MNL48 December Seitansai thankful for their fans’ overwhelming support

12/18/2018
by Wilson

MNL48 December Seitansai celebrants together with their fans celebrated their special day on December 15, 2018 at Movie Stars Café.

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Welcoming the fans, the December celebrants namely Faith (December 7), Brei (December 7), Tin (December 11), Necca (December 15), Essel (December 17), and Lara (December 20) performed “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” and “Umiindak Na Saya”.

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Aside from their performances, the event was also packed with fun activities where the celebrants prepared special games such as Pag-Ibig Fortune CookieHula Hoop Dance Challenge, Ang Punny Mo, and First Chubby Rabbit wherein players of the game will do the chubby bunny challenge while singing “First Rabbit”.

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One of the highlights of the event was the “Pag-big Fortune Cookie” performance of December Seitansai together with Senbatsu Members and the heart-warming messages from some of the celebrants’ avid supporters.

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Mr. John Andrew, the first one who availed Faith’s Cheki Seitansai Bundle adviced to her kamioshi, “Alam naman nating lahat na mahirap maging idol, maraming pagdadaanan na mga pagsubok, basta wag mo lang kakalimutan na lagi kami nandito para sayo. Unang-una ‘yung family mo, ‘yung mga tita mo na laging sumusuporta sayo at siyempre ‘yung mga fans mo, mga MNLoves kaya mo yan, fight lang.”

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Faith took the chance to thank everyone who attended the event and wishes the success of the group “Gusto kong kunin tong moment na to para magpasalamat sa inyong suporta and super mnag -enjoy po kami. Hindi talaga ako into dancing and dati wala po akong confidence pero dahil po sa inyo naging motivated ako para mag-improve. Ang wish ko lang po ay for MNL48 to flourish.”

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Furthermore, Ms. Klazi Krista, a fan of MNL48 since the beginning emotionally expressed her birthday message to Brei as she became the forth Senbatsu member for the group’s second single Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie. “Always remember that we’re here for you. Congratulations deserve mo lahat kung anong meron ka ngayon, deserve na deserve mo yan.”

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Tin hopes their fans will stay ‘till the end of their journey. “Unang-una po sa lahat nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo, sa mnloves, sa pagsuporta sa aming MNL48 girls. Sa mga fans ko po maraming salamat po sa pagsuporta sa akin. Although wala po ‘yung pamilya ko dito para mag celebrate,masaya po ako na andito po kayo para sa amin. Sobrang kompleto na po ‘yung birthday ko dahil andyan kayo. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng pagmamahal at suporta sa MNL48. And ang wish ko po sana hanggang sa huli po ng journey namin ay hindi niyo po kami papabayaan.”

Necca who happens to celebrate her birthday at the same day expressed her gratitude. “Honestly wala na po talaga akong mahiling kasi nakamit ko na po lahat sobrang grateful lang po talaga ako, thank you po sa lahat ng sumusuporta sa MNL48. Thank you po.”

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Overwhelmed with the support of her family and fans, Essel cried as her auntie who treats her as her daughter greeted her. “Baby girl, happy birthday. Always remember nandito lang si tita. Hindi man natuloy ‘yung baby ko, you’re always be my baby girl,” Ms. Alma said.

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Lara got emotional as her birthday this year will be the first time that she will celebrate it without her family. She also expressed her love for MNLoves as she treats them as her second family, “Nitong mga nakaraang buwan sobrang lungkot dahil hindi po ako nakakauwi sa amin, first time ko po mag-celebrate ng birthday na hindi ko kasama ang pamilya ko pero kahit ganun, may tinuturing na rin po akong pamilya dito. Kayo, kayo MNLoves, pamilya ko na kayo. Maraming salamat po.”

Moreover, the girls announced that they will be releasing their Christmas single and its music video soon. Also, they gladly stated their Christmas mini concert on December 23, 2018 at Movie Stars Café and all the attendees will receive a Christmas edition photocards for free.

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Meanwhile, fans who attended the event got a chance to have a Cheki with their Oshi and get hols on exclusive Seitansai merchandise including the first edition MNL48 photo album.

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Keep on following the official website and social media accounts of MNL48 for upcoming events such as next month’s Seitansai, mall tour, radio tour and TV guesting.

