Omanyte Nest: Rizal Park

In the 7th Great Migration, the Omanytes migrated to the historical Rizal Park. Given that this Species of Pokemon is considered Rare (for me?), as well as the fact that in Rizal Park, there is also a Kabuto spawn point (15 minutes apart each), I had to go and visit this nest site.

I got my nest information from the Trainer submitted reports gathered in The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas. This is one, or if not, the most fantastic site dedicated to Pokemon Go research, and nest mapping. When I looked for an Omanyte in their nest map, I saw that Rizal Park was filled with this Pokemon. Not only that, spawn points of other rare Pokemon are also found in this park!

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Location.

Rizal Park is located in Roxas Blvd Ermita, Barangay 666 Zone 72, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila. Getting there is quite easy, as it is situated near the major highways of Manila. If you want to know how to get there by driving, as I always suggest, use Waze.

If you want to commute, here is one the ways on getting to Rizal Park

  1. If you are coming from the South:
    • Find a way to get to the Taft MRT station. There are various ways of getting there, depending on where you will be coming from. Ask your elders on how to commute to that station. I’m sure most of them will be able to help you out. (Lol sorry, I’m not a southerner!)
    • Once you’re in MRT station, cross the connecting bridge that leads to the LRT Line 1.
    • Once you’re in LRT Line 1, get a train ticket going to UN Avenue.
    • Ride a train going to North Avenue, and get down at the UN Avenue station.
    • Once you get out of the station, turn left and just maintain that path, and you’ll come across Rizal Park.
  2. If you are coming from the North:
    • By bus: If in your area, you have access to a bus that goes to “Quiapo”, or “Lawton”, you can ride that bus, and get down at the end point of the travel. Once there, ride a jeepny that goes along Taft, and go down at Rizal Park.
    • By UV Express: Ride one that goes to “Vito Cruz”, and get down at Rizal Park.
    • By MRT: Buy a ticket to Taft Station, go down at that station (the last station of that travel), and follow the instructions from the second bullet down which I wrote for the Southerners above.
    • By LRT: Go to Cubao LRT Station (via jeep: Ride “Cubao Kalayaan Ali Mall” and get down at the last point of the travel. After that, just walk to the gateway mall, and ride the LRT going to Recto station. Again, that’s the last point of the travel. Once in Recto, go through the connecting bride going to the other LRT, the “LRT Line-1”. Arrows will be around the place to guide you. Once in Line-1, get an LRT going to UN Avenue station. After that, walk towards Rizal Park. Don’t forget to have your Pokemon Go running for the distance!
  3. Upon entering the Park, Omanyte would surely already be in your sightings.

RIZAL PARK aka LUNETA PARK

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The Rizal Park is a historical site where the remains of the Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, or “Dr. Jose Rizal” for short is laid to rest. Erected on where his Remains lied is the Rizal Monument, which has symbolisms that honor his memory.

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The Hunt.

Upon stepping in to Rizal Park, my sightings had already shown that there was an Omanyte nearby. I immediately got excited about this, and rushed to find where this Omanyte was at.

I only took a few steps from the Rizal Park Entrance sign, and there it was, my first Omanyte Nest Pokemon. I checked sightings, and another Omanyte was still present.

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And not only that, Kabuto was there as well! I caught both of them near this huge man-made body of water in Rizal Park. Situated in the middle of the lake are small man-made islands, which if viewed from above, would probably take the shape of the whole country of the Philippines as seen in a map.

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If you are coming from the Taft side of Rizal park, you may see this huge circle (almost like a Pokeball) area in your Pokemon Go map.

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This is the area where the majestic and Gigantic Lapu Lapu monument stands tall. As Filipinos may know, Lapu Lapu is regarded as the first hero of the Philippines because of his great efforts to resist colonization.

After checking out the monument, I met up with a friend at that time. We were both hyped up about all of the Omanyte and Kabuto, I eventually forgot to take screenshots of our catches. When my friend left, it was then that I realized that I’ve been forgetting to do so. I then decided, for the purposes of this blog, that I stay a little bit more so I can screenshot my other catches. LOL.

After my friend left, I did a screenshot for all of my succeeding catches. I first proceeded to walk around the Rizal Monument.

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In front of the Monument was the gigantic Luneta Flagpole. Atop of it was the huge Philippine flag, but at the time that I was there close to it, it got tangled around the flagpole. So instead of taking a photo of the huge flag, I took a photo of the one of the small ones near the monument.

After being mesmerized by the sight of the beautiful Rizal Monuemnt and the Luneta Flag, I proceeded to look for an Omanyte. It was in my sightings, so I went on to look for it.8

On my way to that Omanyte, I passed by the Gomburza Execution Marker. This marker approximates where the three Martyr Priests were executed.

