MNL48 Faith bids her fans farewell

01/28/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

As Faith had always been a part of the Senbatsu in each single, fans were emotional to witness her last appearance as an MNL48 member in her Sayonara Mini Live on January 26th, 2020 at Movie Stars Café.


She performed a medley of all their main singles, with the Senbatsu members of each one, which were both an entertainment and a nostalgic moment for them and the fans. She also gave her audience song and dance numbers on some foreign music, and of course, her personal favorite, AKB48’s ‘Kokoro no Placard’ in Filipino (Plakard ng Aking Puso). The crowd erupted into loud shouts of joy as two former MNL48 members appeared too, Nice and Ash, whom Faith, as it turned out, secretly invited to join her perform on stage for the last time.


Together with other MNL48 members, Faith performed ‘Talulot ng Sakura’, a song depicting change and facing the future with hope. The song was personally special for her, as she told the audience that it was the first song she ever practiced as a member and was then the last song she sings on stage.


For her, being in MNL48 changed her life in a way that she had gained confidence. “I believe naman na everybody has their own star and meron tayong maipapakita, pero the Faith back then wasn’t able to show herself masyado kasi nahihiya siya,” she remarked. “She’s like always that shy girl, random, and very quirky. In MNL48 I was able to be confident enough to be quirky as I am now, [and I don’t shy away anymore] sa mga gusto kong gawin. I learned to take every opportunity kasi ‘yung chance isang beses lang siya dumarating sa life.”


“What I will miss the most is spending time with my sisters sa MNL48, ‘yung random moments and ‘yung mga times na kami-kami lang, [as well as] learning ‘yung mga new songs [that are yet to be released],” she expressed. Aside from that, she also shared her most memorable experience in being an MNL48 idol. “‘Yung pinaka-memorable sa’kin is when I went to Bangkok for the [2019 AKB48 Group] Asia Festival because it was my first time to go overseas [for work]. I got to spend time with my sisters sa ibang groups and sobrang nakakatuwa to share our different cultures, kasi I really like learning languages and other cultures kaya that was a big opportunity for me. And I made good friends na hindi ko ine-expect; we still stay in touch and I feel like we’ll see each other pa.”


As she departs from the idol group industry to take on a different career path, here’s her final message that she wanted to get across to her fans: “I hope that they won’t be too sad kasi nakikita ko sa social media sobrang na-surprise sila sa announcement ko and everything still feels surreal for each one of us kaya if ever mag-sink in na I hope na hindi naman masyadong malungkot. ‘Yung mga sinabi kong messages during my concert and du’n sa songs na pinerform ko, I hope ‘yun ‘yung maging batayan nila na don’t be too sad because it’s just me trying to move forward in life. And you’ll see me around, I’ll still be the Faith that you guys love. I love you guys, thank you so much for all the support, hindi masasayang ‘yon.”


Faith, being one of the consistent top members, will surely be missed by MNLoves and her Feitoverse. Notwithstanding, the rest of MNL48 continues their journey as this coming month of February is packed with their new theatre shows and other events! Check the official social media pages for the dates and more announcements, and remember to catch the girls’ live streams daily on Kumu.

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MNL48 Team MII hypes up the Party Ga Hajimaru Yo Theater Show

01/27/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

After the success of Team NIV’s theater show last January 18, The Philippine idol group MNL48 Team MII pumped up the crowd as they filled the theater with euphoric vibes and excitement at their Party Ga Hajimaru Yo Theater Show last January 25, 2020.


As the show finally began, MNL48 Team MII Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Rans, Faith, Jan, Emz, Yzabel, Dana, Laney, Klaire, Cole, Shaira, Andi, Princess and Gia started the show strong as they performed their hits ‘Talutot Ng Sakura’ ‘Christmas Eve’ ‘MNL48’ ‘Labrador Retriever’ ‘Umiindak Na Saya’ and ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’.



To hype the event more, the idol group performed their theater songs such as ‘Tara Na Party!’ ‘Dear My Teacher’ ‘May Lasong Mansanas’ ‘Classmate’ ‘Bawal Na Halik’ ‘Tala’ and ‘Bughaw Na Kalangitan’.