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MNL48 brings Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie fever to Starmall EDSA-Shaw

12/15/2018
by Wilson

MNL48 visited Starmall Shaw for the second time to promote their newest album “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” on December 14, 2018.

After their first mall tour for their second single in Dagupan, MNL48 Jem, Lei, Mari, Jan, Kay, Alyssa, Ella, Lara, Joyce, Aly, Daryll, Jaydee, Ruth, Hazel, Ecka, and Madie brought the hit dance craze to Starmall, performing their latest songs’ ”Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”.

Adding excitement to the event, the audience accepted the challenge and danced to the beat of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” as the program officially started. Special games such as trivia game, bring me and dance showdown were also played where lucky winners received MNL48 merchandise and albums as prizes.

Alyssa expressed her happiness that “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” official music video recently hit half a million views on YouTube. “Sobrang happy po ako, na-shock po ako na 500,000 views na po ‘yung music video namin, and I hope na ma-reach po namin ‘yung 1 million which is sobrang huge achievement na po.”

“Despite the weather and specially Friday pay day po ngayon marami pa rin pong pumunta and I’m so happy for it na kahit late po kami hindi pa rin po sila na-down, talagang pinakita pa rin po nila ‘yung smile nila. Also, we really did our best para ma-gain po yung energy ng mga nanunuod po samin,” Alyssa shared.

Moreover, Lei announced that “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” ranked number 2 on Myx and hopes to get more votes to reach the top rank.

Meanwhile, catch MNL48 in their next mall tour and follow their official social media accounts. Order the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album with official poster plus one ticket to their Handshake event at www.mnl48.ph or at any Lawson convenience store nationwide.

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MNL48 travels to Dagupan for Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album mall tour

12/12/2018
by Wilson

MNL48 Senbatsu gave their fans in Pangasinan a fun and exciting day with the performance of their second single as they visit the Big Atrium at CSI Mall Dagupan on December 8, 2018 together with It’s Showtime Hashtags.

The audience got to listen and enjoy the live performance of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” by MNL48 Senbatsu namely Sheki, Abby, Sela, Brei, Belle, Gabb, Coleen, Rans, Jem, Lei, Mari, Jan, Kay, Alyssa, Faith, and Ella.

Jem happily shared that their supporters who came all the way from Manila were able to bond with their fans in Pangasinan. “We’re very happy to know po na merong MNLoves na taga-Pangasinan, nakatanggap din po kami ng gifts, and super happy to witness na very strong po ‘yung bond nila sa isa’t-isa. We’re very grateful po na ma-showcase po ‘yung talent namin sa lahat ng taga-Pangasinan.”

“Sobrang overwhelmed po kasi pagpasok pa lang po namin sinalubong na agad nila kami ng ngiti and kaway na nagpapahiwatig po sa amin na sobrang welcome po kami sa Dagupan, and talagang naramdaman po namin ‘yung love and pagiging proud nila as a Filipino,” Ella added.

Moreover, Center girl Sheki is looking forward to more provincial tours to further promote their second single, Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie. “Nakakatuwa po ‘yung experience dahil nakapag-perform kami sa mga tao dun, and super thankful po kami sa MNLoves na bumiyahe from Manila just to watch and support us.”

Meanwhile, order the MNL48 “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” single and its first edition of photo albums at www.mnl48.ph or at any Lawson stores nationwide, and catch MNL48 in their next mall tour to be announced soon on its official social media accounts.

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MNL48 to join sister groups in Asia Festival 2019 in Thailand

12/12/2018
by Wilson

AKS Co. Ltd announces the biggest festival of AKB48 Group, the Asia Festival 2019 presented by Shanda Games which will be held at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on January 27, 2019.

During the press conference held today, December 11, 2018 in Thailand, AKS Co. Ltd International Business Division Nana Aso shared that this will be the first-ever Asia Festival in the history of AKB48, where sister groups in Asia namely AKB48, JKT48, BNK48, SGO48, AKB48 Team TP, AKB48 Team SH, and MNL48 will be gathered together for a day full of fun and exciting activities.

BNK48 General Manager, Job shared that he is very proud that the biggest Asia Festival will be held in their city. “The event will be so great and this will be a great experience for the BNK48 group as they will be able to work with other six groups from other countries. I would like everyone from all over the world to be part of this festival and have a great time together.”

