MNL48 Team L Intensifies the Final Leg of ‘No To Oshi Hen’ Team Concert at TIU Theater

10/23/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

With MNL48’s final show of ‘No To Oshi Hen’ team concert, Team L proved that they deserved to be the last show as they intensified the stage of their concert at TIU Theater, Makati City on October 20, 2019.

As the night of the concert finally came, the theater was brightened by colorful light sticks, filled with euphoric vibes and packed with a huge number of fans as no seats were left unoccupied. But setting that aside, an impeccable show was about to happen when the music was up, the lights finally illuminated the stage, and fans started to scream and shout their fan chants.

The theater was oozing with bizarre and surprising shows as MNL48’s Team L – Sela, Gabb, Kyla, Grace, Thea, Kay, Amy, Tin, Yssa, Marj, Dian, Ice, Lei, Shaina, Ella and Frances – hyped up the crowd as they performed electrifying and fiery production numbers with the theme of LOVE and EQUALITY.

Cliché as it seemed but the show must go on as MNL48 Gabb revealed to what really happened during her performance, “The concert went really great and successful because everyone enjoyed and as I looked to my twitter account, sobrang dami po ang nag-tweet na best team po ang team L kasi ang ganda ng production and even the setlist of music. Then, about po doon sa specific na song, we never expected po na sobrang ikli lang po ng oras para makapag-change costume tapos nung isu-suot ko na po ‘yung sapatos, meron po palang socks sa loob pero sinuot ko pa din po tapos yun po, lumipad po ‘yung shoes ko habang sumasayaw but the show must go on po kaya ayun, show must go on kahit walang sapatos” and she laughed so hard to that unexpected incident but no doubt that the fans really enjoyed every single thing that happened during the performance.

Aside from that, MNL48 Frances’ hard work and patience really paid off as she performed her successful first ever concert as official member of MNL48 alongside with Team L, “Grabe sobrang saya and sobrang sarap po sa pakiramdam dahil ‘yung self practice ko po every night napunta po sa napaka-gandang resulta, and sobrang thankful ko din po sa lahat kasi ito na ‘yung dream ko!”.

Continuing the solid and amazing night of Team L, the idol group performed their classic hit ‘Manila 48’, ‘Aitakatta – Gustong Makita’ ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ and more. Everyone was on their feet dancing, singing and screaming as they were living the best night of their lives together with their oshis and the whole, MNL48.

Team L showed us how to close an unforgettable concert as they performed their hit ‘talutot ng Sakura’ in the most unexpected acoustic version of it with full of heart and full of passion. Indeed, the concert was undeniably one the bests of MNL48 ever happened.

Don’t worry because MNL48 has more up on their sleeves so catch them on their October Seitansai together with the ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Handshake Event – Day 3 on October 26, 2019 at The Circle Events Place, Quezon City.

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“ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary”: The truth untold about MNL48’s idol journey

10/23/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

The theatre rang with wild cheers and applauses after the screen faded to black as another milestone marked MNL48’s idol journey, just as told during the premiere of “ICYMI: I See Me – An MNL48 First Generation Documentary”, an official entry for the QCinema International Film Festival 2019, last October 21, 2019 at Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines.

The one-hour documentary film, which was presented by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, produced by Bam Manlongat and Mikee Dela Cruz and headlined with Mr. Paulo Kurosawa as the Executive Producer under Plan C Productions, revolves around MNL48’s journey as a start-up idol group that tries to fit into a setting that is unfamiliar of Japan’s idol group AKB48 from which MNL48 took inspiration and followed the concept of “Idols you can meet”.

As “ICYMI: I See Me – An MNL48 First Generation Documentary” delved deeper into the group’s lives away from the stage and how this idol path changed their lives – through victories, downfalls, insecurities and strengthening their bond as one entity – MNL48 First Generation Center Sheki made her realize how far they have already reached since their debut two years ago, “Sobrang nag-reminisce kami ng mga nagawa namin dati sa’ka dati feeling namin, wala nangyayari sa MNL48, parang wala naman kaming naaachieve pero narealize naming na ang layo na pala ng narating ng girls – eto ‘yung evidence na ang dami naming nagawa in two years. Nakakataba ng puso na ang daming taong sumuporta at nanood dito at maraming salamat din sa productions team, HHE at Plan C para sa documentary na ito.”

