MNL48 brings joy at Sta. Maria Fiesta and Lipa Love Fest

by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 celebrates at Sta. Maria Town Fiesta and Lipa Love Fest as members perform respectively as guests on February 16, 2019.

Aside from “iCan Dance Contest” held during the annual celebration, Tin, Ash, Grace, Quincy, Kyla, Dian, Gia, Shaina, Jewel, Thea, Princess, Shaira, Sha, Nice, Cassey and Alice energetically performed their 2nd single tracks “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Lara, Joyce, Aly, Daryll, Jaydee, Ruth, Hazel, Ecka, Madie, Necca, Sayaka, Essel, Cess, Erica, Dana, and Andi, on the other hand, also sang and danced their 2nd single songs at the star-studded Lipa Love Fest 2019.

Alice expressed her happiness that MNL48 was invited to perform at Sta. Maria, Bulacan especially that this is their third out of town event apart from Dagupan and Lipa. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat po kami at happy po na mai-introduce po ‘yung MNL48 sa ibang lugar dito sa Pilipinas, kaya po gagalingan po namin, and sobrang thankful and blessed lang po kami.”

She also said that they are very thankful to their MNLoves for giving them strength and inspiration to always do their best. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ‘yung MNL48 kasi kahit saang sulok po ng Pilipinas sinusuportahan po ng MNLoves yung mga shows po namin kung saan man po kami pumunta and sobrang effort po talaga.”

“Kaya salamat talaga MNLoves dahil sainyo ginaganahan pa po kami and mas ginagalingan pa po naming mag perform kasi alam naming na nanunuod kayo hindi lang yung mga bagong MNLoves sana kundi andyan pa rin kayo para suportahan kami sa lahat ng journey ng MNL48. We love you!” Alice added.

The girls also promoted the group’s Pagibig Fortune Cookie Handshake Event which will be held soon at Eton Centris Elements.

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MNL48 performs as special guest at the 2019 JPOP Anime Singing Contest

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MNL48 graced the stage of the 2019 JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals as the special guest performer of the event, organized by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, on February 16, 2019 at SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

As the special guest of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals, the Philippines' first idol group MNL48, represented by the Senbatsu members (Top 16) Ella, Faith, Alyssa, Kay, Jan, Mari, Lei, Jem, Rans, Coleen, Gabb, Belle, Brei, Sela, Abby, and Center Girl Sheki performed two songs during the event. The international sister group of Japan's AKB48, sang their single "First Rabbit" off their second CD release, and a special performance of the original/Japanese version of their platinum hit single "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie".

“First time po naming i-perform ang ‘Koisuru Fortune Cookie’ para sa mga fans namin bilang MNL48 members kasi po noong una po naming siyang sinayaw ay aspirants pa lang po kami,” Abby said on the group’s performance of the AKB48’s mega-hit song.

Sela also expressed her happiness towards their fans, dubbed as MNLoves, for attending the last JPOP Anime Singing Contest of the Embassy of Japan, describing the moment as another “opportunity” for MNL48 to help bring the JPOP and idol culture closer to the Filipinos.

Masaya po kasi grabe po sila mag-embrace sa MNL48. ‘Yung performance namin talagang na-feel namin na nagugustuhan nila ‘yung binibigay naming energy and how we deliver our performance kaya nakakatuwa po kasi naa-appreciate po nila,” she shared.

MNL48 also invited everyone to join them on their “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” Handshake Event which will be held on March 10 and 17,2019 at the Centris Elements in Quezon City. Fans who wish to attend the group’s second handshake event may get their tickets by purchasing the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie CD on the MNL48 official website or Lawson stores nationwide where it contains one (1) ticket per CD album.

Moreover, the MNL48 First Generation Senbatsu members encouraged all the JPOP fans age 15 to 20 years old to register and audition for the MNL48 Second Generation idol search. As the first stage of the audition process opened last January 31, qualified candidates may apply from January 31 to February 28, 2019 through the MNL48 website or on the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.

