AKB48 and overseas sister groups’ members gather at the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Shanghai press conference

08/05/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

A press conference for the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in SHANGHAI was held on July 31, 2019 in Shanghai, China where popular members from seven groups – AKB48 and their international sister groups – gathered to introduce the upcoming Asia Festival, left a sweet message for their fans in China and talked about their excitement for the event which will be held at the Shanghai National Exhibition & Convention Center on 24th of August.

The members who attended the press conference were AKB48 Mukaichi Mion, JKT48 Beby, BNK48 Cherprang, AKB48 Team SH Mao WeiJia, AKB48 Team TP Chen Shih-Ya, SGO48 Kaycee and MNL48’s very own Abby.

As the host of the press conference, Captain of the local Shanghai group AKB48 Team SH Mao WeiJia, introduced each overseas sister group members on stage while fans, who won the lottery to attend the event, welcomed them with cheers. The members then performed the hit AKB48 song “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”, which has gained widespread popularity in China. They also treat the audience with their on the spot performance of “Let’s Try Dancing: An Elderly Person Version”, also known as the “Public Square Dance”, led and instructed by Mao WeiJia.

Moreover, the members also shared the presents they each brought for their fans in China and showed their sample「福」calligraphy to express their gratitude in Chinese-style, showing fans their zeal for the upcoming Asia Festival.

AKB48 Group Asia Festival is a large-scale festival where AKB48 and other overseas sister groups take part in the event, and this time it will be held in Shanghai. This will be the second time the festival will be held this year as the first ever Asia Festival happened last January 27 in Bangkok.

The upcoming Asia Festival will feature 64 members from seven groups (AKB48, JKT48, BNK48, MNL48, AKB48 Team SH, AKB48 Team TP and SGO48) who will perform for the said event. The festival program will consist of a fan meeting where fans get to enjoy each group’s individuality, a high-5 event to be participated by all members, a concert with performances and special units that can only be seen exclusively at the Asia Festival 2019 in Shanghai and many more, making it a highly anticipated festival that is distinctive to the AKB48 Group.

For the AKB48 Group, this will be the first time they are holding a huge solo concert in China, and many local fans were over the moon with the announcement of the second Asia Festival for this year will be held in Shanghai.

AKB48 Group General Manager, Mukaichi Mion expressed her excitement for the second Asia Festival this year, “The previous Asia Festival was the first time it was held, and although we speak different languages and have different cultures, we overcome that and sing the same AKB48 songs, bringing our hearts together as one, and it was a very touching. This second time, we would like to join forces with all our comrades around the world and make the best concert we can. We hope you enjoy the units and performances that can only be seen here. 48 Group fans, let’s meet in Shanghai on 24th August!!”

Looking back at the recent Asia Festival held in her home country, BNK48 Cheprang is also looking forward to experience Asia Festival with her 48sisters and fans this time in Shanghai. “We are very happy to join this event again. It was the great times that we had shared our happiness, culture, and friendship together with our 48 sister groups and also fanclub. We are looking forward to meet and share the delighted experience to 48Fan and also the 48sister group in Asia Festival 2019 in Shanghai on 24th August 2019!

Sharing the same excitement for the upcoming event, AKB48 Team SH Mao WeiJia couldn’t wait to share the stage with her sister groups as they will showcase their talent in one dream stage, “We are very happy to be able to show everyone this amazing stage performance by the groups in various territories; something that can only be seen at this event. For us Team SH, we would like to follow our seniors’ examples and bring positive energy to everyone by challenging many new things. We are also delighted that we will be sharing the stage with our other sister groups! I am so excited that recently I lack sleep! Looking forward to meeting everyone, so please come to the event and we will continue working hard!”

Meanwhile, before flying to Shanghai for the Asia Festival Press Conference, MNL48 Abby expressed how honored she is to represent MNL48 in the press conference, “It’s really overwhelming, and I’m very much excited. Of course, in behalf of MNL48, I will do my best to represent our group.”

“They need to expect more power when it comes to singing and dancing because from our past experience in Thailand, we learned a lot and we will use the knowledge that we gained for the upcoming AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Shanghai to improve our performance,” Abby added, when asked what MNLoves should expect from their performance.

Aside from voice and dance trainings, Abby continued that mental and emotional preparations are also needed for them to execute a more impressive show.