After the screening, the floor was opened for a question and answer segment where viewers were given the chance to ask the directors, producers and MNL48 their insights about the documentary film, including a question of how the girls feel upon seeing their journey so far through the big screen, to which MNL48 Faith responded with, “Personally, I feel afraid to revisit the feelings and the emotions I felt back because being an idol was never an easy task, pero all throughout the movie naisip ko na, no, I should not be afraid, I should continue facing my fears kasi in the end courage is not the absence of fear but facing your own fears and the ability to overcome it.”

Asked about why the film focused more on the girls outside Senbatsu, director Carlo Francisco Manatad said, “I think the documentary also wanted to focus on the lesser known members. Of course we already have the Senbastu na we’ve discussed sa docu and we have these other talented ladies na hindi rin nabibigyan ng pansin, so that’s what the docu is all about. Nagfocus kami do’n and even with the interviews kung mapapansin mo either yung mga natanggal or yung mga hindi rin napupunta sa front line so I think we just wanted to balance yung activities ng Senbastu but also yung feelings of the other girls na hindi nakakapunta do’n.”

“Kung makikita niyo naman kaya perspective din ng girls yung pinili namin kasi syempre yung usual, lalo na yung fans, yung nakikita nila is ‘yung perspective nila na girls as an idol so ngayon kaya yun yung pinili naming kasi gusto naming i-humanize yung girls na at the end of the day, anak sila, kapatid sila, pumapasok sila sa school – mga ordinaryong tao rin sila,” producer Bam Manlongat added. Carlo also explained the definition behind its title “ICYMI” which stands for “In case you missed it”, “Parang andito sila matagal na pero baka na-miss niyo lang.”

MNL48 also had the chance to cap off the screening with a high touch event with fans – a way where they can show their appreciation for their unending support since their onset up until today that they are already gaining recognition in the Philippines.

Catch MNL48 in the much awaited October Seitansai and “Ikaw Ang Melody” Handshake Event Day 3 on October 26, 2019 at The Circle Events Place, Quezon City. Stay tuned on MNL48’s official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website and MNL48 Fan Club App for more updates.


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MNL48 premieres ‘Gingham Check’ Music Video

10/17/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

After the successful release of MNL48’s 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ music video last July, the idol group followed it up as they drop their newest music video of ‘Gingham Check’ featuring the MNL48 Under Girls today, October 15, 2019 on their official Youtube page.

Featuring Cess, Brei, Ruth, Lara, Kay, Belle, Amy, Joyce, Tin, Alyssa, Yssa, Mari, Miho, Dian, Emz and MNL48 Under Girls center Coleen, ‘Gingham Check’ is a coupling song of the group’s 4th single album that was released last July 25 and is the tagalized version with the same title of the 27th major single of MNL48’s sister group, AKB48 that was released in 2015.


Before the release, fans were surprised as MNL48 dropped the teaser of Gingham Check’s official music video, wearing their newest costume that highlighted the members’ cute and bubbly personality as well as the fun energy of the song on Wednesday, October 2, on the group’s official Yotube page and social media pages.


‘Gingham Check’ is full of creative effects and aesthetic visuals as the director, Zeph Burgos, shared the whole concept of the music video, “Ang concept ng music video was based sa lyrics itself pero binali naming, which is to be funny and cute, because ang concept ay naughty and nice, which leads to comparison of sorts and decisions, sa pag-pili ng anumang bagay, the moral story of this music video is you always have choices, you just have to make the good choice for your well-being.”

He also added the big difference of ‘Gingham Check’ from the previous music videos, “Tinapangan ang atake ngayon dahil we shot 75% of the music video using green screen ‘chroma’ integrated with visual effects so medyo bold move ‘to para naman ma-appreciate ng fans ang music video and malaman nila na may kakayanan ang MNL48 na gumawa ng gantong music video.”


