MNL48 to take fans behind the scene with “ICYMI: I See Me - The MNL48 First Generation Documentary”
After a year since their debut, four successful chart-topping singles, local and international concerts and shows, gold and platinum music awards and recognitions, MNL48 is indeed slowly making their way to Philippines’ pop culture scene with their unique idol concept following the system of their international sister group and the biggest idol group in Japan, ABK48.
With their remarkable achievements within a short period of time, the group is showing no signs of slowing down as they will take their fans, this time, exclusively behind the scenes on their latest project called “ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary” to be released on October 21, 2019, 7 PM on a special screening at UP Cine Adarna as part of this year’s QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema), the official film festival of Quezon City.
The full-length documentary will take the audience on an in-depth look at MNL48’s journey as an idol group in the Philippines that will feature interweaving clips of live performances from their previous events, behind-the-scene segments, as well as heartfelt interviews with the members about their triumphs, their transformation from being an ordinary girl to an idol member, their thoughts, struggles and more.
Presented by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First
Generation Documentary (shorthand for “in case you missed it”) was directed by
Carlo Francisco Manatad of Plan C Production, who worked with the group for their
“Palusot ko’y Maybe” and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” music videos, and
produced by Bam Manlongat and Mikee Dela Cruz with Executive Producer Mr.
Paulo Kurosawa, HHE president.
“We tried to deviate from what is expected of the girls and even in terms of the form/flow etc of the documentary, but without losing its core essence which is the human side of idols and how the members come of age as they function as idols and as themselves” said Director Carlo Manatad, after working with the group for nine months for their first documentary.
So, how is it like to work with MNL48 for this project? Carlo quipped, “Amazing and unexpected! We came in to do the project with little expectation and pre conceived notions of how they are. But the more we got to know the girls, the more na natin silang kinikilala at nakikilala the more we see and realize that we are all the same; our struggles, anxieties, and joy. And at the end of the day we see ourselves in each other.”
As to what their fans should look forward to in the documentary, MNL48 Sela narrowed it down to raw emotions and never-before-seen footage of the group. “Our fans should absolutely look forward to the heartwarming stories of each girl, breakdowns and compiled happy memories in this documentary. This is going to be gold, watch out!”
“Sa lahat ng mga mangyayari sa MNL48, ito yung isa sa pinaka-inaabangan ko talaga and I’m very excited na po na mapanood yung documentary film,” said MNL48 Sheki, who is equally nervous and excited to share another side of the group that fans don’t usually get to see when they are on stage and performing. “Happy ako and nervous at the same time kasi dito talaga malalaman at mapapanood ng mga tao and fans kung ano ang MNL48 sa loob at dito makikita yung deeper na pagkatao namin, kaya curious din kami sa magiging reaksyon ng lahat.”
Meanwhile, ticket prices for the special screening of ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary will be announced soon, so make sure to subscribe and follow MNL48’s social media accounts, visit the group’s official website, and download the MNL48 Fan Club app available on Google Play Store and App Store for updates and other announcements.
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Fans gather for MNL48’s much-anticipated 4th single Handshake Event
The Philippine idol group, MNL48, hit the stage, performed their hearts out and connected themselves to their local and international fans once more as they successfully held their 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Handshake Event last September 21 and 22, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe in Quezon City.
The handshake event is a tradition to all AKB48 groups following their unique “Idols you can meet” concept that allows fans and idols to develop a strong connection and special bond with the members while having the privilege to witness how their Oshi (favorite member) become more refined and developed during their idol journey. Since MNL48 is the first idol group in the Philippines who follows this system, this event is something different to the Pinoy fans especially those who are new in the “idol culture” making the group’s overall image more exciting and captivating.
Aside from concerts here and abroad, mall shows and other events that fans attend to see their idols, they are also eagerly looking forward for MNL48’s handshake events which are held every single release as this is their chance as supporters - from different fan groups and nationalities - to come together to meet their Oshi, shake their hands and to talk to them up close. In fact, for the group’s recent 4th single handshake event, there were fans that flew all the way from China, Japan and Indonesia to join the event and to meet their idols for the first time.