The JPOP Anime Singing Contest is an annual event lead by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines as part of their goal to help strengthen the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines through J-pop and cultural exchange. The singing contest was announced last November 28 where hundreds of amateur Filipino solo and duo singers sent their entries.

This Saturday, from 10 finalists, Embassy of Japan announced its winners where Julius Matthews and Racianne Castro Elorde won 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, where they took home exciting prizes from the event sponsors. While Sheila Faye S. Labanan won the grand prize of a four-day, all-expenses paid trip to Japan for two.

After 10 years of the successful run of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest, Japan Information and Culture Center Director, Ms. Junko Sato thanked its contestant and the JPOP-loving fans for their continuous support for the event.

“We are very grateful to the Filipino public for the constant support and interest on Japan and in this competition through the years,” she said.

Meanwhile, for MNL48’s latest updates on concert, handshake and other upcoming event details and information, you may subscribe and follow MNL48’s social media accounts and download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Google Play Store and App Store.

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MNL48 successfully holds Valentine’s mini concert treat for fans

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MNL48 shares the love this Valentine’s season as they treat their fans to a delightful mini live concert today, February 17, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.

The event kicked off with the group’s performance of their hit single “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, “Umiindak Na Saya”, “Talulot Ng Sakura”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Sharing their experiences in love, Cess shared how she appreciates the love of her family who are always there by her side. “Pamilya kahit saan man tayo pumunta at kahit anong sikat natin or marating, mananatili pa rin sila sa ating tabi.”

“Love is not measured by material things, ‘yung memories ang bubuo ng love sa aming family. ‘Yung love nila is unconditional, hindi sila nanghihingi ng kapalit, gusto lang nila maging masaya tayo and nakikita nila paano tayo mag grow,” Faith added how the love of her family makes her stronger.

Jem also explained that the love of friendship is something that people should also value. “Love for friendship forever ‘yan, inspiration and never-ending, kapag nakapag-invest ka ng love for a friend forever ‘yun.”

“Kasama sa buhay natin ‘yang friendship na parang family na, may special spot sila sa heart natin,” Team NIV Captain Ecka said.

One of the highlights of the event was Sheki, Abby, Sela, Rans, Coleen, Gabb, Jem, Brei, Faith, and Mari sharing about their unforgettable experiences and encounter with other sister groups’ members in the recent AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

MNL48 Abby expressed her happiness in being able to travel together as a group to perform in front of a bigger crowd with international fans. “Sobrang nakakatuwa po kasi ang dami po naming na-meet na sister groups and ‘yung mga songs po namin napakita na namin internationally. Marami rin natuwa dun sa acoustic version na kinanta po namin, talaga pong lumabas daw ‘yung talent ng MNL48, kumanta po kami ng live, and sobrang unforgettable po noon pati po international fans na-meet namin.”

After reminiscing their experiences in their first international concert, girls also incredibly sang the acoustic versions of “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” in today’s Valentine’s event for the first time here in the Philippines.

Fans who attended the Valentine’s mini live concert also had a sneak peak of the MNL48 documentary which will be released very soon that mirrors the emotions of the members throughout their MNL48 journey.

The fans were in for a surprise as the idol group officially announced its third single, revealing the new Senbatsu members Sayaka, Kay Lei, Faith, Mari, Jem, Belle, Coleen, Abby, Sela, Rans, Brei, Ruth, Dana, Dian, and Sheki who remains to be the Center Girl.

New Senbatsu member, Dian emotionally expressed her gratitude on being part of the Top 16 for the first time. “I want to thank God for giving me such a big blessing sa buhay ko, and sa trust po ng MNL48, sa lahat ng MNL48 sisters ko, sa lahat ng MNLoves maraming marmaing salamat po. Being a Senbatsu is a privilege po, I will do my very best po para magampanan ng maayos ‘yung position ko.”

