MNL48: The Battle Royale at the Grand Launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield

by MNL48 Philippines

The game is on as the Philippine idol group MNL48 excites fans as they go head to head against each other in a Pokemon battle and max raid in the grand launch of the most-awaited first mainline Pokemon game of Nintendo Switch, ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ last November 15, 16 and 17 2019 at Robinsons Magnolia.

MNL48 – Aly, Sela, Abby, Sheki, Jamie, Gabb, Jem, Coleen, Belle, Amy, Yssa, Dian, Dana, Laney Cole and Shaina – enticed the fans by performing their biggest hits; ‘Aitakatta – Gustong Makita’ ‘Bingo!’ ‘First Rabbit’ ‘Manila 48’ ‘Palusot Ko’y Maybe’ ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ Ikaw Ang Melody’ and their newest fifth single ‘High Tension’ as they set the mood before their exciting max raid and Pokemon battle.

As the battle finally came, MNL48 participated in two battle games; the max raid, a game wherein four trainers have to defeat a dynamax Pokemon in a same battlefield and a Pokemon battle which MNL48 was divided into 4 Pokemon teams – Pokemon team 1; Dana, Jem, Sela and Jaime, Pokemon Team 2; Belle, Yssa, Abby and Amy, Pokemon team 3; Sheki, Dian, Cole and Coleen and Pokemon Team 4; Gabb, Shaina, Aly and Laney – to battle against each other and win the championship with a surprising prize that awaits them.

For a Pokemon fan since generation 1, MNL48 Jem can’t contain her excitement to play the newly released ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ as she expressed, “Sobrang saya po kasi since childhood naglalaro na ako ng pokemon, and my insights about the new game ‘sword and shield’, compare po sa pokemon evee and pokemon Pikachu, sobrang ganda po ng technicalities lalo na po ‘yung graphics and newly added features sa battle and pag-catch ng Pokemon.”

When asked about which Pokemon she will catch in her adventure in ‘Pokemon sword and shield’ she answered, “I’ll go for Haunter pa din po, kasi si Haunter ay isang ghost type pokemon so if magkakaroon ako ng kalaban na hindi knowledgeable sa battle, magkakaroon po ako ng advantage kasi hindi tumatalab sa kanya ‘yung ibang attacks lalo na normal attacks.”

The battle was close between the 4 teams but Pokemon Team 1 emerged as the winner of the game and will fly to visit the Pokemon center in Singapore. Indeed, MNL48 were truly versatile idols as they proved that they can be a performer and a gamer at the same time.

MNL48 is not done yet conquering the world of Pokemon as the group will be gracing Pokemon Sword and Shield’s upcoming events and activities which will be announced soon. Moreover, they will also fly to visit one of the Pokemon centers around the world, Pokemon Center Singapore!

Aside from their successful guesting at the launching of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Catch them at Starmall Alabang this coming November 23 and tune in to their daily livestreams in KUMU Live! Follow MNL48’s official social media pages and download the MNL48 official app now to keep you posted.

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Fans express love to MNL48 birthday celebrants during November Seitansai

by MNL48 Philippines

Candles were blown and gifts came pouring in as fans made MNL48 members’ birthdays extra special and memorable this month during the November Seitansai celebration held last November 16, 2019 at Movie Stars Café.

MNL48 Jamie, Laney, Kay, Coleen, Andi, Gia and Kenkyuusei Karla whose birthdays were on November 12, 17, 10, 26, 8, 13 and 25 respectively gave their fans one blast of a show as they executed their enchanting Disney-themed performances.

Fifth Single Senbatsu headed by MNL48 Gabb and together with MNL48 Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Abby, Aly, Dian, Yzabel, Laney, Rans, Alice, Kay and Faith opened the event with the performance of their newest coupling song “Green Flash”, followed by an energizing sing-and-dance act of “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita” by the Seitansai celebrants.

MNL48 Kenkyuusei Karla and newly promoted MNL48 member Gia set the mood for their enchanting performances as they serenaded the audience with soulful songs while MNL48 Jamie was not able to hold back her tears as she thanked her fans, family and friends for their support after livening up the crowd with her anime-inspired performance. For an intermission, MNL48 Team NIV hyped up the stage with “1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku”.

