THE DEBUT

The Philippine Debut is actually a tradition that spans back from the Spanish era. A Debut is a celebration that marks the coming of age of a woman. When she turns 18 years old, she gets recognized and welcomed by the society.

This was the first time for my daughter to experienced this kind of gathering. It was the debut of her friend and schoolmate Kirstin!

The Buffet, with Sushi amd Maki stuff!
Down here were viand, Spring rolls and chicken wings!

On their 18th birthday, Filipinas customarily throw a large party, complete with a her own hand-picked entourage of 18 people or sets of 18. The birthday celebrant along with her partner and court perform traditional dances for their guests. The most important one is known as the “Grand Cotillion Dance” which is usually a classic waltz. There is also an “18 Roses Dance”, the debutante also has 18 chosen “candles”. These “candles” are females who know the celebrant and must give a short speech on either their relationship with the celebrant and/or any special birthday wishes they have for their celebrant.
During the celebration, the debutante also has 18 chosen “candles”. These “candles” are females who know the celebrant and must give a short speech on either their relationship with the celebrant and/or any special birthday wishes they have for their celebrant.

Dessert which gave the sweetnes for the night!

After all the food, entertainment, and dances, to close with a Debutante’s speech in which she shares her life experience and gratitude with her beloved guests. Took place last Sunday 26th of Februar (2012).

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