Catch MNL48 Sela, Abby, Sheki, Rans, Coleen, Brei, Kay and Belle at the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in SHANGHA on August 24, 2019 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now at Damai and other various ticketing agents.

For more details, visit the official AKB48 Group Asia Festival website (www.akb48asiafes.com).

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MNL48 CELEBRATES THEIR JULY SEITANSAI TOGETHER WITH FANS AND FAMILIES

07/31/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 July celebrants indulge their families, friends and fans with performances full of extras – extra fun, extraordinary and with extravaganza in their Seitansai event on July 28, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.

As they turn a year older this July; Sheki on July 20, Nile on July 08 and Abby on July 31, the Seitansai celebrants performed an amazing production number ‘Salute’ by Little Mix and opened the event by performing their fourth single’s coupling song ‘So Long’ together with the second year Senbatsu.

Moreover, there’s a surprised VTR from their family and friends for the celebrants that made the event more inspiring and more memorable than ever.

“Napaka-masunuring bata ni Abby at higit sa lahat ay mapag-mahal siya sa pamilya. Ang wish ko lang ay good health, stay humble kasi ikaw ang anak ko na matapang at malakas ang loob sa lahat ng bagay. From the bottom of our hearts, I love you and Happy Birthday!” said by the ever-supporting and loving mother of MNL48 Abby.

“At her early age, nakita na naming ang potential mo at napatunayan na magaling ka talaga kumanta. Sa pagtiya-tiyaga mo ay aanihin mo ‘yan later on at sa dasal at paghi-hirap ay makakamit mo lahat ng pangarap mo” an inspiring message coming from MNL48 Sheki’s grandfather.

Additionally, the celebrants expressed their love for their fans by giving them never-before-seensolo-performances; started with a performance of the most famous and all-time favorites by all generations music like ‘Kailan’ by MYMP, ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Laurin Hill and ended it by dancing off an Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of you’ by MNL48 Nile. Followed by the one and only MNL48 Abby by serenading the fans by giving them a soothing vocals with songs like ‘Runaway’ by The Corrs and ‘Para Sa Akin’ by Sitti Navarro and ended it with her fiery dance moves.

Lastly, the versatile and with the total performer of MNL48 Sheki gave the fans an incomparable hats-off performances starting with dancing and singing ‘Halftime Show’ performance of Beyonce, then a jazz version of ‘Grenade’ of Bruno Mars and ended it with a fierce dance performance of Blackpink’s musics.

The celebrants played a goofy game that made their fans know them deeper which is entitled ‘Fast Talk’ and this game spiced up the event and add more flavor to the girls. Hence, this proved that Sheki is a coffee lover, Abby is a contour fanatic and Nile as a trainee of MNL48 and a member of Tokyo Girls Collection.

Meanwhile, MNL48 Abby stated “Sobrang naa-aapreciate po naming lahat ng effort ng mga fans lalo na ‘yung sa malalayong lugar na pumupunta pa sa mga event namin, maraming salamat po kasi kung hindi dahil sa inyo wala kami dito. Kayo ang lakas naming MNLoves!”

Moreover, MNL48 undergirls surprised the fans by performing their first ever live performance of ‘Gingham Check’ this July Sentaisai event.

“Sobrang galling ni Abby at Sheki! At mas nakilala ko si Nile ngayong event. Gusto ko pa sila makilala ng husto kaya susuportahan ko pa sila ng sobra.” Stated by the solid fan of Abby and Sheki who wanted to know TGC and MNL48 Nile.

The Seitansai celebrants ended the event by performing their newest single ‘Ikaw ang melody’ , that has been released last July 25 and its music video last July 27, together with their eversupporting Senbatsu members.

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MNL48 premieres “Ikaw ang Melody” music video

07/30/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Following the announcement of MNL48 4th single on Thursday, July 25, the group debut their eighth music video “Ikaw ang Melody” starring the Second Year Senbatsu members Sela, Abby, Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Ash Rans, Faith, Jan, Gabb, Jem, Kyla, Grace, Rowee, Thea and new Center Girl Aly today, July 27, 2019 on their official YouTube Channel.

“Ikaw ang Melody” is the Tagalog version of their international sister group AKB48’s “Kimi Wa Melody”, the 43rd single of the group that marked their 10th annual anniversary.

“The concept was living dolls and that's how we see MNL48 for the project. Living, beautiful, talented dolls for the song” said Peewee Gonzalez, the director of the music video.