The event will be consisting of two parts as they are expecting 20,000 to 30,000 visitors on that day. On the first part, supporters will be given the chance to interact and have a

high five with the seven local 48 groups from Asia. On the second part, attendees will witness the once-in-a-lifetime gathering and performance of AKB48 Groups.

Also present at the press conference, BNK48 member Music, Mobile and Captain Cherprang are excited in sharing the same stage with their sister groups. “We’re going to wait for you, it’s going to be fun, you can enjoy all the activities all day,” Cherprang said..

“I want to talk to all the groups. I want to take a group photo with everyone and eat together,” Music added. “I want to go shopping and visit the theater here, so let’s enjoy and have fun together,” Mobile commented.

To keep the excitement in the press conference, a special video greeting from BNK48’s sister groups were also shown in the screen, where all of the idol groups expressed their excitement to meet each other and create wonderful memories together.

“We will be part of Asia Festival 2019 together with our sister groups, this will be the first time that MNL48 will be performing outside the country and we are very excited, and it will be held in Bangkok, Thailand. See you there!” MNL48 Senbatsu said.

Meanwhile, MNL48 Sheki, Abby, Sela, Gabb, Brei, Faith, Mari, Jem, Coleen and Rans will be flying to Thailand to be part of the festival, joining their sister groups for the first time. Follow the MNL48 website and official social media accounts to get the latest updates.

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MNL48 guests at MOR 101.9, sings "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie" live at Wish 107.5

12/06/2018
by Mnl48 Philippines

MNL48 Senbatsu Alyssa, Belle, Ella, Faith, Jan, Jem, Lei, Mari, Rans, and Abby visit ABS-CBN’s official radio station, MOR 101.9 while Brei, Coleen, Gabb, Kay, Sela, and Sheki perform live in the popular Wish 107.5 bus at Centris Station respectively to promote their second single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” on December 5, 2018.

During their live radio interview with MOR 101.9’s very own DJ Eva Fonda, Abby shared their journey on being an idol to MOR listeners and how they became a member of MNL48. “An idol should have a golden heart, dapat po maka-inspire ng ibang tao. Nagkaroon po ng audtion para sa mga gustong maging idol, mahilig kumanta and sumayaw, and then nag-start po ‘yung show sa It’s Showtime.”

“May mga trainings po kami, naga-acting and modeling din po, kasi ang pagiging idol po kailangan complete package, even hosting, and nagkaroon din po kami ng personality development,” she said.

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Faith also shared the message behind their latest second single "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie". “Sinasabi po sa kanta na hindi po masamang maniwala sa fortune or kapalaran, basta po maging optimistic lang and kung may gusto kang mangyari sa future, mag tiyaga ka lang.”

Sela, on the other hand, expressed her happiness during their guesting at Wish 107.5 bus that their first ever Handshake event was a success. “Super saya po talaga, since hindi po namin inaasahan na may uuwi pa po galing Thailand and Japan para makipag-handshake sa amin. Kaya excited po talaga kami sa next Handshake events.”

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Sheki further revealed to Wishers that they have lots of surprises for their supporters. “Excited po kaming mas makilala pa po ang MNL48 and makita nila kung ano pang kaya naming ilabas.”

Meanwhile, watch out for the digital release of MNL48 second single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon on December 21, as well as their upcoming mall show with It’s Showtime Hashtags at CSI Mall Dagupan on December 8, 2018.

Supporters can avail the “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” single on mnl48.ph or MNL48 mobile app and in all Lawson stores nationwide. You may also stream and watch its official music video at the MNL48 YouTube channel.

The second single consists of six tracks namely “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” by MNL48 Senbatsu, “Palusot ko’y Maybe” by Team NIV, “First Rabbit” by Senbatsu, and its instrumental versions.

Get the latest updates on the upcoming MNL48 activities by following its official website and social media accounts:

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Website: mnl48.ph




MNL48 promotes “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” album and merchandise at Lawson

12/04/2018
by Mnl48 Philippines

With the recent tie-up of MNL48 together with Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. and Lawson, Senbatsu members Belle, Brei, Sela, Abby, and Sheki visited the first Lawson branch in the country at Smart Tower, Makati City on December 1, 2018.

Fans can now easily purchase official MNL48 merchandise such as mugs, fans, and their newest second single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” with one free ticket to their next handshake event, at the group’s own shelf in all Lawson convenience stores.

