A debut is more than a party. It is the moment to celebrate a young lady’s stride to womanhood as she turns 18. Whether the celebrant wants to party or just bond with loved ones, the debutante marks that milestone year in her life when she enters adulthood. For Kapamilya female celebrities, reaching 18 is seen with much interest and significance, as they not only transition in terms of age group but also career-wise as they prepare for more challenging opportunities. In this edition of Kapamilya Snaps, let’s look at how these Kapamilya female stars reveled in their 18th birthdays.
One of the most talked-about and trending debut celebrations among celebrities was that of then Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo who looked like royalty in her gorgeous Francis Libiran pink gown. It was even considered by the netizens and the fans the “best debut ever.” The motif was black, white, and pink formal. The guest list was star studded and this included Sam Milby, Julia Montes, and Enrique Gil. But most importantly, her partner Daniel Padilla was right by her side.
Liza Soberano did not want an extravagant party. She preferred a more laidback celebration. It was indeed one of the most unforgettable moments of her life as loved ones surprised the stunning actress with a chill Bohemian-themed bash by the beach. It was a very intimate celebration as she only celebrated with her relatives, some fans, high school friends, and colleagues in showbiz. Before this, Liza hosted multiple charitable activities as a way of celebrating. She met with orphans, marginalized children, breast cancer patients, and the elderly.
Julia Montes looked like she jumped out of a fairytale book for her debut. The venue featured an indoor lake, a carriage, and a castle-themed cake. Julia was escorted by Coco Martin. Her 18 roses included John Lloyd Cruz, Enrique Gil, and Daniel Padilla. On the other hand, Kathryn Bernardo, Dawn Zulueta, and Denise Laurel were part of her 18 treasures.
Julia Barretto made headlines with her grand carnival-themed 18th bash. The stage itself was inspired by a carousel. Julia left everyone stunned as she walked in her red Michael Cinco gown. Julia’s dad, Dennis Padilla, was present during her special day. Her maternal grandparents Miguel and Inday and her aunt Claudine also made Julia’s debut extra special with their presence.
Janella Salvador did not plan to have a debut party, but Star Magic still surprised her with a Hollywood-themed bash. The singer-actress believed that she was going to perform at a 7th birthday celebration, until she arrived at the venue and was surprised to see her family, friends, and the talents of Star Magic. Before this, Janella gave gifts to the less fortunate as her “18 blessings.” This was her personal celebration for all the blessings that she has received. Janella's mom, actress-singer Jenine Desiderio, and her younger brother Russell, along with her friends in showbiz including Julia Barretto, Jane Oineza, Marlo Mortel, Ylona Garcia, Richard Yap, Vina Morales, made Janella’s debut complete.
Loisa Andalio celebrated her 18th birthday with a concert for her ever-supportive fans. It turned out to be a debut concert held at the Music Museum. Special guests included Yeng Constantino and Maris Racal. Hashtag members Jimboy, Paulo, and Ryle were also present. Of course, Loisa’s boyfriend Ronnie Alonte prepared a surprise.
Jane Oineza had two debuts. She turned 18 years old while inside the Pinoy Big Brother house and had a party with her fellow housemates. Jane celebrated again in the outside world this time with friends, family, and supporters. Her close friends from the industry were also present during the special night including Julia Barretto, Ejay Falcon, Marco Gumabao, Tippy Dos Santos and Ogie Diaz.
Sofia Andres opted for a simple but sophisticated party to begin her womanhood. Instead of a ball gown, Sofia stunned in a Jot Losa red tuxedo dress. As requested by Sofia, her showbiz friends CJ Navato, Kristel Fulgar, Daryl Ong, and Diego Loyzaga prepared song numbers.
Heaven Peralejo had a grand party. The pre-debut shoot alone was like living in a fantasy world. One of the highlights of the night was when Heaven performed a song while animated images were projected on her white gown. Her closest friends in the industry including Janella Salvador, Elmo Magalona, Joj and Jai Agpangan, Kisses Delavin, and Rita Gabiola made her special night complete. The grand celebration also became a reunion for the Pinoy Big Brother Lucky Season 7 teen housemates.
Ylona Garcia truly looked like a star at her 1950s-themed debut party. All eyes were on her in a Patricia Santos white gown. Instead of the traditional 18 roses dance, Ylona sang a medley of classic love songs. "My theme for my 18th birthday party is the 50s... My grandpa on my mom's side, he adored the 50s, and he always sang songs from the 50s, dressed like the 50s… I adore the 50s, too. We got Marilyn Monroe, we got Audrey Hepburn!" Ylona shared in an interview with StarStudio.
Kira Balinger was like a fairy princess at her floral-themed 18th birthday. She wore an elegant dress designed by Mark Bumgarner. The Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin actress felt that a dress would fit the vibe better than a huge ball gown. The venue was adorned with tropical greenery and millennial pink drapes to recreate a “Havana haven”. Even Kira’s unique cake was perfect for the theme. Kira looked even more regal as she sang and dance to the tune of Camila Cabello’s single “Havana,” which definitely fit the theme of the dreamy celebration.
The Pinoy Big Brother's first Teen Big Winner Kim Chiu had a special 18th birthday bash. Kim replaced the traditional 18 roses with a modern cotillion. The first dance was with her father while the last was with her erstwhile love team partner Gerald Anderson. Dubbed as “My Girl Turns 18”, the celebration was aired as an ABS-CBN TV special a few weeks after. "Nakakatuwa noong sinabihan nila ako na mapapalabas ito sa TV, talagang hindi ako makapaniwala. Tapos ngayon hindi ako makapaniwala na debut ko na pala ang ipapalabas. Nakakatuwa," Kim said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Amidst her busy schedule from filming Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Kristine Hermosa found the time to celebrate her 18th birthday. Kristine’s beauty only shined brighter that night as she left everyone in awe with her three beautiful gowns: a white gown, a Randy Ortiz blue gown embellished with Swarovski gems, and a gray Paolo Basa gown worn during the after-party. Some of the Kapamliya network’s biggest actors were present during the night including Jericho Rosales, Piolo Pascual, and John Lloyd Cruz.
Anne Curtis held her traditional debut back in 2003. One of the things that made her debut unique from the rest was the music she danced to that was chosen by her 18 bearers. Anne’s mother made sure to make Anne like she’s the most special girl that night as she gave her daughter an elegant diamond ring. Anne’s best friend Luis Manzano was the second rose bearer.
Sharlene San Pedro
Multitalented Sharlene San Pedro had an extra memorable 18th birthday bash because it was organized by her fans. Sharlene pulled off her chic debut outfit with her cute white floral dress. It was indeed a simple but emotional day. Sharlene celebrated with her closest friends in showbiz who she practically grew up with, namely CJ Navato, Miles Ocampo, Jairus Aquino and Igi Boy Flores.
Barbie Imperial had a simple boho chic-themed birthday. Guests wore flower crowns and sat on soft mats for a more festive vibe. It was attended by Barbie’s close friends and family. Actresses Loisa Andalio and Maris Racal were part of the “18 candles.”
Let this episode of Kapamilya Snaps leave us all enchanted and enthralled with the gorgeousness of these Kapamilya female stars as they celebrated their 18th birthdays!