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     The ROSE SPONSORS are 18 PINOYS who are important to the debutante.  During the ROSE DANCE, they take a rose to the birthday girl and dance with her for a song.  This symbolizes the acceptance of the girl into the adult world where she has to find a man who will be her partner in the dance of her life.

     Again, the SPONSORS do not have to be all PINOYS.  They may include friends, KUYAS, TITOS, LOLOS.  Also, if it is desired for women to be incorporated, they could be the ones to escort the males to the debutante.  (But this is only effective if the birthday girl is not left alone on the dance floor!)  They could pick up the roses from a rose bearer (an ADING).