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Did you know that flowers have meanings associated with them?

And, that there

are flowers befitting specific occasions?
Flowers are a part of the most important occasions in our lives. They are
conspicuously present on birthdays, funerals, graduation, weddings, etc.
forming an integral part of our lives. Some flowers have religious significancetoo.
It is impossible for any person to be completely unaware of flower meanings.
Everyone knows that a red rose stands for romantic love and that one does not
send yellow roses to anyone in mourning. However, meanings are associated not
only with roses but also with other flowers.
Most people do not consider flower meanings before gifting flowers. Similarly,
people who receive flowers may not know their meaning and hence miss the
underlying message. Know which flower stands as the national flower of what

Ever wondered about rose flower meanings before you gift roses to your
Roses have inspired people over the ages to develop a language of roses by
ascribing meanings to color, variety and number of roses being gifted. Traditionally,
the rose is considered the flower of love. Nothing beats red rosesin saying "I Love
You" on Valentine's Day.
It is always good to know the symbolic meanings associated with roseswhen
you gift them to your loved ones. When you consciously choose a certain color,
variety or number of roses for someone, you bring a whole new depth to the
gesture of gifting roses. The Flower Expert compiles a concise list of rose flower
meanings below.
A single rose says a lot and a lot more distinctly. Find out it what it says in different
A single red rose says: "I love you"
A single white rose says: "My feelings are pure"
A single yellow rose says: "You bring joy to my life"
"Let's be friends"
A single pink rose says: "I like you"
A single orange rose says: "I am proud of you"
A single peach rose says: "Thank you" "I sympathize
with you"
A single lavender rose says: "I am enchanted by
A single blue rose says: "You seem like an
unattainable dream"
The candle symbolizes light in the darkness of life especially individual life, illlumination; it is
the symbol of holy illumination of the spirit of truth. Lit in times of death, they signify the light in
the next world, and they represent Christ as the light.


For a lot of girls, the 18 roses is a highlight of the debut program. It represents a girls readiness
in the area of romance, as was the original purpose of the debut. The first rose is usually given
by the debutantes father to symbolize something that is both beautiful and thorny. He is then
followed by the other male members of the family, as the protectors of the girl. The remaining
men in the 18 Roses lineup are friends of the debutante, and the person selected as either the
second-to-the-last rose or the last rose is the girls special someone.

After the 18 Roses, the 18 Candles program transitions from the romance aspect to the girl as
an independent member of society. It involves the women who are important to the debutante
as advisors, teachers, and trusted peers. These women give speeches and advice, and state
their well-wishes for the debutante. They then each light a candle that symbolizes lightlight
that will guide the girl on her life journey. Once all 18 candles have been lit, they are placed on
the debutantes birthday cake and blown out.


As the debutante celebrates the beginning of womanhood, she will need tools that either help
her in the future, encourage her in the present, or give her something fond to look back on. In
the 18 Treasures program, friends and family members are tasked to give the debutante special
gifts or tokens, and explain how they will become inspirations for her. These treasures
represent the friendship between the giver and the debutante, because they indicate how well
they know each other.

A debut is an event that is once-in-a-lifetime for many girls. Its more than just an extravagant
birthday partyits a celebration of life, and of whats to come.

Time is one of our most precious treasures in our life. When we were younger, we don`t
usually consider time as our treasure, but rather, it`s just a fragment of our daily life. But
when we got older, we soon realize the importance of time in our daily life that in order for
us to achieve our goals, we need to properly manage our time and use it wisely to our
advantage. I am giving this watch to the debutante to always remind her that time is a
precious treasure in achieving her goals and dreams."
Honestly, there are no straight roads towards our dreams and sometimes choosing the right
road may actually ends up in another fork road or in a long and winding road. I am giving
this pair of shoes as my present to the debutante to always remind her that the true purpose
of the obstacles in the road is not to make us fall, but rather, to make us realize our fault
and to make us more stronger in realizing our dreams that we should always keep our feet
walking staying on track and sooner or later, we`ll make it at the end of the road."

18 is when adolescence ends. You are no longer a child, but a mature man or woman, free of
the guardianship of your parents and other adults. However, along with being legally recognized
as an adult, its also time to mature and start being more responsible.

As it is such an important birthday, 18th birthday wishes must be special. Here is a collection of
wishes to inspire you. Feel free to select one to write on a card or send in a text message. If you
like, you can modify any of the given quotes to make your message more personal. Here are
also some pictures that you can send via text or social media.

1. Now that youre 18, youre responsible for covering for your own mistakes. Unfortunately,
those dont stop at any age.

2. Youre an adult now, but dont let it go to your head. Seriously, the younger you think the
younger youll stay.
3. Dont worry, you still dont have to take yourself seriously. We certainly wont. Happy 18th!