With her first and last Theater Show, MNL48 Faith expressed how thankful she was for the opportunity to perform before her graduation, “Everything was memorable and at the same time nakaka-lungkot po, because I prepared so much for this but it has to end to be my first and last. Masayang Masaya po ako kasi I have this opportunity to perform po before my graduation”.


Meanwhile, MNL48 Team L will be having their Party Ga Hajimaru Yo Theater Show on February 01, 2020 at Movie Stars Cafe for a performance that will entice MNLoves more. Make sure to follow MNL48’s social media accounts for more information and don’t forget to visit the official the official website and download the app to be in the loop and get the latest updates.

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MNL48 Theater Show Setlist

Tara Na Party / Dear My Teacher / May Lasong Mansanas / Umiindak Na Saya / Classmate / Christmas Eve / Bawal Na Halik / Tala / Talulot Ng Sakura / Bughaw Na Kalangitan ENCORE: MNL48 / Labrador Retriever / Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie

Official Statement: Kenkyuusei Sam promoted as MNL48 official member

01/26/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) is happy to announce the promotion of Sam from Kenkyuusei (trainee) to MNL48 second year official member. MNL48 Sam will now be part of Team MII.

In a statement, Sam is truly grateful for the opportunity given to her by the management and her supporters. “Una po sa lahat, maraming salamat po sa girls, management and lalo na po sa fans para sa opportunity na ‘to and sa pagtitiwala po sa kakayahan ko. Dahil po dito, mas gagalingan at huhusayan ko pa po para hindi po masayang lahat po ng effort ko at effort niyo. Maraming salamat po.”

As the group welcomes the new year full of hope and enthusiasm, MNL48 members are all grateful for the immense support and dedication of their fans since the beginning.

Thank you.

HHE Management

Team NIV kicks off MNL48’s Theater Show ‘Party Ga Hajimaru Yo’

01/22/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

After the successful projects and events last year, The Philippine idol group MNL48 started the new year with a bang as Team NIV kicked off their first ever theater show titled ‘Party Ga Hajimaru Yo’ last January 18, 2020 at Movie Stars Cafe.


MNL48 Theater titled 'Party Ga Hajimaru Yo' which means 'Let's Party!' is the group's first theater show since their debut following their international sister group AKB48’s ‘idols you can meet’ concept wherein shows and concerts were being held daily for fans. Moreover, MNL48 Theater is uniquely different from any other events as they bring about exclusive songs, new costumes and new performances from each team (Team MII, Team NIV, and Team L).


To set the mood of the theater show, team NIV – Aly, Abby, Jem, Rowee, Coleen, Brei, Ruth, Lara, Belle, Joyce, Alyssa, Miho, Ecka, Jaydee and Daryll – hyped the fans up by performing their hits ‘Talutot Ng Sakura’ ‘Umiindak Na Saya’ ‘MNL48’ ‘Christmas Eve’ and ‘Tara Na Party’.


Meanwhile, the crowd went wild and the light sticks were up as the girls performed their newest songs exclusive just for the theater show – such as ‘Dear My Teacher’ ‘May Lasong Mansanas’ ‘Classmate’ ‘Bawal Na Halik’ ‘Tala’ and ‘Bughaw Na Kalangitan’ – wearing their new and stylish costume that highlighted their elegance and beauty on stage.


And to entice the fans even more, Team NIV dropped a surprising announcement when they officially welcomed Kenkyuusei Karla as the newest member of MNL48. “Maraming salamat posa sumuporta sa’kin since gen 1 hanggang ngayon po, and finally official member na po ako ng MNL48. Gagawin ko po ang best ko as MNL48 po.” MNL48 Karla enthused.


With the success of the event, Team NIV’s captain MNL48 Ecka expressed her gratitude towards their beloved fans (MNLoves), “In behalf of Team NIV nagpapasalamat ako sa pagpunta ninyo dito. Sa walang sawa na pagsuporta sa amin, hindi lamang sa Team NIV, lalo na sa buong MNL48. Lahat ng effort, puyat at pagod ay nawala dahil sa mga fan chants at palakpakan ninyo.”


