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Hiking in Cebu : Sirao Peak

From Manila,  I took the second morning flight to Cebu and at past 7AM, I had already made my way out of Mactan International Airport(book flights here).  Normally, my first agenda when arriving at a destination is to eat but after two months of no hiking, I couldn't wait to hit the trails!

There are motorbikes near JY Square in Brgy. Lahug in Metro Cebu and the drivers are pretty familiar with Sirao Peak. As an alternate, you can take a van  to Balamban from the terminal at Ayala Center. I boarded the one flagged by my cab driver who I chatted earlier in  broken Cebuano which I've been trying to learn for the past couple of months (proud moment right there :P).  

Passing the scenic Transcentral highway in Balamban, a steep, winding road that goes around a mountain, the ride to the jump-off turned out to be 30-40 minutes short but very exciting.
From the highway, the driver turned to a smaller road and stopped. He started talking again in Cebuano. I only picked up a few words but…

Cebu Pacific Awards Young Travelers in Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge 2016!

2009 for me was as memorable and joyful as the smell of warm pancakes and coffee. It was the year I got really hooked to traveling and I was always somewhere else. I haven't made it big, but the primary reason I could afford the frequent travels were due to the numerous seat sales of budget airline, Cebu Pacific.  With all the amazing adventures I experienced and the priceless lessons I learned on the road, I will always be thankful to this airline! :) 

Like any supportive fellow traveler, I was delighted when I learned that Cebu Pacific has been organizing its own travel challenge. Now on its fifth year, the Juan for Fun Backpacker challenge gives  younger people from different universities, a chance to discover what their home country has to offer. 
For seven days, 5 teams explored  and experienced the Philippines following an itinerary they created with a travel allowance of 35,000 Pesos. The challenge alone feels like a prize already!  But you know what's even more amazing? …