Archery 101 at Gandiva Archery

Apr 21, 2012 by     3 Comments    Posted under: Asia, Philippines
So why archery? Our mind is like the bow and our thoughts are like arrows. And life is all about hitting targets. – Tim Bismark, archer and Gandiva Archery consultant/trainer

I have always wanted to try out archery since I was in college but never really got the chance or the time to get at it. Luckily, a friend from work offered to get us discount coupons from for an archery range within walking distance from our office.

Gandiva Archery Range

Archery range with moved targets

Gandiva Cafe and Archery Range is located at the 7th floor of One Corporate Center along Julio Vargas Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. You can walk from either SM Megamall or Robinson’s Galleria for about 20-25 minutes to get warmed up for a wonderful learning experience.

One session is equal to an hour and it costs Php 300 (usage of range and equipment rental). You can choose to get your hole-filled target for Php 25 as a souvenir. An additional Php 300 is added if you want to get an instructor for an hour. But with our coupon, we only had to spend Php 300 for the trainer, equipment and range! (Plus the additional Php 25 for a small souvenir.)

Important: Call to reserve at least two days before you drop by because they can be pretty full since the place can only accommodate a handful of archers.

They are open Mondays to Fridays, 8 AM – 8 PM and Saturdays, 12 MN to 9 PM.

Gandiva Archery Target

My first hit in the yellow circle!

Archery might look easy in the movies, but it only looks that way! The stance, locking the arrow into place, pulling the string and releasing it have simple rules but if you’re hard headed like me, you might have a hard time hitting the bull’s eye.

If it’s your first time doing archery, I would suggest getting a trainer first and practice for your first hour. On succeeding visits (it can be quite addicting!), try learning on your own and be challenged on how to adjust the scope and aim at the target.

Little Girl Travels tries archery!

At the end of the session, I got this much holes in the target.

When doing archery, you have to have a bit of strength in your arms because you’ll be pulling from about 16 to 22 pounds. Yes, pulling the string can be a lot of work. Even holding the bow at the right level takes a good amount of strength. (I’m just a bit small and out of shape at the moment.)

At the end of the session, I kind of wished the hour didn’t go by so fast because I was having so much fun and it wasn’t enough to just get lucky with hitting the inner yellow circle once.

Gandiva Cafe and Archery
7/F One Corporate Center Building
Julia Vargas St. cor Meralco Avenue
Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines
Tel. No. +63 2 5719000 loc 125
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