Moreover, Ruth described the opportunity as an “answered prayer”. “I waited for this for so long, sobrang blessed po ako. Ito na ‘yung perfect time na binigay sakin ni Lord para mas makapagpasaya and maka-inspire ng ibang tao. Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng taong di nagsasawang magtiwala sa akin and sumuporta.”

Dana, one the other hand felt blessed that even though there are lots of deserving members, she became one of the new Senbatsu members for the third single.

Moreover, before the release of the group’s much-anticipated third single, fans will finally see MNL48’s upcoming fifth music video “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” which stars Team NIV. The said video will be out on February 23 on MNL48’s official YouTube page.

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MNL48 opens registration for 2nd Generation

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MNL48 officially opens the registration for young talented females to join the search for MNL48 Second Generation members on Thursday, January 31, 2019 through its official Fan Club App and website.

The search was first announced last January 19 during MNL48's guesting on ABS-CBN's It's Showtime and through the idol group's social media pages. The registration for the Second Generation will run from January 31, 2019 until February 28, 2019 only.

On Thursday, the requirements for the Second Generation search were also released along with the mechanics. So, who are qualified to join the search?


1. Female, Single between the ages of 15 to 20 years old and a Philippine resident

2. Must not be under any artist/talent contractual agreement that would prohibit the contestant from entering into a management contract with MNL48.

Just like last year's audition for MNL48 First Generation, Second Generation aspirants will register through the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play or through MNL48 official website at

Looking back, MNL48 First Generation search garnered 4,134 applicants from the online and nationwide registration and audition tour, and following its success, MNL48 Second Generation search is expected to receive thousands of applications from talented girls around the country who hopes to be part of the Philippines’ first idol group, MNL48.

After the registration and audition process, aspirants who will be chosen from the first stage will move on to the next stage of the audition process that will start on March 2019. Finalists of MNL48 Second Generation will be announced on March 22, 2019.

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AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok presented by Shanda Games

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AKB48 held its first AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok where seven international sister groups gathered in one stage at Impact Arena on January 27, 2019.

AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 was the first time that JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (Taipei), SGO48 (Ho Chi Minh) and AKB48 (Akihabara) were gathered for a joint concert after seven years since the idol groups were formed.

Everyone was excited to witness the joint concert of all sister groups where fans enjoyed the group’s songs and special performances during the memorable event.

The event was divided into two segments. The first segment followed the concept of “Idols you can meet” where fans had the chance to get up close, have a High-5 with all international sister groups for the first time in AKB48 history. The mini live concert of each group was also held during the first segment.

During the mini concert of AKB48, Yui Yokoyama and five other co-members introduced their official mobile game, “AKB48 Cherry Bay Blaze” during their performance of “Iiwake Maybe” where each member’s characters were flashed on the screen. Global pre-order of the game was also announced as they hope to get the fans to support the AKB48 Group even in the world of virtual gamming.

On the second segment, a total of 30 songs were performed by seven sister groups which started off with AKB48’s hit song “Aitakatta” as the crowd loudly cheered with joy. For the finale, all 76 international members sang and dance to their phenomenal single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.

Yui Yokoyama of AKB48 expressed her thoughts in joining their sister groups in one stage. “I was so nervous since this was the first time that all international groups will gather in one concert, but I felt happy that we were able to unite with other groups to sing AKB48 songs even in different languages.”

“We all came from different regions with different culture and activities, but I believe we are in one team, we will try hard to make these groups successful and today is a great start for it,” she added.

BNK48 Center Girl Cherprang also commented “it was a happy day for us to be with our wonderful senior members from AKB48. Thank you so much!”

Meanwhile, AKS is planning to hold Asia Festivals in different regions because of the success of AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019, hoping to make the idol culture known in the world.

