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Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2016: Young Backpackers Get Enjoy the Philippines More

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Traveling shortens your learning curve significantly. That’s why as much as I can, I would prefer to travel anywhere. And for the young participants of the Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun 2016, I am sure, this is one of their best moments in their lives.

For seven straight days, five teams from different universities nationwide traveled to exotic locales and conquered as many awesome adventures that the country has to offer within their given travel allowance worth P35,000.

By the end of the challenge, #JFFTeamPH from Bacolod won and hailed as this year’s Ultimate Backpackers and received the “BEST-EST” prize-a Travel-All-You-Can pass from Cebu Pacific.

Even I, up to now, am still envious of the three winners (LOL) who are entitled to as many free flights to domestic and international short-haul destinations as they want within one year. (And how I would love to be in their shoes now. Hahaha)

They also got to take home gift certificates from Cebu Pacific’s partner brands: Tripologie travel store, Merrell shoes, and Boreas travel bags.

#JFFJUANTeamPH 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. Teammates Glenn Layola, Audrey Ramos, and John Ray Blance, students of La Salle Bacolod, were guided by their adventure coach, TV host and VJ Robi Domingo.

Brendan Tangan, Linus Pagulayan, and Cherson Bariuan of St. Paul University Philippines are #JFFTeamPablo. They were welcomed by the pristine waters of Coron and Camiguin, and were wowed by the natural beauty of lloilo and Cebu. With their adventure coach Saab Magalona giving them expert tips, the team was able to enjoy their adventure to the hilt.

To say that Marie Tuason, Karlo Carranza, and Samantha Rice of #JFFTeamPura had fun would be an understatement, especially with their itinerary covering Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete, Siargao, lloilo, and Davao. Matching their boundless energy was their adventure coach, Bogart the Explorer.

#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, lloilo, and Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Helping them make the most out of their time in these destinations was their adventure coach, musician Champ Lui Pio.

True to their team name. #JFFTeamwork, Serge Calumpong, April Naclon, and Javsson Presores leveraged on their years of friendship to conquer Laoag, Cebu, Bacolod, and Davao. Their adventure coach, travel writer Jude Bacalso, also made sure that the team succeeded and made unforgettabie memories in each stop.

The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016 has Boreas Gear as the official travel gear, Merell 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. Revisit the adventures of the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016 teams by visiting For bookings and information on new and exciting programs, follow Cebu Pacific’s official Facebook and Twitter (@CebuPacihcAir) pages.

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