Sunday, April 19, 2015

Cebu Pacific's Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is Back!

Traveling is one of the most exciting things you should do while you're young and physically capable to take on one adventure after the other. Previous participants and winners of Cebu Pacific's Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge can definitely attest to that. 

This past weekend, I met four young people whose adventurous spirits led them to audition, get accepted, and go to exciting destinations for several days -- for FREE! These Juan for Fun alumni shared how much they enjoyed their trips and sharpened many of their skills. 

Esme, Mara, Gian, and Patrik may have come from different teams and JFF editions but they have at least two things in common -- a zest for life and the desire to discover new things through traveling. Fortunately, Cebu Pacific came up with a unique and exciting travel adventure program for college and university students like them. 

JFF alumni: (from left) Esme, Mara, Gian, and Patrik
Now on its fourth year, the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2015 is once more inviting students residing in the Philippines, aged 18 to 23 years old, who are raring to go on a one-of-a-kind journey. Grab this chance to go backpacking across Cebu Pacific destinations for eight days without shelling out a cent!

Interested participants just have to form a team of three and show their most creative and competitive side via an audition video where they have to answer this question: "What makes you the team to beat in this year's Juan for Fun"? You have until May 2, 2015 to upload your entries through Three finalists with the most awesome videos will be automatically included in the challenge. Two more will get to be in the top five after getting the most online votes between May 16 to May 20.

JFF 2014 teams in Kuala Lumpur
The five teams will then discover their destinations during the send-off ceremonies on June 23. All they need to bring are their passports, basic budgeting know-how, an extra dose of adrenaline, and their backpacks.

Wherever Juan for Fun 2015 takes them from June 23 to July 1, the teams are expected to have as many fun and exciting activities using the travel allowance they are given. They must also complete special tasks that await them in select shops to earn more points and win special prizes.

JFF 2014 teams in Camiguin
As if all these were not exciting enough, there teams are very lucky to be sharing their journeys with Adventure Coaches, who are actually popular Philippine personalities known to be insatiable travelers themselves. The coaches will guide each team through social media as they make their way from one destination to another. 

What are the prizes, you ask? Well, this year's Juan for Fun Ultimate Backpackers will receive 12 roundtrip tickets to any local or international destinations of their choice as well as other premium travel gear! 

JFF Seasons 1, 2, and 3 teams from Cebu
Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution, shared that every year, they get inspired by the enthusiasm, resourcefulness, and energy of the student teams who audition. "We look forward to watching their videos, and taking them on an adventure that can start a lifetime of adventures."

Last year, Team Tuklas composed of Floyd Patricio, Esme Escoto, and Gab Saplagio from the University of the Philippines Diliman outplayed four other teams and bagged the top spot in JFF Year 3. The three navigated their way through Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bacolod, Cebu, Camiguin, and Cagayan de Oro during a nine-day, seven city challenge.

JFF 2015 mini edition with the Adventure Coaches and members of the media
photo credit: Gian Paglinawan 
Just this past weekend, I got to experience being a JFF backpacker with the Adventure Coaches and fellow members of the media. Here's a teaser photo of that stint held in the beautiful island of Siquijor. Check out my next blog post where you can find more information about the five adventure coaches and stay tuned for another post about the Siquijor challenge. 

Excited now? Join the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2015 with two of your best buddies so you can discover and explore new places together. Visit and like for more details and other updates.

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