Asia Festival outline

Title: AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok presented by Shanda Games

Date: January 27, /2019 (Sunday)

Venue: Impact Arena (Bangkok, Thailand)

Performer: AKB48 7 groups (AKB48/JKT48/BNK48/MNL48/Team SH/Team TP/SGO48)

Program : Part 1 (12 pm to 4 pm) AKB48 Group・Asia Festival・Event

Part 2 (7 pm to 9:30 pm) AKB48 Group Joint Concert

Host: Executive committee of AKB48 Group Asia Festival (AKS/ZAAP/SHANDA GAMES)

Special sponsor: SHANDA GAMES



Broadcast/Stream: TOHOKU FILM CORPORATION (Japan)/AIS(Thai)

AKB48 Yui Yokoyama, Juri Takahashi, Nana Okada, Mion Mukaichi, Yui Oguri, Megu Taniguchi, Satone Kubo, Narumi Luranoo, Rin Okabe, Miu Shitao
JKT48 Nurhayati, Feni Fitriyanti, Sinka Juliani, Stephanie Pricilla Indarto, Cindy Yuvia, Shania Gracia, Shani Indira Natio, Ratu Vienny Fitrilya, Ayana Shahab, Ayu Safira Oktaviani
BNK48 Pun, Cherprang, Wee, Music, Noey, Orn, Jennis, Kaew, Tarwaan, Namneung, Mobile, Kaimook, Pupe, Fond, Mewnich, June
MNL48 Abby, Brei, Coleen, Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Rans, Sela, Sheki
AKB48 Team SH Dong Fangchi, Li Shiql Liu Nian, Mao Weijia, Shen Ying, Wei Xin, Wu Anqi, Xu Yiting, Zhai Yujia, Zhu Ling
AKB48 Team TP Tseng Shih-Yu, Chen Shih, Maria Abe, Liu Yu-Ching, Pan Tzu-Yi, Liu Jie-Ming, Sin Tik Kei, Chiu Pin-Han, Lin Yu-Hsin, Lee Meng-Chun
SGO48 Truc Pham, Anna, Hikari, Janie, Kaycee, Le Trang, Linh Mai, Mon, Sachi, Trung Duong
1. Aitakatta (All 76) 18. Kibouteki Refrain (AKB48)
2. Medley (All 76) 19. Jabaja (AKB48)
3. Shonichi (SGO48) 20. #SukiNanda (AKB48)
4. Shoujotachi yo (SGO48) 21. Heavy Rotation (WRD48 Senbatsu
5. Mae Shika Mukanee (AKB48 Team TP) 22. Tenshi no Shippo (Sin Tik-kei, Liu Nian, Trần Cát
6. Sougen no Kiseki (AKB48 Team TP) 23. Blue rose (Shekinah Arzaga, Cindy
Yuvia, Punsikorn Tiyakorn, Võ Phan Kim Khánh)
7. LOVE TRIP (AKB48 Team SH) 24. Temodemo no Namida (Cherprang
Areekul, Okada Nana)
8. 365nichi no Kamihikouki (AKB48 Team SH) 25. Heart Gata Virus (Chiu Pin-han, Oguri
Yui, Praewa Suthamphong)
9. PARTY ga Hajimaru yo (MNL48) 26. End Roll (Mao WeiJia, Shani Indira Natio, Jennis
Oprasert, Abelaine Trinidad)
10. First Rabbit (MNL48) 27. Tsuki to Mizukagami (Yokoyama Yui, Mukaichi
Mion, Natruja Chutiwansopon (Piano))
11. Iiwake Maybe (MNL48) 28. Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara
12. RIVER (BNK48) 29. After Rain (All 76)
13. Oogoe Diamond (BNK48) 30. Everyday, Katyusha (All 76)
14. Kimi wa Melody (BNK48) 31. Sakura no Hanabiratachi (All 76)
15. UZA (JKT48) 32. AKB Festival (All 76)
16. Flying Get (JKT48) 33. Koi Suru Fortune Cookie (All 76)
17. High Tension (JKT48)

MNL48’s international debut

The AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 was indeed a dream concert not just for the fans but also for the seven sister groups who participated in the event, and as for MNL48 the joint concert paved the way for the goup’s international debut.