4. Now that youre 18, youre both an adult and a teenager! Lucky you :) Happy Birthday!

5. Youre not a kid anymore. Happy Birthday and welcome to manhood!

6. On your 18th birthday, my number one piece of advice is for you to take a deep breath, do
some reflecting, and make a cool start.

7. Turning 18 is a great life experience. Dont miss the excitement!

8. Today my heart and soul will only sing one song for you, Happy Birthday!

9. Congratulations on this special day. The coming years of your life are sure to be exciting!

10. Enjoy the moment, the day, and your teenage years for as long as possible. Wishing you a
memorable 18th birthday!

11. May your future be forever bright. To us, you will always be a source of light. Happy 18th

12. Welcome to adulthood! Its all downhill from here :) Happy 18th!

13. Throw an awesome party and have some fun! Happy 18th Birthday.

14. You might think youre old because youve turned 18, and thats only because you still dont
know anything.

15. Life is a journey, and youve only just begun. Happy 18th!

16. Youve already brought us so much joy. I cant wait to see what you do with your next 18

17. Life is what you make of it! Happy 18th!

18. No matter what the future brings, Ill always be there for you. Youre never too old to need a
helping hand (sometimes two). Happy 18th birthday.

19. My advice to you on your 18th birthday is: dont be afraid to make mistakes, to fall in love, or
to ask for help. Also, save money (less fun but also very important.) Happy Birthday!

20. You are a star and I know youre going to do wonderful things. Happy Birthday.

21. I am so happy to have you in my life. The best is yet to come. Happy Birthday.

22. Put away your worries for the day. Adulthood can start tomorrow but today we need to

23. You did it! You held on for another trip around the sun. I hope we have many more together.

24. Now that youre 18, Im going to start coming to you for advice. And money. Happy Birthday!

25. Youre never too old to play games or dream big. I pray you keep a smile on your face and a
youthful spirit.

It is good to be thankful for what you have in life and what you have accomplished. But
open your eyes to the larger picture. If we are to appreciate the fruits of life, we must
first appreciate the tree that bears the fruit: birth itself.
Birth is your beginning. It is a window to the chance of a lifetime, the chance to fulfill
your unique mission. So a birthday is a momentous occasion, to be commemorated just
as a nation commemorates its birth or as an organization celebrates its founding. Still, it
is much more than an occasion to receive gifts. It is a chance to remember the day that
a major event occurred, to celebrate and give thanks and to reflect upon how well we
are fulfilling our calling.

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each
year: The same energy that G-d invested in you at birth is present once again. It is our
duty to be receptive to that force. How do we do so? By committing to a life guided by
G-d's will, and by using the abilities and resources we were born with to perfect
ourselves and society, and to make the world a good and sacred home for G-d.

A birthday is a time to celebrate birth itself, the joy of life. It is also an occasion

to rethink your life: How great is the disparity between what I have accomplished and
what I can accomplish? Am I spending my time properly or am I involved in things that
distract me from my higher calling? How can I strengthen the thread that connects my
outer life and my inner life?

A birthday can also teach us the concept of rebirth. To recall our birth is to recall a new
beginning. No matter how things went yesterday, or last year, we always have the
capacity to try again. Your birthday is a refresher, a chance for regeneration--not just
materially, but spiritually.

On your birthday, gather with family and friends and study something meaningful

HOST: Good evening everyone! Welcome to Homitori Davao! Welcome to a night of pastel

colors in celebration of a wonderful life for a girl who is now turning into a fine lady. All of you

who are here tonight have watched her grow over the years into the wonderful person she is

now. As a jumpstart, let us all welcome and acknowledge the ever supportive and loving family

of our debutant:

HOST: To open tonights celebration, heres a quick look of how this lovely, young lady came

about. Roll VTR, please.

AVP plays, featuring Chams collection of photo memories

HOST: Tonight is a celebration of adulthood and a thanksgiving of the life God has given to our

lovely celebrant. Let us put our hands together, as we welcome the main highlight of this

celebration, and as she stepped into a higher level of life, ladies and gentlemen, our


Grand Entrance of Debutant

HOST: Wow, blooming and lovely, indeed! Saan nga ba siya nagmana? Kay Mommy ba? Or

kay Daddy? Or baka both? Evidently, before tonight, Cham has had happy years in a very

happy home. The love of a family will always be Gods greatest blessing. Sabi nga nila, in life

we can have several friends, classmates, and social circles, but there is only one family who is

always willing and ready to welcome us no matter what. Ladies and gentlemen, to answer the

question kung saan nga ba nagmana si Cham, heres Daddy Manuel Lagua, welcome all of

us to their lovely daughters 18th birthday party.

HOST: At this moment, Id like to request everybody to please stand as we say our prayer

before meals to be lead by Tita Belle Lim.