“The handshake event was super successful like the other handshake event we had po in the past, Masaya po kasi madami po akong nakita na new faces, new fans and new MNLoves na dumayo pa po galing ibang lugar like, Cavite, Batangas, Tagaytay and international po, Japan, China etc. and super overwhelming kasi nakikita po sa kanila yung love and support po,” MNL48 Gabb remarked.
For MNL48, handshake events are equally special to each one of them as this is their moment to connect with their fans, talk to them face-to-face, and to thank them directly for all the support they have given them. Like their fans, it’s the group’s venue to meet their supporters up close and personal, that is why they are always excited for handshake events.
The event is exclusive to fans that purchased MNL48’s CD singles and digital music cards that contain one handshake event ticket that grants each fan a 10-second interaction with their Oshi. Aside from that, fans never miss any handshake events for its other inclusions like the mini performances and major announcements that surprise not just the fans but even the members themselves, just like what happened during the group’s 4th single handshake event, after the performances of their latest single hits “Ikaw ang Melody”, “So Long!” and “Gingham Check”, a sudden reveal of the group’s upcoming Fifth Single Senbatsu which composed of its new center MNL48 Gabb and succeeded by Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Sheki, Abby, Sela, Aly, Dian, Yzabel, Laney, Rans, Alice, Kay and Faith, was announced.
MNL48 Gabb, who previously ranked #10 in the ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Senbatsu, sees this opportunity as a blessing and she swears to strive for the best as she will not let this chance go to waste.
“Nung nalaman ko ‘yun, hindi pa siya nagsisink in sa’kin kasi dati pangarap ko lang ito ngayon nandiyan na siya so I will really work hard para hindi ma-disappoint sa’kin ‘yung mga fans at pati ‘yung family ko. Nagpapasalamat ako sa MNLoves at sa pagmamahal po nila sa’min. Sana subaybayan pa rin nila kami hanggang sa huli,” Gabb expressed.
When asked what MNL48 Sela was excited about their upcoming Fifth Single, she said, “Magugustuhan ng fans ‘yung Fifth Single namin kasi new vibes, new set ng Senbatsu and new center po which is si MNL48 Gabb. And fresh ‘to kasi we all know na madaming naghihintay na si Gabb ang maging center and we’re happy for her kasi we know na she worked hard for it.”
Meanwhile, part of the recent handshake event’s surprises that thrilled fans even more was the introduction of the new Janken Game Lane which let fans play rock-paper-scissors with their Oshi, with signed photo cards and other exclusive freebies as prizes for the winners. This coincides with the MNL48’s recently launched card game app “Janken Senbatsu” last September 12 at the annual video game convention in Japan, Tokyo Game Show which will be available for download this September.
Jose Baking a fan, who queued for MNL48 Kenkyuusei Gia and even played Janken with her, said that he had been an avid fan since the beginning and even after everything his kami oshi went through.
“Sobrang happy lang kasi ever since Showtime era pa, sinusuportahan ko na si Gia. Tapos nung naging idol si Gia, grumaduate and bumalik as KKS, sobrang happy ko pa rin kasi kahit KKS lang, nandyan pa rin siya. Siya pa rin kami oshi ko kahit siguro after MNL48,” Jose said.
Feelings were surreal and indescribable as an avid fan, MNLoves Raniel John, expressed his thoughts about this unforgettable event, “Masaya kasi matagal na din simula nung nakapunta ako ng handshake event nila, sobrang saya na makita sila up close, sana next handshake event mas masaya and mas madaming pumunta.”
With the Fifth Single coming its way, another handshake event will be on the works and it can be expected that a bigger turnout of local and international fans will participate in this fan meet that is truly unique to MNL48 here in the Philippines.
