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Here's What You Can Do With Your Old Prom Dresses

Donate them to young girls who are in need.
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I can still remember how thrilling it was to find the perfect prom dress. I had mine custom-made by my lola, and I remember encountering so many problems before my prom night—my first dress didn't fit me, I almost bought an RTW one from the department store, and my lola rushed to Divisoria on the morning of my prom to buy last-minute tela for my outfit. Looking back, I realized that getting ready for prom was a stressful but fun process. Sure, I remember trying to minimize the cost as much as possible, but you have to admit that getting ready for prom is quite expensive—especially since the whole thing just lasts for a night.

In the small town of Zamboanguita (it's not even on the map!), there is a Jesuit-run Catholic school called St. Isidore High School. There are around 500 students in this school, and 35% of them are Lumads who are mostly scholars (Editor's Note: "Lumad" refers to a group of indigenous people in the south of our country). During Ria Limjap's visit, she was able to talk to the school administrator, Fr. Harvey Mateo, SJ, who told her about a project that he started for the students—he has been collecting prom dresses and lending them to the scholars during their prom. After the prom, the dresses are cleaned and stored in school so that the next set of scholars can wear them for the next prom. Dresses are quite hard to find in their small town—they usually have to rent from Malaybay or Cagayan De Oro which are hours away. 

When my mom told me about their cause, it made me realize how lucky I was to have had the chance to choose my prom dress. At the time, prom felt like something really special—and it was. But if I'm being honest, my prom dress is currently accumulating dust at the back of my closet. So if you're like me and you would like to donate your old prom dresses, you can contact Ria Limjap via Facebook or you can drop them off at the following locations:

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San Juan:
c/o Chicify
Ground floor, First Baron Residences 166 A. Mabini St. 

Pasig:
c/o The Good Seed
3 Brixton St., Kapitolyo 

Makati:
c/o Playworks
Aguirre Bldg, 108 HV dela Costa St., Salcedo Village

Rockwell:
c/o Active Fun
R3 Level Powerplant Mall 

BGC:
c/o Active Fun
9th Avenue

If you're going to drop them off, make sure to label the bags "PROM DRESS DONATION" for easy identification. 

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