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A large number of fans flocked the store where they sang and danced along with their Oshi to the catchy and upbeat tune of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”. The attendees also had a chance to be up close to their idols as the Senbatsu members personally sold their album to their fans.

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“Nakakatuwa po kasi di po namin inaasahan na ang daming dadagsa para ma-witness ‘yung pag-launch ng aming CD sa Lawson kaya po nakakatuwa parang ‘Wow! Ang dami!’,” Sela narrated the big turnout of crowd which surprised the girls.

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“At nakakatuwa rin po na hawak- kamay na po ngayon nila yung pagbili ng CD. Pwede na sila pumunta sa kahit saang Lawson store nationwide para bumili ng aming new single. Nakakatuwa po yon, malaking tulong po yon para mas marami pong maka-enjoy ng kanta namin,” Abby added.

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Lawson’s Corporate Planning & Marketing Communication Manager Mr. Tsuyoshi Hirata expressed his excitement over MNL48’s first visit to one of their stores. “I’m very happy to collaborate with MNL48 because their second album brings happiness to their listeners, and that is also the our corporate philosophy, we would like to be the store that provides that such kind of happiness to our customers in this community.”

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MNL48 products are now available in all Lawson convenience stores nationwide and on MNL48 official store, www.mnl48.ph. Stay tuned for MNL48’s next Lawson branch visit and follow the official MNL48 social media accounts to get the latest news and updates

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MNL48 promotes second single, Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie on It’s Showtime

12/03/2018
by Mnl48 Philippines

MNL48 new Senbatsu Brei, Belle, Coleen, Jan, Kay, Lei, Mari, Rans, Faith, Alyssa, Jem, Gabb, Sela, Abby and Sheki perform “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” for the first time live on national television on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime on November 30, 2018 to promote their second single.

During the Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake Event last November 25, fans had the first opportunity to watch the performance of the Senbatsu of their newest song, as well as an exclusive viewing of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” music video before it was released on MNL48’s official YouTube account.

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The official music video of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” captured the hearts of the online market through its catchy beat and lyrics, as the song garnered more than 300,000 views on MNL48 official YouTube account in just five days.

Pre-selling of the second single also took place from November 25 to November 30 where aside from the free ticket in the album, those who availed during the pre-selling period will receive a “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” poster and an extra one (1) ticket for the next Handshake event.

Although the pre-order period ended, regular selling is still available at mnl48.ph and all Lawson stores nationwide, as Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. recently signed a partnership contract with one of the biggest convenience stores in the Philippines.

Starting this December, Lawson stores will be carrying the official merchandise of MNL48 including their albums. As part of the promotion, Sheki, Abby, Sela, Brei and Belle will be visiting Lawson, Smart Building in Makati Branch.

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The second single consists of six tracks namely “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” by MNL48 Senbatsu, “Palusot ko’y Maybe” by Team NIV, “First Rabbit” by Senbatsu, and its instrumental versions.

Looking back, MNL48 first danced to AKB48’s Koisuru Fortune Cookie back when they were revealed as MNL48 Top 200 aspirants on It’s Showtime last January 2018.

Meanwhile, fans can now avail the “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” photocards for P400 / set, available on MNL48 official store, mnl48.ph.

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Visit the official website and social media accounts of MNL48 to get the latest updates.

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​MNL48 inks distribution deal with Lawson

12/01/2018
by Wilson

MNL48, the Filipino version and the 5th international sister group of Japan’s supergroup AKB48, and Lawson, one of the biggest convenience store chains in the country recently signed a distribution deal that will take place on December 2018.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), the company behind MNL48, who brought and introduced in the Philippines the phenomenal idol culture of AKB48 - the highest selling all-girl group in Japan, has officially announced its tie-up with Lawson as one of MNL48 merchandise and album CDs’ exclusive distributor in the country, bringing MNL48 line closer to its target market.

Mr. Paulo Kurosawa, HHE President described his satisfaction at penning a deal with Lawson. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Lawson. Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. believes that Lawson has already built a strong reputation in the convenience store chain industry in the country and signing this deal with them to be our merchandise distributor will greatly help us introduce and bring MNL48 to wider consumers.”


HHE and Lawson believe that this agreement will be beneficial for both parties in terms of promotion and sales that’s why starting this December, all Lawson stores will carry MNL48 official merchandise. Fans can now easily purchase MNL48 official products and album CDs in their nearest Lawson store.

