The women were being like Katniss. Well of course. The bow and arrow or archery set-up immortalizes famous and legendary characters spawned by thousandths of year old epic tales. For the men, it’s Robin Hood that made archery a skill of marksmanship.
Oculus Archery recently opens its bow and arrow target range field at SandBox in Alviera, an evolving eco-living environment in the North Central Luzon. Situated in Porac, SandBox is an outdoor adventure park for families and friends to enjoy when in Pampanga. We were there last Sunday, Feb. 1, as one of the first batch to try it out, accompanied by the Oculus Archery trainers and together with Mayors Carling dela Cruz of Porac and Ed Pamintuan of Angeles City, who both inaugurated the opening celebration of Oculus Archery at SandBox in Alviera.
Newbie archers as young as 7 years old, accompanied by adult or young at heart with senior cards, are welcome to experience Oculus Archery at SandBox. The packages are priced at Php 400 for one-hour session and Php 250 for a 30-minute session that include basic coaching, bow and arrows, quiver, chest and arm guards, plus one balloon target. One hour session is good enough but if you want more time to sharpen your archery skills, you may go back to extend another hour. Since Oculus Archery is the newest outdoor activity in SandBox, it would be great to visit SandBox as early as possible.
How to get to SandBox in Alviera
1. From NLEX (North Luzon Expressway), take the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Expressway) road, get your toll card, and pass straight beyond Subic Exit.
2. Turn right on Porac Exit.
From Balintawak in Caloocan City, it’s gonna be a roughly one-hour and thirty-minutes drive to get to SandBox in Aviera. More info here.
“Our mission is to erase the notion that archery is an elite sport. Anyone can enjoy it from kids to adults as long as they have the upper body strength to pull the string and concentrate on their target,” said Krizia Chu-Tranquilino, General Manager of Oculus Archery.
The bow and arrow is a projectile weapon dating back the medieval period. Archery is the skill or practice of shooting arrows from the bow.
A flexible arc with sturdy string joining from two ends of the bow. String is pulled back until it reaches the tip of the nose and the hand touches the jaw line. String is released within 3 seconds as soon as target is marked.
A sharp-pointed aerodynamic projectile made up of either wooden or metal stick that is locked in the bow and string. Once stretched or pulled, the archer releases fingers from the string and the arrow stick flies at an aimed velocity at a certain speed up to its target. See our ARROW article here.
Aside from Oculus Archery, SandBox also offers Aerial Walk, Bikers, Giant Swing, Wall Climbing, Rappelling and Free Fall, Adventure Tower, Avatar One, ATV, Mini Golf, and an open field for sports, parties, and other outdoor activities.
“SandBox has given visitors unique outdoor thrills built from the natural environment of Alviera. We are excited to bring more fun attractions fro the community as we continue with our development plans for Alviera,” said John Estacio, Alviera General Manager.
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