FRAG Philippines Elects New President

Incoming FRAG Philippines President Bong Collera

Force Recon Airsoft Group – Philippines just elected its 2010-11 Officers.  FRAG Bong Collera was unanimously elected and succeeds FRAG Bobby Ludeña who was president since October 2007.  Below is the list of the 2010-11 incoming officers.

President – Bong Collera
Vice President – Noel Fajardo
Secretary – Ed Tabernero
Treasurer – Dodz Andoque
Immediate Past President – Bobby Ludeña

Board Of Directors:
Alvin Mañus
Teddy Salido
Tanya Neri

So We’re Back!

So we’re back! After six months of no airsoft games due to the election “Gun Ban” we’re back to playing our beloved sport. I can’t believe how the six month lay-off rusted my AEG from its gun barrel to its trigger. Anyway, it would take another six years for the “Election Gun Ban” to take effect again. Yay!!!

But here’s another thing – it’s July and it is the start of the rainy season. Too bad for our team, our game sites are swamped with rain water. Though it looks like a real Vietnam scenario if you look around, how can you play in a swampy area with lots of insects and critters around? Snakes? Yes snakes, it’s abundant here in our country. Ranging from those cute little ones to the big and venomous constrictors. Arghh.. Bad luck? You may say that, but we see ourselves as real Recons, and the real recon usually inserts itself in areas (under any condition) wherein no one suspects they are there. Simply to say, we can still play at our swampy game sites.  Can we?  That remains to be seen.

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FRAG 2nd Anniversary Video


Celebrating two years of existence.

FRAG Hits Second Anniversary

It was a sure hit for Force Recon Airsoft Group (FRAG) when it celebrated its second anniversary through a 5-man speedball tournament last Sunday, October 4 at Camp Lauriel, Patag.

The airsoft group of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines was organized also with a game at Malasag Hills on October 6, 2007 by its initial members of six airsoft players and enthusiasts.  Now the group has grown into forty members, with a strength and esprit de corps that boasts of participation to several tournaments, self-organized special military simulations and the regular Sunday skirmishes.

The anniversary speedball tournament, aptly named Operation WHAM (War, Harmony and Music) marked the solidarity and comradeship of the members of the group who sported matching uniforms (and even face paint) to their respective team names of local bands and songs.  The games were participated in by seven teams and the event was supported by Team Star whose members acted as marshalls.

Fellowship Night after the Games

Corporate sponsor for the tournament was Smart Telecoms, while FRAG Dublin donated some funds for the fellowship dinner at Dave Agudo’s residence.

FRAG-CDO: Back to the Roots

Since the inception of Force Recon Airsoft Group, Inc. way back in November 2007, the group has grown into a bigger, better team not just in terms of skills but the spirit of brotherhood has become its icon of strength. It is also with this great improvement that vital  aspects into the treatment of the sport has been neglected and/or exploited. Because of the team’s enthusiasm to the sport, players began to develop a certain “itch”: looking forward to every Sunday game, seriousness in entering a tournament, increasing AEG velocities, etc.

FRAG Team @ 2009 Inter-CDO Tournament

FRAG Team @ 2009 Inter-CDO Tournament

Well, frankly speaking, there really is nothing wrong with this just the fact the we sometimes overdo it. One evident character that we have noticed is the gradual increase of AEG velocity that sometimes we fire AEGs with ridiculous “fps” of 500 – bbs passing through and through face masks even cracking M4 hand guards. It becomes a problem when safety of the players is compromised. The FRAG officers first solved the problem with “boundary rules.” A player with velocities higher than 450fps can only fire up to a certain area marked by the Head Marshall, so they pose as gunners and snipers, which, for most players who are used to CQB and assault games, means no fun at all. Still, even with the strict imposition of the rules, some players with high-velocity AEGs get through their boundaries unnoticed by marshalls. This can cause unavoidable damage to other players.

We do have guests from other teams who come and play with us, and even those who just come to try playing airsoft. This can sometimes cause shame to our group if we hurt a guest player or a beginner, so FRAG, as a group had to do some preventive measures to avoid serious injuries to our guests and so with our own team members as well. It was towards the start of the year when FRAG Command imposed a strict rule banning AEGs with velocities above the maximum 450fps from  the game, even just 1fps higher would result to this measure. Another rule that the committee imposed was the wearing of full BDU to ensure the safety of the players, and of course, for battle simulation purposes. The officers had to check every AEG for suspected high velocity, and as always, “No BDU, no play.” We did not only limit these rules to our group but also to our guest players as well. If ever a group would want to play with FRAG, we send them our new set of rules, and if they abide by it, they can play.

For quite some time that we followed this trend, we have developed so many things as a group. We have very much improved since then. We realized that it is not with the use of AEGs with high velocities that make our Sunday game more realistic or exciting, instead, we worked on improving our scenarios to have a dynamic military simulation. Most importantly, we have learned to grow as a team. Our spirit of brotherhood is the epitomy of our strength, and with this notion, we can overcome many of our encounters. FRAG does not deem to set as an example to the airsoft community, but it is with its thrusts that FRAG community exists as a believer and lover of the sport lifted by our respect to the entire airsoft community.

FRAG vs 4th Infantry Division (Philippine Army)

FRAG vs 4th Infantry Division (Philippine Army)

FRAG vs 4th Infantry Division (Philippine Army)

FRAG Philippines (Cagayan de Oro) and the 4th Infantry Division Philippine Army (4ID) exchanged airsoft bb’s last Sunday, June 07, 2009 at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City.  Simulated games such as Search and Destroy and Attack/Defend scenarios were applied. The Philippine Army is now thinking about higher end military training using airsoft guns. Scenarios dealing with sociopaths,  terrorists, kidnappings or any other high end thinking situations. Situations like these demand a realistic training environment, where real people pretend to be the offenders or kidnapped parties, while the training officers have to move and think through the scenario.

FRAG Dublin Sends Aid to Philippine Flood Victims

ABS-CBN's Che Verendia and FRAG President Bobby Ludeña

ABS-CBN's Che Verendia and FRAG President Bobby Ludeña

From airsoft gaming to community service, FRAG Dublin, Ireland sent more than 20 boxes of assorted goods to the flood victims of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Thousands of families were displaced and crops and properties worth millions of pesos damaged when floods caused by incessant rains hit the region last January 2009. Cagayan de Oro’s Force Recon Airsoft Group President Bobby Ludeña delivered the goods through  ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya, who were covering the disaster and at the same time, bringing relief to the people affected. A “big” thank you to our brothers in Ireland.