A SIEGE survivor in Marawi City and an agriculture advocate from Claveria, Misamis Oriental joined three other "chosen ones" who were selected in this year's Cebu Pacific's "Juan For Fun."
Dariel Vallez, an agriculture graduate who wants to travel to promote agriculture to the youth, and Bin Nur Magangcong, the siege survivor who hopes to champion understanding of different Filipino cultures, were among those selected.
Cebu Pacific, on its eighth amazing run, chose five enthusiastic and passion-driven travelers out of thousands of nominees to go on a week-long backpacking trip in search of destinations and activities that will cultivate a deeper appreciation for the country, as well as enrich their own stories.
Other winners were Jeric Cabanillas, an artist with the heart to educate children in Palawan and in other communities; Jessica Resch, a Cebuana who founded a non-government organization that reaches out to kids in Visayas; and Artus Enriquez, a young bird watcher who aims to protect endemic species in the country.
The five Juan For Fun winners get to bring along two companions who share the same hunger for enriching travel experiences to journey around the Philippines.
Vallez brings along friends Lea Encabo and Jolina Vallez, while Magancong chose Nur Tasneem Salih and Lisa Leslie Lamonera to be with his adventures.
Each team will receive adventure passports with curated travel itineraries featuring Cebu Pacific destinations such as Bacolod, Mindoro, Puerto Princesa and Siargao.
They will be mentored by travel writer Jude Bacalso, TV host and social media personality Joyce Pring, and Becoming Filipino’s Kyle "Kulas" Jennermann, along with first-time coach, celebrity and vlogger Mikael Daez.
During the send-off party for the teams at the new Dusit Thani in Cebu on Thursday (August 1), the Juan For Fun mentors took the stage to share practical tips and advice on making the most out of the trip.
Travel personality Kulas shared about his experiences on learning through travel, while Bacalso talked about preserving Filipino heritage. Resident traveler Joyce lent some insights on island conservation and Mikael gave some tips on trying new cuisines in new destinations.