While waiting for the next handshake event, MNLoves can show support to the girls as they are just weeks away from their first ever MNL48 team concert ‘No To Oshi Hen’ at Star Theatre Pasay this coming October 6 (Team MII), 13 (Team NIV), and 20 (Team L).
MNL48 will also grace the Japanese pop culture expo Coslandia 2019 on November 1, 2 and 3 at SMX Convention Center Aura so make sure to follow MNL48 official social media accounts and don’t forget to download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Google Play Store and App Store for the latest news and updates:
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MNL48 sets off ‘Janken Senbatsu’ card game app during Tokyo Game Show 2019
AKB48’s international sister group MNL48 made another out-of-the-country appearance as they officially released and gave a sneak peek of their first ever card game app in Japan during the annual Tokyo Game Show 2019 held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15, 2019.
MNL48 Abby, Rans, Coleen, Cess, Brei, Kay, Amy and Dana introduced to the world the official MNL48 card game app “Janken Senbatsu” which was originally based in the classic Jan-Ken-Pon (Rock-Paper-Scissors) game during one of the biggest video game and tech convention around the globe.
The card game app lets players assemble their own MNL48 Janken Senbatsu to battle against other users from all over the world. Additionally, exclusive MNL48 music and videos can also be enjoyed by players within the app.
Visitors also got the chance to play against MNL48 girls in an exciting twice-to-beat game of rock-paper-scissors where winning contenders won exclusive Janken Senbatsu photo cards and other freebies from the group. Event goers also tried their luck in gashapon or toy capsule vending machines that were also available at the MNL48 booth.
For this year, the Tokyo Game Show racked an official visitor count of 262,074 in its four-day run where a total of 2,417 booths were set up, considering it as one of the biggest video game expos across the globe. The event was also joined by 350 game companies from Japan and 305 overseas gaming corporations.
According to MNL48 Brei, the thought of launching their first ever mobile app thrilled her like never before, as if they are immediately following the footsteps of renowned idol group and sister group AKB8 who has already launched couple of gaming apps in the past years.
“Kahit nasa biyahe pa lang sobrang excited na kami. Nag-look forward agad kaming lahat sa mga pwedeng mangyari doon. First time naming magkakaroon ng game app and nacurious ako sa magiging kalalabasan kasi part na rin ‘yun ng ginagawa talaga ng AKB48. Inisip ko kung paano kaya ‘pag ginawa siyang game na downloadable at pwedeng laruin ng fans namin,” Brei exclaimed.
“Sobrang bago rin sa amin yung pagpunta sa Japan kasi may mga first time kaming nakasama, sina Cess, Amy at Dana, kaya sobrang daming nakakatawang moments at mas lalong nakapagpagaan ‘yun sa performance namin. Parang dumaan lang ‘yung mga araw, hindi na nga po namin namalayan na pauwi na kami. At sobrang dami naming natutunan sa anim na araw na ‘yun,” she added.
For MNL48 Cess, who performed on the international stage for the first time, she gave all her best to impress her fans abroad and to represent MNL48 well in one of the largest video game expo in the world.
“Of course, I’m happy because I went to another country and of course, because I’ve been able to perform on an international stage. It’s my first time performing in a foreign country so I practiced and gave everything I could to make them happy and inspired,” Cess said.
MNL48’s Janken Senbatsu card game app is brought by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. and developed by Diamond Entertainment Inc. Following the success of the launching event, the said game app is set to be released this September in the Apple Store for iOS users and Google Play for Android users.
To know more about MNL48’s upcoming events, follow their official social media accounts and download the MNL48 Fan Club app now to keep you posted.
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MNL48 to hold first ever Team Concert in October
The Philippine idol group is set to perform their very first concert series on three Sundays of October (6, 13, 20) at 7:00 pm, and it will take place at Star Theatre in Pasay City, located adjacent to the Star City amusement park.
MNL48 is internationally recognized as a sister group of AKB48 from Japan. They comprise of 48 members that are grouped into three teams: Team MII, Team NIV, Team L.