After the outstanding theater show, the event allowed fans to high-five, not only their oshis but with every Team NIV in their hi-touch session. And to end the show, MNL48 Ecka concluded the show with her genuine appreciation to the fans “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for being here today and to your unending support sa MNL48. Sana ay suportahan nyo kaming lahat bilang isang grupo. MNL48 TEAM NIV.. Maraming Salamat Po!”


As the first-ever MNL48’s Party Ga Hajimaru Yo theater show continues, Team MII and Team L were set to conquer the remaining shows so catch them on January 25 and February 01 at Movie Stars Cafe and make sure to follow MNL48’s official social media accounts for more information and visit the official website and download the app to be in the loop and get the latest updates.


MNL48 Theater Show Setlist

Tara Na Party! / Christmas Eve / Classmate / Bawal Na Halik / Tala / Dear My Teacher / May Lasong Mansanas / Bughaw Na Kalangitan /

ENCORE: MNL48 / Umiindak Na Saya / Talutot Ng Sakura

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​MNL48 holds double celebration for this year’s Seijin Shiki and January Seitansai

01/22/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

Fans were in awe as MNL48 members Sela, Sheki, Kyla, Alyssa, Miho, Ecka, Daryll, Ella, Gia, and Nile entered the stage of Movie Stars Café on January 19th, 2020 in their beautiful and colorful kimonos in celebration of Seijin Shiki, also known as the Coming of Age ceremony, which is annually held in Japan for the youth who are turning 20 this year.


The new adults not only performed their popular hits but they also talked about what changes they observed as they reach the age of maturity and what goals and future plans they have for themselves. This event was particularly special for the fans as they got to see how their idols grow into what they have become.

“Yung goal and future plan ko is syempre kailangan maabot na ng MNL48 ang top talaga. Gusto kong makita na nandu’n tayo eh, ‘yung parang established na talaga,” MNL48 Sheki told the crowd who then shouted their agreement.


MNL48 Alyssa expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards their fans for the never ending support they give. “Grabe yung loyalty na ibinibigay ng mga fans, parang kulang pa yung mga naiibigay namin sa kanila, ganu’n talaga yung feeling kaya sobrang thankful po namin na nandito po kayo sa event namin na ‘to.”


“Sa buong MNL48 family po thank you so much. And of course 3 years na ko nandito sa MNL48, nakita po namin na since the beginning hanggang ngayon, ‘yung suporta niyo po para sa’min, parang kasabay niyo na po kami sa pagtanda. Thank you so much MNLoves for always having our backs. Sana po in the future sabay-sabay po nating makita yung success ng MNL48,” MNL48 Sela said, earning a tremendous cheer from the audience.

On the same day, January Seitansai was also held at the same venue. MNL48 members Aly, Jan, Grace, and Klaire rocked the stage as they gave the audience new and exciting performances.


This being MNL48 Klaire’s first Seitansai, she was moved by the heartwarming support and love that she got from the fans. She showed her appreciation after her song and dance number.


This month’s birthday celebrants surely made that day a party by singing lively J-pop songs and dancing to some AKB48 music, such as the famous and upbeat ‘Heavy Rotation’ single, which enlivened the fans. MNL48 Jan and Klaire showed off their personally-designed costumes while MNL48 Aly and Grace fashioned their stunning outfits, all of them leaving the crowd enchanted.


After the blowing of candles and birthday wishes, fans of course didn’t pass the chance to greet the celebrants personally and get a picture taken with them during the cheki session, as the girls are beyond grateful and happy to be celebrating their birthdays with their beloved supporters.


Catch MNL48 perform live on ABS-CBN Studio Experience this January 24, 25, and 26 at the Kapamilya Theatre! Team MII will also be having their theatre show on the 25th at Movie Stars Café. Don’t miss these one of a kind experiences so make sure to get your tickets, and download the official app and follow MNL48’s official social media pages for any important updates and announcements on their upcoming events.