Attended by thousands of fans from all over the world, MNL48 wowed the crowd on their first overseas show as they proudly showcased their talents in front of an international crowd performing their hits and sharing the stage with their sister groups.

For the first segment, MNL48 Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Brei, Rans, Coleen, Sela, Abby and Sheki joined their sister groups for the much-anticipated “high-5” event and the mini concert performing an acoustic version of their hits “Aitakatta - Gustong Makita”, “Palusot Ko'y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Meanwhile for the joint concert, MNL48 did not disappoint as Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Brei, Rans, Coleen, Sela, Abby and Sheki delivered flawless performances of “Party Himajirou yo”, “First Rabbit” and “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” which earned #MNL48 a spot on the trending topics in the Philippines on Twitter together with the #AKB48AsiaFest.

MNL48 center girl Sheki also had a special moment with other members performing a multilingual version of “Blue Rose” while Abby was also given a chance to perform together with fellow idols selected from each sister groups as they sang “End Roll”. After Sheki’s performance, her name trended as well on Philippines Trends on Twitter.

One of the highlights of events was the performance of the Asia Festival World Senbatsu members where MNL48 Sheki and Abby joined Music (BNK48), Shani Indiranatio (JKT48), Anna (SGO48), Mao Wei Jia (ABK48 Team SH), Yui Oguri (AKB48), Sin Tik Kei (AKB48 Team TP), Pun (BNK48), Nana Okada (AKB48), Kaycee (SGO48), Chiu Pin-Han (AKB48 Team TP) , Liu Nian (ABK48 Team SH), Cindy Yuvia (JKT48), Yui Yoko Yama (AKB48), and Cherprang (BNK48) as center girl as they perform “Heavy Rotation” on stage.

With the success of AKB48 Group Asia Festival this year, local and international fans, as well as the members of MNL48, couldn’t wait to see the group rock the stage once again on the next Asia Fest.

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MNL48 shares idol journey at Radyo Inquirer, gives message to the youth

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MNL48 idols Alice, Ecka, Dian, Daryll, and Essel shared their idol journey of being an MNL48 member at DZIQ 990 Radyo Inquirer on January 19, 2019.

Singing their chart-topping songs from their 2nd single and certified Gold and Platinum album, the girls performed “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” live at the radio station’s Warrior Angel program hosted by Brenda Domato.

“Nagsimula po ‘yung group naming noong 2016 pa po, and umikot po ‘yung MNL48 sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilpinas. Siyempre po meron din online na audition kung saan pwede rin i-vote ‘yung mga gusto niyong makapasok sa MNL48,” said overall team captain Alice, adding that more than 4,000 girls age 15-20 auditioned to become part of AKB48’s fourth international sister group.

MNL48 member Daryll shared her experience when she eagerly auditioned for the all-girl idol group’s first generation. “Sinabi ko po kay mama ‘ma, parang kinukutuban na po ako dito, gustong-gusto ko po talaga makasali’. Ang dami ko na pong audition na sinalihan, tapos hindi po ako nakakapasok. Sabi ko po this is my time,” she narrated.

MNL48 undergo a meticulous training to prepare for their different activities and events, these trainings and lessons are needed to enlighten and help the girls to become an idol. “Sobrang dami po naming pinagdaanan, sa training pa lang po naming sa sayaw, kanta. Meron din po kaming personality development para po alam po namin ‘yung dapat itama sa amin at the same time matuto po kami hindi lang bilang isang idol pati na rin maging magandang impluwensiya sa kabataan,”Ecka expressed.

But their hectic schedule only makes the girls’ friendship and bond stronger “Sobrang saya ko po na nakakasama sila kasi marami po akong natutunan and nagtutulungan po kami sa isa’t-isa. If ever may hindi kayang gawin ‘yung isa, tuturuan ng isa,” Dian described their bond with each other and treating each member as a family.