Sela shared her thoughts about the music video “Of course, I am very honored to be part of this single because as we all know, Kimi Wa Melody by AKB48 was one of their legendary songs and I could say that the best part of this preparation is we, MNL48 members, along with the MNL48 management, worked together to make all of these possible. And I guess the difference between the making of this MV and other MV's of MNL48 is we were able to put a lot of Filipino touch in it.”

“Ang Ikaw ang Melody music video ay ibang iba sa previous mv namin dahil first time namin magsoot ng philippine costume , which is sobrang saya dahil we MNL48 are representing our country Philippines” Abby added.

Moreover, Aly reminisced doing the previous music video before she become the Center Girl “The difference po talaga this time ako na ang center kasi during the past MVs parang I was a follower po, a follower of the leader which is the center tapos ngayon I feel like I am carrying the whole group kaya dapat mas tatagan ko pa loob ko para din po sa girls.”

Meanwhile, MNL48’s “Ikaw ang Melody” music video hashtag #IkawAngMelodyMNL48 reached the 10th spot on the Philippine Twitter Trends upon its release.

Watch “Ikaw Ang Melody” music video here:

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​MNL48 brings “Ikaw Ang Melody” to Starmall, SM Sangandaan

07/30/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 Second Generation Senbatsu members took their newly released Fourth Single “Ikaw Ang Melody” onstage for the first time at EDSA Starmall and SM Sangandaan on July 26 and 27, 2019.

The Starmall crowd sang along with MNL48 new Senbatsu members headed by new Center, MNL48 Aly and joined with Sela, Abby, Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Ash, Rans as they sang and danced to Fourth Single’s coupling song “So Long!” and their latest release “Ikaw Ang Melody,” following their 30-second music video teaser which was uploaded last July 25.

Sela and Abby sampled their favorite dance moves from the Fourth Single before teasing MNLoves with what they should expect from “Ikaw Ang Melody” music video. MNL48 Abby also promoted their upcoming TV variety show “Moshi Moshi Hokkaido” that will be soon aired on TV5.

On Saturday, the Madlang Onliners first heard of the girls’ latest song as MNL48 Center Aly together with Faith, Jan, Gabb, Jem, Kyla, Grace, Rowee and Thea introduced it on It’s Showtime Online. “Sobrang overwhelming po talaga kasi first time maging center, first time na nakapasok bilang hindi lang Center kundi Senbatsu din and with the other girls din po,” Aly said.

When asked on how it was to be a Center girl, Aly said, “Kailangan po talagang [ma-unite] ang grupo na sabay-sabay po kaming aangat. Of course po iniinspire ko rin po sila na dapat po galingan po natin kasi di lang po dito, international din po kaya kailangan po mas galingan po.”

MNL48 girls Thea, Rowee and Kyla also expressed their excitement on being included as new 2nd Gen Senbatsu members and shared a little sneak peek on their off-camera trainings and happenings.

Watch the full appearance here at 9:31 mark:https://youtu.be/FoiuZxZljLI

Meanwhile, the mall show in Caloocan was full of firsts as it was the group’s first time to perform at SM Sangandaan and serenade the crowd with the a-capella version of “Ikaw Ang Melody”.

“Nakakagulat kasi since first time natin, ang daming taong pumunta kaya nakakatuwa for us. Maraming maraming salamat po sa SM Sangandaan,” MNL48 Sela said. “Super na-overwhelm kami syempre sa sobrang daming taong dumating ngayon!” Captain MNL48 Alice exclaimed.

New Center MNL48 Aly also hyped the audience with their announcement of “Ikaw Ang Melody” full music video which aired last July 27 on MNL48 Official YouTube channel. “At siyempre, gusto ko lang sabihin na ang ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ ay para siyang kanta na nirerepresent ang pagka-Pinoy natin,” former Center Sheki said as she highlights the Filipiniana costumes and other Filipino traditions featured in their music video.

The group also invited everyone to the July Seitansai of Senbatsu Abby, Sheki and Kenkyuusei member Nile on Sunday, July 28 at Movie Stars Café.

Asked about how Aly felt after her first stage appearances with the rest of Senbatsu and their new songs, she said, “Ngayong tapos na po ang mall show natin sa SM Sangandaan, of course sobrang nakaka-overwhelm po kasi second day ng mall show po namin and yesterday was our first mall show po in Starmall Shaw po and sobrang dami ng tao.”