As the center of MNL48 Under Girls, MNL48 Coleen, expressed her over-all experience with ‘Gingham Check’ music video, “Nanibago po ako kasi ngayon lang po kami na malaki ‘yung percentage na puro green screen yung shoot, sobrang nakaka-pagod pero sana po sa dulo maging worth it talaga lahat kasi binigay namin ‘yung best dito. Ang daming change-costume then madaming set ng sayaw so, kailangan ibigay pa din ‘yung best and we hope na magustuhan ng Mnloves ‘yung ibibigay namin.“


She really can’t contain her excitement as she added, “Very excited po ako kasi maganda ‘yung concept and as a center, ako po ‘yung nasa gitna nila dahil sa music video concept po may hatian na magaganap, may rebel girls and may nice girls, then ayon, ako po ‘yung nasa gitna so sana maging maganda kalabasan ng music video. Ito rin po ‘yung music video na sobrang daming change costumes.”


Dreams do really come true as MNL48 Cess was enthused on her MNL48 journey, “Sobrang saya po kasi first music video ko po ito and last time po nasa last rank ako then dati pina-pangarap ko lang n asana makasama ako sa MNL48 music video and sana maka-punta ako sa ibang bansa and ayon nga po nakasama ako sa Japan then ito music video, unti-unti na pong natutupad mga pangarap ko po kaya sobrang saya po. Gagawin po ‘yung best ko para mas matupad ko pa po lahat-lahat.”

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Aside from the teaser and music video of ‘Gingham Check’ that will show the different side of MNL48, they also treated fans as they released the new set of MNL48’s Under Girls photo cards last October 3, 2019 that can be ordered through MNL48 online store here:https://mnl48-online-store.myshopify.com/products/...


Meanwhile, MNL48 Team L is set to conquer the stage for their first ever team concert ‘No To Oshi Hen’ on October 20, 2019 at Tiu Theatre, Makati City. Plus, catch MNL48 at the special screening ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary on October 21, Monday, 7PM at Cine Adarna, UP Diliman.

For more updates and latest happenings follow MNL48's official social media pages and website, and download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Google Play Store and App Store to get more information.


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MNL48 Team NIV takes over second leg of ‘No To Oshi Hen’ Team Concert at Movie Stars Café

10/14/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

It was MNL48 Team NIV’s time to shine as they continued their first ever “No To Oshi Hen” Team Concert last October 13, 2019 at Movie Stars Café with a powerful set of performances that is surely one for the books, not only for the fans but also to the girls themselves.

MNL48 Aly, Abby, Jem, Rowee, Coleen, Brei, Ruth, Lara, Belle, Joyce, Alyssa, Miho, Ecka, Dani, Jaydee and Daryll of Team NIV started strong as they opened the second part of MNL48’s three-part concert series with their hit tracks “1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku”, “Bingo!”, and “Tara Party”.

Highlighting their team’s motto “Unity in variety,” Team NIV carried out an around-the-world themed performance where they sang and danced famous pop songs to represent different countries, as if taking their fans from country-to-country.

The event was even more amped up with special performances from each members of the Team NIV, from a showcase of their dancing skills using poi and baton to rapping various songs, proving that they always give their hundred percent best in every stage appearance they do.

Team NIV went all out by projecting a short Goin’ Bulilit skit where they reenacted kids auditioning for the program, showing that their group also possesses great acting skills. The concert concluded by showing off their vocal talents in their acoustic versions of MNL48’s singles “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” and “Ikaw Ang Melody” and a lively performance of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” and “Manila48”.

MNL48 Team NIV Captain Ecka shared her favorite moments during the group’s concert, “Super happy ako kasi nagustuhan ng fans ‘yung nakita nilang variety show naming. Akala nila katatawanan lang pero meron kaming advocacy which is accepting our true selves. Iba-iba man kami ng personalities, ‘pag pinagcombine mo maganda ‘yung kinakalabasan.”

The event also allowed fans to high-five not only their oshis but every Team NIV member in their high-touch segment. Fellow MNLoves Genn Rey Alao said that he enjoyed the concert, especially his oshi Coleen’s performance, “Maganda ‘yung flow ng event and nag-enjoy ako. Sa tingin ko flawless ‘yung performance nila kasi pinaghandaan talaga nila. Nag-improve rin sila lalo and halatang nag-enjoy sila at the same time kasi sobrang ganda ng pinakita po nila.”

Meanwhile, MNL48 Teams MII and L opened the Himig Handog Hits in ASAP last October 13 whereas “Ikaw Ang Melody” Senbatsu Sela, Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Rans, Faith, Jan, Gabb, Kyla, Grace and Thea exclusively performed their very own “Manila48” during the iWANT ASAP held on the same day as well.

