MNL48 inks distribution deal with Lawson
MNL48, the Filipino version and the 5th international sister group of Japan’s supergroup AKB48, and Lawson, one of the biggest convenience store chains in the country recently signed a distribution deal that will take place on December 2018.
Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), the company behind MNL48, who brought and introduced in the Philippines the phenomenal idol culture of AKB48 - the highest selling all-girl group in Japan, has officially announced its tie-up with Lawson as one of MNL48 merchandise and album CDs’ exclusive distributor in the country, bringing MNL48 line closer to its target market.
Mr. Paulo Kurosawa, HHE President described his satisfaction at penning a deal with Lawson. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Lawson. Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. believes that Lawson has already built a strong reputation in the convenience store chain industry in the country and signing this deal with them to be our merchandise distributor will greatly help us introduce and bring MNL48 to wider consumers.”
HHE and Lawson believe that this agreement will be beneficial for both parties in terms of promotion and sales that’s why starting this December, all Lawson stores will carry MNL48 official merchandise. Fans can now easily purchase MNL48 official products and album CDs in their nearest Lawson store.
The announcement of the distribution
deal between HHE and Lawson coincides with the release of MNL48’s second single entitled “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” on
December 1, 2018. The melody of the group’s second single is known as an Asian
phenomenon with versions from AKB48 and other international sister groups like
BNK48 (Bangkok, Thailand) and JKT48 (Jakarta, Indonesia) which sold millions of
copies, topped various music charts with over 150
million music video views and streamed millions of times on different online music platforms across
MNL48 launches latest single Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie
MNL48 releases their second single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and introduces the new Senbatsu members during the Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake event at Movie Stars Cafe on November 25, 2018.
Brei, Belle, Coleen, Rans, Lei, Mari, Jan and Kay were formally introduced as the new Senbatsu members for the group’s second single, together with Faith, Alyssa, Jem, Gabb, Sela, Abby and Sheki who remains to be the Center Girl. These girls underwent a meticulous audition process to become part of the Senbatsu following the AKB48 system wherein each new single, a new batch of 16 members will perform the song in the new album.
After the launch of their latest single, which started its pre-selling at MNL48 official website on the same day and the debut of the new Senbatsu members, an exclusive viewing of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” music video was held followed by a live performance of their newest single.
“Sobrang excited po ako sa ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ dahil feeling ko po papatok po sa mga Pilipino, nakaka-LSS po talaga siya. Siguro makakasabay po sila sa aming sayaw lalo na ‘yung sa chorus part,” Kay shared.
Brei also expressed her excitement to watch their fans dance along with their second single. “Sobrang saya ko po at the same time na-challenge rin kasi kailangan po naming mabigyan ng justice itong ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ kaya we need to entertain people lalo na sa mga taong kasama dito at kailangan din namin sila mapa-indak in our song.”
Their second album consists of six tracks namely, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” by MNL48 Senbatsu, “Palusot ko’y Maybe” by MNL48 NIV, “First Rabbit” by MNL48 Senbatsu, and its instrumental versions where its original versions were first popularized by AKB48.
One of the long-time AKB48 fans and also a solid supporter of MNL48, Thea Torres shared her excitement about the group’s second single. “The costume is so beautiful, and I love that the they are so close to the original AKB48 costume, and seeing people like police officers, students, firemen all dancing to the song. I love that they incorporated this detail and showed that this is the official sister group.”
Thea also exclaimed that she wanted to become part of the music video since she was there when it was filmed. “I should have been in that video too, I could’ve learned the dance, I wish I could dance too and support MNL48 by being in the video. It was nice seeing Filipinos being part of the music video, now you see other ages, genders, aside from students taking part in the music video so they’ll learn more about it and MNL48 will grow and grow.”
“It makes me happy that whoever decided that Senbatsu line up [for Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie], they see what I see. I like these members and they like these members too, I’m really happy that the members I like are being appreciated and being promoted by the management,” she added.
“Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” is MNL48's 4th Tagalized song from Japan's highest selling all-girl idol group, AKB48. The song, originally entitled "Koisuru Fortune Cookie", sold more than 1 million copies on its first day of release on August 2013 in Japan and reached the No. 1 spot on the Oricon weekly charts, Japan's music industry standard singles popularity chart. Following the success of its single, its music video gained positive feedback with more than 157 million views on its official Youtube channel since it was released on October 2013.
