has levelled up initiatives that would cater visitors with great food and unravel the Best of CDO. Just recently, they introduced that Best of CDO Food Tour, which aims to showcase the best of Cagayan de Oro food.

I am so fortunate that I was given the opportunity to experience its first ever leg, with my colleagues at CDO Bloggers.

In the food tour, we made food hops at Bigby’s in Centrio Mall, Missy Bon Bon near Limketkai Drive, Boy Zugba, and The Nest CDO within four hours and used “rela” (means of transpo famous in the city) as transportation.

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We were also given passports where we will be pasting stamps of each restaurant once we get there.

 

1st Food Stop: Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant

Branch: Centrio Mall

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Bigby’s was first introduced in CDO in December 8, 1998 and now has 7 branches across the archipelago. The menu, the interior design and service style were created to position the concept midway between fine dining and fast-casual dining.

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I tasted their signature dishes, CDO Sinuglaw and Rack-a-Bye-Baby. CDO Sinuglaw is the certified Bigby’s favourite. It is a “sinugbang baboy” and “isdang kilawin” recipe with a twist by adding “dilis” toppings, recognized by Urban Life Awards as one of the best Filipino dishes.

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The other Rack-a-Bye-Baby is another Bigby’s favourite, a finger-licking goodness of premium cut smoky barbecued pork ribs.

 

Second Food Stop: Missy Bon Bon

Branch: Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center (Flagship Store)

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Missy Bon Bon Bread shop opened its kiosk in CDO in December 2009 launching its first line of breads and gelato. In April 2010, it opened its flagship store in Limketkai Center. Missy Bon Bon is a hip, cozy, and relaxed world-class bread shop serving healthy, natural, and freshly-made bread onsite with unique fusion interpretations of local bread products, gourmet comfort food and custom gelato mixes.

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This is their signature dessert – Gelato. I tell you, it’s creamier, smoother and silkier than any ordinary ice cream.

Showing you the MBB Frozen Factory.

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Famous also at Missy Bon Bon is their Pastel – A sweet filled bun that won the hearts of every Kagay-anons, now with 3 flavors Durian, Yema and Chocolate bun.

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Third Food Stop: Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya

Branch: Corrales Ave. – Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro

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Boy Zugba Kusina Bisaya opened in Corrales Ave. – Ramon Chavez St., CDO in February 8, 2015. It serves the best Kagay-anon home-cooked meals that a city has to offer, but up scaled a bit to create a new dining experience.  Boy Zugba boasts an array of grilled food items, as well as meals that we normally see in karenderias or eat at home.

On Tuesdays, 7PM is the Trivia Night and Fridays, 7PM is the TGIB or Tara Go It’s Beernes” with stand-up comedians and a guest band.

These are their signature dishes:

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  • Bandihadong Karne. All your favorite meat in one bandihando – Liempo, pork BBQ and the Cheezzy Chorizo (Organic-fed meat stuffed with cheese)
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  • Dessert: “What’s your plan, Leche Flan?”

 

 

Last Food Stop: The Nest

Address: Corrales Ave. – Ramon Chavez St., Cagayan de Oro

Brands: Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast

The Nest is a sanctuary in the midst of the noisy, fast-paced, and bustling streets of Cagayan de Oro. Freshly opened, it brings the best of renowned European culinary masterpieces. It carries two brands: Maison de Bonbon and Giuseppe, both deliver the finest of French and Italian Sicilian cuisines.

The Nest embodies the best aspects of globalization by bringing the sumptuous food of Europe to the dining tables of the inherently sunny people of Cagayan de Oro, be it the families looking to bond through opulently-served entrees, or the individuals that yearn to unravel from work by being fed food bursting with zest and flavor.

If you decide on visiting there, I suggest you should have these must-trys:

Maison de Bonbon Cafe and Restaurant

Maison de Bonbon Fries, Burger

Burger Américaine. U.S beef burger patty on a sesame bun with crisped bacon slices, sautéed Shiitake mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, melted gruyere cheese & fresh green lettuce. Served with seasoned salt French fries.

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Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast

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Salsiccia Siciliana. Pizza with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms and Sicilian sausages.

