Cebu Pacific Air is once again on the lookout for five teams of daring but fun-loving college students for its second Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge. As a prelude to the big adventure, our friends from the airline flew in the same creative agency that will handle the said contest all the way to Camiguin to give us a preview of what will happen. Read more…
Our challenge was set at the stone Guiob Church Ruins in Catarman. Like the famous Sunken Cemetery, the ruins are a memory to the violent eruptions of Mount Vulcan during the late 1800’s. Presently left in the site are remnants of the convent and the bell tower.
Our group of bloggers were divided into three color-coded teams. I was put into Team Blue along with seasoned travel bloggers, Journeying James and Ferdz Decena of Ironwulf En Route. We were joking that we wouldn’t take the challenge seriously until they revealed to us the prize—round trip tickets to one of Cebu Pacific Air’s newest destinations, Phuket.
The first round tested our knowledge of Camiguin. We somewhat had an edge because I listened intently to the guide who discussed to us the history of the island. It was a game of speed also though, so the other teams were able to catch up with us. In the end, we emerged as winners and received a 30-second head start for the next challenge.
The second round is similar to the classic game, pin the tail on the donkey. James and Ferdz were blindfolded, and then each of them had to place the CEB sticker onto Camiguin of the map while I gave them directions. We were able to finish first by a slim margin.
The last challenge was somewhat the most difficult—we had to look for the Juan For Fun logo in the entire expanse of the ruins. Then, I had to take a photo of them in a jump shot. Luckily for us, we were able to find the logo easily, so we were able to finish first and win!
In sum, the Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge, on one hand, is a test of stamina and street smarts in a fun and exciting way. But of course the primary goal is to “have as many fun and adventurous experiences and discoveries within a given travel allowance.”
HOW TO JOIN
Currently enrolled college students aged 17 to 23 must form a group of three and submit an audition video that answers the question, “Why should we send your team to a fun adventure?” Submissions must be uploaded at www.juanforfun.com, with the deadline pegged at July 29, 2013 (Monday). Teams behind the five best and most creative videos will get into a one-of-a-kind adventure here in the country from August 27 to September 2, and the winning team gets 12 round-trip tickets to any short-haul international or domestic destination, plus a three-day, two-night Philippine tour package for three. Here’s a video:
As a side note, I’d like to share my post, Ten Tips for Young Travelers and Some Lessons for the Road. It might be of interest to those who are planning to join.
Cebu Pacific Air flies to Camiguin from Cebu on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for as low as 588 PHP. Through fares from Manila via Cebu are also available. Book the lowest fares at CebuPacificAir.com.