Other international sister groups like BNK48 (Bangkok, Thailand) and JKT48 (Jakarta, Indonesia) also created their own version of the song. BNK48’s Thai-language rendition entitled "Khukki Siangthai" has sold more than 30,000 copies and was streamed 2 million times on Spotify upon its release on December 2017. The mega-hit single went viral online where its music video also garnered more than 157 million views on its official Youtube channel, and ranking No. 1 on Thailand iTunes Chart and Spotify Top 200 Thailand, topping the Thailand music charts with its catchy melody since its release up until early 2018.
Meanwhile, JKT48 released their version "Fortune Cookie Yang Mencinta" in 2013 which gained the same buzz and success in Indonesia, making the Fortune Cookie melody a phenomenon taking the Asian countries by storm and soon will hit the airwaves in the Philippines with its Tagalog version by our very own MNL48. With the success of their sister groups’ version of Fortune Cookie, the MNL48 idols are hoping for their newest single to be a big hit to their fans and to Filipinos as well.
“Sakto po talaga ito sa lahat ng age, hindi lang po sa mga millennial, lahat po ng tao makaka-relate sa kanta namin kaya we look forward po na mag-hit siya and ma-introduce namin sa Pilipinas ‘yung kanta and MNL48. Gusto rin po namin ipakita na makakapag-bigay po kami ng magagandang music po na patok sa lahat at sa masa,” Center Girl Sheki said.
On the same day of the launch of the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie single, the official music video was also released on MNL48’s official YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, fans can pre-order the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album with one free handshake ticket and poster at www.mnl48.ph for only Php250 on November 25 until November 30, 2018, and will be released on the first week of December 2018. Fans can who will pre-order the album online will get an additional one ticket for the next handshake event.
Other announcements regarding the single release of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” will be posted on the MNL48 social media accounts, so follow the official accounts to get the latest news and updates.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 holds Aitakatta – Gustong Makita Handshake event
Following the long tradition of AKB48 and its sister groups across Asia, MNL48 holds its first handshake event on November 25, 2018 at Movie Stars Cafe.
Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. together with Star Music released the group’s debut album Aitakatta – Gustong Makita last September 28, where fans that availed the CD also received one free ticket for the Handshake event. The group’s debut album did not disappoint as the album quickly climbed to No.1 on iTunes Top Albums upon its release and entered the music charts like Myx Daily Top 10 Pinoy, Pop Charts PH, and Pinoy Myx Countdown to name a few.
MNL48 just recently had its album mall tour held at Starmall Alabang, VistaMall Taguig, Starmall EDSA-Shaw, Lucky Chinatown Mall, and VistaMall Daang Hari wherein fans flocked the malls to catch the girls’ live performance, and bought their album which was sold out in no time.
“Sobrang excited po kami sa handshake event kasi ito na po ‘yung first handshake namin bilang official members ng MNL48. Last time po, nag-campaign kami sa nalalapit na general election po noong April, iba po talaga ‘yun sa mangyayari this Sunday. Ito na po ‘yung makakapag-interact and haharap kami sa aming MNLoves kaya naman excited kami,” Center Girl Sheki reminisced their General Election Handshake event in Quezon City.
Before the much-anticipated handshake with their Oshi, fans got to watch and enjoy MNL48 music hits as the group, together with Kenkyuusei, performed Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, Umiindak na Saya, and Talulot ng Sakura which are all Tagalog versions of their sister group, AKB48’s best-selling songs.
Aside from the live performances, the Handshake would not be complete without a chance to meet their Oshi, and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the MNL48 idols and Kenkyuusei. Handshake event occurs every release of the group’s single where fans gather and have an opportunity to shake their Oshi's hands in a certain number of seconds.
One of the solid fans of MNL48 Thea Torres emotionally expressed how happy and overwhelmed she was with her encounter with her Kami-oshi Belle and Ella. “I was crying before and after I went for my Kami-oshi because I wasn’t expecting, like you support a member and then you think you know what to say to them, you’ve seen their faces in Instagram posts and suddenly you’re going to meet them and you’re not really prepared for the emotions that entails.”
She also shared the importance of Handshake events for them, fans to personally meet their Oshi. I’ve talked to Senbatsu members before and I was able to say goodbye, but a handshake is different because they are more focused on you, and you’re focused on just them. It’s the kind of moment that you don’t get form an event that isn’t a handshake event.
AKB48 first introduced the “Idols You Can Meet” culture and started the “Akushukai” in December 2005 or more popularly known today as handshake event. Handshake events are also followed by other sister groups around the world and has also paved way for the fans to be closer to their idols and likewise as each members of the sister group follow the strict "no touch" policy.
