It was a grand and formal “all pink” celebration at the Somerville Place Function Centre in Hampton Park on April 28 when Christine Mae Agustin, only child of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Agustin, turned18.
Christine’s much awaited debutante dinner dance party was a spectacular affair attended by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Gonzaga, who came from the Philippines especially for the occasion. The 18 roses ceremony (led by Christine’s father, Jess) and the 18 candles (led by her mother, Mae) indeed struck some emotional chords focusing on the memories of childhood and the transformation of this girl who blossomed into a beautifully charming, respectful, and God-fearing young woman ready to face the challenges of this volatile and constantly changing world.
Certainly, the grand cotillion was one the highlights of the evening with Christine dancing elegantly with former classmates from the VSL, dressed elegantly in a silky pink gown. And who would miss Angela Medilo’s angelic singing voice to entertain around 200 guests. Needless to say, where there is a grand party, there would be a long table full of delicious and mouth-watering Filipino food, plus non-stop head-banging and hip-swaying dances throughout the night.
Debutante Christine Mae Agustin, a former student at the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) has also been named one of the top scorers for VCE-LOTE (Languages other than English), receiving her special award at the Melbourne University Copland Theatre on 5 March. Ms. Aleks Guanizo (recipient of the highest award) and Ms. Maria “Angel” Manaog also made it to the top list.