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Kodanda Archery | Experiencing the Bow and Arrow as Easy as 1, 2, 3

I may have been an “Archer” as an alumnus of De La Salle University but ironically I have never been introduced to the world of archery during my entire stay in our university, tagged as the home of the “Archers”. It was until the indigenous knowledge of hunting in the great forested mountains of Mindanao with the help of our indigenous tribe brothers, the Manobos, that I got my very first grip on a bow.

Basic archery is a skill that has helped our ancestors survived the jungle with the use of local materials to create a makeshift bow and arrow. During the hunt, they dip the sharp tip of the arrow into a paralyzing substance coming from poison-producing animals like snakes and frogs.

My passion on archery was halfway inspired by the increasing exposure of this recreational sport through the enigmatic image of Katniss Everdeen of the blockbuster movie Hunger Games or the rustic look of Hawk-eye in the Avengers and the charismatic appeal of Legolas and the Elves in the Lord of the Rings.

At first, I wanted to have a grip on a bow and arrow basically just to look cool just like the fictitious characters I have idolized on the giant movie screen. Secondly, to become versatile in the world of sports and to add archery into my long list of favourite  recreational activities such as skim boarding, soccer, SCUBA diving, surfing and wake boarding to name a few.

My interest in archery grew when I was invited by the Kodanda Achery to try their seven-lane archery facility in Makati Square Cinema, Philippines.

I may be new to this "rising recreational sport", but with a little experience of using the traditional method, adapting to the more sophisticated bow and arrow was a breeze to receive my  first bull’s eye shot on my very first attempt at Kodanda. My only complaint was, the heavy bow  has weighed me down, giving me an extreme muscle pain on my arms and shoulder after my first session that lasted an hour.

Why Try Archery?

Although there is not a lot of walking or running involved, archery is still a physically demanding and rewarding sport. Drawing the bowstring places stress on one’s arms, chest, shoulders, and back, developing upper body and arm strength with repetition. Constant practice also helps improve posture, balance, and hand-eye coordination.

The exercise of targeting helps develop focus, patience and allows the individual to center and calm him/herself, which can, in the long run, have a positive impact on one’s mental health and well-being. 

Despite the apparent individualistic nature of archery, it can be a social activity where families, friends, and co-workers can take up the sport as a group, and through the shared experience of learning something new that personal bonds are solidified.

Basic Rules on the Sport of Archery

Basic rules applied to new, amateur or professional archer and everyone is bound to obey some few rules without exemptions.

Range Rules

1.      Always treat your archery equipment with respect.
2.      Do not draw and point the bow towards anyone even when there’s no    arrow on the string.
3.      Only release the bow string at full draw when there is an arrow on the  string.  “Dry Firing” may cause damage to the bow, and is dangerous.
4.      Keep your arrows in your quiver until you are told to shoot.
5.      Only use the arrows the instructor provided you.
6.      If you drop your arrow, leave it on the ground until you are told to get    it.
7.      Place the bow on the rack before retrieving your arrows.
8.      Strictly no running in the range premises.
9.      Secure all loose clothing; remove bracelets, necklaces, etc. Tie hair  back (for ladies).
10.  Pay attention to the instructions and advice of the range instructors.

Archer's Etiquette:

1.      Always keep the safety measures in mind.
2.      Respect everyone shooting with arrows. In archery, all archers are fellows; they are not your enemies.
3.      Wear proper attire. No slippers allowed.
4.      Do not talk in a loud voice while others are shooting.  Do not talk to another archer who prefers to be silent.  Do not disturb people with loud mobile phone ringtones or speaking on the phone.
5.      Do not offer advice unless asked.
6.      Do not touch another archer’s equipment without their permission.

What to Wear?

  • Rubber shoes are the only required get up when you go to Kodanda. All other safely gear will be provided:
  • Armguard - protection for the arm against the string’s backlash.
  • Fingertab - protection for the fingers’ repeated pulling of string.
  • Chestguard - worn over the torso especially for girls to prevent the string from snaring clothes
  • Quiver - arrow holder
  • Recurve Bow – normal bow used in our range (the same one used in the Olympics)

How Much for a Lesson on Archery?


            Php550.00 per person, per hour inclusive of the following:

ü  Use of the archery range
ü  Rental of international-standard equipment and protective gear
ü  Coaching on archery basics from expert instructors

Add’l Php30.00 for the target paper clients can take home as a souvenir.

Php 200.00 is the range rental per person, per hour for those who already have their own gear

Lessons Offered

  • Php6,000.00 for ten (10) sessions, one (1) hour per session
  • Student will be issued a Certificate of Completion after the ten (10) sessions
  • Fees include the use of the archery range, and rental of international-standard equipment and protective gear
  • Dedicated coaching on basic or advanced archery from one of our expert instructors:
    • Syd Nerickzon Fraginal ( former Phil. player, sea games record holder)
    • Ronalyn Alvarez (former NCR Team member, Palarong pambansa winner)
    • Ronna May Alvarez (former member of developmental team of the Phil.)

  • Sessions will be adjusted to the student’s schedule

Group Packages

Groups of up to 15 guests may avail of Group Packages that includes rental of international-standard equipment and protective gear, and coaching on archery basics from expert instructors.  It may also include parlor games and/or coaching sessions depending on the intention of the group.  Rates also vary depending on the exact number of guests and duration of stay in the range. 


Kodanda Archery Range
Makati Cinema Square  (Upper Basement)
Chino Roces Ave. Makati City, Philippines

Contact Information

Ice Morales
Marketing Director, Kodanda Archery Range
Mobile: 0918.921.6835
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