Do you love going to Mercato Centrale? I do! Whenever I’m out late enough with my family and friends in BGC, we always try to visit the food market for comfort food—especially after a drinking session. That being said, wouldn’t it be so convenient (and safe) to actually go cashless when binge-buying delicious treats while intoxicated?
Now we can. Both consumers and merchants of the highly-popular night food market no longer have to worry about paying smaller bills and giving out exact change as GCash, the leading mobile money service provider in the Philippines, rolls out the first QR mobile payments service at the country’s largest food park chain.
Dubbed as “GoPay,” it is the newest feature within the GCash app which allows customers to use their GCash account to pay for goods and services by simply scanning QR codes displayed by merchants and establishments.
With this newest feature within the GCash App, you can already use your GCash account to pay for your food and drinks by simply scanning QR codes displayed at Mercato Centrale merchants. This eliminates the hassle of bringing money, waiting for change, paying the wrong amount or getting into a dispute with the cashier over payments—especially when you’re not exactly sober.
Meanwhile, merchants no longer need expensive machines to process mobile money transactions; it’s now just a QR with a unique code that is linked to their GCash wallet.
To use the scan to pay GCash feature, you just need to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App on your iPhone or Android smartphone, register for an account, and fund your GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide (including Globe Stores, SM Business Centers, Puregold branches, Robinsons Business Centers, 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, and TouchPay kiosks, among others). Once you’ve done this, just tap on Scan QR, point your phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and pay.
Mercato Centrale co-founder RJ Ledesma (left) and Mynt Chief Operating Officer Anthony Thomas (right) demonstrate the ease and convenience of using the new scan-to-pay feature of the GCash app.
Inspired by the Asian night food market scene, Mercato Centrale is the Philippines’ largest and longest-running food market in the Philippines. With its flagship location in Bonifacio Global City and upcoming locations in Metro Manila (exciting!!!), it caters to thousands of foodies from Wednesday to Saturday, from 6PM to 3AM, serving a wide variety of great-tasting meals from authentic home-based chefs, ranging from Japanese, Mexican, and European cuisines to local comfort and street food. Food prices range from P50 to a still affordable P200 per meal. It is currently located at 7th Ave. cor. 25th St. in Bonifacio Global City.
GCash’s scan to pay QR code feature is continuing its rollout in select partner merchants in the coming weeks. Its introduction is in line with with the thrust of Ant Financial, parent company of Alipay and strategic partner of Mynt—a subsidiary of Globe that provides innovative and first-in-world financial tech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations—to accelerate financial inclusion and upgrade payment services in the Philippines.
The nation’s first QR code payments service that allows GCash users to pay using their smartphones just by scanning a QR code on a merchant’s signage was launched earlier this year, eliminating the need for cash or cards and providing a more secure payment experience.
By making QR codes available to anyone, even to ambulant vendors and sari-sari store owners, GCash will be paving the way for a cashless society, which means faster, more convenient, and secure transactions for both merchants and consumers. With this, consumers don’t even need to bring cash when they go shopping or when they eat out. It’s the best option for people who do not want to use credit cards but are either wary of having cash with them due to safety reasons or just want the convenience that mobile money offers.
The GCash app can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, shop online, purchase goods, and even easily buy movie tickets! The GCash mobile app now includes the GMovies booking feature that enables users to select cinema locations, movie showing dates, and seat numbers, as well as pay on the spot with GCash, thereby cutting the time falling in line to buy physical movie tickets. This can be done by just tapping on the “Buy Tickets” tab inside the GCash App.
Customers who book movies using the GCash App today, September 30, 2017, will get a P100 cashback for their first transaction. The feature is currently available for SM Cinemas, with Ayala Cinemas to follow soon.
Learn more about GCash by visiting gcash.com.