A debut marks every person's formal transition into adulthood, particularly for a young woman. Her eighteenth birthday is celebrated as her 'coming out' to society and a whole program is dedicated to it, with the young woman even hand-picking her own entourage.
It's prevalently celebrated in the Philippines and is one of the most anticipated events in a young woman's life, perhaps second only to the high school. Many young women dream of having a grand debut where they are able to wear fancy gowns and tasteful hairdos like the chignon.
However, what happens when the debutante herself cannot make it to her own debut? Surprisingly, this is what happened to would-be debutante Ella May Quindoza, who was unable to celebrate her debut because she unexpectedly passed away beforehand.
Instead, her family and friends conducted the program, as seen in Rosalie Carolino Quindoza's Facebook account. Quindoza uploaded pictures of Ella's friends and family celebrating the debut as if Ella was there herself.
A tarpaulin bore the line: "A wish granted for her special day... The Debutant. [sic]" Pictures of Ella were placed in the venue in lieu of her presence. Her friends, who posed for the photo-op, held a portrait of the debutante.
It almost seemed like Ella was there to celebrate her debut because all of her friends were smiling in the pictures and acted as though nothing was unusual or sad.
Many netizens showed their concerns about the reason behind Ella's death. Some netizens commented that they actually knew Ella personally.
They showered comments filled with condolences but Ella's family members have yet to reply to their queries.
The video uploaded by Filipino Vines on their Facebook fan page featured young men who were supposed to be the debutante's '18 roses' - the group of men she would have danced with individually.
Each of them laid roses on a table where Ella's portrait was positioned and proclaimed their own heartfelt messages to her. Most of the young men couldn't help but cry when they approached Ella's portrait.
Facebook user Ke Jaya said, "kilala ko yung girl (with a sad face emoji) i was in elementary while siya yung nasa kindergarten. sobrang masayahin at makulit na bata. huhu we will miss you ella "lang-lang,"
Truly heartbreaking! How does this story make you feel? What would you have done if you were in Ella's family's situation? Tell us in the comments section!
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