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What is the Debut ceremony in the Philippines?

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The Debut ceremony celebrates females reaching maturity at the age of 18 in the Philippines. The debutante's family typically throws a large party with food, dancing, speeches, toasts and gifts. The number 18 is usually emphasized in some way, such as 18 close friends as part of the Debut court.

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Different cultures have their own specific age that calls for celebration to indicate an individual's coming-of-age. In the United States, the Sweet 16 event is similar to the Debut of the Philippines. Latin America honors girls at the age of 15, having a celebration referred to as a quinceanera. Filipino men are also considered to reach maturity at age 18 but do not have a Debut until 21. The male Debut is far less celebrated than that of girls.

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