IT WAS a rush to find gifts leading to Christmas Day last year. As people flocked to the malls, they also flocked the ATM to withdraw cash as bonuses have started to come in.

As much as possible, we want to avoid these long lines at the ATM to not waste hours that was supposed to be for finding gifts for our loved ones.

It is a good thing to know that GCash, the leading Philippine mobile money wallet provider, has a mobile app that helps you save time when you go on a shopping. The cashless transactions through the GCash App helps you avoid long queues at the ATM and also fast transactions at the cashier.

Last December 17, 2017, the members of the media had the chance to enjoy cashless transactions with GCash during the #GDay at Abreeza Mall Davao on December 15 to 17, 2017.

The #GDay was an early Christmas treat for GCash users using the app as it offers up to P500 cashback per store per day. GCash partner merchants also gave an additional 20 percent (%) cashback on top of their sale discounts when customers use the GCash app scan to pay feature when paying for goods and services.

It was my first time to try the GCash App and to my surprise, the cashless experience was seamless.

With the GCash App, I was able to use the function to pay through its QR-based mobile system. Through this system, I was able to buy gifts by just scanning the QR codes displayed by GCash partner merchants and establishments at their counter.

During my Christmas shopping last year, I was able to buy the Generation 1 Starter Pokemons for myself and also a couple of sets of handkerchief for gifts to some members of my family.

Other services of the GCash App include mobile cash-in, purchase of mobile load, sending money, paying bills, GCash American Express Virtual Pay, and account maintenance.