Furthermore, MNL48 Laney and Andi went out of their comfort zones to jazz up the stage with their hip-hop flairs, as well as MNL48 Kay’s vibrant execution of Japanese songs to showcase her Japanese side. Last but not the least, MNL48 Coleen made a magical appearance with the singing of songs featured in several Disney animated films.

No Seitansai celebration is complete without the performance of their Fifth Single “High Tension” and blowing of candles. Asked about how she feels towards this month’s Seitansai, MNL48 Kay expressed her appreciation to their growing fan base and the fans’ unchanging love for them.

“Para sa’kin, this Seitansai is sobrang memorable sa’kin dahil eto ‘yung pang-second year ko bilang member and na-feel kong mas lumalaki ‘yung fanbase ng MNL48. Maraming nagsusupport sa’min at sobrang ramdam namin ‘yung love nila simula last year hanggang ngayon; patuloy pa rin ‘yung pag-support nila sa’min. Sobrang hindi namin mapapalitan ng thank you lang ‘yung support nila,” Kay said.

Talking about their Seitansai performances and the preparations they did, Kay remarked, “Sobrang naging successful naman ‘yung ginawa po namin dahil napakita namin kung ano ‘yung kaya naming ibigay sa mga fans maliban sa pagsasayaw ng MNL48 songs so sana nag-enjoy po sila do’n.”

MNL48 Alyssa, who performed alongside MNL48 Andi, shared their preparations for the said event, “Hectic ‘yung ginawa namin kasi ang daming events like Coslandia, mall shows, and other preparations sa Fifth Single. Kahit sobrang hectic, nag-exert kami ng double effort para ma-perfect ‘yung performance para sa mga fans. ‘Yung ibang dances last minute lang ginawa pero talagang ginalingan namin kasi para rin sa birthday celebrant na si Andi at sa ibang pang birthday celebrants kasi dapat special ito para sa kanila and also for the fans.”

Catch MNL48’s “High Tension” mall show at Starmall Alabang this coming November 23 and tune in to their daily livestreams in KUMU Live! Follow MNL48’s official social media pages and download the MNL48 official app now to keep you posted.

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MNL48 hypes fans up with back-to-back special appearances in Christmas Tree Lighting and Fumiya Concert

by MNL48 Philippines

Fans gathered at Robinsons Place Pangasinan on November 15th, 2019 for the special guest appearance of MNL48 Senbatsu members at the mall’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration.

MNL48 Gabb, Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Sheki, Abby, and Sela performed their new and exciting fifth single “High Tension” and its coupling song “Green Flash.” And as the holiday season is fast approaching, the girls also brought in the Christmas cheer by giving the audience an exclusive live performance of “Paskong Kasama Ka,” a Filipino rendition of AKB48’s “Anata to Christmas Eve,” which the fans have loved.

“It feels great to perform one of the songs na pwedeng pwede talaga for this upcoming season which is Christmas, and mala-OPM rin kasi ang Paskong Kasama Ka, kaya feeling ko tatatak ito sa masa,” said fifth single center girl Gabb.

For MNL48 Yssa, performing the said Christmas song makes her a little emotional for being away from her family at the same time happy to able to celebrate the most important season in her life with new people that are also close to her heart: MNLoves and her fellow members who she considers as sisters.

She also mentioned that they are all looking forward to and hoping for a studio version release of the song which the fans have been asking for. “We want to share the meaningful message of the song and I am sure that many citizens of our beautiful country can relate their story with this song. Let's pray for this, MNLoves,” she expressed.

Meanwhile on the same day, the other half of Senbatsu members namely MNL48 Aly, Dian, Yzabel, Laney, Rans, Kay and Faith also rocked the stage with their performance of “First Rabbit” followed by their newest hit single “High Tension” during the first-ever concert of Pinoy Big Brother star Fumiya Sankai titled "Fumiya Amazing 'Di Ba?" at Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan.