For the final series of “No To Oshi Hen” Team Concert, Team L will take on the center stage on October 20, 2019 for a performance that MNLoves will surely treasure. Details about the venue will be released soon on MNL48’s social media pages, website and app so check them out now to keep you posted.


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Team MII kicks off MNL48 three-part team concert series

10/07/2019
by MNL48 Philippines


As MNL48 continues to blossom with successful projects this year, the Philippine idol group is yet again set to mark another milestone in their career as they carry on giving their beloved fans new and special moments to remember. Their first ever team concert titled “No to Oshihen” was recently held last 6th of October 2019 at Movie Stars Café, with Team MII opening the said concert series.

Team MII – Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Rans, Faith, Jan, Emz, Yzabel, Dana, Laney, Klaire, Cole, Shaira, Andi, and Princess – killed the stage with their groundbreaking performances and showcased their talents and uniqueness as a team that made the fans shout in excitement and cry with pride.

The team sang Bohemian Rhapsody in a cappella, which was an achievement for them for singing it very well, considering that they only had two voice trainings for that song. They also performed You Can't Stop the Beat and Last Dance, with Alice and Sheki as the leads, both of them glad when their coaches and fellow members were pleased with their performance.

The crowd went wild when exceptional song-and-dance numbers from the team happened right before their eyes. Fans never fail to show their support as they sang along with the team when they performed their chart-topping singles and coupling songs.

As they promised to give the fans something brand new in this team concert, Sheki, Alice, Rans, also known as the ‘Tatlog’, serenaded the crowd with their a cappella version of Talulot ng Sakura in which fans were totally filled with awe and admiration.

MNL48 Team MII Captain Alice expressed that she was super relieved after the event. “Ang dami po ng pinagdaanan namin, pero nandito pa kami ngayon, natapos po namin ng masaya kasi nagtulungan po talaga lahat.” She also added “Iba po yung feeling. Ang nasa utak po namin may bago po silang makikita samin,” when asked how the team concert is different from other shows they've had before.

For them, adaptability is one unique quality that the team has and is proud of. “Mabilis pumick-up ang Team MII,” Sheki said. Rans said the team's motto is ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight.’ in which Alice agrees by saying, “Ganyan po kami, kahit ilang beses po kaming daanan ng bagyo o sunog.” For Sheki, her overall experience with the team concert was very unique; she experienced mixed emotions in every performance.

The Tatlog (Sheki, Alice, Rans) shared that they would want more team concerts in the future, and that this concert served as a stepping stone for them once their theatre opens. “I'm sure ready na kami,” Sheki expressed. The trio also mentioned that fans can expect more from them in their upcoming performances as a team. As team captain Alice describes Team MII, “Ang daming talent na kayang i-offer. Like band, musically-inclined ang mga girls. Ang daming magagaling sumayaw, magagaling kumanta. Variety. All in one.”

A supportive fan of MNL48, Kojim, remarked that the concert was awesome. “The girls gave their all, their efforts and everything, and it shows - it pays off talaga. Nakikita mo yung mga naging growth nila sa concert na 'to tsaka yung mga performances nila talagang nag-level up.” She stated that she had fun and would want more of team concerts like this in the future. “Dito sila mag-go-grow, dito nila magagawa yung mga bagay na gusto nilang gawin tsaka ma-so-showcase nila yung mga talent nila.”

“Masaya po, first time ko lang pumunta ng event actually. Super nice, ang ganda nila, and na-enjoy ko po,” another fan commented.

Meanwhile, Team NIV will be having their team concert on October 13 and Team L on October 20. The venue is to be announced soon so make sure to follow MNL48’s official social media accounts for more information and event guidelines. Visit the official website and download the app to be in the loop and get the latest updates.


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Official Statement: MNL48 Kenkyuusei members Mela, Essel and Jean to exit idol group

10/07/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) would like to formally announce the departure of Kenkyuusei members Mela, Essel and Jean from MNL48 due to personal reasons that each member hopes their fans would understand.


HHE wholeheartedly accepts and respects their decision and sincerely wishes them the best in all their future endeavors. We hope that they will take with them all the learning, experiences, and memories they shared with the group and the management as they embark on a new journey.