After their debut in 2018, MNL48 has 4 singles released to their credit; one is Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie (2018), their award-winning single that received Gold and Platinum awards, and their latest Ikaw Ang Melody (2019). This year, they staged their first major concert last April, and they have already performed internationally at AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019, both in Bangkok and in Shanghai.
With a program titled “No to Oshihen!”, this team concert aims to highlight each team’s dynamics and showcase each member’s talent and uniqueness. It also will serve as a preparation for the group’s future theater shows, wherein respective teams are set to have exclusive stage performances in their own soon-to-open theater.
“Oshihen” in Japanese idol terms describes the act of changing oshimen (favorite member) from one member to another, which is generally not accepted or heavily discouraged by fans.
Team MII captain Alice shares how they prepare as a team for the concert: “We share ideas on what we’re going to do, we attend our voice and dance lessons, we memorize the songs, and we rehearse religiously as much as possible.” She also says that the fans can expect never- before-seen performances from them.
“We make sure to strengthen unity in everything we do. Everyone is involved in planning, training, rehearsals and more so that we can showcase everyone's ability, not only as an individual but as a whole – as a team,” Team NIV captain Ecka states. She also guarantees that those who will be attending their team’s concert will be bringing home big smiles and happy thoughts.
Meanwhile, Team L captain Kay says they are currently brainstorming on the concert flow and what props to use. She also adds, “Meron po kaming performance na extraordinary and unexpected. Kaya abangan po nila yung Team L concert.”
Tickets for all performances – October 6 (Team MII), 13 (Team NIV), and 20 (Team L) at Star Theatre – started on sale last September 17. They’re now available at www.smtickets.com and at SM Tickets outlets nationwide.
Be sure to visit the official MNL48 social media pages for more information, and check out the official website and app to get the latest updates on their upcoming shows and events.
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MNL48 wows international fans in the launching event of ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ in Tokyo
Photo courtesy of @LMSproducer_IZY
The Philippines’ idol group, MNL48, treated and enticed fans with energetic and charming first live performance in Japan with their biggest hit music at the launching event of their first international film and the film-adaptation of the hit manga series ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ last September 14, 2019 at Alta Key Studio in Tokyo, Japan.
MNL48 Abby, Coleen, Brei, Kay, Amy, Cess, Dana and Rans set the mood and energy in the studio by opening the event with their captivating 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ and as expected, international fans were amazed and can’t contain their excitement as they cheer the girls by chanting MNL48 and AKB48’s fan chant while performing.
Photo Courtesy of KaniBerin of TDDI
Moreover, to elevate the atmosphere and energy of the crowd, MNL48 hyped up the fans with their ‘Aitakatta – Gustong Makita’ followed by ‘Palusot Ko’y Maybe, then ‘So Long’, ‘First Rabbit’ and ended the show performing the original version of AKB48’s famous and bop song ‘Koi Suru Fortune Cookie’ live.
Photo Courtesy of KanaBerin of TDDI
Words weren’t enough as MNL48 Abby expressed her state by being the main cast of the said film, “We are so thankful for your warm welcome, and we are so grateful because we had a chance to perform here in front of you. Also, aside from performing we are here to launch our very first international film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’!”.
Photo Courtesy of @antichi
The feeling was undeniably surreal as MNL48 Kay outburst her euphoric feels, “We are so thankful to all the people who went to our launching event of ‘Seikimatsu Blue’, don’t worry because we prepared lots of performances just for you!” and when she was asked about her experience during the shoot of the film, “yung ibang member di marunong mag- japanese, pag nakikipag-communicate sila sa ibang fans, napaghahalo yung accents ng English at Japanese kaya ang cute nila tignan. Lahat ng cast at staff ang babait kaya ang saya ng experience.” she added.
