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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Philippines: Baby Fruit Turns One

Today was Baby Fruits first birthday, an event celebrated in the Philippines as importantly as a wedding here. They believe that once a child turns one then they can be officially introduced to everyone. It is a huge costume party with over 25 children, their nannies and parents, friends and family. And I cannot tell you how ADORABLE these children were. I thought it was rather funny that they were wearing a lot of superhero costumes from the states.

This party, like the Fruits wedding two years ago, shows you how close this culture really is. There were so many people most of which have known each other from birth. Rarely does anyone move away from their family circle and it shows in how close everyone is.

One of the reasons that this party was so fun is because of the nannies. A child’s birthday in the states is a lot of work. Generally the mothers are scrambling after screaming children while trying to feed everyone, coordinate the schedule, and deal with the cleanup. Here the nannies take care of the children; the three party coordinators manage all the games and food for the children, while the mothers sit back and applaud. Food is served to the adults by the various helpers, each family usually has two or three, and the cleanup is handled by a separate crew. If I could throw a party like this in the states it would cost alot, here however it was just another party and they all have them.

I had a ton of fun photographing this event, trying to capture the candid moments of the kids and of beautiful Baby Fruit on her special day.

I give you Baby Fruit dressed as Snow White:

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BABY FRUIT AND I

These are some of the other adorable kids:

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HE IS MAKING THIS FACE BECAUSE WE ARE OFFICALLY THE FIRST WHITE PEOPLE HE HAS EVER SEEN

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2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

All the kids are cute, but baby fruitcake it adorable! How wonderful to have such a grand celebration.

Cheryl said...

this is soo cute. i missed reading this blog. .

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