I must admit that one of the reasons why I've found an interest in archery is the Hunger Games books. I wouldn't say that I'm crazy about the trilogy (and the movies as well) but there's something badass, albeit primitive, about being able to hunt and defend yourself with just a bow and an arrow. You know what else is badass? Being able to actually do it Legolas-style! Complete with orcs as targets, running for dear life while loading an arrow in the process, minus the tumbling and rolling of course. Add the pressure of a time limit and you'll get an exciting way to enjoy archery!

So if you're planning on a weekend beach trip up north, why not include the latest attraction of Sandbox in your itinerary?

Following the success of Sandbox outdoor archery, Alviera presents the first ever archery challenge maze in the country. Nowhere else can archers run through a maze and face moving targets and obstacles, all under time pressure. This new Sandbox attraction in Porac, Pampanga has been dubbed Aqtiv Archery and is expected to provide a whole new exciting outdoor experience.
The Sandbox outdoor archery range, operated by Oculus Archery, has had over 5,000 visitors since the attraction opened last year. Children as young as 7 years old to some strong seniors, all new to the sport, have found their bliss in this outdoor feature as they learn the basics of archery in a stationery setup consisting of 12 lanes of targets.
The Sandbox offers different archery packages but first-timers can try the 30-minute target archery first. It includes basic lessons, equipment and a stationary target. This is a pre-requisite before guests can try Aqtiv Archery, which requires basic archery knowledge that has to be combined with agility and hand-eye coordination.
"For the recreational archer, it's the next step to improving their skills and enjoying archery even more at the Sandbox," said Krizia Chu-Tranquilino, General Manager of Oculus Archery. Themed settings will change over time, so if you're a court jester in this adventure, you may be a witch, a Viking or even a hippie in the next.
Themed settings will change over time, so if you're a court jester in this adventure, you may be a witch, a Viking or even a hippie in the next.
With Aqtiv Archery, participants are given a mission that must be completed within 3 to 5 minutes in the maze depending on the mission's level of difficulty. Unlike target archery, participants must expect turns and twists and moving targets.
For the first mission, archers will face off against Monsters of the Wall. They (the archers) will be on the run, which adds difficulty to the activity.
And in keeping with a themed and more fun setting, participants will be wearing costumes and headgear. In my case, I'm wearing a GoPro as a headgear. I'll upload a video of my Aqtiv Archery experience soon.
Archers who beat the set time for the challenge will be granted Archery Elite status and will win some tokens from Oculus Archery. Every end of the month, the top 5 fastest archers that completed the challenge will be showcased.
Rate for Aqtiv Archery is at Php250 per attempt on the challenge maze and a package rate of Php400 includes a 30-minute target archery
Alviera and Oculus Archery will look into hosting tournaments in Sandbox in the near future, in partnership with academic and sports institutions.
Other Sandbox attractions have been bringing families, friends and even corporations to the park regularly in large numbers.
The longer and now tougher Aerial Walk takes visitors through an obstacle course above ground. The Giant Swing keeps riders thrilled 10 meters up, and many are lined up for the Adventure Tower's offerings: rappelling, wall climbing and free fall. Other thrill seekers enjoy Avatar One, Asia's first roller coaster zipline at 180-meters long. The Sandbox's open fields are ready for outdoor activities like camping, kite-flying, field games and other sports.
"The launch of Aqtiv Archery is only the beginning as Sandbox continues to expand in size and attractions in 2016," said John Estacio, General Manager of Alviera. "Other attractions to be launched this year include a 3-hectare Urban Karting, Airsoft, and Paintball facility together with the opening of restaurants."

Visitors can also watch out for exciting signature events such as the upcoming summer music and camping festival, Brightscape Campfest.

For more information on Sandbox at Alviera, visit and For inquiries, email or contact 0917 803 3099 / (045) 432 0014

About Alviera
Alviera is a 1,100 hectare master planned development by Ayala Land in partnership with Leonio Land. The property will have residential communities, shopping and dining establishments, offices, and academic institutions as it becomes the new regional growth center of Luzon. Upcoming developments include the Alviera Country Club and the Alviera Industrial Park.


  1. Added this on my bucket list of things to do in Pampanga. It looks like a nice adventure with family and friends. Thanks for sharing! :)


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