Airsoft: “Getting Hit Is Not An Option”

It’s popular. It’s played at D’ Family Park in Talamban. In the hills of Consolacion. At the back of Tisoy’s Restaurant along A.S. Fortuna. Hundreds polish their rifles and pistols. Hearts pump fast. Bullets riddle the air. Men paint their faces. Women camouflage their bodies.

Airsoft is one very popular sport in Cebu. Yesterday, while working out in the gym, I watched the 6 p.m. news on TV and caught a glimpse of Cebu City Councilor Jack Jakosalem. He was talking about airsoft and an upcoming event at the Gaisano Bowlinplex Parking Lot.

“Getting Hit Is Not An Option” is the name of the event. Nice name. The tournament organizers visited the every-Thursday SCOOP (Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines-Cebu Chapter) forum at the Baseline Restaurant to announce the event which starts tomorrow (Saturday).

“We are 100 percent behind airsoft and in fact, we are offering the South Road Properties as a venue for airsoft competitions,” said Councilor Jakosalem, the chairman of the committee on sports. “This is a real sport and it’s very demanding psychologically and physically on the part of the players,” added Jakosalem. With him at the forum was PNP’s Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervisory Section (Fessags) Chief P/Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, who also spoke of the need for airsoft players to register their “guns.”

In the event this weekend, here are the teams…. In the Elite Division, there are 13 squads: XTAT-One Airsoft Cebu, Assault and Tactics Operatives, Tactical Operations Elite Specialists, Team LTD, Airsoft Gamers Tactical Assault, Black Aces, Hammer Head, Crack Legion, Mandaue Airsoft Group, Diablo-Danao, PacMan, Deep Recon and Yaw Coy. In the Novice division, the squads are Crack legion-A and B, Cobra-Bogo, RAS, MAG, Cast, ATO, Hammerhead, Black Aces and LRC-AFP. Read the full story in Sun.Star Cebu here…

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!


  1. hey um how old do u have to be to play airsoft i just got my gun and im 10 but i play paint ball in paintball village what is your rules get back to me ASAP. WOAH!!!

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