I started the mission on foot thru a rainy evening. I did not bring an umbrella but it was never a problem. From the bus terminal to the market there’s a shed so you won’t get wet.
I appreciate the fact that the mission sequence was carefully planned. Twas arranged strategically from one portal to another making the whole mission go smoothly. Just be careful not to hack when it’s supposed to be captured/upgraded.
Definitely recommended for people who only do easy missions. However it should be noted that this particular banner was dedicated for an event one year ago.
With Makati having surrounded with high-rise buildings, GPS drift is expected in the area. Bring some patience. Or pray to drift-gods.
After the first three missions, everything should go smoothly.
I don’t know what the banner means nor the project stated on the description (G+ is dead, btw). I just thought it’s a cool addition to my scanner.
My aim before doing this mission is to add some stats for my trekker. And yes, I got what wanted.
But for those agents who are not fans of Ingress missions, the first part would be painful. Excruciating I say.. There would be many “you kidding me?!” and “seriously?!” moments along the way. The distance between portals to be hacked is not pleasing. You’ve been warned.
Adding to the challenge is the gps drift. BGC is packed with skyscrapers. Pray to the drift gods for luck.
Bring some good ol heatsinks too. And water for hydration.
Apparently this banner mission was created three years ago which explains the sequence of the portals on every mission. There have been new portals along the path.
The consolation is the banner itself. I like the color contrast which is great for my scanner. Glad I was able to finish this before my battery drained.
If you want to do this banner at noon, like I did, you’ll be fine. It’s hot during daytime walking on concrete. However if it’s raining, you’ll definitely get wet.
Don’t forget to bring your water. Hydrate! Convenience stores are everywhere, you’ll have no problem buying refreshments. And restaurants for your hunger. Though you can finish the banner in less than 30 minutes brisk walking, you may encounter random Centris Cats along the way and pet ‘em. These feline friends are actually “residing” here.
Love the banner! And it’s timely since we’re currently on the nemesis series.
I did this at dawn on a Wednesday where BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is asleep. All portals were accessible even at these hours however this place is very drifty. I tried turning on and off the data and wifi, inserting the headset, airplane mode, rebooting the app, run-then-sudden-stop, walking in circles.. meh.
Or maybe it was just my device.. Though I can’t switch phones cause I only have one.
Grab some luck before doing this banner or offer baby goats to the drift gods.
Adding to the challenge was the rain. Good thing I have an umbrella with me.
Vending machines are everywhere — excellent for hydration. Just ask any awake guards where to pee. Since toilets were closed on BGC High Street at dawn, I opt to enjoy some snacks in a fastfood spot and took a leak there.
Is the routing carefully designed? I’ve seen worse.
And hey it’s just 18 missions, and if you like the challenge you should be good.
One last thing, if you’re out of heatsinks, make sure to wait before hacking. Pause, and breathe to minimize cussing. Prime is sometimes late in notifying that it’s suppose to be captured or upgraded, not hacked. Or you’ll end up like me standing in a corner, staring at some cat for four minutes.
TLDR; magbaon ng mahabang pasensya. Mga tatlong rulers, tsaka isang iskwala.
If you don’t want to use heat sinks, this banner is for you as long as you follow the sequence. You must visit 6 portals on each mission; answer the passphrase on the first, then just hack the following portals.
The series was designed to have the sixth portal be the first passphrase portal of the following mission.
You don’t need a calculator for the passphrases. Just answer in numerical character.
If the passphrase asks [ 4 + 4 =? ], just answer [ 8 ] and not “eight”.
Completed these missions twice, on Prime and then Redacted. I recommend to use the latter (available until September 2019). Took me about 40 minutes on foot. This part of Pasay is smelly and dirty, looks sketchy but apparently it’s oddly safe. Tried it at dawn and at night.
For the passphrases:
Latin for “human” is homo. Charles Robert Darwin is known for his contributions to the science of evolution. Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution. Darwin published [On the Origin of Species] in 1859.
