Filipino Debuts reminiscent of Quinceaneras due to Spanish influence

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Many non-Filipinos are not aware of our Debut celebrations and why they are special to our young women. Filipino girls celebrate their eighteenth birthday with a Debut that has marked similarities to a quinceaneara event, retaining the Spanish influenced elements of a court and a dance with a traditional waltz. A Filipino Debut gives a teenage girl the opportunity to dress up like a princess in a fabulous quinceanera dress, while the girls of her court have a wonderful range of damas dresses to choose from. It represents the single occasion when a girl can go to town with a fabulously lavish dress, only rivaled by her choice of dress on her wedding day. Quinceanera, or Sweet 15 dresses are the magnificent gowns most girl dream of as a fantasy dress, elaborate and ornate, with figure hugging bodices and voluminous ball gown skirts. They are traditionally worn by girls of Latin heritage to celebrate the rite of passage that comes with a fifteenth birthday. The tradition is celebrated throughout much of South America and has transitioned to a North American celebration retained by families with a Latino cultural heritage. A similar tradition is also celebrated in the Philippines due to the Spanish influence of the islands dating back to the 16th century.

No matter where one celebrates this traditional coming of age, from Mexico and Guatemala, to Florida or the Philippines, there are some stunning online quinceanera dresses to make a selection from. Prestigious fashion houses the House of Wu, Mori Lee and Marys Bridal each feature breathtaking ball gowns, creating an impossible task when it comes to making a selection as each individual line is so striking and beautiful. The choice is further complicated by the decision to opt for a three-piece quinceanera dress or a dress complemented with a matching bolero.

Debut dresses with detachable ball gown skirts revealing fitted miniskirts appeal to girls who want to let their hair down and party after the formal dancing. The House of Wu 26841 three-piece quinceanera dress features a beaded sleeveless crop top, a short fitted skirt and a detachable iridescent chiffon ball gown skirt adorned with horsehair trimmed ruffles. The crop top and short skirt can be paired with other pieces after the party.

Typically a formal dress will showcase a strapless beaded bodice with a sweetheart neckline, a lace-up back and a basque waist, though designs do vary. Gloriously full skirts always cascade in a luscious style and are often embellished with lace appliques or beading, ruffles or pick-ups. Many of the ball gown skirts finish in an elaborate train, adding to the magnificence of the dress.

We found that styles can vary between girlish and pretty, to the dramatic. The Mori Lee Vizcaya 89122 black cherry strapless dress really exudes drama with its sequin accented ruffled skirt, its intricately beaded bodice with an illusion halter neckline and corset back. But, the softly feminine Marys Bridal Alta Couture 4T190 strapless dress, is a fantasy in peach organza, featuring a multi tiered skirt and a matching puff sleeved bolero.

 

Ilocano Cuisine

The region of Ilicos Norte in the Philippines is renowned for its tasty and traditional cuisine, whether it is a quick snack from a street vendor or fine dining at the La Preciosa restaurant in Laoag. La Preciosa features a ground floor pastry shop renowned for its mouth watering cakes and garners fabulous accolades for its generous portions of carrot cake, along with other excellent choices such as blueberry cheesecake and moist chocolate cake.

The restaurant itself is famous for serving some of the very best Ilocano cuisine which naturally includes an excellent traditional bagnet and poqui poqui. Other must-try dishes are the crab and corn soup, the salted egg bagnet and the crispy dinguan.

Ilocano cuisine has a very regional taste distinguished by its bitter flavors. Ingredients such as bitter melon, winter melon, horseradish, papaya, Perris lemon, gourd and chili peppers contribute to its reputation. Pork and fish dishes are prevalent, alongside dishes created from the freshest local vegetables, making generous use of string beans, eggplants, sweet potatoes, lima beans, okra, oyster mushrooms and tomatoes.

Ilocano Cuisine
Bagnet

Pork dishes are not restricted to traditional cuts of meat and often include innovative ways with the innards. Probably the most popular regional dish is bagnet, a deep-fried pork dish that originated as a means of preserving the meat. Cuts such as belly pork are deep-fried in lard to produce the crispiest of skins.

Bagnet also appears as an ingredient in the famous dish of dinguan, a stew of pork blood with crispy chunks of bagnet. Another local delicacy based on pork is longannasia sausage stuffed into an intestine wrap, flavored with a marinade of garlic and sugarcane vinegar.

Ilocano Cuisine
Empanadas

Naturally La Preciosa serves up wonderful empanadas, the traditional stuffed pastry deep-fried with a filling of ground pork meat mixed with egg, garlic, mung beans and grated papya. Empanandas are immediately recognizable by their bright orange exterior made from rice flour and orange food coloring and the Ilocano versions are distinct from the empanandas made in the rest of the Philippines.

Ilocano Cuisine
Paksiw na Bangus

Both fresh and dried fish are used extensively in Ilocano cuisine. Some of the most popular fish dishes are Paksiw na Bangus which is milkfish cooked with eggplants and ginger, steamed tilapia fish, Ginataang Isda fish cooked in coconut milk, and tamales na galunggong, a dish of steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves.

Ilocano Cuisine
Pinakbet

Popular vegetable dishes abound too on the local menus of the region. These include dinengdeng, a vegetable soup; string beans known as utong, poqui poqui grilled eggplant salad, and the tasty pinakbet, a vegetable stew cooked in shrimp paste filled with eggplant, bitter gourd, okra and squash, and flavored with garlic, onions and ginger. Vegetarian visitors to the region will not be disappointed with the wide range of healthy vegetable based dishes to choose from and can indulge in the refreshing local fresh fruits.

Ilocano Cuisine
Dragon fruit

There is even the opportunity for tourists to sample fresh dragon fruit, a cactus style fruit that has become an iconic symbol of the region. Those with an adventurous palette will find Ilocano cuisine a tasty delight, whether they are sampling a snack from a street vendor or sitting down to a meal of fine dining.