Photo Courtesy of @MarJ_Yokoyama
Aside from performing and launching their international film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’, MNL48 also announced their official new card game app that will be available for download from the App Store and Google Play this September. Afterwards, MNL48 also gave their fans a chance to interact with them while selling their merchandise.
Photo courtesy of KanaBerin of TDDI
The launching event of ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ was also graced by various talented artists and international idols; Fairytales, 1-Girls, GrecoRexNEO, Amatsusora, Yuasa Michiru, TOMOCA, Tsubasa Hazuki, Ayumichi ito and Junon Super Boy Anothers.
Photo Courtesy of @MarJ_Yokoyama
The film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ was based from the hit manga series of the same title originally created by well-known Japanese manga artist, Shintaro Hirota. Also, it was scheduled to be exhibited at the International Film Festival, and will be shown in Japan and abroad in early 2020.
Be the first to be updated on MNL48’s first international film ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ and on their jam-packed upcoming events, don’t forget to visit MNL48 official website and follow their official social media accounts, and download the MNL48 Fan Club App for free on App Store and Google Play Store.
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Ash says ‘sayonara’ as MNL48 member
MNL48 Ash cries out her famous catchphrase “Fly high on cloud nine!” for the last time during her Sayonara Mini Live on September 15, 2019 that left fans emotional.
Fans shouted their loudest cheers when Ash enters the stage for solo performances of songs that are meaningful to her, as well as when she was joined by her fellow members to perform their hit tracks “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Igai Ni Mango”, “Umiindak na Saya”, “So Long”, “Ikaw Ang Melody”, and most especially, “Talulot ng Sakura”.
The crowd was indeed lively and supportive the whole duration of the event. Their waving orange light sticks astonished Ash and gave her a warm feeling while performing.
Ash was also surprised by a VTR greeting from her fellow members, who are currently in Japan for the Tokyo Game Show, and some of the former members who unexpectedly showed up and joined her on stage to surprise Ash and the fans.
Her fans and fellow members shed tears as Ash says her final touching message:
“I would like to thank everyone for coming today, and even those who couldn't come today, I would like to thank them also because you guys have supported me for a year and a half - it doesn't matter how long you've been a fan, thank you po for supporting me all throughout this journey.
“You make me feel loved, especially [today]. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to shine on stage. Arigato gozaimasu.”
“On behalf of MNL48, MNL48 Ashley Cloud Garcia, we are truly grateful and humbled to have you as our sister and Kami-7. Your thoughtfulness is a gift that we will always treasure. We are so happy to have you, MNL48 Ash,” Team Captain Alice emotionally expressed. The girls and the fans said thank you and took their bow that left Ash in tears.
Ash also shared that the best thing that’s ever happened to her in being part of MNL48 is gaining friends and that she will miss performing with the girls the most. “Yung MNL48 madadala ko siya buong buhay ko. Never marereplace yung mga memories na na-share namin tsaka yung connections that I made through here. May ibang bond kami, parang pamilya po.”
It is truly moving to see the kind of sisterhood these members have built with each other, especially with Ash. There is no doubt that she will be truly missed by the girls and the fans.
After her stage performances, fans were also given a chance to personally say their goodbyes to Ash through cheki or photo-op and handshake with her for the last time during her poster signing.
Meanwhile, MNL48 will be having their two-day fourth single Handshake event this coming September 21 and 22 at Movie Stars Café. For more information, visit their official social media pages and official website, and download MNL48 Fan Club App to stay updated on their upcoming shows and events.
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‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ captivates the hearts of fans on It’s Showtime!
The stage was set as the spotlight turned on, the music was up and the crowd gone wild.
MNL48 took the stage of ABS-CBN’s noontime show, It’s Showtime, to another level as they performed their charming, feel good music, and bop 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ live last September 10, 2019 on It’s Showtime.
The excitement of performing live for the first time as the new Center outburst as MNL48 Aly expressed ,“Nakaka-overwhelm kasi this is my first time sa Showtime na ako ‘yung new Center para i-perform ang 4th single na ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’, and nakaka-tuwa po kasi may nakita kaming mga MNLoves sa studio.”
