With A Bow and A Quiver of Arrows (A Day in Gandiva Archery)

You stripped the sheath from your bow, calling for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers.
Habakkuk 3:9

It was a rainy Sunny afternoon and my officemates and I went to Gandiva Archery for a day of archery. I remembered in UP Diliman seeing those targets out in the field. Think of Hawkeye and Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games.

I wanted to have that eye of a hawk and get that target.

Welcome to Gandiva Archery!

We were taught how to look at the target (through the arrow sight), how to place the arrow (with the different color facing you and make sure to fasten the tail on the string) and how to release the arrow (with your 3 fingers to release the string). We were briefed in the parts of a bow and an arrow.

Parts of an arrow
Parts of a bow

And as for you taking aim, your dominant hand is just below your jawbone and when you release, pull the string and let it go. It looked too easy just by saying it.

I took my aim, looked at the arrow sight and released the arrow. How did I fair? Yup I took a shot and it’s not even on the paper (insert canned laughter here). For an hour we tried and tried and the closest I did? Well here’s my target paper.

You can laugh now. If it isn’t out of bounds, it’s in the other archer’s target. Haha! It was fun and before our session was the Gandiva Archery’s Mini Sportsfest. We enjoyed watching individuals in various ages getting their targets every after aim!

By 2008, Gandiva has worked hand in hand with the Department of Education by giving free Armory Clinics in the different regional meets. Primary purpose is to orient coaches and archers nationwide with the variety of archery equipment that could fit their budget. To date, Gandiva has reached out to 14 regions, 67 provinces and 29 municipalities/cities. It has hosted different events namely, the 3rd Asian Grand Prix and South East Asian Championships, 1st Highlander Invitational Archery Tournament, Pasig Summer Sports Clinic and the Manila Polo Club Archery Open, and has offered free equipment tuning for the three Palarong Pambansa to name some. In March 31, 2009, the first Gandiva Store officially opened at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. This is the first Archery Pro Shop in the country. (From Gandiva Sports’ website)

For more details about Gandiva Cafe and Archery, visit their homepage (click here) and like their Facebook page for updates (click here). Gandiva Archery is located at Unit 704 One Corporate Center, Julio Vargas Street Ortigas Center Pasig City.

  • Annabelle Sermeno

    Pano makita ang mga product nyo on-line? Since manggagaling pa yong bibili ng Palawan, gusto kong malaman kung may mapagpipilian sya.