“Kasama ko rin po ‘yung eight members ng MNL48 Senbatsu kaya sobrang pong nakaka-overwhelm. Nakaka-excite din po kasi ito rin po ‘yung day na ipapalabas ang ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ full music video kaya mas nakaka-hype po na mag-mall show kami tapos mamayang gabi mapapanood po ‘yung music video. And of course sana po suportahan niyo pa po ‘yung MNL48 ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Fourth Single album,” Aly said.

Aly also expressed her excitement and amazement as she witnessed new faces among the MNLoves crowd that they even watched on the second floor of the venue.

Shane Samson from Caloocan, who has been waiting for an MNL48 mall show, said that the girls’ performance has exceeded her expectations.

“First time ko pong makita ang MNL48 at siyempre na-starstruck po ako dahil naabot po yung expectations ko at sumobra pa sa expectations ko. At sa’ka kahit sandali lang po ‘yung performance nila, sulit na sulit po ‘yung paghihintay po namin,” Shane said.

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MNL48 announce 4th single “Ikaw ang Melody”, Tease new music video

07/25/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Philippines’ idol group, MNL48 surprised fans after dropping details for their 4th single, “Ikaw ang Melody” and released a 30-second-long teaser video of their upcoming music video on Thursday, July 25, 2019 via group’s official social media pages. Aside from announcement of the 4th single featuring MNL48 2nd Year Senbatsu members lead by Center, MNL48 Aly together with Sela, Abby, Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Ash, Rans, Faith, Jan, Gabb, Jem, Kyla, Grace, Rowee, and Thea, MNL48 also revealed the track list which includes “Gingham Check” by MNL8 under girls, “So Long!” by Senbatsu and its instrumental versions. Other details included in the announcement is the new Digital Music Cards that fans can purchase and collect to listen to the 4th single album, which can now be pre-ordered, together with the audio CDs, on Hallo Hallo Mall website starting today. The latest single marks the beginning of the new chapter for the group as this will be their first release as 2nd year members after the General Election last April, that’s why newly crowned 2nd year Center, Aly couldn’t contain her excitement and happiness to be part of the Senbatsu and to lead the group for this single. “Very overwhelming because it is my first time to be part of Senbatsu and being the second year Center Girl. I’m very excited too for making the 4th single Ikaw ang Melody. From recording to making the music video it was just breathtaking because it was so surreal. In our recording, we have fun familiarizing, memorizing the lyrics. It also gave me a realization that this is it, this is my start to be the center of MNL48.”

Sharing the same excitement for the release of their newest single, Former Center Girl, Sheki gives her full support to Aly and hopes their fans will love their 4th single.

“Ngayong ginagawa na po namin ang 4th single ang nararamdaman ko po right now is naeexcite dahil dito na nga namin mapapakita at masasabi na “Ay, oo nga pala next chapter na ng MNL48”. Sa mga nakaraang singles po na naging center po ako masaya na dalhin ko ang buong grupo kumbaga I was given the chance po to lead MNL48. And ngayong hindi na po ako ang center, I’m excited na mafeel din na its time naman para saken na ako naman ung magsupport sa girls especially to our 2nd year center MNL48 Aly. I’m happy for her dahil ito na ang time nya para magshine and I’m willing to help her naman po sa pagbigay ng knowledges at advices. So ayun po eto na malapit na ang aming 4th single at madami na ding nag-aabang kaya naman talagang ibibigay namin ang lahat para maging worth it ang pag-aantay ng MNLoves.”

As one of the newest members of MNL48, Jamie shared how nervous and thrilled she was for group’s 4th single as ‘Kimi Wa Melody” is her favorite AKB48 song, “Preparing for the 4th single was a very exciting experience for me as a new member. Going through photoshoots, recordings, and the MV Shoot was so much fun! To be honest, I felt a bit nervous as this is my first time, but with the help of my Senpais, everything went smoothly. When I learned that Kimi Wa Melody would be the 4th single song, I felt even more excited! The MV for Kimi Wa Melody by AKB48 is my favorite, even way before being an official member. Jamie also added how she enjoyed the whole experience as a first timer and how excited she is for their fans to hear their latest offering, “creating the song and the music video was such a happy experience. I felt kilig when I wore my own costume and headdress for the first time! After shooting the MV, I couldn’t help but feel more excited for the launching. I am thrilled to show our dearest MNLoves the songs we’ve been working on for the past months. I also am excited for our music to reach the different parts of the world.”

