Hailed as the “Hub of the Practical Shooting Sport” in Northwestern Luzon, the Province of Ilocos Norte will host this year’s Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) Nationals: Senator Bongbong Marcos Cup scheduled November 26 to December 2, 2012 at the Marcos Combat Shooting Firing Range in Barangay Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
A total of 600 shooting champions and aficionados will arrive as groups from the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Guam, the United States, Hawaii and from across the Philippines like Davao, General Santos City, Manila, and Bukidnon.
Local shooters and members of gun clubs based in the province like the Marcos Combat Shooters Inc. will also attend to stand against the top shooters.
This year’s version of Sen. Bongbong Marcos Cup shall have 20 stages, tuned to be at Level III which presents varying degrees of difficulties and obstacles designed to cover all the principles observed by PPSA’s umbrella organization, the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).
Since its inception, the Cup has drawn shooting personalities to visit the province, including the proclaimed winners of 2011, namely Edward Rivera of Speed Edge and Jethro “The Jet” Dionisio of Armscor, both known to have multiple championship titles from various IPSC matches.
Practical Shooting is the fastest growing shooting sport in the world to date. It was introduced to the Philippines by Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile by founding PPSA in 1982. Sen. Bongbong Marcos, being a practical shooting sport enthusiast, became one of the competitors during the first ever PPSA Nationals.
Aside from developing and testing an individual’s shooting skills in a controlled environment, the said competition advocates peace through sports, particularly responsible gun ownership.—(Grazielle Mae A. Sales, PGIN-CMO) (Photo by Alaric Yanos, PGIN-CMO)