Moreover, the girls also hoped that the youth will not give up easily to achieve their dreams, “kung talagang may pangarap kayo, abutin niyo po yon, ‘wag po kayong mag-give up, ‘wag kayong basta-basta susuko at talagang matutupad niyo po yung inaasam-asam niyo,” said Essel.

“Dream big, lagi kayong magtitiwala sa sarili niyo kasi in order to succeed you must first believe in yourself,” shared Team NIV captain Ecka who also feels blessed to have MNL48 as an opportunity to inspire other people and also be a breadwinner for their family.

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MNL48 receives Gold and Platinum awards for “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” on It’s Showtime

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“Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” fever continues as MNL48 earns the Gold and Platinum record awards from Star Music for their second single on It’s Showtime today, January 19, 2019.

Senbatsu members Sheki, Abby, Sela, Brei, Belle, Gabb, Coleen, Rans, Jem, Lei, Mari, Jan, Kay, Alyssa, Faith, and Ella sing and dance to the beat of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and extended their sincerest thanks to their ever supportive fans.

“Maraming maraming salamat po sa pagbigay po ng inyong tiwala sa MNL48 and nagpapasalamat kami sa mga fans namin. Maraming salamat din po sa ABS-CBN family, It’s Showtime, Star Music and Hallo Hallo Entertainment na talagang inaalagaan po kami para makapag-produce po kami ng magandang music. Maraming salamat po sainyong lahat dahil naa-appreciate niyo po kami,” Sheki said.

Mr. Jonathan Manalo audio content head of Star Music awarded the Music Plaques and congratulated the girls. “Congratulations MNL48 and sa lahat ng tao behind MNL48, Gio Medina, Direk Jilmer Dy and of course Paulo Kurosawa. We’re very proud of you girls.”

Moreover, Abby shared how proud and excited they are to represent the country in the upcoming AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019. “We are so happy to announce that finally MNL48 will go outside the country to have concert at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. We’re so blessed po dahil ire-represent na po namin ang ating bansang Pilipinas, proud to be Pinoy!

The #MNL48onItsShowtime also trended 6th spot nationwide.

Another highlight of their It’s Showtime guesting was the revelation of the Second Generation audition.

“Maguumpisa na po ang audition ng Second Generation ng MNL48. Kaya naman po young ladies we encourage you guys to audition para po maging part ng international idol girl group at siyempre po maging inspirasyon po sa mga kabataan,” Sela said.

Looking back, MNL48 had its First Generation registration and audition tour last October 2017 where they roamed around Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for the nationwide idol search, and last January 20, 2018, the Top 200 was launched on It’s Showtime.

Starting this January 31, MNL48 2nd Generation aspirants may submit their entries to be part of the nationwide search. Details of the registration will be announced on MNL48’s official social media pages, so make sure to visit MNL48 website, download the MNL48 Fan Club app and register, and subscribe and follow MNL48’s social media accounts for latest updates and news.

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MNL48 receives PPOP Awards’ PPOP Youth Model of the Year 2018

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Pinoy POP (PPOP) awards for young artists, an award giving body recognizing young Filipino artists in the Philippine pop industry, awarded MNL48 with their “Youth Model of the Year – Huwaran ng Kabataan Award” during the MNL48 January Seitansai held at Movie Stars Cafe on January 13, 2019.

The prestigious recognition was announced last December 29 on MNL48’s and PPOP’s official Facebook pages and today Mr. John Mark Quiblat, the Founding Chairman of PPOP Artist League presented the “Youth Model of the Year – Huwaran ng Kabataan Award” plaque and certificate to MNL48 as a surprise segment for January Seitansai event.


PPOP awards’ Youth Model of the Year – Huwaran ng Kabataan is a special award of PPOP Artists League to recognize the influence of the group as a good role model to the young generation in uplifting the Filipino talents and showcasing the Filipino culture through their music and performances. The group was chosen based on the criteria and votes of PPOP Awards Committee consisting of young professionals from different sectors that represents youth, music, performing arts, academe, film, creative production and advocates in the country.