Prayer before meals

HOST: To fill the room with music while we are having our dinner, we will be serenaded byCity

Lights Band. Bon apptit!

HOST: Ladies and gentlemen, that was City Lights Band. (Introduce members). Tonight is

definitely filled with a bundle of surprises for our dear Cham. Adding up to the list, heres a video

greeting from the people from all over the world who are closest to our dear debutant.

AVP plays Video Greetings

Ad-lib after dinner talks
HOST: Like a pretty flower that attracts bees and butterflies, Cham will be surrounded by 18

equally handsome gentlemen who will represent the debutants 18 carnations. This flower

equates the traditional 18 roses during debuts. For a quick trivia, carnation is Chams favorite

flower. Starting off with:

HOST: The last dance is of course reserved to the forever most handsome and most loving guy

in her life. To dance with our debutant, Chams 18th carnation, ladies and gentlemen,Daddy

Manuel Lagua, Jr!

Father and daughter dance

HOST: (In the middle of the father and daughter dance) The father and daughter dance is probably

one of the most loved traditions in any Filipino debut celebration. This signifies the daughters

first step to womanhood and the fathers acceptance of this period in his daughters life.

HOST: Ladies and gentlemen, sit back, and lets groove, jive and enjoy the party with the band,

theyre back on stage, give it up for City Lights Band!

City Lights Band Performance

HOST: Thank you, City Lights Band for filling the room with music and for jazzing up this party

with your playlist! Are you guys, still with me? More party-party later with City Lights Band. They

say, memories are ways to hold on to the things that we love, and to the things that we dont

want to lose. Sabi nga ni mareng Cynthia Ozick: What we remember from childhood, we

remember forever. Tonight we have 18 selected people who will share with us her

unforgettable memory with our lovely debutant. Cham, are you ready for the bukingan time?

HOST: All of you who are here tonight are closest to Cham. Sabi nga nila, friendship is a million

little things. This time, Id like to ask Chams dear friends this question: What is that one word

that best describes our debutant, and why?

Cham to change wardrobe in preparation for the dance number

HOST: Earlier, we were serenaded by the very talented City Lights Band. At this moment, are

we ready to move and groove? I cant here you, are we ready to move and groove? Ladies and

gentlemen, heres a dance number from our debutant herself! Lets put our hands together for

Cham and friends!

HOST: Matapos tayong pakiligin ng City Lights Band at napasayaw with Cham and friends, lets

do some ice breaker! Lets call this How well do you know Cham? Gaano niyo nga ba kakilala

ang ating lovely debutant? I have with me a list of trivia or questions about tonights fine lady.

The mechanics is just simple. I will read the trivia and if you know the answer, stand up from

your seat. Alright, lets keep the ball rolling!

Trivia, trivia, trivia While Cham changes wardrobe: From hiphop outfit to cocktail dress

HOST: Grabeh ang bukingan ngayong gabi! Nag enjoy ba tayong lahat? Seems like our

gorgeous debutant really enjoyed tonight. From the shared memories to a game trivia, Cham

has shared a part of her growing years with all of us. At sabi nga ni mareng Willa Cather?
Where there is great love, there are always wishes. Because birthdays are always new

beginnings, new endeavors with new set of goals, sending birthday messages and wishes is a

tradition especially in our country, where we give high value to family ties and relationship.

Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you these 18 Wishers for our debutant. These are

the people close to the heart of our celebrant, and whom she listens and confides to for inspiring

words and friendly advices. Starting off with the woman dearest to Chams heart, representing

the mother candle that will be a source of light for all the well-wishers for our dear Cham,

heres Mommy Cynthia Lagua!

Music is one of the most important and powerful things in my life. My life without melodies and
harmonies would be totally empty. Listening to and playing different tunes helps me to de-stress,
relax and it can also help to motivate me in trying times. I love listening to music while on my way
to school, as I feel it helps me to prepare for the day that waits. I think it is like the memoirs to my
life as it has been there throughout everything with me.
When I was younger, I didnt

People come together through dance. It provides entertainment for people of all ages, races, and
They enjoy time spent together in a positive, upbeat environment. They are energized and inspired by
other dancers in their midst.
The more adventurous dancers may try to emulate the moves of others, which provides another sense of
entertainment and draws people together.
Strangers have potential to become friends, while families and friends bond more closely because of the
positive experiences they've shared on the dancefloor.

Dancing helps bodies and minds relax as the music and surroundings take people away from their anxiety
and frustration for a while.
Mentally, they unwind and have fun, sharing a laugh or two. As their minds relax, their bodies follow.
Their muscles loosen up and tension and stress melt away.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter
words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

You cannot exercise muchThe deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
William James

power without gratitude, because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power." Wallace

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