Do we have junior and senior proms in the Philippines? Of course we do, but I’m not sure if the words “junior” and “senior” are used. Filipinos just say 3rd year or 4th year of high school, so it may just be 3rd year prom and 4th year prom. I know they have them because I paid for a cousin’s tuxedo rental a couple of years ago.
Prom is for Promenade
A lot of people know the junior and senior proms as formal dances, but they have no idea that prom is short for promenade. In this case, promenade means “formal dance”. This particular dance is called other things in other places, but the Philippines uses the same terms used in the US for things like this.
I graduated from high school almost 32 years ago. I didn’t go to either the junior or senior proms because neither was important to me at the time. The biggest reason? I never like to dance. It isn’t like I couldn’t get a date or anything like that, because that wasn’t a problem for me in high school.
The only thing I remember about the junior and senior proms from high school is the phrase “off like a prom dress”. I don’t think I need to elaborate on that.
I don’t think prom dresses are anything I have to worry about for the foreseeable future. I have no daughters or granddaughters (yet). I have no sister-in-laws young enough to attend high school. I have no nieces or nephews, here in the Philippines, old enough to attend high school.
I’ll probably have to deal with tuxedo rentals for two nephews in a couple of years. My other nephews are YEARS away from high school (not even old enough for elementary school yet).
My oldest niece (that I have to deal with) is a few years away from her 3rd year of high school too. I’m sure I’ll be paying for her prom dress rental (and the prom dresses for her younger sisters) when the time comes. I have other nieces in high school, but they don’t live in my compound.
The Philippines is more Americanized, at least in the cities, than most people realize. If it wasn’t for some of the historical Asian and Spanish culture and traditions assimilated into the Filipino culture, you could call this the “little America”. Of course, some Americans I know would disagree, but they haven’t taken a look at the backwoods areas of the US – some places aren’t any better than the worst places in the Philippines (and I’ve been to some of those places in the US, an almost frightening experience).
Yes, of course we have junior and senior proms in the Philippines, regardless of exactly what they’re called.