Manila, Philippines – Director General Nicanor Bartolome, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), will be the guest of honor and speaker during the opening of the 2012 Defense & Sporting Arms Show (DSAS) Part 1 on July 19, 9 a.m., at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the 2012 DSAS will have a bigger event area and more display and retail booths to accommodate the increasing number of gun enthusiasts, according to Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers (AFAD) President Neri Dionisio.
As compared to the ﬂoor area of 2,958 square meters occupied by ﬁrearms exhibitors during the DSAS Part 2 in November 2011, Dionisio said that this year’s gun show will occupy a total of 3,878 square meters of space from the MegaTrade Halls 1, 2 and 3, being the latest addition of display area.
The number of ﬁrearms display and store booths for the 2012 DSAS Part I has reached 184 as compared to the 137 during the DSAS Part 2 last November 2011.
To be attended by many top government ofﬁcials on its opening day on July 19, the 2012 DSAS Part 1 will highlight the AFAD Hall of Philippine World Champions to honor the country’s seven top guns who excelled not only in local shooting events but also in the international scene.
Also during the opening rites for the ﬁve-day gun show event, the AFAD – event organizer of DSAS – will also launch the 1st DSAS “Right to Live” Print Media Awards for the best news and feature articles on the gun show and ﬁrearms industry.
In celebrating the 20 years of uninterrupted, successful gun shows in the country, this year’s DSAS also features the “DSAS Through the Years – AVP (audio visual presentation) & Memorabilia” for a walk down the memory lane on the DSAS’ modest beginnings and historic past and the “Art in Arms: Antique Firearms, Sculptures, Paintings and others.”
As part of the gun show tradition, the ﬁrearms and martial arts experts will also conduct free seminars on responsible gun ownership, ﬁrearms maintenance, proper ﬁrearms storage, self-defense and gun laws and regulations, among others.
Tradeshow International, Inc. – event manager – will hold the Best Booth Competition for the ﬁrearms exhibitors and daily rafﬂe for lucky DSAS visitors.
Sponsors include Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Manila Times, People’s Journal, Daily Tribune, DWIZ 88.2, Home Radio 97.9, DZRH 666 khz, Aksiyon Radio, 105.1 Crossover, Total Security Systems, Inc., Brightstar Electronics and Imaging Resources, Pioneer, SM Tickets, SM Cinema, Snack Time and Taytan International Corp.
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