My friends’ girl turned 18. She had a big do; we Pinoy call it The Debut Party. For the rich, it’s an opportunity to show off; for the poor, it’s just another day (sob). But these days, anyone can celebrate it any way they like. Jaz and her mum with their really close, helpful friends hired a hall, beautify it, cooked lots and lots of yummy food and the result was a really wonderful celebration of life, family, friendship and loving Filipino community. It was my pleasure to be one of her “candles”. I wish Jaz an adult life that’s full of happiness and love.