3 Girls Share the Non-Traditional Ways They Celebrated Their Debuts
"I celebrated my 18th birthday with kids at an orphanage." —Kat Estrella
"I attended a couple of debuts months before my birthday, and each party I got invited to seemed to become more grand. I understood that their families had the financial means to throw a lavish debut, but I couldn't help but think how much they were spending for just one night. I couldn't help but think of the mouths of less priviledged children one grand night could feed.
I couldn't help but think of the smiles I could put on other kids' faces if I gave up my one grand night. So I gave it up and chose to celebrate my debut in an orphanage.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
"Everything was prepared by either me, my parents, or my friends. From the script, to games, and even down to the program. I wanted to keep the traditional 18 treasures and 18 wishes, so I kept them in the program, but the treasures and wishes were not for me, but for the kids.
"People always say that your debut should be special because it's once in a lifetime, but what's my once in a lifetime if it means I could change several lives all at once? And even if it wasn't the grand debut every girl dreams of having, it was still special and unforgettable."
"I spent my debut in Jollibee and opted for 18 Books instead of Roses." —Angela
"I'm not the biggest fan of traditional debut parties because it bores me. My older sister had one and I disliked the set-up, so when my turn came, I looked for something extraordinary but at the same time, also inexpensive.
One of my friends suggested that I celebrate my 18th birhtday at Jollibee. It was a joke at first but we held on to the idea just for fun, not realizing that we were actually planning it already.
"I'm always fascinated with playing dress-up, so we incorporated it into the theme: "A Kiddie Debut". And instead of the traditional 18 roses, candles, and wishes, I opted for 18 books. After the party, I did not feel like I turned 18. Instead, I felt like I just had a fun and blasting night out with my friends."
"I visited 18 churches when I turned 18." —Franchesca Nicola Ocana
"Every little girl looks forward to being 18, wishing they could celebrate it with a grandiose debut, wearing ball gowns and dancing the cotillion. My dream was different. Not once did I want to be 18 and not once did I dream of having a fabulous debut. I wished I could stay as the young, carefree kid that I once was. A day before my 18th was a Sunday.
After an early birthday mass at the UST church, my mom and dad decided to do a visita iglesia to 18 different churches around Metro Manila. I absolutely agreed with the idea so without any hesitations, I said yes.
"It was a very lengthy journey going in and out of the car, kneeling down to pray at every church, smiling and taking pictures (because my mom loves documenting every moment!) and mind you, studying inside the car because I had a quiz the next day (it was a Monday!).
"Halfway through completing the 18 churches, I received a text from our class president saying that classes were suspended the next day because of the transport strike. Indeed, God works in mysterious ways! I believe that in all of the blessings we receive every day, it is rightful to pay gratitude to the one up above for nothing is possible without him. In every church, I never missed saying thank you for everything."
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.