Handshake events are very special for fans and they make most of it specially that each member has a limited time allotted to meet their supporters. To be able to attend these events, fans need to purchase the group’s CD which comes with one free participation ticket inside which gives the fan a strictly 8-second handshake turn. The more CDs one buys, the more time the fan can meet his Oshi up close.
Looking back, the former MNL48 aspirants had their Handshake Event last April 22 at Trinoma Mall to coincide with their General Election campaign period to become official members of the all-girl idol group.
Don’t miss the latest news and updates and follow the official MNL48 social media accounts.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mnl48official
Fans gathered for MNL48 November Seitansai
MNL48 November celebrants Kay, Gia, Laney, Vira and Coleen joined their supporters for a fun and exciting day to celebrate their birthdays at the Seitansai event held today, November 10 at Movie Stars Café.
Celebrating their birth month, Kay on November 10, Gia on November 13, Laney on November 17, Vira on November 25, and Coleen on November 26, they prepared special activities for their birthday bash like games such as Guess Who, Sing with your Oshi, and MNL48 charades. The celebrants together with the Senbatsu members also gave lively performances of the group’s songs Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, Umiindak Na Saya, and Talulot ng Sakura as part of their birthday blowout to their fans that have always been there since the start of their MNL48 journey.
The much-awaited part of the event was the heart-warming messages from the celebrants’ fans and their wishes before they blew their candles on stage.
Aside from a Japanese fan of MNL48 Team L Team Captain Kay who flew all the way from Japan to attend the November Seitansai, Mr. Tristan Catolos sends his wish to his Kami-oshi. “Hinihiling ko ang brighter future for you and MNL48.”
Kay emotionally expressed her gratitude to God, his family, friends, management and fans. “Wala po ako dito sa kinatatayuan ko kung hindi dahil sa inyo, kaya sobrang thankful po ako na nakilala ko kayong lahat.”
“Sana po kapag nawalan po kayo ng pag-asa sa lahat ng gagawin niyo or sa mga challenges na dadating sa buhay niyo, alalahanin niyo po kaming MNL48 kasi kami po ang magbibigay saya po sa inyo,” she added.
Moreover, Mr. Jose Baking, who has been a fan of Gia since the start of MNL48, shared how her Kamioshi inspired him to achieve success. “Happy birthday Kami-oshi, more birthdays to come. Ever since nagsimula ‘yung MNL48, tumaas ‘yung mga grades ko and nagka-degree. Basta next year #GiaSenbatsu2019.”
Gia said that she hopes to be the Center Girl of MNL48 in the future. “Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm po na lagi kayo sumusuporta sa amin, nakikita po namin ‘yung pagod niyo kaya po gusto namin kayo lagi bigyan ng magandang performances. And wish ko po, gusto ko po talaga maging center girl.”
Coleen, on the other hand cried as her mother greeted her on their celebration. “Happy birthday, stay humble and ipagpatuloy mo lang ‘yung ginagawa mo,” Ms. Jeanette Trinidad said.
“Thank you mommy, I love you. Sa inyong lahat po maraming maraming salamat po kasi na-appreciate niyo po kami, pumunta pa po kayo dito, super nakaka-overwhelm na sinusuportahan niyo kami,” Coleen added.
Laney also shared that she appreciates all the support she gets from her fans. “Super thankful po ako na na-appreciate niyo po ako.”
Meanwhile, Vira noted that her 18th birthday will be very memorable because of this celebration. “Isa ‘to sa mga hindi ko po talaga malilimutan na celebration dahil po sa inyo, thank you po!”
Watch out for the next Seitansai event by following the official website and social media accounts of MNL48, and other upcoming events especially the first ever Handshake event on November 25.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 Senbatsu visits Vista Mall Daang Hari
In preparation for their upcoming events and activities in the coming weeks, MNL48 Senbatsu holds its last mall show at Vista Mall, Daang Hari to promote their debut album “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” on November 11, 2018.
Last weekend, MNL48 Team NIV, Team MII and Team L visited Starmall Alabang, Starmall EDSA Shaw, Vista Mall Taguig and Lucky Chinatown Mall respectively, bringing joy to their fans that came all the way to show their support to the girls.
To keep the energy going, the crowd danced to the beat of Aitakatta – Gustong Makita before they cheered as the girls went up the stage to perform their songs Umiindak Na Saya, Talulot ng Sakura, and Aitakatta – Gustong Makita.