Asked how she feels before facing the concert crowd, MNL48 Dian felt honored to perform in one of Fumiya’s milestones as he starts his career post-PBB and delighted as the other half of the fifth single Senbatsu is performing in Pangasinan for the first time.

“Super happy at the same time very honored kami na mapabilang sa concert ni Fumiya-san. At first talaga nagulat kami kasi ‘Wow, kasama kami na magpeperform para sa concert ni Fumiya-san’ and medyo kabado pero excited kami na makita ‘yung ibang crowd at may kasama kaming iba pang mga malalaking names na artists. Nahati man kaming Senbatsu kasi ‘yung iba nasa Pangasinan, pero excited pa rin kami dahil dito,” Dian said.

See them on stage again this November 23 at Starmall Alabang for another mall show appearance; to get the latest updates, follow MNL48’s official social media pages and download their official app to be in the loop.


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MNL48 elevates the fun at Japan Fiesta 2019!

by MNL48 Philippines

After the successful event at Coslandia 2019 last November 1, 2 and 3, the Philippine idol group MNL48 followed it up with another Japanese tourism and cultural celebration as one of the guest performers for the first ever Japan Fiesta 2019 hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Manila last November 9 and 10, 2019 at SMX Convention Center SM Aura.

MNL48 - Gabb, Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Sela, Sheki and Aly - were set to take the stage of this event to showcase and introduce the lively world of idols in Japan to the Philippines.

To formally start the event, MNL48 Abby alongside with the honorable ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Philippines, Mr Koji Haneda and the Secretary of the Department of Tourism, Bernadette Romulo-Puyat opened the event by performing a ceremony named ‘Kagami-biraki’.

On the first day of the festival, MNL48 performed their biggest hit ‘Aitakatta – Gustong Makita’ ‘365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel’ and their newest single ‘High Tension’ while ‘Pagibig Fortune Cookie’ ‘First Rabbit’ and again, ‘High Tension’ were being performed during the second day of the event.

Japan Fiesta 2019 is a two-day festival – organized by the Embassy of Japan together with the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Foundation, Manila; Japan Association, Manila Inc. (JAMI) and Primer Media Inc. – that celebrates and showcases the beauty of Japan – from amazing travels and popular destinations, to authentic Japanese food and to remarkable and one-of-a-kind culture of Japan – that aims to boost the tourism and strengthen the relationship of Japan and the Philippines as well as enriching the cultural appreciation of Filipinos towards Japan culture.

Joining MNL48 in the roster of guests and performers are the Japanese artists like Japanese comedy trio, HPN3; Yoyo master, BLACK; and the incredible Japanese drums club, WAKODAIKO together with the local artists, such as the multi-talented superstar, Sarah Geronimo; astounding host and TV personality, Robi Domingo; Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) stars, Fumiya and Yamyam.

MNL48 Jamie found the event a good platform to expand their purpose and to connect deeper to their fans as she expressed “Japan Fiesta is a convention housing everything about Japan; food, culture, transportation, tourism, and the like. The attendees of the convention must be people who are interested in Japan and Japanese culture. Being an official international sister group of Japan’s highest selling girl group AKB48, Japan Fiesta was the perfect avenue for us, MNL48, to promote our music with it being a translation of famous AKB48 tracks with a Filipino flavor added.”

She also expressed how grateful they were seeing new faces who support and idolize them, “isang malaking karangalan ang maging idolo ng kabataan. Ito rin ay nagsisilbing paalala sa akin na dapat sa lahat ng aking maging aksiyon ay dapat nakakainspire ito sa mga tumitingala sa aming mga idols. Nakakataba ng puso na makita ang mga kabataang katulad ko na humahanga sa aming mga idol dahil noon isa rin ako sa mga nangangarap at tumitingala sa mga idol.”.

Indeed, MNL48 iwas one of the perfect guests of Japan Fiesta as they are the international sister group of Japan idol group AKB48 and have been performed internationally, including Japan, for numerous occasions that made them a big help tightening the relationship between the two countries because of connecting to their Filipinos and Japanese fans through music.

