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Juan for Fun Backpackers Explore Davao

Juan for Fun Team briefing at the Davao Crocodile Park

Juan for Fun Team briefing at the Davao Crocodile Park

Juan for Fun Backpackers Explore Davao

Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara

Five adventurous teams composed of 15 energetic college students with high self-motivation and thirst for exploration were selected through video auditions for the first Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge in the Philippines.

Businessman Sonny Dizon welcomes the Juan for Fun team to the Crocodile Park

Businessman Sonny Dizon welcomes the Juan for Fun team to the Crocodile Park

Opening this wonderful opportunity to the youth is the country’s largest flag carrier, Cebu Pacific, which offers six destinations to explore in a budget travel competition from August 29 to September 2.

Pangil in the foreground of the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge in Davao Crocodile Park

Pangil in the foreground of the Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge in Davao Crocodile Park

Each team is given P30,000 allowance where the primary goal is to accomplish the most number of fun activities in Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo and Manila. The team who was able to spend the least amount of money wins 12 Cebu Pacific tickets to any domestic or international destination of their choice, 3 hotel accommodation packages and 3 Canon S100 cameras.

Juan for Fun Team Bukidnon

Juan for Fun Team Bukidnon consists of Central Mindanao University students Jade Maglasang, Christian Fallera, and Queen Eduave. These mountaineering enthusiasts have a passion for extreme adventure.

During the Davao race as the 4th leg of the backpacker challenge, Team Bukidnon won the fastest crocodile relay, pomelo peeling and durian eating at the Davao Crocodile Park.

Team Bukidnon in a crocodile relay

Team Bukidnon in a crocodile relay

Gracing the event opening was Croc Park’s big boss Sonny Dizon who welcomed the team and announced that if they had more time they should try Davao’s wildwater rafting as an addition to the race.

Media friends in a fun relay

Media friends in a fun relay

In a fun mock relay, my media friends and I were split into two to compete for the same adventure race. Daily Mirror’s Maya Padilla and I went neck to neck in grasping the small crocodiles in our hands, while running towards Mindanao Times’ Ian Garcia and SunStar Davao’s Charles Maxey, who almost choked on their durian seeds. Lastly, Edge’s Kenneth Ong and my teammate Allan Abais of ABS-CBN showed dexterity in peeling off the whole pomelo fruit with their bare hands in a matter of seconds.

Kenneth, Maya and Ian win a Davao Kalibo flight from Cebu Pacific

Kenneth, Maya and Ian win a Davao Kalibo flight from Cebu Pacific

Ian, Kenneth and Maya (Team Cambodia) won by a narrow peeling margin AND tickets to Davao-Kalibo flight, courtesy of Cebu Pacific, as given by PR Consultant Charles Lim (Sehralco). Precious H. of Sehralco and Eden David of DOT XI treated us for a delicious lunch at El Gato afterwards.

Juan for Fun Team BA

Juan for Fun Team BA is composed of Christian de Leon, Karla Toledo, and Rafael Ronquillo representing the University of Sto. Tomas.

 

Juan for Fun Team Big Explorers

Juan for Fun Team Big Explorers is composed of Benj Tuason and Iris Patricia Ang of De La Salle University, and Godfrey Medina of the Philippine State College of Aeronautics. These friends have known each other for eight years and their unanimous thirst for adventure is what keeps them together.

 

Juan for Fun Team Kelofe

Juan for Fun Team Kelofe: Free-spirited Cebuanas Nina Alcoseba and Regil Cadavos of University of the Philippines-Cebu, and Samantha of Solidum of University of San Carlos. The only all-girl team in the competition, they are confident that they are tough enough to beat the others.

 

Juan for Fun Team Titans

Juan for Fun Team Titans is composed of runners Jamaica Malang of Our Lady of Fatima University, Jess Belonio of Asia Pacific College, and Fabio Bouazzi of PATTS College of Aeronautics, ready and raring to conquer the race.

The teams were off on their own adventures before flying to Iloilo then Manila as the last leg. This included finding a good but cheap accommodation overnight, which is everywhere in the city. You can follow their last leg of adventure in www.juanforfun.com, and root for the team you want.

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Jojie catching a croc in the media relay

Me catching a croc in the media relay

 

Durian eating with Ian and Charles

Durian eating with Ian and Charles

 

Pomelo peeling with ABS-CBN's Allan

Pomelo peeling with ABS-CBN’s Allan

 

Jojie Alcantara and teammates Charles Maxey and Allan Abais

Me and teammates Charles Maxey and Allan Abais

 UPDATES:  Team Big Explorer wins the overall competition, with second place to Team Bukidnon, and third to Team KeLoFe. Congrats to all.

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