Cebu Pacific - the Wandering Juan Photo Contest

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Have tsinelas, Fly: Online travel journal photo contest celebrates the wandering Juan

For today’s Filipinos who love to travel, there is no sight too awesome, new friend too intriguing, or story too big to capture. Wherever they land, trusty camera in tow, they document all the wonderful, strange and inspiring views, people and experiences they find, whether at the world’s most popular landmarks or even the dingiest side streets. Such images and their corresponding tales often find their way to family and friends online, giddily sharing the traveler’s pride. “I was there,” these chronicles say, “and so can you.”

This is the spirit of the wandering Juan, a new breed of Pinoy travelers who find good times wherever they go and record such memories with fondness. In tribute to their fun-loving and inspiring ways, Cebu Pacific Air has launched its Wandering Juan Travel Journal Photo Contest online ( to showcase such flair for travel, but with a twist. Each entry must include a pair of tsinelas—something all Pinoy travelers never leave home without—to represent the adventurous wandering Juan attitude. Enter travel photos in any of the three categories and you may find yourself flying high on a Cebu Pacific flight to the grand adventure of your dreams.

For their creative photos, travelers can win trips to exciting destinations such as Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore, courtesy of Cebu Pacific.

“For the first time, there is now a website that recognizes the unique travel perspective—a combination of pluck, humor, creativity, warmth and pride—that we bring on our journeys and enhance our travel experiences. Wandering Juan provides Pinoy and Pinoy-at-heart travelers a venue where they can brandish their travel achievements for all the world to see,” announces Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution.

The travel journal photo contest will serve as a visual journal of the many travel experiences Pinoys have finally been able to enjoy, thanks to Cebu Pacific’s lowest year-round fares and increasing number of destinations.

Those who wish to join the contest, which runs from July to October 2009, can submit photos featuring their tsinelas in landmarks and sites they’ve visited, with people they’ve met or in a sequence a la travelogue story. The complete mechanics may be viewed online.

With Cebu Pacific now flying to more local and international destinations, participants can take their photos from the local surfing capital of Siargao in Surigao del Norte and the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, all the way to quirky Seoul in South Korea and the historical structures of China.

And to really make memories last forever, one can avail of Cebu Pacific’s Fun Prints service. You can have your photos printed out so you can relive your memorable Cebu Pacific vacation. The Fun Prints site is operated and maintained by Mozcom, the Philippines’ first commercial Internet Service Provider.

“This is a good time to be a traveler and learn more about the world and our places in it, given all the affordable options and unique services that make travel dreams possible and more meaningful,” adds Iyog.