Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge: Education through adventure travel


Fifteen young adventurers, six destinations, seven exciting days and a race to have the most fun experiences. Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge returns with more educational and colorful adventures awaiting its participants.

Now on its second year, the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge has drawn more thrill-seeking students with a knack for budget travel to join the competition to explore and enjoy the ultimate all-expenses-paid backpacking trip around the country.

“Taking fun-loving students from all over the Philippines on this one-of-a-kind backpacking trip is one of the reasons why we fly. For some students, it’s their first time on a plane. For some, it’s their first time in a certain destination. This kind of excitement from students energizes us, and reminds us just how much we can learn from travel, and how adventurous we can be,” said Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

“This is also our way of encouraging the youth to learn and appreciate our diverse cultural heritage and experience our tourist destinations first-hand why it truly is “More Fun in the Philippines,” the budget airline executive added.

From August 27 to September 2, the five chosen teams will be tasked to have as many fun and adventurous experiences, armed with a budget of P35,000 per team. At the end of the challenge, the team with the most number of experiences and the least amount of total expenses will win the competition, based on these criteria: Fun Activities (50 percent) and Budget Friendliness (50 percent). Special fun challenges prepared by the Department of Tourism in each destination also give teams a chance to win additional prizes.

With Manila as the starting point, the other destinations include, Kalibo, Aklan; Davao; Dipolog; Puerto Princessa, Palawan and Cebu.

Meet the thrill-seekers

Team Crimson

Team Crimson might also be known as Team International as it consists of Filipino Sesinando Quilao, Jr., Iranian Patrik Norouzi and South Korean So Myeong Lee. These Silliman University students and church band members may have different backgrounds, but they are united by their common love for travel, adventure and music.

Team Seven

Team Seven is composed of Bukidnon State University’s Cyryll Juvan Macas, Mark Dominick Pat and Irish Gayle Cajigas. These outdoor sports enthusiasts are willing to go the distance for extreme adventure.

Team Lemixian

The all-girl Team Lemixian is composed of Trixie Laine Gacott of Holy Trinity University, and Angelica Mendoza and Leah May Camacho of Palawan State University. They call themselves professional fun adventurers who believe that “maraming paraan basta for fun (There are a lot of ways to have fun).”

Team Awesome

Cebuanos with comedic timing, Windom Lim, Leander Dan Aldemita and Shemaiah Xyza Baja of University of San Carlos Cebu make up Team Awesome.

Team Sun Broadband

Brought together by extreme thrills–hiking, surfing, ziplining, scuba diving, Team Sun Broadband is composed of De La Salle University-Manila students Aldric Chua, Stephanie Bernardo and Laura Cua.

The winning team will get 12 round-trip tickets to any short-haul international or domestic destination, plus a three-day, two-night Philippine tour package for three, courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Each member of the team will also receive Samsung Galaxy tablets, Wenger watches, Canon Cameras, Sun Cellular pocket wifi and broadband wireless kits.

The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2013 is co-presented by Sun Broadband Wireless and the Department of Tourism, with the support of Canon, Botak, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, and Wenger, the Juan for Fun official travel gear.

Last year, Team Big Explorers a group of students from La Salle University, became the first ever champion. Team Bukidnon, the only team from Mindanao, ranked 2nd while Team KeLoFe ranked 3rd in the race.

To follow the teams’ adventures, go to www.juanforfun.com or check out Cebu Pacific Air’s official Facebook and Twitter (@cebupacificair) pages. Follow the travel adventures of your favorite team and join the conversation on Twitter by using the adventure hashtag #juanforfun.

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