Dreams do really come true as MNL48 Jamie was enthused about the performance on It’s Showtime, “Nakakatuwa po kasi first time ko po mag-perform sa It’s Showtime stage and ang cheerful po ng mga tao, the whole staff and of course, ‘yung audience po. I remember po dati before ako maging member ng MNL48, nanonood lang po ako sa TV namin ng It’s Showtime sa TV namin and ngayon po nakaka-overwhelm kasi nagpe-perform na po ako sa It’s Showtime stage. Sobrang natutuwa po ako sa opportunity na mag-promote kasi po sobrang dami na nanonood ng It’s Showtime not just locally but internationally din po. I’m very happy today and for our future performances.”
The Philippines’ idol group proved that they were farther than before as they announced on It’s Showtime their upcoming jam-packed events: from ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ mall tours to the most- anticipated Handshake Event on September 21 and 22, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe, Centris Mall, first ever MNL48 team concert ‘No To Oshi Hen’ on October 6, 13 and 20, 2019 at Star Theatre plus the biggest Japanese culture festival in the Philippines Coslandia 2019 on November 1, 2 and 3, 2019 at SMX Convention Center SM Aura.
Meanwhile, MNL48 were unstoppable as they also grace the international stages: Their first international film wherein MNL48 Abby will star the comic adaptation of ‘Seikamatsu Blue’, directed by Tetsuya Hashi, that will launch on September 14, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan and last but not the least, MNL48 Abby, Coleen, Brei, Kay, Dana and Cess will grace the annual video game expo in Japan as one of this year’s guests to showcase the idol group’s official card game app “Janken Senbatsu” on September 12-15, 2019 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba.
Watch MNL48’s ‘Ikaw ang Melody’ on It’s Showtime here:
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MNL48 hypes fans for upcoming events during back-to-back ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ mall tours
Philippines’ idol group MNL48 brought MNLoves to cloud nine with their jam-packed announcements of forthcoming events during their back-to-back “Ikaw Ang Melody” mall tours at Robinsons Town Mall Malabon and Vista Mall Tanza, Cavite last September 7, 2019.
MMNL48 Aly, Alice, Ash, Faith, Jan, Gabb and Thea thrilled the crowd at Robinsons Town Mall Malabon by opening the show with coupling song “So Long!” and followed by their latest single “Ikaw Ang Melody” after inviting fans to join and support their shows for the nearing months.
MNL48 Captain Alice said that these exciting events will pave way for the all-girl group to be better and to prove themselves and their talents, especially that they have also been given another chance to grace the international stage.
I really look forward to meet new and bigger audience that we might share our talents and passion with through our music. I also expect that our performance and skills will be honed through showcasing them during events,” Alice expressed.
“I also expect that all the events we will partake in might become the start of doors opening for our country to patronize MNL48 and stan other local idol groups. Hopefully, we will all be successful and the Filipino people can support us not only in our local shows but in the international scene as well,” she added.
MNL48 is also set to fly to Japan for the launch of their card game app “Janken Senbatsu” during the annual video game expo Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15 and for the launching event of the upcoming manga film adaptation “Seikimatsu Blue” which stars MNL48’s very own Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay on September 14 at Shinjuku Alta Key Studio Alta. MNL48 Rans, Cess, Amy and Dana will also be present during the event to join the Seikimatsu Blue’s MNL48 cast members for a live performance together with other Japanese idol groups.
Furthermore, MNL48 will also hold their “Ikaw Ang Melody” Handshake Event at Movie Stars Cafe on September 21 and 22 followed by their first ever team concert titled “No To Oshi Hen!” at Star Theatre, Pasay City on October 6, 13 and 20. On November 1, 2 and 3, MNL48 will also perform live during the Coslandia 2019, the biggest J Culture festival in the Philippines, to be held at SMX Convention Center Aura.
