3 Lessons I Learned from Gandiva Cafe and Archery
My high school teacher once told me, “Aim for the stars and not for the tree.” He always emphasized the importance of doing your best while consoling on each defeat. And just like life, archery parallels our goals set to be achieved.
Movies like Hunger Games, Brave, Chronicles of Narnia have entered the Philippines’ movie mainstream. Yet, archery, the element which makes these movies big hits in one way or another, is apparently not very accessible in our country. Fortunately, Gandiva Archery and Cafe makes archery available for us Filipinos.
While being taught archery and later on doing it on my own, I have 3 realizations about it. And I must thank Gandiva Cafe and Archery for making me realize these things.
3. Archery is a “sexy” sport of the mind for lovers.
While Wikipedia defines archery as an art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of bow, I personally think that archery is a ‘sexy’ sport of the mind, especially for couples. Aside from the facts of physics like the use of projectile, force-velocity relationships and kinetic energy that we may not realize we’re using, it makes a date hit the bull’s eye of absolute romance. It’s like you are one with your partner in hitting the goal with too much focus, vigor and strength. *insert literary criticism here*
One of the bloggers being taught the basics of archery
The kind and professional staff of Gandiva Cafe and Archery
2. Firearms cannot parallel the class of archery.
Just like any trend, archery faced its decline when firearms became accessible to the public. The gun and the bow have been long compared with one another, especially in the realm of hunting. It seems that guns became the “shortcut” of archery. However, we no longer live in a world where we need to hunt for food. My friends told me to try out a shooting range after archery, but I firmly believe that firearms cannot parallel the class that archery possesses. The use of a bow and arrow gives me the peace, silence and resilience of hitting the goal in the face of recreation. That’s just my two cents, though. After all, success is well served without shortcuts.
The staff teaching me how to aim for the bull’s eye.
1. Recreational archery is best paired with vegetarianism.
In ancient times, archery was used in hunting and in war. It was a great means of getting food, after all. In our generation, however, archery is but a recreational activity that improves one’s focus and promotes optimum fitness. And as a pescetarian (person who only eats fish and vegetables), I was so happy to see that the food served in Gandiva Cafe and Archery are all for vegetarians. This is no wonder since the owners of Gandiva, the Bismark Brothers, have been vegetarians since birth! And since archery in Gandiva promotes optimum fitness, why not add up a wholesome or nourishing alternative eating or diet to it?
Go vegetarian! Go vegan!
For just P980, you will already get a 1-hour use of the range lane, archery equipment and target face with assistance from Gandiva’s pro staff. And here’s even more good news: if you go on a weekday, you can avail of the P680/hour walk-in archery package.
You can become your very own Katniss Everdeen, animal welfare advocate or the next world’s best archer if you want to. There is no need to look for an open space to enjoy this art anymore. You have always been a mighty warrior, with or without the bow. But if you would like to, Gandiva Cafe and Archery can provide you with a range to help you reach your goals.
Gandiva Cafe and Archery
Unit 703-705 One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Aves., Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Philippines