What is Debut?

Debut is a Filipino tradition that reflects coming-of-age and the importance of family values. Although a traditional debut celebrates a young adult’s coming-of-age, FCA’s Debut celebrates four general body members who have not yet had a debut, nominated by their class!

FCA’s debut follows a program similar to a typical debut ceremony.

2022 Debut Gallary

Meet the Debutants

Freshman Debutant



Danika’s dress is based off the flower Waling-Waling. This flower is commonly referred to as the queen of Philippine orchids, due to its incomparable beauty even among the members of its family Orchidaceae! Waling-waling also means “moth-in-flight”, its name given by the native to its home in Mindanao.


Major: Immersive Media Design

Q: How has FCA impacted you so far in your first year of college?

A: From my first gbm to my last modern, FCA has always been such a welcoming and supportive community! There’s always something going on and the energy in the events are unmatched! I’m so grateful to be a part of it!

Sophomore Debutant



For Laura’s dress, she selected the beautiful Samsampin, notable for it’s vibrant and brilliant blue hue. This flower is also known as the butterfly pea flower, valued for its numerous health benefits and famous for changing its color when its acidity changes!


Major: Biochemistry and Anthropology

Q: What are you most excited about at Debut?

A: I am most excited for debut because my debut was a month after lockdown happened so it got cancelled 🙁 But now, at least I get to spend it with FCA! )

Junior Debutant



Cat’s dress is based off the flower Santan. The Santan comes in multiple varieties, from crimson red, orange, to pure white. The Santan is a multi-use flower, present in everything from flower crowns to bracelets. Representing the unbridled imagination and joy of childhood, the Santan evokes a bittersweet nostalgia of times gone by and the hope for a brighter future.


Major: Public Health Science

Q: Do you have anything to say to the people who nominated you?

A: Thank you to everyone who nominated me, I truly appreciate each and every one of you <3 I can’t wait to experience my ! first debut ! with all of FCA at UMCP and especially make more memories with the #bestclass

Senior Debutant


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Alex’s choice of flower is the Philippines’ national flower: the sampaguita. The sampaguita has long been celebrated in stores and legends and has a colorful and extensive history. This flower also symbolizes purity, simplicity, humility, and strength.


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Q: What will you miss the most about FCA?

A: What I’ll miss the most about FCA is the comfort and warmth of having such a large family here on campus. Knowing that at a time I’d be able to ask if anyone was free to hang out and it’d be a good time no matter who it was with.