From Bangkok to Davao: Cebu Pacific ‘Juan for Fun’ Backpacker Challenge 2015 is Bigger and Better


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Now on its 4th year, Cebu Pacific’s JUAN FOR FUN BACKPACKER CHALLENGE returns and brings bigger and newer adventures. Starting June 23 to July 1, 2015, five teams composed of fun-loving students are given the chance to explore and experience an exciting new adventure.

“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.


Truly the ultimate backpacking adventure, Juan for Fun 2015 promises more surprises and thrilling challenges this year. Each group is tasked to have as many fun experiences and discoveries with a budget allowance of $250 and Php 35,000.

This year, these young backpackers’ epic adventure starts in celebrating “Thainess” with their first stop in Bankok, Thailand. This is followed by a more interesting twist in the competition as these young travelers are given the chance to have their Choose-Your-Own-Adventure trip to go anywhere they like in the Philippines. The activity culminates in Davao on July 1, 2015.

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


Awesome prizes awaits the winners such as 12 round-trip tickets to any Cebu Pacific International or domestic destinations, three Canon Powershot SX600 cameras, three Ssmsung Tab 3 Lite tablets courtesy of Smart Bro and P 30,000 worth of gift certificates from Boreas travel gear.

The group that would be able to maximize their given budget, have the most fun activities, and have the highest rank in special fun challenges, will be named the Juan for Fun 2015 Ultimate Backpackers.


To lead each team in their exciting quests are their respective Adventure coaches: TV host and actress Iya Villania, musician champ Lui Po, YouTube star Bogart the Explorer, host and DJ Joyce Pring, and travel writer Jude Bacalso. These mentors will stay in touch and cheer their respective team members through social media.

The top-five thrill-seeking teams are:

TEAM DOMARO (Adventure Coach: Jude Bacalso)

Best friends for life from Davaoenos Doel Lozano (21, Notre Dame Dadiangas University), Marielle Padilla (21, ACA SarGen Foundation College), and Rogen Sagarino (20, Mindanao State University) are all geared to take their on their newest adventure as they plan to explore Northern part of the country for this Backpacker Challenge.

TEAM EXTREME (Adventure Coach: Joyce Pring)

Gio Tiongson (Ateneo de Manila University) and twins Miguel Manalang and Luigi Manalang are the 22-year old, all-male, athletic trio of Juan for Fun 2015. These traveling hunks who entertained the guests during the launch with their ‘Bring-It-On’ cheer routine is up for any challenge in this competition as they are among the most fit teams in the competition.

TEAM ISKAPADE (Adventure Coach: Bogart the Explorer)

“Iskolars ng Bayan” Jassy Tomol (19), Joyce Gonzalez (20), and Kat Locsin (20) composed the all-girls from the University of the Philippines – Cebu. These rapping beauties are smart and sassy are ready to take on any challenge to show what girl power is all about.

TEAM JUAN BIG FIGHT (Adventure Coach: Iya Villania)

We all know that Ateneeans and Lasallians are often known to be “arch-enemies” especially during UAAP Season, however this time around, such “stereotype differences” does not exist as the 20-year-old, all Ateneo de Manila University students, Aaron Crisostomo, Asia Wy, and Kyle Favis are led by De La Salle Alumna Celebrity Coach Iya Villania.

TEAM SQUARE (Adventure Coach: Champ Lui Pio)

Hailing from the Roman Catholic, Pontifical and Royal University – the University of Santo Tomas, Cheloi Marasigan (19), Mischa de Guzman (19), and Rae Argallon (19) is the youngest team this year. These architecture students are excited to explore different cultures especially their landmark buildings and structures.

Come and join the 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.

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