Meanwhile, the Senbatsu and Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. revealed that aside from exciting games and performances, a big surprise announcement awaits the supporters on the day of their Handshake event.
“Nakakatuwa po kasi na-sold out nanaman ‘yung CD namin sa last mall show, tatlong beses na-sold out dahil po sa inyong MNLoves ‘yun kaya sana po suportahan niyo rin kami sa next events kasi may ire-reveal kami, at yun ay abangan,” MNL48 Team Captain Alice said.
Abby on the other hand expressed her gratitude to their supporters, “nagpapasalamat po kami sa walang sawa niyong suporta para sa MNL48.”
Moreover, Ash invited the crowd on behalf of MNL48 to support their Seitansai event on November 18, where they will have the opportunity to interact with MNL48 November celebrants Kay, Andi, Lany, Gia, Karla, Vira, and Coleen.
To formally conclude the event, the Senbatsu personally sold official MNL48 merchandises at the stage, where the album was sold out for the third time of their mall show. These CDs include one ticket on their Handshake event which was announced to happen on November 25, 2018, and venue will be announced soon.
Follow the MNL48 official website and social media accounts to get the latest updates.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 thanks fans for their Himig Handog journey
Despite not bagging an award, MNL48 thanked their fans for their support on “Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya” during the Himig Handog 2018 finals at ASAP on November 11, 2018.
Himig Handog awarded Kyle Raphael Borbon as the grand winner for his song “Sa Mga Bituin Na Lang Ibubulong” interpreted by Jason Dy, on behalf of JM de Guzman, taking home Php 1 million. For 2nd Best Song, Himig Handog named “Wakasan”, and won Php 500,000. For the 3rd Best Song, “Kababata”; 4th Best Song “Mas Mabuti Pa”; 5th Best Song “Tinatapos Ko Na” and won Php 200,000, Php 150,000, and Php 100,000, respectively.
Other winners of special awards are:
MOR’s Choice: Sugarol
TFC Global Choice for Favorite Song: Sugarol
Starmusic Listener’s Choice: Mas Mabuti Pa
Best Produced Track: Tinatapos Ko Na
Myx Choice for Best Music Video: Sugarol
This year’s Himig Handog, with a theme “Love Songs and Love Stories”, was the first competition joined by MNL48 as one of the interpreters together with “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” season 2 contestants Krystal Brimner and Sheena Belarmino.
During their guesting on ASAP Chillout, Center Girl Sheki shared that it was her first time to rap in a music video. “Kumakanta lang po ako tapos nagulat din po ako na naging rapper po ako [sa music video].” Moreover, she also sung a portion of “Umiindak na Saya” from their debut album showing off her angelic vocals skills and accompanied by fellow MNL48 member Lara’s beatboxing talent.
On behalf of the MNL48, Sheki is still thankful for their fans’ support especially now that their debut album “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” has been release, topping the music charts. On the same day, MNL48 Senbatsu headed over to their mall show at VistaMall Daang Hari to promote their debut album and perform their songs to their fans.
Follow the official MNL48 website and social media accounts to get the latest updates and news.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 debut album “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” sold out at Starmall Edsa-Shaw and Lucky ChinaTown Mall
As MNL48 starts their album launch mall tour last November 3, 2018 at Starmall Alabang and VistaMall Taguig , MNL48 Team L and MNL48 Team M2 promoted their debut album at Starmall Edsa-Shaw and Lucky Chinatown Mall on November 4, 2018 and sold out their debut album at the event.
Fans at Lucky China Town Mall were very energetic as they play the game “Guess your Oshi” where in they will guess who’s the member speaking on the backstage. The event officially started with a sing and dance challenge of the group's songs Aitakatta - Gustong Makita and Umiindak na Saya.
“Kamusta po kayong lahat? I know all of you are wondering what is MNL48. MNL48 is one of the official sister groups of AKB48, the biggest and highest selling idol group in Japan. We’re here to inspire and make people happy and of course to promote good characteristics hindi lang po sa mga kabataan kundi sainyo pong lahat.” said MNL48 Team L member Sela as she greeted all their new supporters who joined them at their mall tour. Quincy also added “Sana po kahit hindi niyo pa kami nakikilala maging part po kayo ng MNLoves.”
MNL48 also expressed their gratitude as two of their songs on their debut album Aitakatta – Gustong Makita and Talulot ng Sakura top the OPM Songs in Pop Charts PH. The girls also shared their thoughts for Himig Handog 2018 as they were chosen as interpreters of “Dalawang Pag-ibig Nya by Bernard Reforsado”.
