Filipino Tradition: 18th Birthday Debut

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One of the most important and memorable birthday celebrations in the Philippines is the 18th debut. It is the celebration when the young woman finally hits 18 years of age. This is called the age of maturity at the same time the beginning of legality.

18 Roses

This is one of the most romantic experience during the 18th Birthday Debut celebration. During the 18 roses, 18 men will dance with the debutante or birthday celebrant. The first man who will dance with the celebrant is the father and the last dance is someone special or the lover of the debutant. Each man who dances with the debutante will give one rose, after the dance it will be a total of 18 roses.

18 Candles

Eighteen women will hold a candle each. They will give their speech and wishes for the debutante in front of the people. They will stand and speak on the microphone as they give their speech for the debutante. After every women from the 18 candles done speaking, they will form a straight a line and the debutante will blow each of the candles one by one.

Disco party

A birthday celebration won't be complete without a disco party. Filipinos love to party and dance under the Disco ball lights. This is how sociable every Filipino people and this makes the celebration a lot memorable. Anyone can join regardless of the age, all you have to do is to feel the music and join along with the vibes. The fun never ends and this is one of the exciting part of the debutante's birthday celebration.

Fairytale like venue

For wealthy people, they like to make the celebration a fairytale-like experience, so they will hire an event manager who will be in charge in designing the hotel including the lights and the music. It is not necessary to celebrate the 18th birthday on a very prestigious hotel. You can choose any kind of set-up. It could be in the beach or even in the house only. It really depends on how the family and relatives of the debutante prepare for the celebration.

Karaoke

We have a culture in the Philippines where we like to have a Karaoke sing-along everytime there's a birthday occasions. For us, it makes the event a lot memorable and it strengthens the relationship of everyone inside the celebration.

The foods

Most of the commonly served foods during the 18th birthday celebration are the following:

Lechon: This is the star of the table. It is a roasted pig served whole and everyone is very free to take a slice of roasted meat.

Desserts: Filipinos' favorite desserts are spaghetti, macaroni salad, mango float, cupcakes and most all the gigantic cake of the celebrant on top of the table. This is the most iconic.

Dish: One of the popular dish served during the 18th birthday celebration in Philippines is lumpia, it is a fried crispy spring rolls. Next to this is Bihon or Pancit which is a traditional noodle dish. The fried chicken will also never be missing. The pork adobo, menudo, grilled fish and a lot of pork and chicken are cooked in different ways just to make everyone happy and full inside the celebration. This is how hospitable every Filipinos to their guest.

Before the 18th birthday of every young Filipina woman, there will be an 18th birthday pre-debut photoshoot including a sneak peek video of the celebrant. This is really cultural to us and it means a lot to every celebrant. The debutante can choose any kind of theme that best represents her stage of entering legality and becoming a grown up woman.

In Philippines, the 18th birthday celebration is really an important event that shouldn't be missed. Every Filipino parents are planning and saving because it only happens once in a lifetime. This is the most memorable and unforgettable event in every young Filipina woman's life. This is the age where the young lady blooms into womanhood. This is one of the most beautiful and everlasting culture and tradition in the Philippines. We are very proud to share it across the world and we will never let this tradition disappear or end.

July 19, 2022

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Having a debut celebration is good, however, this must not be set as a requisite when entering into legality. It's just that, there are actually teenagers out there who force their parents to have a grandiose celebration even though the parents only early small amount of money. On the other hand, I salute those teenagers who never demanded such celebration to their parents. Nice content. See you around.

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10 months ago

I Never experienced to have a celebration on my birthdays, 26 na ako pero sad to say wala akong maalala na naging special at may celebration ang birthdays ko.

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10 months ago

im 17 and magtuturn 18 this Oct na, may plans sila na mas maganda pag grand daw kaso ayaw ko ng magastos huhu, nasaisip ko na pwede namang ibigay nalang nila sa akin lahat supposed to be expenses heheheh lol, funny thought lang. pero as turning 18 talaga medyo pressure siya kasi what you wrote is really becoming the standard now

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10 months ago

Oh malapit ka na magdebut, mas masaya talaga kapag magdedebut ka tas may 18 roses &18 candles. Siguraduhin mo na si crush mo yung magiging last dance para naman memorable sa buong buhay mo hahahah good luck and I wish you a happiest 18th debut!!