MNL48 center girl Sheki thanked PPOP Awards as their group was chosen to be the PPOP Youth Model of the Year and expressed her gratitude for MNLoves. “Thank you kasi kahit nagsisimula pa lang ang MNL48 mayroon na tayong award, mayroon na tayong achievement. Dahil sa inyo kaya namin ‘to nakuha, para sa inyo ‘to!”.

Abby and Sela are looking forward to receive more awards in the future and claiming that 2019 will be MNL48’s year. Moreover, January celebrant Jan felt lucky as their group received the plaque on their birthday celebration.

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 celebrates this year’s Seijin Shiki

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MNL48 members Jem, Hazel, Sayaka, Dani, Dana, Kay, Brei, Faith, and, Lara celebrated their coming of age, Seijin Shiki with fans on January 13, 2019 held at Movie Stars Cafe, as they will be turning 20 years old this year. 

Celebrating the momentous event, the girls talked about their goals and dreams as they welcome adulthood, dressed in beautifully designed Kimono following the tradition of wearing a ceremonial dress in Japan.


Faith shared how a shy girl had the courage to reach her dreams and to become an MNL48 idol, “I used to be the person na sobrang mahiyain, kahit nasa harapan na ang chances talagang umaatras siya, ngayon po na-achieve ko ang dreams slowly but surely.”


Brei also narrated her inspiring story on how rejections made her a stronger person. “Sa rejection and challenges po talaga ko kumapit, dati puro rejections tapos lagi ako napapatanong sa sarili ko, ngayon lahat ng ‘yon nasagot na. Dati po kaya akong patumbahin ng mga negatibo pero ngayon po nakita ko na ‘yung mga negatibong comment na ‘yun ay gawing positibo para sa pangarap ko.”

“Mas naging confident ako, nalalabas ko yung sarili ko. Gusto ko mas mag-improve pa ako, mas naging motivated ako. Sa dami ng pinagdaanan ko, masasabi ko na idol na ako and hindi ako susuko at magiging good example ako sa mga kabataan,” Sayaka noted her realizations in her MNL48 journey.


The girls performed their hit songs namely “First Rabbit”, “Umiindak Na Saya”, Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, and “Talulot Ng Sakura”, followed by a fun game called “Future-rades” that made the crowd active and energetic.

Moreover, MNL48 members reminisced their idol journey, starting out as applicants. “Thankful po ako na may MNL48, and na-realize ko po na we are family,” Jem said.

“Sobrang laki po ng nabago sakin ng MNL48, mas marami po akong naging kaibigan, maraming memories na nagawa and marami po akong nai-inspire na tao. Pangako ko po sa sarili ko na mas magiging matatag and matapang po ako sa mga challenges and mas pagpupursigihan ko po para makasama sa Top 48,” Dani said.

Dana also added her everyday learnings on MNL48. “Araw araw po ako may natututunan and nalalaman para mas ma-enhance po ung sarili namin as a person and as an idol. And natutunan ko rin po pano makisalamuha sa mga tao. Panagako ko po na I will do my best, I will always give my all.”


Hazel then shared how MNL48 changed her. “Ang dami pong nabago sakin sa personality development po, how we talk, speak, siyempre po hindi po namin magagwa ‘yun kung wala ‘yung coaches namin. Sila po talaga tumulong sa amin para po magbago and mas maging idol.”

“Dati po boyish talaga ako, naging mahinhin na po ako ng konti, medyo tumahimik po ako kasi sobrag maingay po talaga ako at makulit,” Lara said.

Kay also expressed her happiness of being part of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and being the Captain of Team L.


Another highlight of the event was the “Childhood mo I-hashtag mo” where the idols explained the story behind their cute and memorable throwback pictures, and their given hashtags to the photos.

