MNL48 operator, Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., has opened the registration for first-generation MNL48 applicants on December 3, 2016, the same day when they also launched MNL48 PLUS, the upcoming group's official mobile app. The announcements were initially made during AKB48's first Fan Meeting in Manila, where 12 AKB48 Team 8 members exclusively performed in front of their fans at Movie Stars Cafe in Pasay City.
The registration is open to all Filipino girls between 15 to 20 years old who aspire to become part of AKB48's new sister group. Patterned after the top Japanese idols' original concept, the Philippine version hopes to find members through a nationwide search that will begin through the MNL48 app.
Hopefuls may now sign up as applicants and gain followers through MNL48 PLUS. The app is also an essential tool for MNL48 fans, as the platform publishes the latest news, updates, and announcements about the group. Non-aspirants may also get the app to log in as a regular user and gain access to a special set of features that will allow them to actively participate as supporters.
The mobile app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and
MNL48.ph, while it will be available on the App Store soon.