If you’re looking for a place to try out some archer moves, there is one that can be easily accessed in the heart of Metro Manila.
The Gandiva Archery Range is an indoor facility catering to archery enthusiasts with their spacious yet very accessible location. For 980php, you can make use of the equipment and practice with assistance from their staff within an hour. I initially thought an hour for almost a thousand pesos is too expensive, but I’ve come to learn that in reality, an hour is quite a long time when doing archery! Or maybe it’s just me ’cause I’m a novice. Haha!
You can choose from any of the available bows, and they have quite a variety of them! For beginners like me, it is recommended to use the smaller ones since they’re easier to handle.
Trying to get a firm grip of the bow can be a little overwhelming at first, but thanks to the friendly staff who are patient enough to teach me the ropes in basic archery, it wasn’t long before I was able to land some decent shots at the target face. Moreover, my timing was great because when I was there, there were only 3 of us practicing so the staff were able to attend to any of our needs right away.
After a couple of rounds, my arms, especially the right one, has started to feel strained. So since then, every after 5 or 6 shots I would rest for a few minutes before going at it again. By the end of the session, well, you can say that my arms and shoulders were totally beat. But it was worth it! Also, you can take home the target face as a souvenir!
Check out the Gandiva Archery Range located at this address:
Unit 703-705 One Corporate Center Julia Vargas corner Meralco Aves. Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
For more info., be sure to check out their website. Here is the link: Official Website
So if you want to become a master archer like Katniss from The Hunger Games or Hawkeye from The Avengers, you can start practicing at Gandiva! 😉