A continued walking to find that other Omanyte, when I passed by this other interesting statue. It was labeled as “La Madre Filipina”. I don’t know much about this certain statue, but I could agree that it really has its own feel of majesty to it.

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After some more walking, I finally found that Omanyte. I then proceeded on to catching it.

It is worth noting that I found this Omanyte at a place where a lot of pigeons dwell. Houses were built for these pigeons, and this place was then considered to be these pigeons’ park. Pokemon aren’t the only animals in Luneta.

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There was a food stall near the Pigeon Park. The stall had dining tables beside it, where customers can come sit and eat their food. These customers occassionally throw food out on the floor to attract clusters of pigeons. I couldn’t quite get a perfect shot of the pigeons because before I could even snap a photo, people passing by would just shoo them all off :/

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Across from the park, at the opposite side of this pigeon park, is the Chinese Gardens. I didn’t really go in and check it out (Php 10.00 entrance fee, and I’m cheap), but its gate was really beautiful.

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I walked towards the dancing fountain of Luneta Park. At that time though, the fountain was off, so there was no dancing happening. Just adjacent to it was the Rizal Park Open Auditorium, where many events could be held.

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Surrounding the fountain are the busts of many more heroes, or some of the most influential Filipinos of all time.

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While looking around the dancing fountain, I suddenly found the reason why the fountain wasn’t on. Men were swimming around inside (doing maintenance, of course!).

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And watching over them were these kids who were standing by the railings of the fountain, throwing rocks at the water, and running away before they get caught.

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While taking this photo, I noticed a spawn site where a Squirtle always spawns at about 15 minutes apart from each other. On my consistent laps around the park and passing by that spawn point, there would always be a Squirtle there.

I added my report over at The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas if you want to check some Squirtles out.

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Before leaving that side of the park, I managed to take some more photos of the other Pokestops, including that weird Mother and Child Pokestop.

I forgot to take screenshots of these two’s Pokestops lol

I went on around Luneta more, and got more Omanytes. Here is a collection of my catches:

And it’s nice to see a sight like this after a long time. Lures Everywhere! Pokemon Go Trainers have dwindled over time, so seeing something like this is really uplifting for us remaining trainers.

Apparently, those responsible for setting up those lures are those people in the photo above, in front of Nayong Pilipino. When I checked Facebook, there actually is a team of trainers who hang around Luneta to catch Pokemon, most especially those of the rare ones. They also help people out with lures, as well as in tracking down rare Pokemon if ever there are ones that are nearby.

This is a photo of me (only my slick hair showing) joining in their crusade to go catch the Dratini that appeared in their trackers. Really good people, letting us join in on their tracking. Mabuhay kayo, Luneta Trainers! Foolish me got all hyped up again, I forgot to take a screenshot of the Dratini that we tracked. I instead decided to just take a screenshot of the Pokestop where it spawned.

Around the Park, I saw some kalesas circling around the area where Lapu Lapu’s statue was standing. It felt really good to see this old Filipino culture still roaming around in this day where technology, machinery, and automotives exist.

Situated on each side of the circled area where Lapu-Lapu’s statue is, is the Museum of Anthropology on one side, and the Museum of Natural History (labeled in the Pokestop as Department of Tourism) on the other.

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At the time that I was there, both Museums, sadly were closed down. Probably for renovations.

After a few more laps around the park, I checked my Pokemon Storage, and saw this:

I had 18 Omanytes and 8 Kabutos which I gathered from 1:30-4:30. At that, I decided to call it a good day’s Pokemon Hunt for me. But before I left, I wanted to take photos of the Beauty of Rizal Park during the sunset.

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As I always say here in my blog, I recommend that you visit Rizal Park with or without Pokemon Go as your purpose. It’s a wonderful dose of history standing amidst the beautiful sights and sounds that you could see in the park. Bring your family and friends there, have a date there, go ahead. This park would be well worth your time.

***I haven’t uploaded my Omanyte and Kabuto yet. Still waiting for my Pikachu buddy to get enough candies so I can evolve all of them under one lucky egg 😀

***BTW, why is that unfinished condominium behind the Rizal Monument still standing? It doesn’t look good in photos!

CHARMANDER NEST: Pasig Rainforest Park

This is a late post, so I’m pretty sure that this Park is no longer a Charmander nest. At the time I went there, I never thought that I should be writing about my Pokemon Go Nest trips. How I do regret not thinking about this sooner. I didn’t even take that much photos! (drat 😦 ). Despite that, I still choose to write about it right now to share to you my experience catching Charmanders and checking out the amazing attractions in this place. Continue reading “CHARMANDER NEST: Pasig Rainforest Park”

Welcome to the Manila Trainer!

