A TEAM consisting of a Filipino, an Iranian and a Korean won Cebu Pacific’s “Juan for One Backpackers Challenge” this year.
Team Crimson, which is composed of Sesinando Quilao Jr., Patrik Norouzi and So Myeong Lee from Silliman University, happily bagged 12 round-trip tickets to any domestic or international 5J destination, a three-day Philippine tour package, Samsung Galaxy tablets, Wenger watches and Sun Cellular pocket wi-fi kits for winning the ultimate backpackers’ adventure that had them trooping to six destinations in the country.
From Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, five teams each consisting of three students were asked by Cebu Pacific to have as many fun activities as possible with the least amount of money spent. Each team was provided with a travel allowance of P35,000, which they allocated for accommodation, food, land transfers and travel experiences. By the end of the challenge, the team with the most number of activities with the least expenses (as recorded by the team marshal), wins.
The winning team did a total of 117 activities and with remaining savings of P21,104, which they brought home as well.
Juan for One kicked off in Manila, then in Kalibo, Davao, Dipolog, Puerto Princessa and finally, Cebu. In each destination, teams also participated in mini challenges organized by the Department of Tourism in the area. They did piña weaving in Kalibo, crocodile and durian eating relay in Davao, sardines bottling in Dipolog, and a Tamilok eating challenge in Puerto Princessa.
“It’s all about having a strategy when planning their trip,” said Candice Iyog, the airline’s vice president for marketing and distribution. “The objective of this challenge is to encourage students to continue traveling and exploring, and to know the different tourism activities they can do in certain destinations.”
The challenge, she cited, is also in the line with the airline’s thrust of promoting budget travel and tourism throughout the country.