All Roads Lead You Home: Homecoming 101


All schools, an architecture university in Manila or a private school somewhere else in the capital, have a kind of homecoming, or prom if you’re not familiar with the use of the word homecoming.

Guys have difficulty preparing for prom, too, not just girls, but girls probably make a bigger deal out of it. Here are some tips for both girls and guys to make that once in a lifetime night bearable if not perfect.



Many guys think that dressing up or being romantic is below them, or worse, that it’s gay. There is nothing gay about dressing like a decent human being. If you want your prom or homecoming to be a good experience, you have to look good and smell good. Pick out a suit that is perfect fit for you. Don’t just pick one and say that it’s the one. Make sure it’s loose in the right places, but not entirely loose. A perfectly fitted suit makes a big difference.

Hygiene. You don’t want to appear at this one and only night in your life smelling like you haven’t washed yourself in a week. It’s not that hard to take a shower. Shave if you think you’ve got some stubble going on, or keep the beard if you’ve got it trimmed and groomed. Brush your teeth, wear deodorant, floss, get a haircut if it’s getting a bit messy, and cut your nails. Wear cologne. Doesn’t have to be any of those fancy brands, just put a little on. And keep some mints in your pockets.


Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for a dress and shoes. So choose early, but not that early. You don’t want that dress to not fit on the bit night. Your shoes should also complement what you’re wearing, because they can either make or break your look. And don’t forget to take into consideration your comfort when choosing them. You don’t want to end up barefoot in the middle of the party because your feet already hurt.

Choose a makeup look that’s going to accentuate the pretty features that you already have. You don’t have to get any of those expensive, high end stuff as drugstore brands can be just as good. If you want to feel physically great on the day, maybe have a spa session with your mom or your friends, or both! Take a long soak in the tub, paint your nails, get your hair done, wax whatever needs to be waxed, have a scrub, and do anything you want. It’s not every day you get an event so big, so of course you want to feel like a million bucks!

Prom is supposed to be an enjoyable night, so don’t bring a date just for the sake of bringing a date. If you don’t actually like your date, you might end up having a bad time.

Whatever you plan to do at your homecoming dance, what’s important is that you and your friends have a great time. So what if you don’t have someone to slow dance with? You’re going to take the floor with that house track anyway.

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