Mabuhay, Agent! Welcome to the Pearl of the Orient Seas!
XM Intel Package
The Philippine Ingress player distribution between factions is quite balanced and you will enjoy blasting some portals for uniques or joining a local farm for food and/or drinks.
Drop by the following areas for the best density for uniques (best to be accompanied by a local):
- Makati CBD
- Quezon Memorial Circle
- Rizal Park (Luneta)
See this document for mission series recommendations and notes.
Most Filipinos could understand English. For simple sentences, Google Translate can help. Better results can be expected from single words or short phrases.
Do not drink tap water. If it is your first time in Southeast Asia, it is recommended to only drink from bottled water (sealed) or canned drinks.
SIM Cards and Internet Access
The Philippines is served by two major mobile networks (Globe and SMART). You may get a free visitor pack (prepaid) from kiosks after clearing customs at the arrivals area.
Taxi hailing apps are most recommended for first time visitors.
Public transit such as buses and light rail is not recommended for visitors. However, a jeepney ride is an experience you can’t miss (ask a nearby agent to accompany you).
Safety and Emergency Contact
The Philippines is a relatively “safe” country. Be street smart—stay mindful of your scanner and belongings. Pick pockets and petty theft may be an issue, specially in crowded areas (e.g. malls, markets).
For general emergencies (police, fire or ambulance), dial 911.