The girls also shared that they are looking forward for their AKB48 Group Asia Festival concert in Bangkok on January 27 where Jem told their fans to “not stress yourself kapag hindi po kayo makakapunta sa mga events namin because your love already supports us."


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Fans send well-wishes to MNL48 January celebrants

by MNL48 Philippines

Celebrating their birthday as idols for the first time, MNL48 members Jan, Cassey, Grace, and Aly shared their special day with their supporters and fans on January 13, 2019 held at Movie Stars Cafe during this month’s Seitansai.

MNL48 Senbatsu together with the birthday celebrants wowed the audience with their kawaii performances of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” followed by “First Rabbit” by the January Seitansai, and the ending the program with a lively performance of their platinum-hit song “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.


Turning a year older where Jan celebrated her 18th birthday on January 5, Cassey’s 16th on January 9, Grace’s 22nd on January 13, and Aly’s 18th on January 11, the idols were given a surprise video birthday wishes from their parents as they celebrate their birthdays away from their family for the first time.


A special and emotional birthday greeting from Jan’s mother Magnolia Elaurza surprised the idol, “wag kang gi-give up sa mga pangarap mo sa buhay. Pasensya ka na at hindi tayo nakapag-celebrate ng birthday mo. Basta kaming pamilya mo naka-support lang dito. Mahal na mahal ka namin anak, alam namin na kaya mo lahat ng pagsubok na darating sa buhay mo. Sana wag ka magbabago at lagi mong tatandaan na si God laging nasa tabi mo.”

“Happy birthday to my beloved daughter, my wish for you in life is success, good health, and more blessings to come. Nandito lang kami sumusuporta sayo, we love you so much,” Cassey’s mother Jackeline Pestillos wished for her daughter.


“Happy birthday, Aly, I wish you all the best in life, more blessings and success to come. Basta tandaan mo huwag kalimutan mag dasal. Enjoy mo lang lahat-lahat ng ginagwa mo. Nandito lang kami ng papa mo na sumusuporta sayo,” Alma Padillo said, supporting her daughter Aly’s idol journey in MNL48.

“Happy birthday anak, may you have many more birthdays to come. Wishing you the best for everything, good health, and more blessings. I love you,” said parents Arminda and Saturnino Buenaventura to Grace.

After the heartwarming messages from the idols’ parents, the celebrants prepared exciting games and prizes for their fans such as the crowd- favorite Boom Balloon and Copy Cat.


Furthermore, four avid fans of Jan, Cassey, Grace, and Aly also got a chance to greet their Oshi, making the girls overwhelmed with happiness and thankful for their fans’ heartwarming support for their group and their efforts attending their events.

One of Cassey’s fans, Jayson Montanilla, expressed his support for her Oshi “Happy birthday! Lagi lang ako naka-suporta sayo kahit anong mangyari.”

“Thank you talaga, Jan dahil sayo sinisipag ako mag-review sa board exam, pinipilit ko i-solve yung problem na mahihirap,” Leonard Notorio expressed to his idol Jan.


“Happy happy birthday! Nakita ko sayo na hindi ka lang idol na nagsu-suot ng magandang damit, nakita ko ang isang babae na nagpu-pursige sa mga pangarap niya at ‘yon ang first impression ko sayo,“ Jesrelle Petracorta to Grace who also happens to celebrate her birthday on the same day as the Seitansai event.


Lastly, Arian Yupangco felt proud for her Oshi Aly celebrating her birthday with fellow MNL48 members. “Hi Aly, first of all, I’d like to say happy birthday. We are so proud of you, 18 ka pa lang ang dami mo nang na-accomplish. Alam namin na mas marami ka pang magagawa, you’re never alone sa idol journey mo. Pinapasaya mo kami araw-araw kaya gusto namin lagi kang masaya.”


Meanwhile, aside from MNL48’s AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 concert on January 27, the group is also preparing for their upcoming activities and events this January such as mall tour and their guesting on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime on January 19, 2019. Make sure to follow MNL48’s official website and social media accounts to get the latest news and updates.

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