If you were to travel across several places in Europe and take on a series of challenges with no cash, no credit cards and no personal phones – but with only 24 cans of Red Bull as your currency and a smartphone, do you think you will survive the challenge and make it?
This is the challenge that UP Architecture students Nadine Balaccua, Alison Estabaya and Nikki Palma will undertake starting this April 12 as they embark on a journey starting at Florence in Italy and then off to the rest of Europe: Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, and Prague as they represent the Philippines in the Red Bull “Can You Make It?” challenge.
Dubbed as the SEA Gals, Nadine, Allison and Nikki will be competing with 164 other student teams representing 50 countries for the week-long race where they will only rely on their wit, guts, resourcefulness, creativity, charm and of course the Red Bull cans that they can utilize as a trading tool for their food, lodging and transportation requirements to cover the various legs of the race that include Checkpoint Challenges, Adventure List tasks, and Social Following achievements.
For sure, the adventure challenge will test how well they will work under pressure and if their friendship and bond will be able to overcome the difficulties that lie ahead. Those who watched the application video posted by the UP students on YouTube said they are confident that the trio – who described themselves as “a bunch of girls with different strengths and passions that, together, fuel our common thirst for adventure” – will be able to hold their own against the other competing teams.
“When we’re not staying up all night on our drafting tables or catching up on sleep, we like to get out of our comfort zones and meet new people, learn about new cultures, and explore new things,” the SEA Gals said, who are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime by reading up on the cities they will be traveling to, and learning useful phrases in the European languages/dialects in the cities covered by the race.
Being architecture students, the girls are also excited at the prospect of seeing for themselves the world known structures and edifices that they have been reading and learning about in the classroom.
So, can these girls make it? We will soon know.
For more information, visit www.redbullcanyoumakeit.com.
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