Meanwhile, Ikaw ang Melody music video director, Director Peewee Gonzales shared his experience in doing this project with MNL48, “Many circumstances happened that we didn’t expect that day that’s why we started rolling way behind our schedule but you know what, shooting MNL48 is easy! When we called for them to be onset, they're readily there. All rehearsed and they really knew what they were doing. Pro! Our experience was both heaven and hell, it was challenging, redeeming and fun. Its a roller coaster ride with lots of bumps, turns, twists, and then going back to ride that coaster again just because you loved it.”

The premier of” Ikaw ang Melody” full music video will be announced soon on the group’s social media pages.

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Fans gather for the last “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” Handshake Event

07/08/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Before the release of the much-anticipated fourth single, MNL48 holds its third and last day of “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” Handshake Event at Movie Stars Cafe on July 6, 2019.

The girls performed “Bingo”, “Igai Ni Mango”, and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” for the last time before welcoming the fourth single era which will be release this July. Sheki thanked everyone who supported her as the First Generation Center Girl, “Dahil dito na po nagtatapos ang era ng 365, gusto ko lang po magpasalamat sa inyo dahil sa suporta nyo sa aming unang taon, ito po talagang “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” ang theme song ng MNL48 kaya po sana na-enjoy niyo ‘yung panahon na ito.”

“MNLoves, ready na ba kayo sa fourth single? Siyempre we’re also ready! Of course it’s fourth single, may panibagong music video, costume at siyempre new era,” Aly said after Sheki officially handed her the role of being the Center Girl of MNL48.

Another highlight of the event was the revelation of “Hero X Idol League”, the newest segment of MNL48 Interactive Live where the members will compete in an online game to determine the best 16 members to be part of Game Senbatsu.

Meanwhile, Sela, Gabb, Dian, Lei, and Kay visited Fishermall Quezon Avenue for their last mall show of “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” a day before their last handshake event for their third single. “Since this our last mall show for “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel”, sobrang saya po na namin kasi hanggang ngayon todo suporta pa rin po sila. Marami ring unfamiliar faces na pumunta, sobrang saya po na welcome na welcome po kami dito, in short paboritong tambayan namin ang Fishermall,” Lei said.

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Fans all smiles as they meet the MNL48 idols in Handshake Event

07/01/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 held a successful second day handshake event of “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” on June 30, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.

Welcoming their new and avid fans, the handshake event started off with MNL48’s performance of their kawaii third single hit tracks “Igai Ni Mango”, “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel”, and “Bingo”.

“Sobrang saya dahil nandito kayong lahat para sa amin. Na-appreciate ko po ‘yung efforts ninyo para suportahan kami, mahal na mahal namin kayo,” Yssa expressed her thoughts as she greeted the fans in her first handshake event as an official member.

Joining fellow MNLoves, Prof. Joseph Fortis shared his experience when shaking hands with his new oshi Abby. “Abby is my newest oshi, she got my support because of the ‘Seikimatsu Blue’ movie. Nagulat ako na kilala niya ako, kasi siguro many times na ako pumunta sa mall shows and na shout out niya ako sa Interactive Live.”

“It was just 10 seconds, nasabi ko ‘yung gusto kong sabihin, ‘I love you, God bless, good luck.’ Talagang tatatak na sa isip niya ‘yon,” Prof. Fortis added that his interaction with his oshi and the whole event was amazing and is already looking forward to the next single’s handshake event.

Another loyal MNL48 fan, Stan Gets Kandado flew all the way from Cebu with six of his friends to meet his oshi Alice. “Super gusto ko umiyak pero pinigilan ko kasi sabi niya wag kang umiyak, smile lang tayo,” he said. “Sinabi ko sa kanya na, ‘I worked hard para pumunta dito sa Manila from Cebu just to meet and have a handshake with you.’ I was happy she recognized me,” Kandado narrated, adding his efforts to meet his oshi was worth it despite being tired from his long flight.

Meanwhile, the idols who will fly to Shanghai, China for the AKB48 Group Asia Festival on August 24, 2019 shared their excitement and encouraged their fans to support them in their second international dream joint concert.“Exciting ‘yung mga ipe-perform namin, hindi niyo pa nakikita. Wag kayong mag-alala, hindi namin kayo bibiguin,” said Sheki who is looking forward to perform with other international sister groups once again.