Type the first and last name of personalities asked on passphrases, ie put Gregorio Del Pilar not just “del pilar”.
On missions 2 and 3, a portal (rizal park - sentinel of freedom) is positioned in the portion of the park that is off to public (as of writing). If praying to drift gods won’t work, try sneaking when the guards are asleep.
When asked for a complete date, the format is MONTH (DD) (YEAR).
Plan the portal sequence or you’ll end up going back and forth between portals which is exhausting.
Spoiler alert: this comment includes Q&A for the passphrases. If you wish to complete the banner by challenging yourself answering the questions, do not read this comment.
Clues pop-up for passphrases. I recommend using [REDACTED]. Previous version of Ingress Prime does not show the clues.
[01‣48] Calamba Mission: Ang Bahay ni Pepe
[02‣48] Calamba Mission: Parents of Rizal
Q: Rizal was born on ____ 19, 1861
03 Calamba Mission: Calamba Church
Q: Rizal was born on June __, 1861
[04‣48] Calamba Mission: Kalan-Banga
Q: Kalan-banga is the major image that embodies the city of _______.
[05‣48] Calamba Mission: Young Jose Rizal
Q: José Rizal was born on June 19, ____.
[06‣48] Calamba Mission: Calamba Bayan
Q: José Rizal was born in 1861 in the town of Calamba in ______ province.
[07‣48] Calamba Mission: Dry Fountain
Q: Pepe had _ sisters and 1 brother.
[08‣48] Calamba Mission: St. Joseph Grotto
Q: Pepe had 9 sisters and _ brother.
[09‣48] Calamba Mission: Jose Rizal Statue
Q: José learned the alphabet from his mother at _.
[10‣48] Calamba Mission: ilog-view Resort
Q: José could read and write at age _.
[11‣48] Calamba Mission: Lighthouse Wall Mural
Q: Upon enrolling at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila, he rendered his name as "José ________ Rizal".
[12‣48] Calamba Mission: SM Calamba Public Utility Jeep
Q: José finished his El Filibusterismo by the year ____.
[13‣48] Calamba Mission: All Nations Full Gospel Ministry
Q: Rizal first studied under Justiniano Aquino Cruz in _____, Laguna.
[14‣48] Calamba Mission: Largest Monument of Dr. J.
Q: Rizal then enrolled at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated as one of the nine students in his class declared sobresaliente or ___________.
[15‣48] Calamba Mission: Bacnotan
Q: Upon learning that his mother was going blind, he decided to switch to medicine at the medical school of Santo Tomas specializing later in _____________.
[16‣48] Calamba Mission: Calamba City Hall Arch
Q: Without his parents' knowledge and consent, but secretly supported by his brother _______, he traveled alone to Madrid, Spain in May 1882 and studied medicine at the Universidad Central de Madrid.
[17‣48] Calamba Mission: Paciano
Q: Without his parents' knowledge and consent, but secretly supported by his brother Paciano, he traveled alone to ______, Spain in May 1882 and studied medicine at the Universidad Central de Madrid.
[18‣48] Calamba Mission: Rizal Memorial Park
Q: Without his parents' knowledge and consent, but secretly supported by his brother Paciano, he traveled alone to Madrid, Spain in May 1882 and studied ________ at the Universidad Central de Madrid.
[19‣48] Calamba Mission: Word For The World Calamba
Q: Calamba City is a 1st class city in the province of ______, Philippines.
[20‣48] Rizal College Of Laguna
Q: Calamba is the regional center of the __________ region.
[21‣48] Paseo De Calamba
Q: Calamba City is known as the ______ Capital of the Philippines.
[22‣48] Calamba Mission: Mayapa Church
Q: Calamba lies on the northern slopes of Mount ________.
[23‣48] Calamba Mission: Dragon Boat
Q: ____ is the year when Calamba was founded and seceded from the town of Cabuyao.