Giuseppe Four Cheese Pizza

Quattro Formaggi. Pizza with four Italian cheeses.

And the other one I forgot to take photo on was Calzone. It is a folded pizza with spinach, ham, sausage, mushrooms, bell pepper, and black olives.

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Best of CDO Food Tour

For those who want to try the Best of CDO Food Tour (which I really encourage you to do this fiesta season), they conduct it every Saturday! Plus, you can avail it at fiesta promo rate of 999.00Php ONLY! Just register at  http://bit.ly/cdofoodtour or call 0917 632 3007 for your ‪#‎BestOfCDO‬ inquiries.

More info as well at: http://bigbyscafe.com/, http://missybonbon.com/, http://boyzugba.com/ and http://thenestcdo.com/.

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See, I completed the entire food tour. Daghang Salamat Bigby’s Food!

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Photo source: proudkagayanon.com

Few things I love about shopping at S & R

I know, especially you Kagay-anons, learned about what is new in this big city today. Well, to those busy bees, let me inform you that the famous S & R Membership Shopping is already here in Cagayan de Oro!

Standing big and tall at Kauswagan Hi-way, S & R Membership Shopping reintroduced the best things about warehouse shopping, a practice typical to other countries like US. It is so fortunate that I was invited to a site tour and press conference before the grand launch yesterday. So let me share what I love about S & R Membership Shopping.

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1. The idea of membership. Being a member means that you belong! Might be in a family, circle of friends, or thesis group. It’s just that here at S & R, it is defined as a club which membership means low prices for goods and items available in the store! It is truly wonderful to know that clients are well identified and have been given the chance to enjoy what they have enrolled to. In the press con, its VP for Operations, Mr. Greg Keyer, said that the shopping center ultimately gives utmost value to its members.

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2. Membership Card. Precious ticket upon entering is of course, the S & R Membership Card. There are 2 kinds of cards, the business membership and gold membership, which cost 900.00 and 700.00, respectively. What’s more in this card is you can bring three of your friends and you all enjoy the card’s benefits.

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3. Fresh products and imported goods. There are certainly a lot of imported goods and items that you will find inside. When we went there, one of my friends said that most pasalubong items that her relative abroad has sent them are available in the store. Exciting, isn’t it? It feels like you’re entering a foreign-country store and just bring home groceries like pasalubong from a foreign land. Plus, they offer fresh products, like meat and veges! And oh, they have salads packed in a microwavable containers ready to be mixed.

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4. New York Style Pizza. Attention pizzaholics! I have tried their pizza and I find myself eager to come back in the place. Big portion of the place is all about pizza (and food of other kinds too!). I say, this is one major reason why I have to use my membership card again and again. Aside from that, they also have this giant muffins with a lot of chocolates in it. Nomnomnom!

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5. Instagrammable white wall. See that picture of me above? Well social media savvy will surely love its interiors. There is a clean white wall all around it, and I find ventilation really good.

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6. Friendly and accommodating staff. S & R surely made an extensive training to their crew, and you will find each one smiling at you and waiting to be called for assistance. This is one of the things I am observant about as a costumer, because their kind of people reflects how the management handled the store and I am certain that S & R is an outstanding compliant of this.

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For more info about S & R, you may visit their site and Facebook page.

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CDO Bloggers with Mr. Greg Keyer, VP for Operations of S & R Membership Shopping.. Photo from aroundcdo.com.

Note: Store photos supplied by S & R Cagayan de Oro.

Limketkai Luxe’s Sous Chef bags award on Chefmanship Academy

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Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) held its globally successful Chefmanship Academy here in the City of Golden Friendship last July 21, 2016 with the goal of spreading the mark of true chefmanship.

During the past years, the Philippine food industry has shown remarkable growth which is an appropriate time for UFS to support the various chefs all over the country who are being challenged by the increased competition in the market.

The Chefmanship Academy was first started last 2009 by UFS Germany to help restaurateurs and chefs to improve their businesses through a series of workshops and seminars. The training modules made for the workshop focused on Menu Planning, Counting Costs, Food Plating and Presentation, and Banqueting led by Executive Chef Joanne Limoanco-Gendrano, her Sous-Chef Carlos Aluning and their team. Through the session, the chefs shared important food trends, insights and learnings about running a food business.