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10 months ago

sana nga po si crush 😭 heheheh kaso jusko si mama apaka strict non sana lumambot. thanks for the good luck po!!!

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10 months ago

I-manifest mo yan! Mangyayari yung dream debut mo saka si crush mo nga talaga ang magiging last dance. I'm so excited! ❤️❤️❤️

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10 months ago

i-manifest ko na start ate since sinabi mo hahhaha! iupdate kita kapag nangyariii

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10 months ago

Ay totoo yang mga manifestations as long as positive yung isip mo. Pray mo na din na yung debut mo ang pinaka dabest na debut. Once in a lifetime lang din kasi yan.

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10 months ago

I saw something like thishappening on a series I was watching a while back. They name the celebration as Quinceañera in that according to mexican tradition. It is celebrated at the age of 15 though but for the same reasons you mentioned here.

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Oh yes, I think the Philippines adapted this from latin American culture and we were really influenced by the spaniards during the colonization the reason why we have many festivals and this 18th birthday is one of those.

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10 months ago

Never ko na experience toh, hirap sa life kaya waley bonggang celebrations for any birthday haha! Ikaw bah ung nasa pic na nka purple dress?

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10 months ago

Ako naexperience ko Lyca dahil sa tulong ng mga kamag-anak ko at sa kuya kong abroad. Akala ko din di ako magdedebut. Hindi ako yung nasa picture, nag iisip ako kung ishishare ko ba dito yung 18th debut experience ko maybe one day.

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10 months ago

Que bueno llegar a 18 y celebrarlos, recuerdo que me celebraron mis 18 en casa, fue mi mejor fiesta de cumpleaños

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10 months ago

All these you said are surprising and I want to ask: Is this event still valid? I'm just imagining if it's still celebrated till today because it looks to fascinating. You've done yours?

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Yes, this event is still valid now. It is still celebrated and this is one of the tradition that we don't want to disappear. Yes, I have celebrated my 18th birthday debut three years ago.

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10 months ago

Ako ayaw ko ng may program noon. Kaya ang 18th birthday ko nagpakain lang kami hehe

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10 months ago

Sa akin din Cherry, akala ko walang program pero yung mga pinsan ko gusto nila gawing memorable kaya gumawa pa talaga sila ng 18 roses, 18 candles. Sobrang thankful ako sa kanila dahil ginawa nilang masaya yung debut ko.

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10 months ago

Ganun pala yun sa 18 candle sis?yung kay pamangkin ko is after mag wish mag speach ay binigay sa kanya ang kandila 😁

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10 months ago

Sa akoang debut Chelle kay ingon ana ang 18 candles, siguro lahi lahi ang kada debut. Ang importante nakahatag silag speech sa imoha 💖

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10 months ago

Ako di ko din naexperience magkaroon ng debut kase I choose money over celebration. Syempre mukhang pera ako joke ahah, di kase I used that money to buy a laptop. Tsaka Yoko din talaga ng celebration kase ako palaging tagahugas ng pinggan🤣😅

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10 months ago

Ako din dati, akala ko di kami magcecelebrate dahil gagamitin ko nalang yung pera sa pangangailangan pero things turn out different, tinulungan din kasi ng mga kamag-anak ko na makapagcelebrate kaya naging memorable yung debut ko.

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10 months ago

Ever since I was 13, I always get for 18 roses. Haha. Suking suki na sa mga pinsan at classmates ko.

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Hahahah yan yung advantage kaya sulitin mo ngayon lang to sa buhay mo yung mga 18 roses, ako nga halos lahat ng classmates ko nilagay ko sa listahan hahahah.

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Wow getting everything in 18 digits in the 18th birthday is something that everyone wants To be honest I don't even remember how I celebrated my 18th b'day because here age is just a number and being a middle-class kid my parents didn't allow me to do a grand party

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Yes, here in Philippines when a young woman hits 18 it really means a lot..and not just a lot but to the world, so we give everything the best we can just to have a memorable 18th birthday because it only comes once..

