Make it Makati: Kodanda Archery Range

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Back when I was a kid, I followed what my brother did during his free time. This meant playing Diablo I and II on our personal computers. While my brother chose to go with barbarian class, I chose to go with the amazon. I always preferred the bow and arrow as my weapon of choice. Even for cartoons I always root for the archer. I was already building my amazon character named "Liria" to reach at least level 45 even before the time of Legolas and Katniss Everdeen. Being an archer was always a dream. I finally got to hold a bow and arrow last May 26 to check if I can actually be a real life archer.



One Monday afternoon, I paid a visit to Kodanda Archery Range in Makati Cinema Square which is just a few blocks from the apartment. Let's assess first my stats as an "amazon" based on Diablo's skills set but having the maximum at 100.

SKILL STATS
STRENGTH: 80
DEXTERITY: 70
ENERGY: 60
VITALITY: 75

CHARACTER LEVEL: 
LVL 1



It is safe to assume I did not get a bull's eye nor did all my arrows hit the target. One even flew above the target, bounced on the wall then landed at the back of someone else's target. In a nutshell, I sucked BUT IT WAS FUN. I see myself going back to that fully air-conditioned archery range and trying it out again and again until I finally level up.

Normal recurve bow used by visitors versus
professional customized bows (below)
 

Unique find: Customized bow worth more than Php100,000.00

The good thing is you don't need any membership fees and it is open to the public.  It won't break your wallet as they have an hourly fee that already includes range rental, use of international-standard equipment and protective gear, and coaching on archery basic from expert instructors. It's also easy to locate. If you're coming from Buendia/Gil Puyat, go down at Pasong Tamo/Chino Roces and ride a jeepney going to Magallanes. Stop at Makati Cinema Square then just head to the basement. It's quite easy to spot.

Photo from Kodanda FB Page

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)


Range Information
□   Fully-air conditioned indoor archery range with seven (7) 10-meter lanes and a function room that can accommodate up to fifteen (15) people
□   Located on the Upper Basement of Makati Cinema Square, Chino Roces Avenue (formerly Pasong Tamo), Makati City
□   Open from 10:30am to 07:30pm from Mondays to Sundays

Rates
□   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:
o   Syd Nerickzon Fraginal ( former Phil. player, sea games record holder)
o   Ronalyn Alvarez (former NCR Team member, Palarong pambansa winner)
o   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. 

Contact Information
            Reservations and further inquiries can be made through contact numbers (02)621.9109 and (0932)843.6614, look for May.  Our email address is kodandaarchery@gmail.com. You may also check our Facebook page: Kodanda Archery Range.


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