MNL48 holds Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake event
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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