Kapamilya Snaps: These 11 Celebrities Forgo the Traditional for Their 18th Birthday!

As we all know, 18th birthday is a big deal for us Filipinos especially for most girls as it marks the beginning of adulthood. Hence, this ensures that the celebration will be “heated” and unforgettable by usually throwing a large and extravagant party. Traditionally, it is the night when the birthday girl is in her most beautiful and dolled up self wearing the fabulous gown of her choice and is surrounded by her family, friends and other loved ones who are part of the 18 candles, 18 blue bills, 18 treasures and/or 18 roses.

While this is a dream for some, there are others who choose to celebrate this milestone differently by totally refusing to join the custom or by doing other things that would make it more meaningful. Just like the gorgeous stars of this Kapamilya Snaps feature who had unique or unconventional celebrations.

Andrew Brilliant

When she turned 18 in 2021, Andrea threw not just one, but two parties on the same day at an event venue in Bataan. She initially organized a simple outdoor daytime picnic for her best friends Bea Borres, Christine de Guzman and Mona Alawi, in which she was photographed wearing a red top and denim pants.

And in the evening, her loving family and friends surprised her with a royal and grand yet intimate debutante experience by throwing a noir-themed party complete with dance, birthday cake, and short program. Andrea simply transitioned into a matching red skirt and completed her OOTN with a pair of black sneakers.

Lisa Soberano

In 2016, Liza’s family, friends, and on- and off-screen partner made sure to turn 18.th special birthday by throwing her a bohemian themed beach party at a resort in Talisay, Batangas.

She might not be wearing a sparkly gown that time, but the Bagani the leading lady still stood out from the crowd in her black boho-chic dress and delicate flower crown.

Alexa Ilacad

Being the certified animal lover and animal welfare advocate that she is, Alexa was truly over the moon when her 18th birthday wishth birthday in 2018 was accomplished – to hold a simple thanksgiving celebration at an animal rehabilitation center. In the caption of the carousel of photos taken at the event which she posted to Instagram, she wrote, “A memorable debut for me is one where I would like to spend my special day with neglected and rescued cats and dogs, who are dearest to the my heart.”

She added, “I’m both surprised and amazed that there are wonderful, kind-hearted people who have offered to take part in my simple celebration to make it even more special and memorable!” Among those who witnessed her paw were some of her friends and supporters.

Loisa Andalius

Instead of being the one to receive, it was Loisa who gave her beloved fans a nice present for her 18th birthdayth birthday in 2017. As a way to show his appreciation for their unwavering support for him, the Love in 40 days the lead actress organized a birthday concert at the Music Museum, in which she wore several costumes, including a stunning white ball gown.

Her one and only love Ronnie Alonte made a special appearance, and she thanked him by posting a snap of them together on stage, which she captioned, “Ginawa mo ding memorable ‘yung special na gabi para sa akin, salamat!”

Imperial Barbie

Barbie even threw a simple bohemian themed party for her 18th birthdayth birthday in 2016, which she honored by wearing a nude dress with fur and lace details and a flower crown. The venue really had a party vibe to it, with the guests also dressed up in hippie clothes.

Attendees included her fellow GirlTrends members, then Loisa Andalio, Riva Quenery, and Maris Racal, as well as Hashtag Ryle Santiago.

Sophia Andres

Another actress who dropped out of the traditional debut was Sofia, who held her big bash at a posh venue in Makati City. She arrived in a red tuxedo dress that really brought out her femininity and made her look absolutely sophisticated.

The The Iron Heart The actress’s guests also arrived in smart casual attire, suggesting the event was less formal. Attendees included Elisse Joson, Michelle Vito, Robi Domingo, Sue Ramirez, Dominic Roque, Bailey May, Ylona Garcia, Jane Oineza, Andrea Brillantes, Loisa Andalio, Igiboy Flores, Bugoy Drilon and Kamille Filoteo, as well as CJ Navato, Kristel Fulgar and Diego Loygaza, who also prepared song numbers for her.

AC Bonifacio

As the pandemic was wreaking havoc when he hit “Level 18” on December 15, 2020, AC just celebrated his birthday with his family at their home in British Columbia, Canada. They may not be able to throw a huge party, but they made sure to still make it look great and cheery with a huge balloon and flower arrangement – all of which were pink – and with the ASAP Natin’ A normal dressed in a tight white dress.

Elha Nymph

For her 18th birthday last April, Star Magic threw a surprise garden party for Elha. Probably because she didn’t foresee it, the grand champion of The Voice Kids Season 2 arrived in a blue floral gown that showed off her glow perfectly.

It was attended by her beloved family, relatives and friends, including Macky Empuerto, Reiven Umali, Jayda Avanzado, who came in their trendy beach outfits.

Sam Cruz

Instead of making a traditional debut, Sam threw a glamorous disco-themed party last August, which was attended by his closest friends in and out of show business, and especially his parents Sunshine Cruz and Cesar Montano and their current partners, as well as his siblings.

The up-and-coming singer truly wore a shimmery gold mini dress and silver leaf crown, while her sisters Angelina and Chesca also showed off their vibrant teal and fuchsia numbers, respectively.

Sharlene San Pedro

Sharlene also had a rather casual yet remarkable encounter with her closest friends during her 18 yearsth birthday in 2017. The Go Bulilit the pupil was dressed in a delicate white floral dress which she completed with a black choker.

Her guests, on the other hand, which include her fellow former child stars CJ Navato, Miles Ocampo, Jairus Aquino and Igi Boy Flores were dressed in relaxed attire.

Beautiful Mariano

Another pandemic debutant was Belle, who turned 18 on June 10, 2020. As everyone is discouraged from going out and he has been restricted from holding any kind of gatherings, he was only able to celebrate it at home with his family.

The “An uncomfortable love” the protagonist may not be wearing a dress, yet she still looked fabulous in her multicolored top and jeans. Her family also made her special by decorating a part of their home with pink, orange and white balloons, as well as giving her a box of red roses and a delicious naked cake.

These celebs are proof that sometimes, not sticking to what we’ve been used to might be more fun and better. Regardless of how you celebrated or will celebrate your milestone birthday, what matters most is that you are surrounded by your loved ones and that you are happy and satisfied with it.

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