I see Bela in her 18th Birthday Bash!

Since my 21st birthday is coming up, I want to reminisce the most recent big party that I had. It was during my 18th birthday. Filipino girls traditionally celebrate their 18th birthday, which marks maturity, by throwing a large party, which is called a ‘Debut.’ It is similar to the Quinceañera celebration of the Latin American girls but takes place in the 18th birthday, and not in the 15th birthday. Actually, I do not really like to have a big party but I just want to experience planning a party on my own so I opted to have one and thanks for my family for giving me the chance. 

THE THEME: 

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I love colors and I think nothing is more colorful than a circus!

Let me introduces statue dancer/guard 1 and 2. I was in the mall when I saw one of them dancing and chasing someone. My interest to hire them made me chase him. It was a really funny experience.

THE DEBUT PHOTOSHOOT:

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Taken by my cousin, Dave Mariano

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Yes, I look different. Haha.

THE VENUE: Philippine Army Officers’ Clubhouse, Fort Bonifacio

This is the venue, filled with colorful baloons and streamers. By the way, that's my sister dressed up as a mime.

This is the venue, filled with colorful balloons and streamers. By the way, that’s my sister dressed up as a mime.

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Candid photo of the guests and embarrassing photo of me on the screen

THE PROGRAMME: Presentation + Dinner + 18 Jesters (set of guys which danced with me) + 18 Sparklers (set of girls which gave heart warming wishes for me) + 18 Similies (set of people who gave me something which they compare me to)

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This photo booth served also as an entertainment for the guests while they wait for the program to start.

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Of course, a birthday party wouldn’t be complete without the celebrant blowing the candle — or someone blowing the candle for her. Haha.

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My father surprised me with his slide presentation.

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My younger siblings leading the prayer before meal

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Dinner time!

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While the guests are eating, these guys are entertaining them.

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They have a lot of cool tricks.

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Photo-op with the stunt

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During idle time, the slide show which is full of my photos is playing continuously.

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The dance with my father

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One of my 18 jesters! 🙂

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From roses to jesters 🙂

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One of my 18 sparklers

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“Isabela is like a human calculator,” one of my 18 similies said.

MORE CIRCUS PEOPLE:

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Our family photo with the juggler and the stick man!

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Lol at my old self

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My ex-dormmates, statue people and the juggler

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I don’t even know what I’m up to.

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I look crazy.

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Striking a pose!

After my 18th birthday, I just celebrate my birthdays by treating my friends outside. This coming 21st birthday of mine, I will just have a house party celebration with some international friends. I know that in America, people usually celebrate their 21st birthday by going to a bar but of my guests are minors so I can’t do that. Yes, it’s a party without alcohol but I believe that it’s still can be fun. Yehey for party in the USA! 🙂

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