After 7 straight days of endless adventures in the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016, #JFFJuanTeamPH was declared the winner. The team hailing from Bacolod is this year’s Ultimate Backpackers receiving the most awesome prize – a Travel-All-You-Can pass. At the culminating event held at the Plaza of Newport Mall in Resorts World Manila on June 29th, teammates Glenn Layola, Audrey Ramos and John Ray Blance together with their adventure coach TV host and VJ Robi Domingo has the best reaction ever when the announcement was made.
It’s a sweet victory that everyone would love to have. Each member is entitled to as many free flights to domestic and international short-haul destinations as they want within one year. They also win gift certificates from Cebu Pacific’s partner brands Tripologie travel store, Merrel shoes, and Boreas travel bags.
#JFFJuanTeamPH competed against 4 other university students and traveled to exotic destinations and conquered as many awesome adventures that the Philippines has to offer. With a travel allowance worth Php35,000 for each team, they roamed the country to discover sights, food, culture and everything in between.
The team kicked things off in Iloilo, before making their way to Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Surigao, and Butuan. For their final stop, they paid a visit to the majestic Mt. Mayon in Legazpi, Albay. The students of La Salle Bacolod were guided by their adventure coach, TV host and VJ Robi Domingo.
Marie Tuason, Karlo Carranza, and Samantha Rice of #JFFTeamPura placed second. With an itinerary covering Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete, Siargao, Iloilo, and Davao, I’m pretty sure they had an awesome experience as well. Guiding them throughout was their energetic adventure coach, Bogart the Explorer.
The group that conquered Laoag, Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao is #JFFTeamWork. The team composed of Serge Calumpong, April Nacion, and Jaysson Presores ranked third in the competition. Travel writer Jude Bacalso was their adventure coach who made sure each of their stop is memorable.
Tied at fourth place were #JFFTeamPablo and #JFFTeamTAG. The former is comprised of Brendan Tangan, Linus Pagulayan, and Cherson Bariuan of St. Paul University Philippines. They were welcomed by the pristine waters of Coron and Camiguin, and were wowed by the natural beauty of Iloilo and Cebu. With their adventure coach Saab Magalona giving them expert tips, the team was able to enjoy their adventure to the hilt.
#JFFTeamTAG’s Tricia Quintero, April Baldovino, and Gian Nicdao of University of the Philippines-Manila hit four of the country’s top tourist spots: Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo, and Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Helping them make the most out of their time in these destinations was their adventure coach, musician Champ Lui Pio.
With the travel escapades, discoveries and lots of fun for 7 days, each team is already a winner. Indeed, this is what traveling around the Philippines is all about. I’m so envious of every participants.
The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016 has Boreas Gear as the official travel gear, Merrell as the official footwear, and GoPro as the official camera. The challenge is also supported by Wenger and Dan’s, and endorsed by the Department of Tourism and Commission on Higher Education.
Get going and explore more of the Philippines with Cebu Pacific. Make sure to revisit the adventures of the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016 teams by visiting www.juanforfun.com. For bookings and information on new and exciting programs, follow Cebu Pacific’s official Facebook and Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) pages.