HHE and MNL48 would like to take this opportunity to thank fans for their continued support especially now that the group will be preparing for more exciting projects that the fans will surely be proud of.


Thank you.

HHE

#MNL48 Announcement

10/03/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

HalloHallo Entertainment (HHE) would like to apologize for the inconvenience of the cancellation of MNL48 Team Concert: No To Oshi Hen on October 6, 13, 20 at Star Theater due to an unfortunate event that happened.

The management has decided to change the concert venue to a different place but still give the fans the dates that we promised.

MNL48 Team MII Concert will move to Movie Stars Cafe (MSC) on October 6, 2019 at 2:00PM. While venues on October 13 (Team NIV) & 20 (Team L) will be announced soon.

Although the venue is not the one that we initially planned, we still want to give the fans the MNL48 Concert experience especially to those who took their time to make these dates available for them to attend to this special event.

Gold Ticket holders will still get an exclusive Hi-touch and a special package from us. In addition to that, you’ll also get a one (1) 2-Shot Ticket for the first-ever MNL48 2-Shot Event that will happen on December 2019.

All tickets sold for October 6, 13, and 20 Event via SM Tickets will still be valid. Just present your ticket/s at the venue. For those who wished to avail tickets, it’ll still be available at the venue.

***In case you cannot attend at the adjusted time given, we can still do a refund of your ticket/s.

Again, we would like to sincerely apologize for the sudden change. Rest assured that you’ll still get the same quality of each team concert.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon.


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MNL48 to take fans behind the scene with “ICYMI: I See Me - The MNL48 First Generation Documentary”

10/01/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

After a year since their debut, four successful chart-topping singles, local and international concerts and shows, gold and platinum music awards and recognitions, MNL48 is indeed slowly making their way to Philippines’ pop culture scene with their unique idol concept following the system of their international sister group and the biggest idol group in Japan, ABK48.

With their remarkable achievements within a short period of time, the group is showing no signs of slowing down as they will take their fans, this time, exclusively behind the scenes on their latest project called “ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary” to be released on October 21, 2019, 7 PM on a special screening at UP Cine Adarna as part of this year’s QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema), the official film festival of Quezon City.

The full-length documentary will take the audience on an in-depth look at MNL48’s journey as an idol group in the Philippines that will feature interweaving clips of live performances from their previous events, behind-the-scene segments, as well as heartfelt interviews with the members about their triumphs, their transformation from being an ordinary girl to an idol member, their thoughts, struggles and more.

Presented by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary (shorthand for “in case you missed it”) was directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad of Plan C Production, who worked with the group for their “Palusot ko’y Maybe” and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” music videos, and produced by Bam Manlongat and Mikee Dela Cruz with Executive Producer Mr. Paulo Kurosawa, HHE president.

“We tried to deviate from what is expected of the girls and even in terms of the form/flow etc of the documentary, but without losing its core essence which is the human side of idols and how the members come of age as they function as idols and as themselves” said Director Carlo Manatad, after working with the group for nine months for their first documentary.

So, how is it like to work with MNL48 for this project? Carlo quipped, “Amazing and unexpected! We came in to do the project with little expectation and pre conceived notions of how they are. But the more we got to know the girls, the more na natin silang kinikilala at nakikilala the more we see and realize that we are all the same; our struggles, anxieties, and joy. And at the end of the day we see ourselves in each other.”

As to what their fans should look forward to in the documentary, MNL48 Sela narrowed it down to raw emotions and never-before-seen footage of the group. “Our fans should absolutely look forward to the heartwarming stories of each girl, breakdowns and compiled happy memories in this documentary. This is going to be gold, watch out!”

“Sa lahat ng mga mangyayari sa MNL48, ito yung isa sa pinaka-inaabangan ko talaga and I’m very excited na po na mapanood yung documentary film,” said MNL48 Sheki, who is equally nervous and excited to share another side of the group that fans don’t usually get to see when they are on stage and performing. “Happy ako and nervous at the same time kasi dito talaga malalaman at mapapanood ng mga tao and fans kung ano ang MNL48 sa loob at dito makikita yung deeper na pagkatao namin, kaya curious din kami sa magiging reaksyon ng lahat.”

