Seated from left, Jeannine Malinao, JulieAnne Lucero, Ashley Navarro, Elaiza Bungue, Christine Cando, and Rhealynn Ochoa. Standing, from left, Ria Foslien (emcee), Ralph Santiago, Jhun Jhun Mangaliman, Kilat Fitzgerald, Alex Hall, Manny Riley, Kfir Batiller, and Frankie Hebres (emcee). (Photo by A&F Photography, courtesy of FMA)
The Fil-Minnesotan Association announces the presentation of six lovely Debutantes and their handsome Escorts at its annual Debutantes Ball on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Bloomington.
A genteel celebration of culture, this event is also a celebration of the accomplishments of these young Filipino women and their arrival into adult society, done with elegance and formality. For the young women, it is a moment never to be forgotten.
For the young men, it is a memorable participation in a coming-of-age celebration in the cultural tradition of the Filipino people, reflecting a part of their heritage from Spain.
The Debutantes are presented by their parents or guardians as their personal achievements are highlighted. Following the presentation, the debutantes and their escorts perform the “Cotillion,” a formal dance choreographed especially for them by Joy Dava.
This year’s debutantes are Jeannine Malinao, Julie Anne Lucero, Elaiza Bungue, Ashley Navarro, Christine Cando, and Rhealynn Ochoa. They are escorted by Ralph Santiago, Jhun Jhun Mangaliman, Alex Hall, Kilat Fitzgerald, Manny Riley, and Kfir Batiller.
The Cotillion emcees are Frankie Hebres and Ria Foslien.
A competitive scholarship grant from Dr. E.G.Balcos is awarded to one deserving debutante and one deserving escort. Recipients are chosen based on academic excellence, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills, volunteer work, community involvement. The Fil-Minnesotan Association Executive Committee comprise the panel of judges, presided by Lita Malicsi. This year’s event is co-chaired by Jocelyn Quebral and Liz Jones.
Overall, the Debutantes Ball is an event that builds character, develops confidence, and teaches collaboration. Most of all, it creates lasting friendships. For dinner reservations, you may contact Dr. David Ong 651-356-5424, Jocelyn Quebral 651-739-4416, Liz Jones 612-865-9245, Lita Malicsi 612-861-2397.
Cocktails will start at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. This will take place on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Bloomington. Music will be provided by Quadronics DJ Services. Formal attire is requested.