For the first time since 2019, the Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines, Inc. (AFAD) is back with its 28th Defense and Sporting Arms show on July 14-18 at the Megatrade Hall of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
“After almost three years of absence in the observance of health and safety protocol due to pandemic, we’re now back with better and much bigger activities and programs involving our members and affiliated organizations,” newly elected AFAD president Hagen Alexander Topacio said.
Topacio, who just arrived in the country from a silver medal finish in the recently concluded 31st Southeast Asian Games, missed the media conference yesterday but was represented by fellow newly elected officers Imelda Reyes, Duke De Leon and Edwin Ańo
“The Covid-19 pandemic really shot down businesses but unlike others, the firearms industry did not suffer a downtrend. But the Filipino resiliency is remarkable. As we recover fast and the economic situation is slowly getting back on its feet. On the sporting side, the activities are far better than the others since shooting is an outdoor event,” said Ańo.
The five-day show will be open to gun enthusiasts as it will offer seminars and educational programs on self-defense, responsible gun ownership, firearms safety handling, regulation policy on gun ownership, and other exciting activities