Sweet Sixteen

On this side of the world, a girl blossoms into a young lady not at 18 as is the custom back in Manila, but rather at 16. Alan and I are attending a Sweet Sixteen tomorrow at a posh venue here in Long Island. So I bought a nice black dress (nothing too vampy or sexy) and I had to get a nice pair of shoes to go with it. So I’m all set, and I’m all excited. This is a Filipina lass so there are bound to be a lot of kababayans there.

I have a full day of work tomorrow so I will have to pull off the manicure in the office. (The boss is back.. and since I don’t see him until next Friday, I have no plans to cut out early.) I have my make up all planned, my accessories laid out, my choice of a teeny-weeny purse to carry, and I’m all set. When I was 18, I had my own debut but I chose to hold it at home. It was a fun party with lots of guests, a gown of my choosing, a guest chef (a very amiable lady who offered to cook for us free of charge.. Tita Eppie Ramos who lives behind the Circle theatre in Quezon City), I had my own poem printed on my invitation, a nice souvenir and I was happy.

My Mom had blown the whistle on my having a boyfriend to my Dad just days before so Dad and I were a little distant but he was my first dance. Except for that major crinkle, everything went beautifully. I didn’t particularly feel my world change much after that 18th birthday but I felt like I had hit a milestone. That day now seems a whole lifetime ago.

0 thoughts on “Sweet Sixteen

  1. I didn’t have a debut, but I celebrated my Sweet Sixteen. I had 16 Candles, 16 Roses, just like in debuts. It was my last year in high school then. My friends and I thought it would be great if we could celebrate it together, with our high school friends. We were pretty sure things would change once we graduated from high school.

    True enough, when I turned 18, I was no longer in touch with most of my high school friends. I celebrated my 18th year quietly. While I did have a good circle of friends in college, throwing a debut wouldn’t have felt right anymore.

    I’m glad I had that Sweet Sixteen party. It was awesome and I had the time of my life. I felt young, carefree and sweet, everything that being sixteen’s all about.

    Woah, this entry of yours sent me down memory lane!


  2. Dinna

    Toni, doesn’t it bring back all those memories? Whether it’s sweet 16 or an 18th party, I still believe it’s a turning point in one’s life. Whether it is celebrated in a grand or simple way, the fact that it is celebrated leaves us with memories to treasure as we grow older.


  3. Tetet San Bruno, CA

    Hello. I’m an avid reader of your post. As I was reading this, I saw the name of my mother in law – Effie Ramos who lives in Timog Avenue, QC. WOW, you know her. What a small world šŸ™‚ She is an excellent cook, especially her Kare kare and Beef Mechado. YUM!


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