Philippine Debut-Cotillion

People from the Philippines celebrate a girls 18th birthday with a debut, also called a cotillion. The birthday girl is referred to as the debutante.

At the event 18 roses are presented to the debutante. The first presentation is given by 18 males composed of family and friends. At this time a father-daughter dance takes place and a short waltz is performed with the debutante.

The next step is for 18 females composed of family and friends to present 18 candles and give a speech. After the speeches, the candles are blown out and the birthday cake is cut and served.

The last part of the ceremony is the cotillion De honor. It consists of 9 pairs performing an elaborate dance waltz. This particular segment require several months of rehearsal prior to the event and complex choreography.

The newest addition to the event is called  18 symbolic treasures or tokens. 18 family members and friends offer gifts and explain why they were chosen

The following is a typical Debutante’s Agenda

INTRODUCTION OF THE DEBUTANTE, HER ESCORT

AND HER COTILLON COURT

TOAST IN HONOR OF THE DEBUTANTE

WELCOME REMARKS (BY THE PARENTS)

INVOCATION OR PRAYER

DINING

FATHER & DAUGHTER DANCE

GRAND COTILLON WALTZ DANCE

18 ROSES DANCE

18 CANDLES PRESENTATION

SINGING OF TRADITIONAL DEBUTANTE’S

BIRTHDAY SONG

BLOWING OF THE CAKE CANDLES

CUTTING OF THE CAKE

18 TREASURES PRESENTATION

A WORD FROM THE DEBUTANTE

DANCING TIME

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