The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines, Inc. (AFAD) has set the dates for the two gun shows panned this 2019 to address the increasing interest of Filipinos in firearms for both competitive and recreational activities.
Alaric Topacio, AFAD president, said Part 1 of the 27th AFAD Defense and Sporting Arms Show will be held on July 11-15 while Part 2 is scheduled on November 14-18. Both shows will be held at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. AFAD holds the longest-running gun show in the country.
This year’s DSAA, the 27th series, is seen as the largest to-date with 60 exhibitors offering a range of firearms, ammunition and shooting paraphernalia, some of which will be seen for the very first time in the Philippines.
Topacio said the group has observed that more and more attendees are going to the gun shows. The yearly DSAS occupies all three halls of Megatrade which has a gross floor area of 4,886 square meters.
“It’s always filled to the rafters from the opening hours of 10am up to closing time of 10pm. This year, we expect over 25,000 firearms and shooting sports enthusiasts to visit the five-day event,” said Topacio during the ‘Usapang Sports’ of the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) on Thursday at the NPC.
Other highlights at the 27th AFAD DSAS include free seminars on responsible gun ownership, firearms safety handling and martial arts, as well as other exciting activities, including a daily raffle.
During the show, the Philippine National Police Caravan will also be on site to assist show goers with their firearms licensing and permit to carry requirements.
The group has also lined up several activities to encourage more Filipinos to take up the sports and set plans to support multiple shooting events. AFAD will also recognize the country’s top shooters during the exhibit.
Jethro Dionisio, Jag Lejano, Edward Rivera, Joey Delos Santos, Kahlik Viray, Huey Co, Mariboy Alejandro and Bro. Tecson, as well as Grace Tamayo, Marly Martyr and Evelyn Woods have also confirmed their attendance.
AFAD was created in 1989 and was formed to represent the interests of the country’s defense and security industry. It now has over 60 members who meet regularly to formulate and impose self-regulating policies for the industry, as well as government campaign against illegal trading and importation of weaponry and loose firearms.