Aside from sharing their ongoing activities, Tin also hopes that MNL48 will be known nationwide so that they can inspire people as an Idol. “Tulungan niyo po kaming maipakilala ang MNL48 sa buong Pilipinas” Tin narrated.
After their performances, MNL48 Teams personally sold their CD album to their supporters with free Handshake event ticket which will be held on November 18, 2018.
Keep on follow their official social media accounts of MNL48 to get the latest updates and information for their upcoming Seitansai and Hand Shake Event this November.
Facebook, Twitter , Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 holds its first album mall show in Alabang and Taguig
Promoting their debut album Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, MNL48 Team MII and Team NIV performed live at Starmall Alabang and VistaMall Taguig simultaneously on November 3, 2018.
Packed with excited fans and new supporters, the event started with a trivia game about the idol group where MNL48 merchandises such as, mugs, light sticks, shirts, and many more were given away as prizes.
While MNL48 Team MII members Sheki, Alice, Sayaka, Faith, Erica, Nice, Jan, Dana, Essel, Sha, Shaira, Necca, Cess, Andi, Rans, and Cassey are warming up the stage at Starmall Alabang, Team NIV members Abby, Ella, Jem, Lara, Alyssa, Joyce, Belle, Aly, Daryll, Jaydee, Ruth, Brei, Hazel, Ecka, Madie, and Coleen also sang their chart-topping songs Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, Umiindak na Saya, and ended with Talulot ng Sakura at VistaMall Taguig.
MNL48 proudly to shared how two of their songs Aitakatta – Gustong Makita, Talulot ng Sakura, and the Himig Handog 2018 entry, Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya, where MNL48 is one of the translators, have reached as one of the Top OPM Songs in Pop Charts PH.
“Sana po abangan niyo po lahat ng mga projects namin,” said Center Girl Sheki thanking their fans for all the continuous support that their group has been receiving, especially to those who purchased and enjoy the debut album they released.
Aside from the kawaii performances of the tagalized versions of AKB48’s hit songs, the audience got a chance to meet their Oshi up close as the MNL48 Teams also personally sold their CD album with one free handshake event ticket on stage to their fans.
Don’t miss their next mall show at Lucky Chinatown and Starmall EDSA-Shaw on November 4, tomorrow. Follow the official social media accounts of MNL48 to get the latest updates and information.
Facebook, Twitter , Instagram: @mnl48official
MNL48 announced new Senbatsu members for upcoming second single
After the success of their debut single, MNL48 is gearing up to release their upcoming single to be released soon and with that, new Senbatsu members were announced today.
Brei, Belle, Coleen, Rans, Lei, Mari, Jan and Kay will be joining Ella, Faith, Alyssa, Jem, Gabb, Sela, Abby and Sheki who remains to be the Center Girl, for MNL48’s next single as the new Senbatsu members.
According to Sheki, she couldn’t believe that she would still be chosen as the Center Girl. “I feel so blessed that I’m still the Center Girl for this next single. I’m very happy that there are still some people who believe in me and my capabilities to inspire through my talent and of course, our beautiful music. As the first Center Girl of MNL48, I want to leave a mark.”
New Senbatsu members Rans and Coleen were also surprised about the announcement considering that they both came from Kenkyuusei.
“When I heard about the next single, all of us were crying because for me, it was unexpected. I started out as a trainee or Kenkyuusei and then later on, I got promoted as an official member and became part of Team MII. Now, I’m part of the second single of MNL48. I’m super happy and I will do my best to inspire people,” MNL48 Rans said.
MNL48 Coleen also expressed her excitement to be part of the new Senbatsu, “I’m super happy and surprised because I was not expecting it since I’m still new in MNL48 since I started out as a trainee. I feel blessed and thankful that I was one of the chosen members to take part of this second single.”
Coslandia Program Guide [Eton Centris Walk]
12:00 Noon - Event Registration
1:00 PM - MaxBox
3:00 PM - Movie Stars Café All-Stars
3:20 PM - Cosplay Fashion Show
4:30 PM - Alice Project Performance
4:45 PM- Pastel PH Performance
5:00 PM - Hime Kaizen Performance
6:00 PM - Jewel & Friends Performance
6:15 PM - MNL48 Performance
6:50 PM - Osaki7
6:45 PM - Yeah Bye
7:00 PM - Fudorakko
7:15 PM - Love Live
8:00 PM - Close
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