Ateneo Women’s Volleyball Team Gretchen Ho leads the first batch of Adventure Coaches for this year’s Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge as she and four well-known personalities were introduced last June 24 at the ‘send-off party‘ for the Juan for Fun challengers. Cebu Pacific has tapped five noted personalities known for their love of travel, to play the role of Adventure Coaches. Volleyball star Gretchen Ho, Internet celebrity Bogart the Explorer, sportsman and TV host Paolo Abrera, champion surfer Luke Landrigan and travel writer Jude Bacalso are on board to mentor each team during the course of the challenge. They will stay in touch with their respective teams and cheer them on through social media.
Gretchen mentors Team Juanabees who are made up of unstoppable trio representing schools in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are passionate about meeting new people, discovering new wonders, and enjoying every second of life. Team Juanabees is made up of Cams Abandula (19, UP Diliman), Kirk Coronel (19, University of San Carlos Cebu) and Gian Paglinawan (19, UP Mindanao).
Jude, also a writer for Smile magazine, cheers for Team Juanderlust composed of Liang Borlagdan and Mara Sy (21, Ateneo de Manila University) and Julia Negre (21, UP Diliman) and are banking on their individual strengths to win the competition and take home the big prize.
Meanwhile, Phoebe Alba and Cyp Basa (18, UP Visayas), and Gail Dela Rosa (17, Filamer Christian University) are ready to march to adventure as Team Suldado De Dora. Their journey will surely be a barrel of laughs as they get paired off with funnyman and YouTube sensation Coach Bogart the Explorer.
Team Tuklas, composed of Esme Escoto (21), Floyd Patricio (22), and Gab Saplagio (23) of UP Diliman, share a love not just for science, but for travel and adventure as well. This witty and wacky trio is all set to form their game plan with Coach Paolo Abrera.
And lastly, champion surfer Luke Landrigan mentors Paul Garcia (22), Kae Lao (20), and Jehanna Huyo-a (21) of Cebu Doctor’s University and Informatics Cebu make up Team Watermelon from the Queen City of the South. Always raring to try new things and explore their limits, this team believes that having the right mindset and being with the right people are all it takes to have a fun adventure.
Now on its third year, the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge will take adventurous, fun-loving college students to seven destinations, for nine days, all for free. And for the first time, an international destination was included being the first stop for Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge. First international destination happened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Surely the five #JuanforFun teams have blasted their way through their first Backpacker Challenge in Kuala Lumpur with lots of energy to spare as they went along for the second leg of their adventure – Manila! It was a great adventure brought by Tourism Malaysia ~ Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia with all the fun and excitement throughout the day.
The 3rd and 4th leg happened in Legazpi and Cebu. The teams are now in their 5th stop – Camiguin, as of this writing. Their special fun challenge takes place at White Beach! You may follow the teams’ pages for updates on their adventures or check out www.juanforfun.com.
Next stop will be at Cagayan de Oro and the last destination will be in Davao where awarding and recognition will be held on July 2, 2014.
This year’s challenge brought about a close to 200 team entries from 100 schools and universities nationwide.
From June 24 to July 2, 2014, the teams explore Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Legazpi, Cebu, Camiguin, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. Their challenge: to have as many fun activities with their MYR800 (Philippine Peso equivalent) and Php 30,000 allowance, and win as many special fun challenges as possible.
The trio with the most number of fun activities out of their given budget, and the highest standing in the Special Fun Challenges, will win the competition and score awesome prizes to go on even more exciting trips. Prizes include 12 round-trip tickets to any Cebu Pacific international or domestic destination of their choice, plus over Php 150,000 worth of other exciting prizes such as Canon Powershot SX510HS cameras, Vaude Sapporo Carry-On Trolleys, Vaude Hogan Ultra-Light Tents and a lot more.
“The Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is an exciting opportunity for young Filipinos everywhere to discover just how much they can learn from traveling. We want everyone to realize that you can go on an adventure and have a lot of fun, without having to spend a lot of money,” said Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.
And when we asked Ms. Candice of her expectations from the teams when they head back home, she simply told us that she’s just looking forward for all of the teams to “just have fun!”
The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2014 is co-presented by Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers, with the support of Vaude, Merrell, Canon and the Department of Tourism, and the endorsement of the Commission on Higher Education.
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