For the last part of the workshop, there was a cooking competition called Elite Chef Challenge wherein chefs from different restaurants and hotels within the province were tasked to prepare their best noodle-based dish using the ingredients provided by UFS in a span of 45 minutes. From the 15 chefs who joined, the champion of the said competition was Chef Benjie from Limketkai Luxe Hotel. He prepared a delicious Thai-style seafood noodle soup that the judges loved. According to them, they chose his dish because it was “very well thought out and well prepared”.

The dish is called, Glass Noodles Seafood with Tofu in Coconut Milk Kaffir Lime Soup. The ingredients of which are the following: Glass Noodles (Sotanghon), Shrimp, Fish Cake, Kani Stick, Tofu, Coconut Milk, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Lemon Grass, Knorr Napoli, Knorr Shrimp Powder, Knorr Chicken Broth, Knorr Lime Powder, Fish Sauce, Fresh Shitake Mushroom, Cherry Tomato, Fried Shallots, Ginger, White Onion, Garlic and Chili.

Limketkai Luxe’s General Manager Jerome F. De La Fuente, for his part commends Chef Benjie’s effort in creating dishes that do not just excites the palates but a dish that is poured with hardwork.

Chef  Benjie’s Glass Noodles Seafood with Tofu in Coconut Milk Kaffier Lime Soup will also be a featured dish at Kave Restaurant.

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Be updated of the upcoming Pokemon GO Phl launch thru Freenet

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Enjoy the best of the Pokemon GO worldwide craze with freenet and PayMaya

Filipinos keenly anticipating the launch of Pokemon GO can now stay updated on the upcoming release of the game in the Philippines and fully enjoy the game when it launches with the help of freenet and PayMaya.

Now a certified worldwide phenomenon, Pokemon GO is a location-based mobile game developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company. The mobile game allows players to catch Pokemon or “pocket monsters” as if in real life using the GPS and camera of their smartphones.

The game is currently available in Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, and select European countries. It has yet to launch in any Asian country, including Japan where the original Pokemon game originated.

Get Pokemon GO updates with freenet

Those who want to stay updated on news about the upcoming release of the game in the Philippines may now download the freenet app on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Through freenet, Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers will be able to read the latest news and social media feeds from the local Pokemon GO community for free and with no data charges.

This is part of freenet’s mission to enable communities such as those who are eager to play Pokemon GO to stay active and participate in various activities and discussions through digital means.

This follows the successful livestreaming of President Rodrigo Duterte’s inauguration and the Gilas Pilipinas FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament games through freenet, which allowed Filipinos to be digitally present in these historic events even if they are not physically able to do so.

Purchase Pokecoins with PayMaya

Meanwhile, once the Pokemon GO app launches in the Philippines, players will be able to fully enjoy the game through in-app purchases with the help of PayMaya, the easiest way to pay online even without a credit card.

Players only have to download the PayMaya app on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, load up their accounts with at least P60 to cover the standard app store verification fee, and link their virtual VISA card to their app store accounts to be able to make in-app purchases for Pokecoins, the in-app currency used inside the Pokemon GO game.

With the help of Pokecoins, players will be able to purchase various items that will help them easily navigate the game, such as Pokeballs to catch Pokemon with, Pokemon eggs that allow them to “hatch” Pokemon, Potions to restore the health of their Pokemon, and Incense and Lure Modules that make it easy to attract wild Pokemon to their immediate vicinity.

In-app purchases are made more convenient with PayMaya as mobile game players can easily load up at any of the over 15,000 PayMaya reloading stations nationwide that include SM Malls Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, Bayad Centers, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO.

Aside from the mobile app, PayMaya customers 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, some city buses and other beep™-powered transportation for their daily commute, so they can easily explore the city in search of wild Pokemon.

Users who upgrade their PayMaya account can use their PayMaya for peer-to-peer money transfers and ATM withdrawals.

For more information about PayMaya and how users can get their own PayMaya card, visit www.paymaya.com. To know more about the free and fun way to connect through freenet, visit www.freenet.ph.

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This is a press release from Smart Communications.