WATCH: MOA globe turns into giant Poke Ball

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 12 2016 09:13 PM

MANILA - The iconic globe of the SM Mall of Asia on Friday lit up in colors resembling a Poke Ball, an item used to catch Pokemon in the widely popular mobile game "Pokemon Go," to signal the start of what is billed as the "largest lure party" in the country.

Thousands of Filipinos flocked to the various SM malls around the Philippines, which are littered with PokeStops --places that allow players to collect items such as eggs and more Poke Balls. One can pop a "lure module" in these PokeStops, which are often landmarks, in order to lure more Pokemon in the area.

Photo by JC Gonzales, ABS-CBN News

A "lure party" is when players keep PokeStops filled with lure modules, hence attracting a large number of Pokemon within minutes, allowing players to easily "catch 'em all."

Within a week's release of the "Pokemon Go" app that has been met with frenzied fanfare across the world, some of the country's major malls announced they will host lure parties over the weekend. Check out some of the scenes below:

At SM Supermalls:

At Ayala Malls: