MNL48 First Gen and Kenkyuusei perform their own version of Sakura No Hanabiratachi
MNL48 First Generation and Kenkyuusei sang its official rendition of AKB48’s Sakura No Hanabiratachi on national television for the first time on June 9 after the success of their first ever MNL48 Fan Meet at Centris Elements last June 3, 2018.
Looking back, MNL48 performed on ABS-CBN’s noontime show It’s Showtime as MNL48 aspirants for 15 weeks for the past months to show off their singing and dancing skills to become part of the newest idol group in the country, where they underwent difficult challenges during their trainings and rehearsals.
Alice, the overall team captain of MNL48 expressed her gratitude towards their fans, on behalf of her fellow members. “Yung dati pong aspirants, ngayon idol na po na nakapagperform na live na live dito sa It’s showtime. Yung mga paghihirap po na pinagdaanan po namin ito na po unti-unti na po namin nakakamtan dahil po sa lahat ng sumusuporta samin, wala po kami dito kundi dahil sa inyo.”
As MNL48 represents the Philippines around the world, Alice also asked for every one's genuine and full support to the group. “Please be patient with us po na maipakita po kung anong talent po ang meron ang Pilipinas, na magiging magandang ehemplo po kami sa mga kabataan.”
Sheki, on the other hand explained her role being the Center Girl of the group. “Nandito po ako to lead the whole group po, kung pano po kami magwo-work together as a group. Alam ko po marami pa kaming pagdaaanan l will make sure po na lahat kami pantay-pantay na ibibigay yung best namin para mag shine po ang bawat isa sa amin.”
It’s Showtime hosts Karylle, Vhong and Anne also agreed that the girls have improved in terms of their performance as well as their looks compared to their previous appearances.
Despite the hard challenges, bigger opportunities are lined up for them as they received an overwhelming support from their fans on their recent Fan Meet meet, where they first sang the Filipino version of AKB48 songs Heavy Rotation, Aitakatta and Sakura No Hanabiratachi.
Meanwhile, everyone was surprised when Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. announced on MNLife that Trixie, Zen, Van and Mae decided to back out because of the challenge of not seeing their families every day, difficult trainings and to focus on their studies.
Because of this, Ash and Ella are now part of the Kami 7, while Alyssa and Erica are the new members of Senbatsu. Rans, Nina, Andi and Coleen of Kenkyuusei on the other hand, became members of MNL48 from being trainees or Kenkyuusei to replace the four girls who backed out.
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