Don’t miss another day of the “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” Handshake Event on July 6, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe. Get the latest news and updates about MNL48 and follow their official social media accounts.


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MNL48 to represent Philippines in AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Shanghai

06/28/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 is set to join the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 with six other international sister groups in another joint concert at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on August 24, 2019.

The second gathering of AKB48 Group JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (Taipe), SGO48 (Ho Chi Minh) and AKB48 (Akihabara) in one dream stage was made official with the announcement on AKB48’s Facebook page on June 24, 2019.

The event will be divided into two parts, the first part will give the supporters the chance to meet and have a high-five with the seven groups, while the second part will be performances of each group and the joint concert.

Looking back, AKB48 Group held their first and biggest Asia Festival 2019 last January 27 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand where thousands of fans all over the world attended to witness the much-awaited gathering of the idol groups.

This time, MNL48 Belle and Kay will be flying with Sheki, Abby, Brei, Coleen, Rans and Sela to represent the group and showcase their singing and dancing prowess to the world. The girls underwent a meticulous audition process to have a chance to perform in the upcoming Asia Festival and meet their sister groups and international fans.

Being part of the Asia Festival for the first time, Belle admitted that she was surprised when she found out that she’s one of the members who will represent MNL48 in Shanghai. “Knowing that we'll be representing our country is more than enough. I felt delighted, of course, it's nerve-racking but it's exciting as well. I never expected I'll be part of something big in my MNL48 journey so I'm grateful for this opportunity.”

“I won't promise anything but I will do my best not to waste the opportunity to represent MNL48 and the Philippines, and to show my capabilities as a member of MNL48. I will continue to grow and improve myself so that when I go on stage of Shanghai, I'm already the best version of myself,” Belle added.

Moreover, from performing in AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Thailand, to being part of the manga series “Seikimatsu Blue”, and will soon fly to Shanghai, Coleen felt overwhelmed for the trust and international exposures she has been blessed with in just a year. “Siyempre po sobrang thankful unang-una po kay God tsaka sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin, at sa mga opportunities na dumadating. Sobrang na-overwhelmed po ako, at the same time kinakabahan po kung paano ko magagawa lahat ng maganda at maayos.”

“It is such a big honor and a huge thing, sobrang laking opportunity nito for us and for me, being able to showcase my talents and use it as an instrument to inspire people is the best part of this journey. Being able to see our sister groups and bond with them, and travel to other countries with my MNL48 sisters is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” Coleen said.

Meanwhile, AKB48 Group Asia Festival will be joined by AKB48 Team SH members Dai Ziyan, Li Shiqi, Liu Nian, Mao Weijia, Shen Ying, Shi Keyan, Wan Fangzhou, Wang Yuduo, Wei Xin, Wu Anqi, Xu Yiting, Ye Zhien, Zhai Yujia, Zhou Nianqi, Zhu Ling, and Zhuang Xiaoti.

JKT48 members Nurhayati, Feni Fitriyanti, Shania Gracia, Shani Indira Natio, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Tan Zhi Hui Celine, Ayana Shahab, and Adhisty Zara will also fly to Shanghai alongside with BNK48 members Cherprang, Pun, Noey, Mobile, Orn, Izurina, Niky, and Faii.

Members of AKB48 Team TP, SGO48, and AKB48 will be revealed on June 29, June 30 and July 1 respectively at https://www.akb48asiafes.com/ .

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Fans unite for MNL48 June celebrants

06/24/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 June celebrants Jem, Princess, Daryll, Alyssa, Jean and Dian conquered the stage with their special solo performances during their Seitansai event on June 23, 2019 at Movie Stars Café.

The event started off as the birthday girls together with the third single Senbatsu performed “Bingo!”, “Igai Ni Mango” and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel”.

One of the highlights of the event was the sing and dance performance of each celebrant who showed their fans what they’re doing back when they were not yet an MNL48 member.

Aside from her dance performance of “Sweet dreams” with Grace and Dana, Jem (June 19) sang her heart out with her self-composed song titled “Mundong Ibabaw” which appeals to everyone to not let the society judge you, and make you feel lonely.“I’m looking forward na ma-perform ko pa ‘yung ibang songs ko para sa inyo. Hindi lang para sa sarili ko ‘yung ginagawa kong songs, kunyari may nakikita akong pinagdadaanan ng MNLoves sa twitter, ginagawan ko ng songs.”