The announcement of the distribution deal between HHE and Lawson coincides with the release of MNL48’s second single entitled “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” on December 1, 2018. The melody of the group’s second single is known as an Asian phenomenon with versions from AKB48 and other international sister groups like BNK48 (Bangkok, Thailand) and JKT48 (Jakarta, Indonesia) which sold millions of copies, topped various music charts with over 150 million music video views and streamed millions of times on different online music platforms across Asia.

MNL48 launches latest single Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie

11/27/2018
by Mnl48 Philippines

MNL48 releases their second single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and introduces the new Senbatsu members during the Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake event at Movie Stars Cafe on November 25, 2018.

Brei, Belle, Coleen, Rans, Lei, Mari, Jan and Kay were formally introduced as the new Senbatsu members for the group’s second single, together with Faith, Alyssa, Jem, Gabb, Sela, Abby and Sheki who remains to be the Center Girl. These girls underwent a meticulous audition process to become part of the Senbatsu following the AKB48 system wherein each new single, a new batch of 16 members will perform the song in the new album.

After the launch of their latest single, which started its pre-selling at MNL48 official website on the same day and the debut of the new Senbatsu members, an exclusive viewing of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” music video was held followed by a live performance of their newest single.

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“Sobrang excited po ako sa ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ dahil feeling ko po papatok po sa mga Pilipino, nakaka-LSS po talaga siya. Siguro makakasabay po sila sa aming sayaw lalo na ‘yung sa chorus part,” Kay shared.

Brei also expressed her excitement to watch their fans dance along with their second single. “Sobrang saya ko po at the same time na-challenge rin kasi kailangan po naming mabigyan ng justice itong ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ kaya we need to entertain people lalo na sa mga taong kasama dito at kailangan din namin sila mapa-indak in our song.”

Their second album consists of six tracks namely, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” by MNL48 Senbatsu, “Palusot ko’y Maybe” by MNL48 NIV, “First Rabbit” by MNL48 Senbatsu, and its instrumental versions where its original versions were first popularized by AKB48.

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One of the long-time AKB48 fans and also a solid supporter of MNL48, Thea Torres shared her excitement about the group’s second single. “The costume is so beautiful, and I love that the they are so close to the original AKB48 costume, and seeing people like police officers, students, firemen all dancing to the song. I love that they incorporated this detail and showed that this is the official sister group.”

Thea also exclaimed that she wanted to become part of the music video since she was there when it was filmed. “I should have been in that video too, I could’ve learned the dance, I wish I could dance too and support MNL48 by being in the video. It was nice seeing Filipinos being part of the music video, now you see other ages, genders, aside from students taking part in the music video so they’ll learn more about it and MNL48 will grow and grow.”

“It makes me happy that whoever decided that Senbatsu line up [for Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie], they see what I see. I like these members and they like these members too, I’m really happy that the members I like are being appreciated and being promoted by the management,” she added.

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“Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” is MNL48's 4th Tagalized song from Japan's highest selling all-girl idol group, AKB48. The song, originally entitled "Koisuru Fortune Cookie", sold more than 1 million copies on its first day of release on August 2013 in Japan and reached the No. 1 spot on the Oricon weekly charts, Japan's music industry standard singles popularity chart. Following the success of its single, its music video gained positive feedback with more than 157 million views on its official Youtube channel since it was released on October 2013.

Other international sister groups like BNK48 (Bangkok, Thailand) and JKT48 (Jakarta, Indonesia) also created their own version of the song. BNK48’s Thai-language rendition entitled "Khukki Siangthai" has sold more than 30,000 copies and was streamed 2 million times on Spotify upon its release on December 2017. The mega-hit single went viral online where its music video also garnered more than 157 million views on its official Youtube channel, and ranking No. 1 on Thailand iTunes Chart and Spotify Top 200 Thailand, topping the Thailand music charts with its catchy melody since its release up until early 2018.

Meanwhile, JKT48 released their version "Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta" in 2013 which gained the same buzz and success in Indonesia, making the Fortune Cookie melody a phenomenon taking the Asian countries by storm and soon will hit the airwaves in the Philippines with its Tagalog version by our very own MNL48. With the success of their sister groups’ version of Fortune Cookie, the MNL48 idols are hoping for their newest single to be a big hit to their fans and to Filipinos as well.