Meanwhile, ticket prices for the special screening of ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary will be announced soon, so make sure to subscribe and follow MNL48’s social media accounts, visit the group’s official website, and download the MNL48 Fan Club app available on Google Play Store and App Store for updates and other announcements.

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Fans gather for MNL48’s much-anticipated 4th single Handshake Event

09/25/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

The Philippine idol group, MNL48, hit the stage, performed their hearts out and connected themselves to their local and international fans once more as they successfully held their 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Handshake Event last September 21 and 22, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe in Quezon City.

The handshake event is a tradition to all AKB48 groups following their unique “Idols you can meet” concept that allows fans and idols to develop a strong connection and special bond with the members while having the privilege to witness how their Oshi (favorite member) become more refined and developed during their idol journey. Since MNL48 is the first idol group in the Philippines who follows this system, this event is something different to the Pinoy fans especially those who are new in the “idol culture” making the group’s overall image more exciting and captivating.

Aside from concerts here and abroad, mall shows and other events that fans attend to see their idols, they are also eagerly looking forward for MNL48’s handshake events which are held every single release as this is their chance as supporters - from different fan groups and nationalities - to come together to meet their Oshi, shake their hands and to talk to them up close. In fact, for the group’s recent 4th single handshake event, there were fans that flew all the way from China, Japan and Indonesia to join the event and to meet their idols for the first time.

“The handshake event was super successful like the other handshake event we had po in the past, Masaya po kasi madami po akong nakita na new faces, new fans and new MNLoves na dumayo pa po galing ibang lugar like, Cavite, Batangas, Tagaytay and international po, Japan, China etc. and super overwhelming kasi nakikita po sa kanila yung love and support po,” MNL48 Gabb remarked.

For MNL48, handshake events are equally special to each one of them as this is their moment to connect with their fans, talk to them face-to-face, and to thank them directly for all the support they have given them. Like their fans, it’s the group’s venue to meet their supporters up close and personal, that is why they are always excited for handshake events.

The event is exclusive to fans that purchased MNL48’s CD singles and digital music cards that contain one handshake event ticket that grants each fan a 10-second interaction with their Oshi. Aside from that, fans never miss any handshake events for its other inclusions like the mini performances and major announcements that surprise not just the fans but even the members themselves, just like what happened during the group’s 4th single handshake event, after the performances of their latest single hits “Ikaw ang Melody”, “So Long!” and “Gingham Check”, a sudden reveal of the group’s upcoming Fifth Single Senbatsu which composed of its new center MNL48 Gabb and succeeded by Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Sheki, Abby, Sela, Aly, Dian, Yzabel, Laney, Rans, Alice, Kay and Faith, was announced.

MNL48 Gabb, who previously ranked #10 in the ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Senbatsu, sees this opportunity as a blessing and she swears to strive for the best as she will not let this chance go to waste.

“Nung nalaman ko ‘yun, hindi pa siya nagsisink in sa’kin kasi dati pangarap ko lang ito ngayon nandiyan na siya so I will really work hard para hindi ma-disappoint sa’kin ‘yung mga fans at pati ‘yung family ko. Nagpapasalamat ako sa MNLoves at sa pagmamahal po nila sa’min. Sana subaybayan pa rin nila kami hanggang sa huli,” Gabb expressed.

When asked what MNL48 Sela was excited about their upcoming Fifth Single, she said, “Magugustuhan ng fans ‘yung Fifth Single namin kasi new vibes, new set ng Senbatsu and new center po which is si MNL48 Gabb. And fresh ‘to kasi we all know na madaming naghihintay na si Gabb ang maging center and we’re happy for her kasi we know na she worked hard for it.”

Meanwhile, part of the recent handshake event’s surprises that thrilled fans even more was the introduction of the new Janken Game Lane which let fans play rock-paper-scissors with their Oshi, with signed photo cards and other exclusive freebies as prizes for the winners. This coincides with the MNL48’s recently launched card game app “Janken Senbatsu” last September 12 at the annual video game convention in Japan, Tokyo Game Show which will be available for download this September.

Jose Baking a fan, who queued for MNL48 Kenkyuusei Gia and even played Janken with her, said that he had been an avid fan since the beginning and even after everything his kami oshi went through.

