Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. starts MNL48 registration
MNL48 operator, Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., has opened the registration for first-generation MNL48 applicants on December 3, 2016, the same day when they also launched MNL48 PLUS, the upcoming group's official mobile app. The announcements were initially made during AKB48's first Fan Meeting in Manila, where 12 AKB48 Team 8 members exclusively performed in front of their fans at Movie Stars Cafe in Pasay City.
The registration is open to all Filipino girls between 15 to 20 years old who aspire to become part of AKB48's new sister group. Patterned after the top Japanese idols' original concept, the Philippine version hopes to find members through a nationwide search that will begin through the MNL48 app.
Hopefuls may now sign up as applicants and gain followers through MNL48 PLUS. The app is also an essential tool for MNL48 fans, as the platform publishes the latest news, updates, and announcements about the group. Non-aspirants may also get the app to log in as a regular user and gain access to a special set of features that will allow them to actively participate as supporters.
The mobile app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and
MNL48.ph, while it will be available on the App Store soon.
MNL48 Starts! MNL48’s First Generation Audition announced
On December 3, 2016, twelve members of AKB48’s Team 8 entertained their fans when they appeared on Philippine TV show “It’s Showtime” and then held their first Fan Meeting in Manila.
During these activities, the start of MNL48’s First Generation Audition was also announced. The MNL48 audition method takes after the style of AKB48’s General Election, where members are chosen through nationwide voting. Applicants can apply through the official MNL48 mobile app, where their profiles will be made visible to the public.
Through the auditions, 64 finalists will be selected. The first phase of MNL48 will be decided, and the first-generation members will promote for one year. The General Election will be held every year, and the voting will happen between the existing members and newly selected finalists. The top 64 girls who will be selected through the General Election will be active for one year.
AKB48’s first Fan Meeting in Manila turns out a success
AKB48’s first Fan Meeting in Manila on December 3, 2016 has come out successful after hundreds of Filipino fans gathered to watch Team 8 perform their hits onstage. One of the highlights of the events is the high touch activity where the fans had the chance to meet their idols up close.
Movie Stars Café in Pasay City, the fan meeting was attended by
twelve Team 8 members namely Rena Fukuchi, Yurina Gyoten, Riona
Hamamatsu, Kotone Hitomi, Serika Nagano, Rin Okabe, Nanami Sato,
Maria Shimizu, Karin Shimoaoki, Ayane Takahashi, Hijiri Tanikawa, and
performed some of AKB48’s best songs and gave personally signed
gifts to lucky fans during a raffle segment. The pop idols also
showed support for AKB48’s upcoming sister group in the
Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. officially launches MNL48 mobile app
MNL48 PLUS, the mobile application of MNL48, was officialy launched early this morning, December 3, 2016, by developer and distributor Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., also the operator and manager of the entertainment group. The application is now live on Google Play and MNL48.ph and may be downloaded by users for free.
MNL48 PLUS is an essential tool for MNL48 fans,
as the platform publishes the latest news, updates, and announcements about the
group. It is also the only program where aspiring idols may apply for the
auditions searching for MNL48’s first-generation members. Non-aspirants may
also download the app to register as a regular user and gain access to a
special set of features that will allow them to actively participate as
Download the app on Google Play and MNL48.ph.
It will be available at the App Store soon.
MNL48 First Fan Meet-Up
A fun affair happened last May 29, 2016 as Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. held the very first MNL48 fan meet-up conference at Movie Stars Cafe in Pasay City. The event, the first of its kind according to attendees, aimed to gather all Filipino MNL48 and AKB48 fans to discuss the successful formation of MNL48 in the Philippines.
event started off with a “
game inspired by
with four winners taking home a special set of glow sticks. As the
snacks were served, guests were treated to an exclusive sneak peak of
the full version of
latest music video, “Tsubasa
and live video performances of AKB48's
the video presentation came the main activity. Topics about costume
designs, audition mechanics, website and mobile app development,
merchandises, membership items, album and theater launch were
discussed. Everyone participated in the discussion, sharing their
input and ideas about
highlight of the event was the presence of Mr. Nariaki Terada,
International Business Development General Manager of AKS Co. LTD.,
AKB48's talent management company and Mr. Yasunari Okada, CEO of
Hallohallo Inc., MNL48’s operator. Mr. Terada and Mr. Okada both
took the time to share their excitement for the future of
and thanked the fans for their overwhelming support.
ending the show, Movie Stars Cafe's dancers dressed as
treated the audience with a performance of AKB48’s hit songs “Heavy
Hosts also raffled off exclusive
t-shirts to four lucky winners.
event ended with closing remarks from
producer, Mr. Paulo Kurosawa. Mr. Kurosawa thanked everyone who
attended the first ever
fan meet-up and asked for their continued support. He then capped off
the event with a surprise by raffling off five guaranteed tickets to
the first ever
theater show. All in all, nobody went home empty handed as everyone
walked away with a bag of limited