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“Sakto po talaga ito sa lahat ng age, hindi lang po sa mga millennial, lahat po ng tao makaka-relate sa kanta namin kaya we look forward po na mag-hit siya and ma-introduce namin sa Pilipinas ‘yung kanta and MNL48. Gusto rin po namin ipakita na makakapag-bigay po kami ng magagandang music po na patok sa lahat at sa masa,” Center Girl Sheki said.

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On the same day of the launch of the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie single, the official music video was also released on MNL48’s official YouTube channel.

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Meanwhile, fans can pre-order the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album with one free handshake ticket and poster at www.mnl48.ph for only Php250 on November 25 until November 30, 2018, and will be released on the first week of December 2018. Fans can who will pre-order the album online will get an additional one ticket for the next handshake event.

Other announcements regarding the single release of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” will be posted on the MNL48 social media accounts, so follow the official accounts to get the latest news and updates.

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MNL48 holds Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake event

11/26/2018
by Mnl48 Philippines

Following the long tradition of AKB48 and its sister groups across Asia, MNL48 holds its first handshake event on November 25, 2018 at Movie Stars Cafe.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. together with Star Music released the group’s debut album Aitakatta – Gustong Makita last September 28, where fans that availed the CD also received one free ticket for the Handshake event. The group’s debut album did not disappoint as the album quickly climbed to No.1 on iTunes Top Albums upon its release and entered the music charts like Myx Daily Top 10 Pinoy, Pop Charts PH, and Pinoy Myx Countdown to name a few.

MNL48 just recently had its album mall tour held at Starmall Alabang, VistaMall Taguig, Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Lucky Chinatown Mall, and VistaMall Daang Hari wherein fans flocked the malls to catch the girls’ live performance, and bought their album which was sold out in no time.

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“Sobrang excited po kami sa handshake event kasi ito na po ‘yung first handshake namin bilang official members ng MNL48. Last time po, nag-campaign kami sa nalalapit na general election po noong April, iba po talaga ‘yun sa mangyayari this Sunday. Ito na po ‘yung makakapag-interact and haharap kami sa aming MNLoves kaya naman excited kami,” Center Girl Sheki reminisced their General Election Handshake event in Quezon City.

Before the much-anticipated handshake with their Oshi, fans got to watch and enjoy MNL48 music hits as the group, together with Kenkyuusei, performed Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, Umiindak na Saya, and Talulot ng Sakura which are all Tagalog versions of their sister group, AKB48’s best-selling songs.

Aside from the live performances, the Handshake would not be complete without a chance to meet their Oshi, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the MNL48 idols and Kenkyuusei. Handshake event occurs every release of the group’s single where fans gather and have an opportunity to shake their Oshi's hands in a certain number of seconds.

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One of the solid fans of MNL48 Thea Torres emotionally expressed how happy and overwhelmed she was with her encounter with her Kami-oshi Belle and Ella. “I was crying before and after I went for my Kami-oshi because I wasn’t expecting, like you support a member and then you think you know what to say to them, you’ve seen their faces in Instagram posts and suddenly you’re going to meet them and you’re not really prepared for the emotions that entails.”

She also shared the importance of Handshake events for them, fans to personally meet their Oshi. I’ve talked to Senbatsu members before and I was able to say goodbye, but a handshake is different because they are more focused on you, and you’re focused on just them. It’s the kind of moment that you don’t get form an event that isn’t a handshake event.

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AKB48 first introduced the “Idols You Can Meet” culture and started the “Akushukai” in December 2005 or more popularly known today as handshake event. Handshake events are also followed by other sister groups around the world and has also paved way for the fans to be closer to their idols and likewise as each members of the sister group follow the strict "no touch" policy.

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Handshake events are very special for fans and they make most of it specially that each member has a limited time allotted to meet their supporters. To be able to attend these events, fans need to purchase the group’s CD which comes with one free participation ticket inside which gives the fan a strictly 8-second handshake turn. The more CDs one buys, the more time the fan can meet his Oshi up close.

Looking back, the former MNL48 aspirants had their Handshake Event last April 22 at Trinoma Mall to coincide with their General Election campaign period to become official members of the all-girl idol group.

Don’t miss the latest news and updates and follow the official MNL48 social media accounts.

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