The Archery Academy Manila: Bring out the Katniss in You

It was year 2012 when girl heroes came to life on screen sporting bows and arrows.  There was the determined Katniss of Hunger Games and the amusing Merida of Brave.  Both gave young girls a new hero to look up to apart from the usual Disney Princesses;-)  For boys,  there is Hawk Eye of Avengers,  whose form needs much coaching from Katniss;-)

Yesterday my kids and I together with some of their friends got a taste of how it is to have the amazing form and accuracy of Katniss.   The owners of THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA invited us over for a one hour long session and we felt strong and accomplished after the session.

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Coach Gio, one of the owners, coached the kids on the proper stance, proper manner to hold the bow and arrow and of course safety tips.  The 11 year old girls initially had some difficulty pulling the bow but got the hang of it after a few tries.  On my turn,  I was surprised to find that pulling the bow needs much strength and I’m so proud the girls did it, again and again.  The boys, moved with natural ease and was instantly competing among themselves.

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Archery, a solo precision sport, builds upper body strength, improves focus and balance among its practitioners.  I also think it can greatly improve one’s posture (tight core, straight back) and will help reduce stress because it is a natural mind timer.  You just think of the bow, arrow and your target.   Moreover,  it will help in building perseverance, because you just have to persevere and hit that target.  Traits we want to build in our kids and ourselves:-)

As with any training program,  the success largely rests on a good coach.  Main coach and part-owner,  Gio Endaya, has been shooting since he was 8 years old and has competed locally and abroad.  He is very passionate about the sport and he relates to kids very well.  I like it that he explains with ease  and makes the sport natural and yet provides enough challenge to those who wants to take it further.

Apart from a good coach,  we parents also want to check the training area.  THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA, located at the 5/F of the Intrawest Building in Annapolis Greenhills, boasts of a long indoor range (25 meters) and ultra high ceiling.  They have designed the walls with splashes of archery art which makes the area fun.

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This summer,  THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA is offering Summer Classes.

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The P2,000 difference in the New Student and Returning Students fees is for the incidental expenses for new students.  New students will be provided their own string, arm guard, finger tab and shirt, which they will use for their Archery classes.

Please note that the area can only accommodate a maximum of 8 persons per session, so slots will be filling out fast.

Do check out their year round weekend program and per session rate in their THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA FB page or call 0917-8037422.

THE ARCHERY ACADEMY also has a year-round  Program (P5,600/new student and P3,600/returning student) which includes 4 sessions of 2 hours each, every Saturdays and Sundays from 9-11am.   A per session rate is also available for only P550/head an hour.

The Archery Academy

5th Floor, Intrawest Center,

#33 Annapolis St., Brgy. Greenhills,

San Juan, Philippines

Facebook: THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA FB

Contact: 0917-8037422

I think it’s a good sport to introduce to the kids given its many benefits plus it’s unique and super cool;-)  I let my kids try different sports until they find the one their heart beats for.  Ask your kids if they want to try archery this summer and chances are they wouldn’t miss up the chance.

Archery classes are available to kids aged 9 up but Coach Gio willingly indulged my 4 year old to hold a bow.

Archery classes are available to kids aged 9 up but Coach Gio willingly indulged my 4 year old to hold a bow.

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Disclosure:  Thanks Rica and Coach Gio for inviting my kids and their friends over to try THE ARCHERY MANILA:-)

 

Vista Residences: The Rise of Student Condos

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When I was in College,  I stayed one semester in a dorm in UP Los Banos and consequently transferred to a house my friends and I rented.  Those days were fun and carefree beyond compare and I think it has shaped me to be a more independent person.  True to what parents think,  it was party time!  But parents, give the kids some credit, whatever values you have ingrained in the kids all these years cannot be thrown away over a semester or a year.  Yes, it did test my values as some friends dabbled in drugs but I knew drugs is a non-negotiable and I didn’t take a single shot all through my 2 years in a UPLB (moved to UP Diliman after 2 ears).   I partied hard but I knew my parents value education and though I was sometimes a living zombie, I can’t remember missing a class.

That said,  we parents can put some of our fears to rest, and entertain the idea of housing our kids in condominiums.

With the traffic unbearable and the curriculum more challenging,  considering the option of housing our kids in a condominium close to their school, becomes more and more practical.  This way, more time is spent in things that matter most – studying, honing extra curricular talents and nurturing physical and not virtual friendships.

Vista Residences,  is committed to providing students living spaces, close to their school.  Since 2005, Vista Residences has built and sold out 4 condominiums that are within walking distance or just across key Universities.  Today,  Vista Residences, owing to the success of the 4 initial condominiums, will be launching 5 more condominiums namely:   Vista GL Taft, Vista Heights in Legarda, Vista Brenthill in Baguio, Vista Katipunan in Quezon City the second project in the area and Vista Recto in Manila.  Apart from proximity to the school,  Vista Residences also addresses other equally important concerns like safety, food, laundry etc. in all of their properties.

Vista Residences university properties will come with an E-Library

Vista Residences university properties will come with an E-Library

Check out their university series properties at www.vistaresidences.com.ph.

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Disclosure:  Thanks to Vista Residences for sponsoring this post.

 

Change from Within: Youth Empowerment Camp for Kids

There is a buzz among parents about “Ignite the Fire.”  It is a Youth Empowerment Program that is geared towards igniting the fire in our kids.

I believe that all of our kids have that fire in them.  They have that innate talent to shine and become the best that they can be.  However,  sometimes they just don’t feel the need to shine.  Or they feel it’s too much work.  Or they lose focus.  As parents,  we provide constant reminders to them and even provide them with all the external help we can from tutors, enrichment programs to grand rewards.  But we cannot always be there to provide extrinsic motivation for them.  In the end,  the good change they want must be stemming from their desire to be the best that they can be.  No amount of external motivation can outweigh the fuel from within.

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It is with this thought that I have taken interest to enroll my kids in the “Ignite the Fire” camp this April 21-25, 2015.  It is not because I believe they are bad and need to change.  It is because I believe that there is so much good in them and they can shine.  This is the first time I am enrolling my kids but the camp has been fanning the fire in Asia, particularly in Singapore, for several years and now it has come to the Philippines.

Of course, since we are chucking quite a sum of money for the camp I am very curious to find out more about it.  Tonight,  Cherry Pua, the lead mentor of the program with a long list of credentials in Neuro Linguistic Programming is going to hold a parent talk at Fully Booked tonight for a handful of parents who are considering the program.  I’ll find out more and fill you guys in.  Meantime, please feel free to throw in your comments and questions so I can ask for you guys.  Or visit their website at worldstagesuperstar.com

Let’s Fan the Flame in our Kids,

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