It is a Filipino tradition to introduce a daughter to the public when she’s coming of age, a tradition that’s still practiced until today. On the Spanish era a “Debut” as we call it is only practiced by the “Alta Sociedad” which translates as high class society, a family will sell all their crops and poultry or even their cow just to make sure that the extravagant “Debut” celebration will push through.
On the olden times some high-ranking Spanish officials or a Mestizo (half Spanish, half Filipino) that is wooing a girl from a lower-class family will sponsor the Debutante’s 18th birthday celebration mainly to win the family or parents blessing, this the reason why everyone from the lower-class & the middle-class adapted to this Spanish custom. Now-a-days a girl on her 18th birthday will just ask for an iPad, a car or a trip to Europe in exchange for this special occasion. It’s such a pity ’cause there is much more to this than just a “status symbol” or a mere part of the Filipino culture, it’s more of a gathering of family and friends, it’s all about good times and making new memories. A part of this tradition is to look back and reflect on how colorful and meaningful the Debutante’s life from being a baby to becoming a lady, come to think of it, it’s all worth the meticulous preparation and the hassle of organizing a big event. To keep the value of this Filipino tradition, think of it as thanks giving rather than a superficial Spanish custom. Hope you like the video. Cheers!
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