On the other hand, MNL48 Sela, Abby, Sheki, Rans, Grace, Jem and Kyla and newly performed “So Long!” and fourth single “Ikaw Ang Melody” and was joined by MNL48 Kenkyuusei Sam, Trish, Nile, Karla, Gia, Essel and newly promoted MNL48 member Frances in their lively dance-and-song jive to “First Rabbit” and “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” at Vista Mall Tanza, Cavite.
MNL48 Abby expressed her excitement towards the upcoming events in Japan, “Sobrang overwhelmed kasi first time na mailau-launch ang Seikimatsu Blue at sa Tokyo Game Show pa siya magaganap and sobrang excited kami kasi may mga hinanda kaming songs and dances na mafe-feature talaga ang Seikimatsu Blue.”
Meanwhile, MNL48 then Kenkyuusei member Frances also expressed her gratitude for being promoted as an official MNL48 member after MNL48 Ash announced her exit from the group last September 5 which will be followed by her Sayonara event on September 15.
“I am thankful kasi naniwala kayo sa kakayahan ko and hindi ko kayo ididisappoint sa pagiging official MNL48 member ko. Maraming salamat sa inyo,” Frances said.
With all these events lined up in the coming weeks, MNL48 will assure their fans that they will exert their full efforts during rehearsals and take good care of themselves for to give their fans the best performances they deserve.
To know more about the details of MNL48’s upcoming events, download the MNL48 app and tune in to the MNL48 website and official social media pages.
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MNLoves show support to MNL48 September Seitansai celebrants
Fans have gathered at Movie Stars Café last September 8, 2019 to give their support to and celebrate with September celebrants MNL48 Dani and Dana, whose birthdays are on September 20 and 30, along with MNL48 Yzabel, who turned a year older last September 2.
To officially start the event, the second year Senbatsu members sang their fourth single’s coupling song ‘So Long’ as their opening act. Loud cheers were heard from the crowd when Seitansai celebrants entered the stage to give the audience their exclusive performance together, singing their own version of the famous ‘Bagsakan’ by Parokya ni Edgar featuring Francis M and Gloc-9. After their breathtaking rapping, the surprise VTR greetings from their families were shown on screen that gave them mixed emotions.
The fans were all smiles as Dani, the first performer, enthralled them with her voice as she sang ‘Move’ by the Little Mix and danced to Jennie’s ‘Solo’ and Rihanna’s ‘B**** Better Have My Money’.
She later on expressed that she felt happy after her performance. Dani also wanted to thank everyone who came to the event, especially her own fans. “Thank you po lalo na sa fandom ko kasi sila po talaga yung nag-effort para maging succesful po itong event.” Being fond of knock-knock jokes herself, she made the crowd laugh with her corny albeit punny jokes.
Cosplayer and cat lover Yzabel captivated the audience when she went on stage in her all-pink outfit and big fluffy cat ears. As the fans fell in love with her mash-up of ‘Nobela’ by Join The Club and ‘Hanggang Kailan’ by Oranges and Lemons, she also gave them an exceptional sing-and-dance performance of Ariana Grande’s ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘7 Rings’.
Not only that, she also had an instructional demonstration on stage of how to make a Nigiri, a type of sushi. She then gave away a few of the nigiri that she prepared herself to the fans who were overly excited as they try to get a taste of the famous Japanese food.
“I'm happy na they're there, lalo na yung fans po, they made the event possible,” MNL48 Yzabel said, “Thank you so much for the time you spent today and thank you so much for the love. We love you so much and we tried to give back as much as we can.”
Dana, the last of the three to perform solo, wowed the audience with her exceptional skills in drums as she played the instrument along with the song ‘Alapaap’ by Eraserheads. Fans also enjoyed her dance performance with other group members of remixed hit songs through the years. The crowd erupted into joyous screams as Dana had a duet with fellow MNL48 member Jem to the romantic song of Moira dela Torre and Jason Marvin’s ‘Ikaw at Ako’.