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Official Statement: Kenkyuusei Karla promoted as MNL48 official member

01/18/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) is happy to announce the promotion of Karla from Kenkyuusei (trainee) to MNL48 second year official member. MNL48 Karla will now be part of Team NIV.

In a statement, Karla is truly grateful for the opportunity given to her by the management and her supporters. “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa management dahil napili po nila ako bilang isang official member ng MNL48 and most specially sa mga sumusuporta sa’kin lalo na kapag may events. Kung hindi po dahil sa kanila hindi po ako makakarating sa pagiging member ng MNL48. Kaya po ngayon, mas gagalingan at huhusayan ko pa po para sa mga nagtiwala at patuloy pong nagmamahal.”

As the group welcomes the new year full of hope and enthusiasm, MNL48 members are all grateful for the immense support and dedication of their fans since the beginning.

Thank you.

HHE Management

Official Statement: HHE to terminate Dani from MNL48 due to violations

01/13/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

HalloHallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) would like to formally announce that Dani has been terminated from MNL48 today, January 13, 2020 due to a major violation.

We would like to reiterate that HHE gives serious attention to all rules and regulations established to each member that were discussed to them and their guardians upon signing of their contracts. By outright disregarding and violating the regulations set by HHE, the management has to take immediate and necessary actions to properly address this matter.

HHE Management

Official Statement: MNL48 Faith to take her final bow as MNL48 member

01/13/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) would like to formally announce the graduation of MNL48 member, Faith as she will take her final bow on January 26 after being with MNL48 for almost 2 years.

As revealed by Faith last December 22 during MNL48’s Christmas mini show, Faith will be leaving the group due to personal reasons.

“I am grateful for those who understood and respected my decision, I am also sorry to those whom have been saddened by the news. This is a difficult decision that I have thought of for a long time. It took tears, searching, and a lot of thinking. Eventually, I arrived to the decision that made my heart most comfortable.” Said Faith in a statement to her fans.

“To the members, coaches and staff, thank you very much for all the memories we have shared. I want to thank every coaches and staff that showed genuine concern for their artists. I would also be very happy if you can come see me off at my graduation concert on January 26, 2020, Sunday at Movie Stars Café. Thank you po.” Faith continued.

HHE would thank Faith for the talent and commitment she shared with us and would like to wish her all the best as she moves forward to the next chapter of her life.

With this, HHE and MNL48 are all looking forward and hopeful to the promising year of 2020 and would like to thank all the fans for their love and support.

Thank you.

HHE Management

MNL48 Abby represents Philippines on Japan’s biggest TV music show

01/13/2020
by MNL48 Philippines


Being the ace of AKB48’s overseas sister group, Abby of MNL48 brings Filipino pride to the 70th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen, a musical TV show in Japan broadcasted by NHK World Channel, held in NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo last December 31st of 2019.

MNL48 Abby performed Koisuru Fortune Cookie with her fellow ace members of the other overseas sister groups – namely JKT48, BNK48, AKB48 Team SH, AKB48 Team TP, SGO48, CGM48, and DEL48 – as well as Japan’s local groups which are SKE48, NBM48, HKT48, NGT48, STU48, and of course, AKB48 and its Team 8.


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She also got to sing a line in the Philippine version of the said hit song, Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie:

“Kawaii na babaeng mukha pang modelo.”

Being the third Filipino icon to be invited as guest performer in the year-end song festival, following Gary Valenciano in 1990 and Smokey Mountain in 1991, MNL48 Abby states that “it’s a privilege to be the representative of MNL48 not just the group but the Philippines also. I think that was the one of most memorable moments of my life.”

“I think the language barrier,” she says was the challenge that she faced during her stay there in Japan. “But still, with the help of other people and the translator [device], we had that chance to communicate very well. And I believe that our music is also our language because we have that one goal and it is to give happiness to all the people who are watching us.”

“My overall experience was really awesome, because performing in one stage with the big stars is really overwhelming, and we all know that NHK annual Kohaku Uta Gassen is Japan’s biggest television music show. And as a performer, ‘you should always leave a good mark,’” MNL48 Abby concludes.


