The standard in today’s transactions is instantaneous. It is now tremendously easy to do tasks that would otherwise take much time and effort to do. Need to book a movie ticket in advance? There’s an app for that. Rushing to get to a meeting fast? There’s an app for that.
In today’s guide, I’m sharing 5 of the best app-based services in the Philippines that make every Pinoy’s everyday life a lot easier.
You need a new gadget. You don’t want to break bank. In a taxing bid to avoid drowning in debt, you refuse to get a credit card. Yet, you are reminded, you need a gadget but you don’t want to break bank. How do you get out of this situation?
Here’s a solution: Akulaku. It’s a paperless financing service that is situated entirely inside an app. In it, you are required to provide some details which will boost your score determining the value of the gadget/appliance you are able to buy on installment. After you’ve chosen your item, you simply pay in increments via Akulaku’s payment channels.
I have been using Angkas for weeks now and I love it. The drivers are courteous and thoughtful, the rates therefore reasonable. I use the service to travel to and from the office. It is, essentially, the motorcycle equivalent of Grab and Uber, making it a perfect alternative when traveling shorter distances in typically very congested areas.
Foodpanda is a food delivery service that gives its users the ability to order from a vast library of food establishments in the metro. Foodpanda ensures that your food gets to you in a matter of minutes—for a small fee, of course!—from any restaurant/food chain that’s available in their library. I have tried their service once, and so far the service has been quite excellent.
GMovies take the hassle out of booking movie tickets. For a small premium (at the time of this writing, GMovies charges 20 PHP per ticket), you will be able to skip the long queues at the box office, go straight through the ticketer and plant your wise-ass on the cushioned seat inside the cinema. If you’re a lover of film like myself, you’ll find yourself using this service a lot.
Cashless transactions are our inevitable future. So many of our transactions happen online, it’s a complete mystery why plenty of people still do not have a debit or credit card. While this is still the case, I think PayMaya is an incredible alternative.
It does a great job of emulating the functions of a true debit card: you get a “virtual card” complete with a MasterCard logo, card numbers and details, and a sophisticated tracking system that helps you keep on top of your money. You can also get a physical card should you choose. PayMaya’s cards may be used in almost all internet transactions; in fact, I use mine to pay for my Uber rides, Netflix subscription, and other online purchases.