What is MNL48

What is MNL48?

MNL48 is the Filipino version and the newest sister group of AKB48, the highest-selling and phenomenal all-female idol group in Japan.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. together with ABS-CBN will create the first generation of idols in the country which will air on the multi-awarded noontime show, It’s Showtime.

Unlike other sister groups, fans may support their favorite Oshi through the MNL48 official website or mobile app where you will find the highest to bottom ranking applicants’ with their audition videos.

Just like its origin and sister group, AKB48, MNL48 members will be performing daily in an exclusive theater and will automatically become the first endorsers of Tokyo Girls Collection Shop which will soon open on Vertis North Mall, Quezon City.

The newest group’s supporters can also look forward to the girls’ music recording, handshake events, TV guestings and a concert.

MNL48 History

MNL48 officially started when Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. sealed and announced its partnership with Philippines’ leading TV network, ABS-CBN last September 21. The two entertainment outfits will co-produce the MNL48 talent search that will start airing on January 20, 2018 on the network’s top-rating noontime show; It’s Showtime.

The biggest search for the newest idol group in the country kicked off last October 14 when it roamed around Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for its Nationwide Registration and Audition Tour and had its Grand Registration and Audition last December 2 and 3 at ABS CBN Compound to cap off its nationwide tour.

A total of 4,134 aspirants auditioned and will be competing to become one of the first generation members of MNL48.

MNL48 aired its first Online Update episode last December 3, through its official Facebook page (@mnl48official) where they feature random hopefuls, discuss concerns raised by supporters and contestants, and announce updates about MNL48 and more.

The competition will conclude on April 2018 with the announcement of the official members during the MNL48 General Election.