“MNLoves,we’re getting there unti-unti na tayong nakikilala, konting tiis nalang mapupunta na tayo sa goal natin, more power and good health to us,” she added.

The fans were also surprised as the Kawaii member Dian (June 30) turned into a rock star with her performance of “Tatsulok” and a meaningful spoken poetry.“ Sana po love niyo pa rin ako kahit pinakita ko po sa inyo na ito po talaga ako, mahilig po talaga ako sa mga bands and rock. MNLoves, simple lang po ‘yung wish ko, sana maging masaya po tayong lahat and maging peaceful na ang earth. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng nagpunta ngayon, sobrang feel namin na mahal na mahal niyo kami kasi naki-celebrate kayo sa birthday namin.”

Daryll (June 2) had a unique treat for her fans of a “Light Dance”, and performed “Price tag” that made the crowd even more energetic.“Wish ko sana marami pang MNLoves ang sumuporta sa MNL48, tska sana tuloy-tuloy ang jouney namin and hindi kayo magsawang sumuporta sa amin.”

Moreover, Alyssa had a cute and powerful performance of “This is Me”. Sobrang saya ko po talaga na na-enjoy niyo ‘yung ginawa ko, na-realize ko na i-perform ko ‘yung ginagawa ko before MNL48. Birthday gift ko ‘yun sa sarili ko na hanggang ngayon di pa rin ako nagbabago. Wish ko sana I will stay healthy and positive, and MNLoves I wish you all the best, be healthy and good luck sa career niyo, and sa sisters ko let’s stay strong.”

Princess (June 1), on the other hand danced to the beat of “Shape of You” and “Love Never Felt So Good”, after her performance of “Flashlight”, while Jean (June 2) performed the Japanese version of “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” and “Breakfree”.

Meanwhile, don’t miss the chance to interact with MNL48on their upcoming Handshake Event on June 29 and July 6, 2019 at Movie Stars Café. Follow the MNL48 website and social media for more information and download the MNL48 Fan Club App to get the latest updates.


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MNL48 invites fans on their upcoming Handshake Event during their Lawson tour

06/22/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 Cole, Laney, Lara and Ecka gathered with fans at Newport 150 and Newport 81 in Pasay City, and McKinley West in Taguig on June 21, 2019 to cap-off their Lawson tour.

Before the much-anticipated “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” Handshake Event at Movie Stars Cafe, some members were able to personally invite their fans to attend the second and third day of their Handshake Event on June 29 and July 6 during their last Lawson tour

Ecka shared her excitement for the upcoming Handshake Event since they will be sharing this journey with the new members. “We’re very thankful po kasi kami ‘yung napili sa last batch ng Lawson tour, kasi na-invite din po namin sila sa Handshake event. Siyemrpre po nandiyan na rin ‘yung mga bagong pasok, ‘yung juniors namin. Super nakaka-overwhelm ‘yung mga fans kasi sa lahat ng activities namin talagang nagbibigay sila ng time and effort para sa amin,” Ecka said.

“Excited din ako for the Handshake Event kasi finally mami-meet and makakausap namin ‘yung fans and makakamayan po namin sila, miss na miss na po namin sila and siyempre papasalamatan dahil sa support nila sa amin. Tska hindi na po ako Kenkyuusei, MNL48 member na kaya mas nakaka-excite po talaga,” Cole added.

Moreover, considering that it was Laney’s first time to join the Lawson tour, she admitted being surprised for the support from their fans. “Hindi ko po ine-expect na ganun po pala, sobrang dami pong camera and fans, nakatingin lang po sila sa amin, siyempre po sobrang na-excite po ako dito kasi gusto ko rin po ma-experience ‘yung ganon, kung ano bang gagawin kasi nakikita ko lang po ‘yung pictures ng ibang members.”

Looking back, the idol group also visited the Lawson branches in Amberland in Pasig, Grand Central and RBC Sheridan in Mandaluyong, Eton Cyberpod in Quezon City, Legarda, Manila Doctors, Southwoods Mall, Laguna and Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa, Tycoon Center and Silver City in Ortigas, One World in Taguig, My Town, Chiino Roces and Solaris in Makati, where the members were able to bond with their fans face-to-face.

Don’t miss the chance to interact and shake hands with your Oshi, grab your tickets and follow the MNL48 official social media accounts for more information, and download the MNL48 Fan club App to get the latest updates.


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