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Ask Candy: What Was Your Debut Like?

Throwback: here's what debuts were like during our time.

Turning 18 is kind of a big deal, but not all debutantes throw a party with a traditional cotillion. These days, 18th birthday parties are becoming grander and grander. Here's a peek at how we celebrated our coming-of-age back then. #throwback

Ask Candy: What Was Your Debut Like?

"This was in December 2002, for my friend Chezca's 18th birthday. :)" —Marla, Editor in Chief

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"My debut was a small gathering in my lola's backyard and my friends dragged me onstage for a surprise dance number (it was a hit K-pop dance at the time so we all knew it) which I hope will never see the light of day." —Kaye, Editorial Assistant

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"This was at my friend Mikko's advanced 18th birthday celebration-slash-despedida. She flew to Alaska after high school, so we celebrated her debut a year early. It was just held at her place in Antipolo and though I don't really remember the details (it was a long time ago, haha), I remember we had so much fun! Can you spot me in the photo?" —Macy, Web Managing Editor

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"Dressing up with my friends was half the fun!" —Erin, Web Editorial Assistant

How are you celebrating your 18th birthday? Get ideas from our Debut stories!

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