Young travelers, big adventures

The ultimate backpacking adventure, Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge is back on its fourth year, promising even more surprises and thrilling challenges. From June 23 to July 1, 2015, five teams of fun-loving students will explore several destinations in the Cebu Pacific network, for eight straight days—all for free. 

The teams will begin their exciting escapade in Bangkok, Thailand. After taking on the vibrant Thai capital, they are free to conquer any Philippine destination of their choice! This is the first time the Juan for Fun teams have the freedom to explore any destination in the Philippines.

They should then make their way to the Juan for Fun 2015’s final destination, Davao on July 1, for the challenge’s culmination.

Juan for Fun 2015 Send-Off Ceremony with CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog

Each group is tasked to have as many fun experiences and discoveries, within their given travel allowance of USD250 and PhP35,000. By the end of the competition, the team with the most number of fun activities out of their given budget, and highest ranking in special fun challenges, will be named the Juan for Fun 2015 Ultimate Backpackers. They get to win awesome prizes they can use for more epic adventures.

The three members of the winning team will take home: 12 round-trip tickets to any Cebu Pacific international or domestic destination; three Canon Powershot SX600 cameras; three Samsung Tab 3 Lite tablets courtesy of Smart Bro; and, P30,000 worth of gift certificates for Boreas travel gear.

Team Juan Big Fight with Coach Iya Villania

To mentor the teams as they go on an exciting quest for adventure are this year’s Adventure Coaches. Throughout the duration of the challenge, TV host and actress Iya Villania, musician Champ Lui Pio, YouTube star Bogart the Explorer, host and DJ Joyce Pring, and travel writer Jude Bacalso will stay in touch and cheer for their respective teams through social media.

“In each Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun challenge, our student teams get to experience a lot of ‘firsts.’ It can be their first time on a plane, in a new destination, being responsible for itineraries or travel budgets, or traveling with friends. It’s what makes the challenge memorable and meaningful for everyone involved,” said Cebu Pacific VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

Team Iskapade with Coach Bogart the Explorer

“We send off this new batch of adventurous young Juans with the freedom to explore Bangkok and this beautiful country of ours. We hope this encourages more young people to think of travel as affordable and within easy reach, if one is bold enough to go for it,” she added.

The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2015 is co-presented by GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s lifestyle rewards program, and Nissin Yakisoba. The challenge’s major sponsors are SmartBro, Boreas and Canon. It is also supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism, Tourism Authority of Thailand, and endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education.

Team Square with Coach Champ Lui Pio

The top five thrill-seeking teams
Best friends ready to take on their next adventure, Doel Lozano (21, Notre Dame Dadiangas University), Marielle Padilla (21, ACA SarGen Foundation College), and RogenSagarino (20, Mindanao State University – General Santos) make up Team DoMaRo. This determined trio will be paired off with Coach Jude Bacalso.

Team Extreme is made up of GioTiongson (22) of Ateneo de Manila University, and twins Miguel Manalang (22) and Luigi Manalang (22) of De La Salle University. Coach Joyce Pring will mentor this athletic trio.

Team Domaro with Coach Jude Bacalso
Jassy Tomol (19), Joyce Gonzalez (20), and Kat Locsin (20) of University of the Philippines – Cebu form Team Iskapade. Stay tuned to these adventure-seekers as they discover new destinations and overcome challenges with the expert guidance of Coach Bogart the Explorer.

Team Juan Big Fight is composed of 20-year-old Ateneo de Manila University students Aaron Crisostomo, Asia Wy, and Kyle Favis. They are ready to have great fun and reap big wins with Coach Iya Villania.

Team Extreme with Coach Joyce Pring

The youngest team this year, Cheloi Marasigan (19), Mischa de Guzman (19), and Rae Argallon (19) of University of Sto. Tomas represent Team Square. These architecture students are raring to conquer this adventure with Coach Champ Lui Pio.

Join these five thrill-seeking teams as they take on new adventures in the Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2015 by visiting Cheer for your favorites and join the conversation on the Juan for Fun Facebook page (, the team pages on Instagram or by using the hashtag #JuanForFun2015./PR

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