Back in August 6, 2016, Pokemon Go was finally released as an official download in the Philippines, both in the iOS App Store, as well as in the Google Play Store. It was during this time where the childhood of Filipinos was reawakened as they finally got to experience catching a Pokemon through their smartphones in Real life. It was during this time where their adventure started. And it was during this time, where a lot of Filipinos decided that they wanted to be the very best.

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Jynx Nest: Marikina Riverbanks (Finally took lots of Photos!)

**Before we start with this blog, I would like to say that I am proud of myself that I FINALLY TOOK PHOTOS of the nest site!!! This was the same day where I decided that I should write about my Nest Expeditions hahaha

It’s been a long time since I’ve last seen a silhouette in my Sightings list. I already have 130 Pokemon (as of this writing) in my Pokedex, so not many Pokemon could get me excited anymore. I lack some Pokemon, and one of them is, who I consider to be the great Dragonite killer, Jynx.

In my intention to get Jynx in my Pokedex, I head on over to The Silph Road’s Nest Atlas to check if  the 7th Great Migration of November 17 brought in a nearby Jynx nest.

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True enough, I saw that the Marikina Riverbanks had a confirmed Jynx nest, with reports from other trainers that the Nest had Cluster Spawns of Jynx everywhere!

Since I wanted to add another entry in my Pokedex, I decided that I should pay a visit to this nest.

Location.

The Marikina Riverbanks is, from its name itself, found in the area of the Marikina River. There are a lot of roads where you can go through if you want to drive through this place. To find the most convenient roads to take when going to this place, I suggest you consult Waze.

If you will go there by commute (like me), here is one of the methods to do so:

  1. Make your way to Cubao. If you’re coming from the South:
    • Via MRT: Ride the train going to North Avenue, and stop at the Araneta-Center Cubao Station
    • Via Bus: Get a bus going to SM Fairview, and go down at Farmer’s Market Cubao
  2. If you’re coming from the North:
    • Via MRT: Ride the train going to Taft Avenue, and stop at Araneta-Center Cubao Station
    • Via Bus: Ride a bus going to Baclaran or MOA, and get down at the Cubao MRT Station
    • Via Jeepney: Ride a jeep going to Cubao Kalayaan Ali Mall (if there is any in your area), and go down at the last point of the travel
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  5. Load up Pokemon Go. You’re gonna want all of the walking distance that you’re gonna go through for your eggs and your buddy.
  6. Get off at Santolan station. Once there, turn left upon your exit from the station’s gates. You’ll see a very long overpass there with a sign on its entry “To SM Marikina”. It’s a straightforward path, so just walk through its whole length.
  7. Walk to the Riverbanks Center (found across the Marikina River found at the Left side of the mall, with you facing the SM mall)
  8. Once there, get ready for a Jynx spawn galore.

MARIKINA RIVERBANKS CENTER.

The Riverbanks Center “is a mall and office complex located off of A. Bonifacio Avenueadjacent to the Marikina River Park in Barangka, Marikina.” In it are a lot of outlet stores of different brands, as well as many tiangge where you can buy many affordable and interesting items for you or for your loved-ones.

The Riverbanks Center hosts a lot of different attractions around its vicinity. It has an amusement park, some small food businesses, a boat ride (that was not available at the time I was there) and so many more.

The Hunt.

The week before the 7th great migration, the place was an Electabuzz nest. Since I didn’t have an Electabuzz at that time, I went to the Marikina Center to get me one. Unfortunately, that day was a rainy day, and due to the hassles that the weather gave me, I only got to take a photo of the wet overpass going to SM Marikina.

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As I was walking along the road-bridge (don’t know what to call it) directly above the Marikina River, something appeared on my sightings that got me really excited.

A silhouette. Finally, after months of not seeing it in my sightings, I finally got a chance too see another silhouette in my Sightings!!!sightings

I would finally then get to have my own Jynx, my Dragonite killer.

As I further walked along the path going to the Riverbanks Center, finally she appeared.

I then proceeded to click on it, whip out an Ultra Ball that I’ve been saving for

that moment, add a Raspberry in the mix, and proceeded to catch this CP 1853 Jynx. It was a pretty tough battle, but after a few tries, I caught it.

It has been a long time since I’ve seen the purple screen before. What a beauuuty! (Steve Irwin Accent)
This Jynx didn’t really have the move set that would make it be called the Dragonite Killer that I always wanted, but according to my sightings, there’s a lot more where that came from anyway!!