[24‣48] Calamba Mission: Canlubang Welcome Arc
Q: ____ was the year of Calamba's cityhood.
[25‣48] Calamba Mission: Jollibee Paciano Statue
Q: The ________ Festival, the oﬃcial festival of the City of Calamba.
[26‣48] Calamba Mission: Our Lady of Fatima Parish
Q: The only expressway on Calamba is the ____.
[27‣48] Calamba Mission: CPIP Water Tower 3
Q: José Rizal was a ________, skilled in both science and the arts.
[28‣48] Calamba Mission: Sentosa Statue 2
Q: Rizal was also a ________, conversant in twenty-two languages.
(From here, hack all the way!)
[29‣48] Calamba Mission: Barangay Prinza Water
[30‣48] Calamba Mission: Jose Rizal Head
[31‣48] Calamba Mission: Zenre's Fashion Hub
[32‣48] Calamba Mission: Vanessa Homes Arc
[33‣48] Calamba Mission: stone cherub
[34‣48] Calamba Mission: Iglesia Ni Kristo Pansol
[35‣48] Calamba Mission: Dolphin and Ducks
[36‣48] Calamba Mission: Food Graffiti
[37‣48] Calamba Mission: Rotary International Mini Falls
[38‣48] Calamba Mission: Time to Bloom Mural
[39‣48] Calamba Mission: Jesus Miracle Crusade Ministry
[40‣48] Calamba Mission: Lighthouse Wall Mural
[41‣48] Calamba Mission: Jose Rizal Statue
[42‣48] Calamba Mission: Jetti Gas Station Water Tank
[43‣48] Calamba Mission: Bangkero Wall Mural
[44‣48] Calamba Mission: Door of Faith Church - Real
[45‣48] Calamba Mission: D' Illumina
[46‣48] Calamba Mission: Miniature House Of Dr Jose Rizal
[47‣48] Calamba Mission: Station Of The Cross 9
[48‣48] Calamba Mission: Calamba Bayan Rizal Statue
This beautiful astronaut wall art is still on as of writing. It’s actually huge.
BGC is stacked with buildings so expect a lot of gps drifting from time to time while doing this banner. But this one particular portal in mission 7 is frustratingly hard to hack. It’s the “The Zhu Lady” which is apparently not located on the Zhu Restaurant. It’s pinned in the center of HSBC building. It took me awhile walking like crazy circling the building just to reach that portal. No I did not. I stopped, sat on a rock and watched as my scanner slowly drifted to the portal. Then “hack”. Everything else were just a piece of cake.
People’s Park is not open to public 24/7. If you’re just visiting Davao City to do this mission, you must plan wisely to save time.
At mission 15 note that StJosephTechSchool is almost a kilometer walk from Artiaga. There’s “sikad” (local tricycle taxi) that you can ride, but I chose to complete the mission on foot.
The Philippine Monkey-Eating is an icon of Davao City and is the country’s national bird (as of writing).
Though I’m not sure if it’s the MoA bay walk, it’s beautiful regardless. However the banner is the only consolation.
At the second (out of twelve) mission I already felt it’s terrible. Mall of Asia is wide and has clusters of portals but it felt like the mission sequence doesn’t make any sense. And that last mission, very corny but it’s a bit sweet I would say. Surely foreigners who would try this wouldn’t appreciate.
If time isn’t a factor, or you live nearby Pasay City, it would be a fun walk with friends. But if you’re alone, and is new to MoA, and/or in a tight schedule, I don’t recommend this 12-tile banner mission. It’s a beautiful banner but you’ve been warned.
The park is not always open. But if you’re not from Davao, try to politely ask permission from the guards since you don’t have the time (e.g. have a flight to catch). They’ll allow you to have special entry.
There are times in a year (Kadayawan, Araw ng Dabaw, etc.) where a visitor cannot be allowed inside if one has a backpack. Leave your bags in the hotel or in the baggage counter in the nearest mall.