A Cultural Tradition of Filipino People, in Celebrating 18th Birthday “Debut”
Submitted by Jamie Lou Dela Cruz
The Philippine debut celebrates a woman entering into her 18th year. It is when a young lady formally turned into an adult or legal age as she celebrates her birthday. In the celebration, the girl will be actually called as the “debutante”, a young woman who is presented to society or it is usually at a formal ball event wherein several invited guests’ as well as different significant persons were included in the said gathering.
At Fox Creek, Alberta, there was a girl named Ma. Patrisha Veronica Sta. Cruz Mendoza, daughter of Mr. Gilbert Mendoza, General Manager of Comfort Inn & Suites and Mrs. Adora Mendoza, works at the Devonian Hotel & Suites, who happens to celebrate her 18th birthday in their own Filipino traditional way or most commonly known as a “Debut”. Many young Filipinas considered it as a momentous chapter of their life.
In the said event called “A Decade & Eight” birthday of Patrisha was held at the Fox Creek Community Legion Hall on May 3rd. It was started with the processional of the family members together with the celebrant. Moreover, warm welcome messages from the parents to their daughter as well as thanking and welcoming the guests were professed to begin the wonderful occasion.
Several honored guests’ and/or visitors from different sectors of fox creek attended the party and witnessed the different way on how Filipinos celebrate the big event, the “Debut”, such as 18 Roses from 18 male friends/relatives who happens to dance with the debutante one by one as well as having 18 candles from 18 chosen female friends/relatives and must give a speech or any birthday wishes for the celebrant.
Also, there were 18 persons who actually deliver some short messages for the debutante for the representation of 18 toasts. Moreover, a “Cotillion dance” was presented during the event, held by young Filipina women with their Escorts that demonstrate the wealth and prestige of the family.
This dance is a significant part of the occasion. Lastly, the celebrant brings the gathering to a close with a debutante’s speech was upheld in which she shares her life experience and gratitude with her beloved guests.
The family of the debutante want to express their appreciation and thankful to all the Filipino Community together with their local friends for all the supports and helps to make this occasion a very successful one. Together with all the guests, family and friends who attended and witnessed this memorable event of Patrisha Mendoza.
Checkout a few videos on YouTube:
Patrisha Mendoza Cotillon
Patrisha Mendoza Debut
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