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Meet the Girl Who Celebrated Her 18th Birthday at the MOA Arena

She's the first ever debutante to do so!
IMAGE Nice Print Photography via instagram.com/dianserranilla

On a scale of one to "I'm the first debutante to celebrate my birthday at the MOA Arena," how did you spend your 18th birthday? We ask because we recently found out about 18-year-old Dian Serranilla's debut, which was held at the MOA Arena no less. We were so curious about what made her choose to spend it there that we got in touch with her to ask for more details.

Here's what went down at her 18th birthday:

Her debut was all about fashion.

"New York Fashion Week was the theme."

Dian and her family chose the venue based on the theme's specifications.

"MOA Arena was the top choice because the venue met all the specifications needed for the stage and everything else."

The MOA Arena wasn't exactly their first choice.

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"The debut we were dreaming of needed a high ceiling and the other venues we were eyeing did not meet the specifications."

They did not fill up the entire arena with guests.

"More or less a thousand guests attended."

One of the reasons she had a grand celebration was to reconnect with everyone.

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"We are a big family and we all had guests to invite. Since it is the last debut for my immediate family, we wanted to reconnect with everyone."

Dian and her guests got dolled up by MAC Cosmetics.

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To say that Dian made a ~*grand*~ entrance is an understatement.

A peek at just one of the many performances of the night.

She wore an Albert Andrada for her opening number.

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Her ball gown was by Ezra Santos.

Guests were entertained by different production numbers by Dian's family and friends.

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One of the special moments of the night was when she got a puppy from her boyfriend.

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Overall, Dian and her family were quite happy with how the event turned out. 

"It was very overwhelming but it is the debut we were all dreaming of. Words cannot suffice #DVSaDecadeAndEight. The debut exceeded all our expectations."

If you're wondering how they were able to pull off or afford such a big and grandiose event, it's because Dian's family's businesses include producing concerts (remember when Kanye was here?), among many other things. As for the expenses, let's just say they've worked so hard for it.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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