Imelda Papin shoots balloons in shootfest; Mark Lapid wins

 

 

 

 By Boy Villasanta

Instead of shooting bull’s eyes’ targets in a range, Actors Guild of the Philippines president Imelda Papin shot balloons. And it was one hell of fun.

            The occasion was the annual Shootfest organized by the Katipunan ng mga Artista ng Pelikulang Pilipino at Telebisyon (KAPPT) held at the Amscor Shooting Ranges in Amscor Avenue, Barangay Fortune in Marikina City.

            Shooters among stars displayed their shooting agility in the whole-day affair spearheaded not only by Imelda but Amay Bisaya, Val Iglesias, Boy Roque, Perry de Guzman, Ricardo Cepeda and the rest of the officers and board of directors of the Actors Guild.

            Papin and KAPPT member Richard Duran said it was an exciting competition among celebrities who shoot the bull’s eyes. “Ang dami nating magagaling mamaril. Pero ito ay sa tamang lugar (We have many movie and television stars who are good at shooting but in the right place),” said Richard, a veteran of many action films with superstars like Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Jestoni Alarcon, Phillip Salvador and the late Rudy Fernandez and Fernando Poe, Jr., the latter the subject of the tribute of the event.

            “Taun-taon ‘yan, pinaparangalan natin si FPJ by means of a shootfest (It’s yearly that we pay FPJ a homage),” informed Duran, a colleague and best friend of action star Jess Sanchez.

            According to Richard, Papin was in her lively mood when she pulled the trigger and shot the balloons perched on the shooting range. It also signaled the start of the game which was also participated in by military personnel, professionals and gun enthusiasts around the country.

            “The Actors Guild encouraged the participation of non-showbiz people so that we could gather enough funds for the projects of the Guild,” added Duran.

            Imelda, he said chose to shoot balloons because she wasn’t trained yet to hold a gun to target bull’s eyes.

            “But she had an assistant. Mahusay rin umasinta si Imelda kahit lobo lang ang kanyang binabaril (Imelda was a sharpshooter even if she only shot balloons),” chuckled Richard. The colorful balloons by the way were only decorations in the affair.

            Among the celebs, Mark Lapid won the highest points in the shooting. “Magaling ding bumaril si Mark. (Mark is also a sharpshooter),” quipped Duran.  

            Sexy star Keanna Reeves was one of the special guests who handed in trophies and other prizes to the winners. “Kuwela si Keanna sa event. Patalsik-talsik pa ang kanyang buhok kaya gustung-gusto siya ng mga tao (Keanna was fun. She was flowing and touching her hair so often in every move which was a hit among the guests),” recounted Richard, a bona fide character actor.

            He said that one of the objectives of the shoot festival is to develop more mature outlook in responsible possession of firearms. “Para mas maging professional pa ang mga artista sa paggamit ng baril kung may license sila (So that celebrities are more professional in using licensed guns),” informed Duran.

            “Ako, naniniwala ako sa tamang paggamit ng baril. Itong mga nangyayari sa atin na patayan, sa palagay ko, kailangan din na madisiplina ang mga kriminal. Mahusay ang pananaw niPresident Duterte. Sa pananaw ko, ibabalik sa PNP talaga ang pag-aayos sa ating paligid. Mga pulis din naman ang nasa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, di ba, ‘yong PDEA? (I believe in the responsible use of guns. The killings around us I think are valid because we have to discipline the criminals. President Duterte has a vision. I think the drug problem will again be delegated to the Philippine National Police (PNP). The force behind the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the PDEA is also the police force, right? ” he asked.     

         Meanwhile, the annual Actors Guild’s Shootfest has been going on for years which started even during the presidency of Rez Cortez.

 

 

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