Besides the rehearsals and the introduction of World Senbatsu members at the AKB48 Theatre, MNL48 Abby also didn’t pass the opportunity to visit the renowned Tower Records in Shibuya and of course, didn’t forget to take a photo which she posted on Instagram with the caption: “I just visited the Tower Records and met some staff including Takano-san. Are you guys excited? Hmm! Follow the MNL48 official accounts for more updates! ❤❤” With her bringing the name of MNL48 and representing the Philippines, this is yet another milestone for the idol group.

This is just the start of MNL48’s growing success as they continue their journey this year with more projects and exclusive events! See them again this coming January 19th, 2020 for the Seijin Shiki Mini Live and January Seitansai. Make sure to follow them on their official social media accounts for fresh updates and announcements, and catch them live daily on Kumu.

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MNL48 wraps up 2019 with an amazing Year-end Festival

01/08/2020
by MNL48 Philippines

After the success of numerous events in 2019, the Philippine idol group MNL48 ended the decade with a bang as the girls celebrated the day with the fans at their last show for 2019 ‘MNL48’s Year-end Festival’ at Movie Stars Cafe last December 28, 2019.


MNL48 – Yzabelle, Rans, Sheki, Jaime, Karla, Coleen, Brie, Jem, Miho, Ella, Gabb, Dian, Sela, Mari, Nile, Trish, Sam, Andi, Jan, Gia and Alice – graced the event and took over the fun with their beloved MNLoves (MNL48 Fans) in the exclusive booths inside the event – 2-shot with MNL48 Event wherein the girls will take photos with fans using their own cell phones, Janken Game Booth, Pokemon Game, MNL48 Card Game, MNL48 Bazaar and more – that aimed to give thanks to all who supported MNL48 through the whole year.


As the event and fun went over, MNL48 Ella expressed her gratitude towards fans, “Sobrang happy kasi second year na po namin and kasi nag-symbolized po ‘yung nangyari na ’to na sobrang solid ng MNL48 and MNLoves. Next year po sana mas madami at mas Masaya po”.


In 2019, MNL48 graced, performed and showed the versatility of skills in various events from international – the most awaited, AKB48’s Group Asia Festival 2019, launching of MNL48’s first international film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ in Japan, Tokyo Game Show, the most popular TV show program in Japan ‘70th Kouhaku Uta Gassen on NHK World Channel’ etc. – to local stages; the biggest J Culture festival in the Philippines, Coslandia 2019, Japan Fiesta 2019 organized by the Japan Embassy, Launching of the newest game of Nintendo ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’, Fumiya’s concert and more as well as radio and TV guestings; It’s Showtime, ASAP Natin ‘to, Umagang Kay Ganda, Matanglawin, Myx and so on.


Moreover, the idol group in store more surprises in 2020 as they recently signed contract with the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media company, ABS – CBN and lately dropped the bomb on social media about the upcoming film – Whether the Weather is fine directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad – starring MNL48 Rans alongside with the biggest names in the entertainment and film industry Mr Daniel Padilla and Ms Charo Santos-Concio.


But fans couldn’t forget the amazing, breathtaking and numerous concerts and shows MNL48 done this year, including the release of their 3 singles such as ‘365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel’ ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ and their newest single ‘High Tension’, 5 music videos including ‘Palusot Ko’y Maybe’, ‘365 ng Eroplanong Papel’, ‘Igai Ni Mango’ ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ and ‘Gingham Check’, the back to back mall tours of the three singles, most-awaited events like Seitansai and Handshakes, the girls’ first ever documentary-film ‘ICYMI- I See Me’ and international film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’.


Indeed, the idol group took over 2019 showcasing their talent and charms and as they take another step onto 2020, more projects, bigger staging from international and local events, new music and more awaits them including their first ever theater performance at ‘MNL48 Party ga Hajimaru Yo’.

As MNL48 conquered 2019, the girls are excited to do more and surpass limitations starting it with the kick off of their first ever theatre performance of ‘MNL48 Party ga Hajimaru yo’ in January, 2020 at Movie Stars Cafe so just follow their official social media pages, visit their official website and download the MNL48 official app now for more updates.

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