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Share mo naman debut experience mo rito. Kapag 21 na ako, ako mismo tututol sa debut debut na yan haha masyadong magastos haha. Sa amin naman, nagcecelebrate talaga sila ng debut lalo na kung may pera ka hahaaha

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Sobrang saya ng debut ko at di siya pangkaraniwan hahah. Umabot kasi ng 1 am yung disco at may biglang dumating na tanod tumutunog pa yung patrol car hahahah may nagsumbong na pala dahil lagpas na kami ng curfew.

Hahaha yung ibang kasayaw ko sa 18 roses di ko kilala, kunti lang kasi yung nalista sa mga classmate ko. Okay lang kahit di ko kilala, yung isa inadd pa ako sa fb hahahah nakakaloka na debut. 🤣🤣

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Sobrang saya ng debut ko at di siya pangkaraniwan hahah. Umabot kasi ng 1 am yung disco at may biglang dumating na tanod tumutunog pa yung patrol car hahahah may nagsumbong na pala dahil lagpas na kami ng curfew.

Hahaha yung ibang kasayaw ko sa 18 roses di ko kilala, kunti lang kasi yung nalista sa mga classmate ko. Okay lang kahit di ko kilala, yung isa inadd pa ako sa fb hahahah nakakaloka na debut. 🤣🤣

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10 months ago

D ko na try may ganyan pero d ko dn nmn type ung may program like 18 rosess. Haha iwan. Napaka sosyal masyado lng kasi.

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10 months ago

Ako nakatesting kog debut Kleah pero dili pang sosyal. Kanang sa simple ra nga balay pero grabe kaayo ka bibo kay ang disco niabot ug ala una sa buntag hangtud sa naabtan ug patrol. Di gyud nako malimtan hangtud karun fresh pa sa akong mind.

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10 months ago

Di talaga ako naka experience niyan Sydney. Yung bunso ko lang talaga na kapatid ang meron niyan. 😁 Ikaw Sydney I'm sure meron ka niyan. 🥰

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10 months ago

Di ako makapaniwala na ang dami niyo palang di naka experience. Yung sakin naman simple lang pero sobrang saya. Yung disco talaga ang nagbigay aliw dahil umabot ng umaga.

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10 months ago

Hehe 18th birthday ko Sydney may klase ako tas nag celebrate lang kunti ng mga classmates ko sa boarding house pagkatapos ng klase.

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10 months ago

Ay nagdodorm ka na pala nung 18 ka Ramona. Ako takot ako mag boarding house lalo na kapag nagkasakit.

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10 months ago

Oo Sydney. First time ko din. First year college kasi ako nun. Sobrang hirap din. Iyak lang ako ng iyak. Ang layo ng school ko sa bahay namin.

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Ah naiintindihan ko Ramona. Samin kasi dumaan pa kami sa senior high school kaya grade 11 ako nung 18 pa ako.

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10 months ago

Hindi ko po naexperience magdebut kahit na simple lang po, yan pa naman yung pinakamahalagang birthday sa lahat ng isang babae. Pero okay lang po dahil naiitindihan ko naman kasi wala po talagakaming pera that time. May kulang po ata dito yung 18 Blue Bills po hahahha, yung iba po yan talaga yung hihintay eh.

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10 months ago

Okay lang yan sis. Pwede ka pa naman bumawi di lang naman 18 yung special. Ako naman, simple lang yung debut ko. Di siya bongga pero sobrang saya ng gabing yun dahil may pa disco na inabot ng 1 am. Hahahah pinuntahan pa kami ng mga tanod dahil may nag report lagpas curfew na daw. 😆

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10 months ago

Yes po bawi na lang next birthdays and lahat naman po na birthday na dumadaan sa atin ay special.

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10 months ago

Yeah tama yan. Habang buhay, may special birthdays pa na darating. Malay mo next birthday mo manalo ka ng lotto hahahah.

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10 months ago

Ay naku pinapanalangin ko nga din po yan eh kaso dipa po ako tumataya ng lotto. Pero try ko po next year heheh.

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10 months ago

sana oll nalang sa mga kaya hehe. But yeah turning 18 is the best part from a girl to woman and only once in life so better gets be gracious...

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10 months ago

Wag ka mag sanaol, meron din sa inyo mga lalaki kapag 21 equals 21 girls din char hahahah. Di ko malilimutan yung debut pinaka memorable na event sa buong buhay ko. 🥰

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