I made my way to the Fish and Mermaid statue in front of the Riverbanks Center mall. Back when I was a kid, in Cubao, when all of the lots weren’t taken by corporations that put big malls in it, in an empty property, there was just a large body of water. And at the center is a statue the same as that Fish and Mermaid that I took a photo of. I don’t know if that Cubao statue is the one that I was looking at in front of the Riverbanks center.

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This statue, in Pokemon Go, is actually a site for a Pokemon Gym. When I went there, the gym was a Team Instinct Level 3 gym. Since it’s a low level gym, I figured that I’d take it down and place my Gyarados in it. I didn’t collect my coins yet after, hoping that my Gyarados wouldn’t be taken down until I find another gym for the day.

As I made my way further in the Riverbanks Center Area, I came across the many Pokestops that were surrounding the amphitheatre there. The Jynx spawns were absolutely EVERYWHERE! This was a good nest!

Walking around these Pokestops, you would come accross the beautiful sights in the Riverbanks center. Among those found in the Riverbanks Center is the amusement park. In it, Various rides were placed, but at the time that I was there, the rides weren’t turned on. The Rides were closed, but you can still walk around the amusement park.Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

From afar, I noticed this very grim Pokestop labeled as the “Death Mural”. It could actually fit well as a band name for a Metal Band. I got curious on what is actually there, so I went and checked it out. Apparently, it was a design of a Horror Train.

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I went in further in the Amusement Park, and took another photo. On that site was where I found another Jynx beside a Paras.

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After catching that Jynx, Sightings didn’t show any Jynx for a while. Since that’s the case, I decided to take more photos down at the Amphitheatre. On my way down, I saw a Pokestop marked as “Palarong Pambansa”. The statue that corresponds to this Pokestop depicts the annual competition held in the country, where sports-oriented youth join to compete in their respective sports categories.

I continued going down the stairs towards the Amphitheatre, I looked back to where I came from. The view shows that of a great variation of things. In one part of the Riverbanks center are the shops and small food businesses, while on another is the Amusement park. From where I was standing on spanned the huge Amphitheatre.

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When I faced the other way, I saw the famous Marikina River up close. There, I found a group of men fishing.

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On another part of the River, I also saw some kids hanging around.

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When I went near them, I saw that there were more of them, only, the other ones were coming out from the water. They were actually swimming in the River!

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After a while, I saw that Jynx was back in the sightings list. When I saw it, I hoped that it would spawn along my path of where I was walking.

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I decided to make my way back to SM Marikina, back to the LRT Station and go home. I thought my hunt went well on that day. I also came across a random WWF logo placed in a spot by the Riverbank.

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I decided to take a different path back, one that involves the collapsible bridge on the River. It was quite unnerving to know that that bridge was collapsible (as it gets taken out during bad weather where the River usually overflows), since that certain function may make it quite unstable. When I crossed it, I realized that it was actually pretty sturdy. I even pulled off a Criss Angel Walk on Water trick in Pokemon Go since the bridge didn’t register in its mapping.

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On the other side of the bridge was another Pokestop that marks the site where the famous Marikina Carabaos were placed. Seeing it again in person after quite some time got me happy like an excited kid for reasons that I don’t know why.

My Jynx Nest hunt was really fulfilling for me. Not only did I get a good number of Jynxes, but I also got ones that have Ice Type moves that could destroy any gym’s Dragonites. Not to mention, I was able to add another entry in my Pokedex.

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After looking at the catches of my day, I then proceeded to go back to the LRT Station through the long overpass. The entrance to the overpass at the SM Marikina end was quite appealing for me, so I took a photo of it.

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Don’t let the Marikina River’s reputation destroy its real and actual beauty.

The Marikina River is still beautiful in itself. Yes, when it overflows, it brings in a drastic amount of floodwater to the roads surrounding it. But if you don’t think about that, you’d realize that the River, and even the places surrounding it, are incredible. With or without the purpose of playing Pokemon Go, I recommend that friends and families visit the place, and I’m sure that everyone would have a great time there.

A Call to Action.

Now, when you go there, please do remember to keep sacred the environment surrounding the River, as well as the River itself. Only a few of these wonders exist in the Metro, so please, take good care not to disturb the beautiful image of this wonderful place.

Oh, and yeah, I took down a second gym for the day on my way home, when I got down at the Cubao LRT Station.

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And I also filed in my report in the Silph Road’s Nest Atlas too:jynx-silphroad-entry

Vulpix Nest: Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center

In my commute going to work everyday, the vehicle that I’m riding on always passes by the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center. Because of this, I often am able to spin some Pokestops of the park (usually the ones at the entrance). It is then when I noticed that everyday, I always get the catch this rare (for me) Pokemon…

A Vulpix.

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