“Sobrang happy lang kasi ever since Showtime era pa, sinusuportahan ko na si Gia. Tapos nung naging idol si Gia, grumaduate and bumalik as KKS, sobrang happy ko pa rin kasi kahit KKS lang, nandyan pa rin siya. Siya pa rin kami oshi ko kahit siguro after MNL48,” Jose said.

Feelings were surreal and indescribable as an avid fan, MNLoves Raniel John, expressed his thoughts about this unforgettable event, “Masaya kasi matagal na din simula nung nakapunta ako ng handshake event nila, sobrang saya na makita sila up close, sana next handshake event mas masaya and mas madaming pumunta.”

With the Fifth Single coming its way, another handshake event will be on the works and it can be expected that a bigger turnout of local and international fans will participate in this fan meet that is truly unique to MNL48 here in the Philippines.

While waiting for the next handshake event, MNLoves can show support to the girls as they are just weeks away from their first ever MNL48 team concert ‘No To Oshi Hen’ at Star Theatre Pasay this coming October 6 (Team MII), 13 (Team NIV), and 20 (Team L).

MNL48 will also grace the Japanese pop culture expo Coslandia 2019 on November 1, 2 and 3 at SMX Convention Center Aura so make sure to follow MNL48 official social media accounts and don’t forget to download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Google Play Store and App Store for the latest news and updates:


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MNL48 sets off ‘Janken Senbatsu’ card game app during Tokyo Game Show 2019

09/20/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

AKB48’s international sister group MNL48 made another out-of-the-country appearance as they officially released and gave a sneak peek of their first ever card game app in Japan during the annual Tokyo Game Show 2019 held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15, 2019.

MNL48 Abby, Rans, Coleen, Cess, Brei, Kay, Amy and Dana introduced to the world the official MNL48 card game app “Janken Senbatsu” which was originally based in the classic Jan-Ken-Pon (Rock-Paper-Scissors) game during one of the biggest video game and tech convention around the globe.

The card game app lets players assemble their own MNL48 Janken Senbatsu to battle against other users from all over the world. Additionally, exclusive MNL48 music and videos can also be enjoyed by players within the app.

Visitors also got the chance to play against MNL48 girls in an exciting twice-to-beat game of rock-paper-scissors where winning contenders won exclusive Janken Senbatsu photo cards and other freebies from the group. Event goers also tried their luck in gashapon or toy capsule vending machines that were also available at the MNL48 booth.

For this year, the Tokyo Game Show racked an official visitor count of 262,074 in its four-day run where a total of 2,417 booths were set up, considering it as one of the biggest video game expos across the globe. The event was also joined by 350 game companies from Japan and 305 overseas gaming corporations.

According to MNL48 Brei, the thought of launching their first ever mobile app thrilled her like never before, as if they are immediately following the footsteps of renowned idol group and sister group AKB8 who has already launched couple of gaming apps in the past years.

“Kahit nasa biyahe pa lang sobrang excited na kami. Nag-look forward agad kaming lahat sa mga pwedeng mangyari doon. First time naming magkakaroon ng game app and nacurious ako sa magiging kalalabasan kasi part na rin ‘yun ng ginagawa talaga ng AKB48. Inisip ko kung paano kaya ‘pag ginawa siyang game na downloadable at pwedeng laruin ng fans namin,” Brei exclaimed.

“Sobrang bago rin sa amin yung pagpunta sa Japan kasi may mga first time kaming nakasama, sina Cess, Amy at Dana, kaya sobrang daming nakakatawang moments at mas lalong nakapagpagaan ‘yun sa performance namin. Parang dumaan lang ‘yung mga araw, hindi na nga po namin namalayan na pauwi na kami. At sobrang dami naming natutunan sa anim na araw na ‘yun,” she added.

For MNL48 Cess, who performed on the international stage for the first time, she gave all her best to impress her fans abroad and to represent MNL48 well in one of the largest video game expo in the world.

“Of course, I’m happy because I went to another country and of course, because I’ve been able to perform on an international stage. It’s my first time performing in a foreign country so I practiced and gave everything I could to make them happy and inspired,” Cess said.

MNL48’s Janken Senbatsu card game app is brought by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. and developed by Diamond Entertainment Inc. Following the success of the launching event, the said game app is set to be released this September in the Apple Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users.

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