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The Coming of Age in the Philippines

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The Coming of Age party celebrated in various cultures is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood. The age at which this is celebrated varies in different countries, but in any of these, the party actually symbolizes the young person’s entry into adulthood and his or her presentation to the society as a new part of the adult world.

In Latin America, this Coming of Age party is the Quinceañera (lit. meaning One (f.) who is fifteen), also called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, festa de debutantes, baile de debutantes or festa de quinze anos, and fête des quinze ans.

As presented in the hit 80’s movie of Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall, Sixteen Candles, the United States and Canada celebrates the sweet sixteen party as the transition of girlhood to womanhood.

In the Philippines, a popular coming of age celebration for female 18 year-olds is the debut party. The formal presentation of a young woman to society. It is normally a formal or semi formal affair, with a strict dress code such as a coat and tie for the upper-middle and upper classes, and usually has a theme or color scheme that is related to the dress code.

“There has been an increase in girls celebrating debut parties in recent years, probably in part also because of the available social media which enables them to interact more, stay in touch, and become closer to more friends, says designer Edd Sy. “They also realize it’s really the once in a lifetime event, coz for weddings, you can choose to celebrate your 10th, 20th, 25th and 50th anniversaries through a Renewal of Vows, and go through a similar celebration as the actual wedding…,” he adds.

Edd, who has been designing wedding and debutante gowns for many years now, admits designing debutante gowns is as, (if not even more exciting) as designing bridal gowns. A debutante usually has at least 2-3 gown changes, and each usually should have a very different character than the other, so it is always both a pleasure and a challenge whenever I encounter a new debutante who has her own ideas, preferences, and debut theme. “Debutantes nowadays are bolder and more open to non-traditional themes and designs, they want to be unique…so that becomes more challenging, and the creations we come up with become more distinct and unique as well!,” Edd narrates with a smile. “Bridal gowns are still usually about 60% traditional, we still have to conform to certain preconceptions of how a bridal gown should look like. On the other hand, we can play around with a lot of themes, colors and textures in designing a debutante gown. It can look like a traditional debutante gown, even look like a wedding gown…the possibilities are almost limitless.”

See some of Edd Sy’s bridal and debut collection at Weddings & Debuts 2013 Bridal Fair, February 15, 16, & 17 at the SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2, & 3 SM Megamall. Edd joins this, one of the biggest annual gathering of wedding suppliers as a Major Sponsor. More than 350 exhibitors converge at the said venue every February to showcase their products and services for soon-to-be-wed couples and debutantes. Book Edd Sy and the other exhibitors at the said Bridal Fair to get a chance to win P 100,0000 cash prize. To get FREE ENTRANCE to the said event, and for more info, visit www.weddingsanddebuts.com.ph


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