4 Essentials to Include in the Program If You're Having a Classic Debut
The practice of celebrating the debut in the Philippines started way back in the Spanish era, where a girl is formally introduced to the society when she comes of age. These days, however, there's more variety in terms of how debuts are celebrated, and debuts have evolved into modern parties.
While you can celebrate your 18th birthday party in your unique way, time-honored debut practices are still popular—after all, these highlight the fact that you're turning into a lady!
Check out these four essentials of a traditional debut program.
Traditionally, this entails receiving roses from the 18 most important men of your life, like your father, your closest male relatives, or friends. After you've been given a rose, you then dance with the giver. Usually, the debutante's dad goes first though, but some debutantes prefer to reserve the last spot for their dads to segue to the father-daughter dance. For an added twist, you may want to incorporate a choreographed dance or use other flowers instead of roses.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Candles stand for the light you're going to take with you in your journey to adulthood. This part of the program includes your closest female relatives and friends you look up to. Each of them will light a candle for you and give you well-wishes and advice that you can keep in mind as you grow older. To add your special touch to this practice, you may decorate the candles or put them in elaborate candle holders.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
Elder members of your family and friends are commonly the ones included in the participants for 18 Treasures. They'll be asked to give you gifts that are meaningful or ones that symbolize your personality. As they present you with gifts, they may share anecdotes that explain their chosen gift. They may also impart inspirational messages to guide you along the way.
Cotillion De Honor
This practice is usually the highlight, and is celebrated to welcome the debutante into adulthood. To do the cotillion de honor, you'll need togather your male and female friends to form nine pairs (including you). After your grand entrance, you and your friends can take to the dance floor and dance the waltz. Choosing to do the cotillion de honor usually entails hiring a choreographer, practicing with your friends, and shouldering your entourage's outfit and rehearsal expenses. If you want, you may incorporate modern songs into your dance sequence.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.
Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
Poetry #2: YOUR VOICE
When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.
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