Fans of the 20 year old franchise Pokémon went crazy when Pokémon Go was officially released in the Philippines last August 6. According to Rappler, Pokémon Go has been downloaded over 100 million times since its release! The hype is real…especially for Davaoeños. They even have a Facebook page just for it.
(Facebook/ Pokémon Go Davao City)
For those who have been devoured by a Dark Void and do not know what Pokémon Go is, all you need to know is that it is an “augmented reality” game that gains access of your camera and GPS that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world. Simply put, it makes a cartoon map of the place you are in, scattering several Pokémon for you to abduct them and turn them into a cute and cuddly fighting force. To do this, you really have to go out of your house and into the wild to catch ‘em all. You can even use your Pokémon to battle other people’s Pokémon. You can be the very best (like no one ever was) through Pokéstops: places, such as landmarks, where you could physically go to gather in-game items such as Eggs, Poké Balls, Potions and more! You can even lure a Pokémon to a Pokéstop for 30 mins. If you’re up for socializing, other people can also benefit from the effect, too.
Going back to Davao, people are losing it there! On their Facebook page, Pokémon GO - Davao City, gamers share vital information on where the Pokéstops are. I wouldn’t be surprised if people would go to Davao and rent condominiums just to be closer to these Pokéstops.
Speaking of Pokéstops, here are 5 hot spots in Davao that will surely make you travel across the land to rent condominiums and just play Pokémon:
People's Park is the most famous hot spot in Davao because it contains eight Pokéstops. Rizal Park San Pedro is also teeming with Poké-life. Aside from enjoying the weather and the scenery, Parks now provide a place where trainers can socialize.
(Facebook / Pokémon Go Davao City)
The Royal Mandaya Hotel Davao is just a 4-minute walk from People’s Park. You can also search for Pokéstops in Davao condominiums nearby if you like the exercise but be careful when walking and watch out for cars!
Colleges and Universities
There is a pretty good chance that you will run into several trainers in Ateneo de Davao University and Davao Doctors College. If you are not attending these schools, you may pay them a visit provided that they let you in—the last thing you’d want is to have trespassing charges against you.
Abreeza MALL Davao and Gaisano Mall of Davao (GMALL) are rejoicing because of consumers swarming in their malls for Pokéstops! Who knew that a simple game like this could be a marketing strategy?
(Facebook/ Pokémon Go Davao City)
Praise Helix, indeed! San Pedro Church is just one of the many churches that contains at least one Pokéstop.
Before you hop on a plane and go to Davao to shop for condominiums near these Pokéstops, be aware of the risks first. Reports have been circulating about the hazards of playing Pokémon Go. In a news report by ABS-CBN News, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a warning against playing Pokémon Go while driving while the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also cautioned the users to be mindful of their surroundings.
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