She concluded her performance by dancing to ‘Trouble Maker’ and ‘River’ by Bishop Briggs. Dana was happy she was able to give her best in her performances despite not having enough practice before the event. She would also like to thank the fans who made it to this month’s Seitansai. “Akala ko po wala pong pupunta since maraming pong events na darating this September, kaya sobrang happy ko po kasi naka-attend pa rin po sila ng Seitansai and nakapag-cheki po kami kanina.”
The Under Girls performed ‘Gingham Check’, a coupling song from MNL48’s fourth single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’, which was performed by the Senbatsu members after. They later on joined the September celebrants on stage as the three received their cakes, made a wish and blew the candles, and gave their final messages. This event truly serves as a memorable and special day for the girls as it was a success after all.
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MNL48 members to perform live at Seikimatsu Blue launching event in Japan
After the success of their international stints for this year’s AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Bangkok and Shanghai, Philippines very own idol group is at it again as they will perform live at the Seikimatsu Blue launching event on September 14, 2019 at Shinjuku Alta Key Studio Alta in Tokyo, Japan.
The upcoming preview launching is a celebration of the completion of the film, directed by Tetsuya Hashi, which will be graced by the cast members including MNL48 members Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay plus mini live performances from MNL48 and other popular Japanese idol groups.
Joining Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay for the group’s live performances are their fellow MNL48 members Rans, Cess, Amy and Dana.
As the main cast of her first international movie, MNL48 Abby is beyond excited for the film’s launch event in Japan and shares her hopes for this dream project. “It’s really overwhelming na finally malalaunch na yung hardwork ng mga members na part ng movie, prod team and of course our management and coaches na sobra-sobrang nagtulong tulong para sa first ever movie ng MNL48.”
“I’m looking foward na mag unite ang supporters ng MNL48 in the Philippines and of course sa Japan para mas makilala ang Seikimatsu Blue. Especially this is the first time na may mag-act na Flipina para sa isang Japanese film adaption.” Abby added.
Shinjuku Alta courtesy of Flickr
Sharing their preparations for the launch event and her excitement to perform once again overseas, cast member MNL48 Coleen is also looking forward for the international moviegoers and manga fans to see the live-adaption of Seikimatsu Blue. “Sobrang na excite po ako na makakapag perform ulit ako out of the country and sa launch event pa ng very first movie namin as MNL48 member pero at the same time po kinabahan din lalo na nung nalaman ko na marami kaming ipeperform kaya nagprepare po talaga kami sa non-stop rehearsals. Nakadagdag din po ng lakas ng loob yung pag sama samin ng ibang MNL48 members kaya mas naging exciting po para sakin.”
“Nilolook forward ko po sa event na ito is sana makilala pa po yung MNL48 abroad and of course locally lalo na ibang lahi yung mga makakanuod samin magandang opportunity po ito samin to showcase what we can do” Coleen continued.
As for MNL48 Amy who will join the members for her first international performance, she admits that she is both nervous and excited. “Super nakakakaba and nakaka excite. Hindi nalang po namin iniisip yung kaba kasi sure naman po na pag andun na kami sobrang mageenjoy kami.”
Alta Theater courtesy of HMV&BOOKS online
Meanwhile, the event will also feature performances from idol groups including Fairytales, 1- Girls, Amatsusora, Graco Rex NEO, Michiru Yuasa, Tsubasa Hazuki and Ayumichi Ito. Idol group schedule and ticket prices are as follow:
Junon Superboy Anothers
Open: 11:00 am | Start 11:30 am
Onsite Ticket Price: ¥2500
MNL48 & Fairytales
Open: 2:30 pm | Start: 3:00 pm
Onsite Ticket Price: ¥2500
MNL48, Fairytales, 1-Girls, GrecoRexNEO, Amatsusora/Yuasa Michiru, TOMACA, Hazuki Tsubasa, and Ayumichi Ito
Open: 5:00 pm | Start 5:30pm