Japan Fiesta 2019 was just one of their jam-packed events this November as they still have shows to conquer like their upcoming mall shows at Robinsons Pangasinan on November 15 and Starmall Alabang on November 23, as well as being a special guest at the launching of Pokemon Sword and Shield at Robinson Magnolia on November 17, and with the November Seitansai on November 16 at Movie Stars Café. Follow MNL48’s social media accounts and download the MNL48 app for further updates.


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MNL48 brightens the night during first ever ‘High Tension’ Mall Tour for Robinsons Novaliches Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

by MNL48 Philippines

Despite the heavy rainfall, fans and mall-goers alike came pouring in as MNL48 brought their latest fifth single release “High Tension” to Robinsons Novaliches last November 9, 2019 to signal the start of another era for the all-girl Filipino idol group.

MNL48 Dian, Yzabel, Rans, Alice and Faith kept it lively as they front-lined the Robinsons Novaliches Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, performing for the first time ever their fifth single coupling song “Green Flash” and fifth single “High Tension” which the crowd cheered and danced to even in the midst of a downpour.

Following its debut last November 1, MNL48 also teased fans with upcoming surprises and events that will take place during the whole span of fifth single era, including new uniforms, physical album, music video and Handshake Events.

As there is only more than a month left before the Christmas holiday, MNL48 also led the Christmas Tree Lighting proper and serenaded everyone in the venue with a Christmas carol “Pasko Sinta Ko”, followed by a grand fireworks display that lit up the whole place and brought smiles to people’s faces.

Asked about how she felt to perform “High Tension” for their first fifth single mall show, MNL48 Rans is thankful for all the support they receive, “Masaya po na na-perform namin ang ‘High Tension’ sa mall show. Nakakaengganyo lalo na kasi ‘yung crowd sumasabay sa sobrang lively nung kanta kaya nakakaattract din kami ng mga non-fans. Sana po patuloy niyong suportahan ang MNL48 lalo na ngayong fifth single naming ‘High Tension’.”

MNL48 Captain Alice is also delighted with their first performance of ‘High Tension’, “Masaya kasi this is also our first mall show sa Robinsons Novaliches and quite excited and nervous kasi lima lang kami pero I’m glad kasi alam kong nagawa namin best namin na mapasaya ang mga tao. Masaya rin kami kasi kahit umulan man, tuloy pa rin ang show!”

“The best ang MNLoves, umulan o umaraw kasama pa rin namin sila and sila ‘yung isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit lagi kaming may energy kapagnagpe-perform. Thank you sa love and support! Patuloy niyo po kaming suportahan dahil para sa’tin po ‘tong lahat! We love you and see you sa next mall show!” MNL48 Alice added.

Meanwhile, MNL48 Gabb, Alice, Dian, Faith, Sela, Belle, Cole and Jamie jumped on the Wish 107.5 Bus last November 7, 2019 at SM Sucat where they sang “Green Flash” and shared their experiences and preparations prior to its release.

Catch their upcoming mall shows at Robinsons Pangasinan on November 15 and Starmall Alabang on November 23, as well as their November Seitansai on November 16 at Movie Stars Café for another birthday extravaganza. Follow MNL48’s social media accounts and download the MNL48 app for further updates.


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Official Statement: MNL48 welcomes back Kenkyuusei Gia as official member

by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) is pleased to announce the promotion of Gia, a former MNL48 First Generation member and current Kenkyuusei trainee, to being a second-year official member. MNL48 Gia will be joining Team MII.

The management and the rest of MNL48 are thrilled to welcome her back to the group, and we look forward to upcoming events, projects, and to many opportunities that lie ahead of us. We also thank the fans for continuously supporting and giving love to the girls.

HHE Management

Fans show continued support to MNL48 during October Seitansai and Handshake Event

by MNL48 Philippines

Fans surely had a blast last October 26th, 2019 at The Circle Events Place as nine members of MNL48 are celebrating their birthdays this month, making the October Seitansai a fun and unforgettable day as it was filled with surprises and exclusive solo performances from the celebrants

MNL48 members Rans, Ruth, Mari, Miho, Ice, Jaydee, Ella,

along with Kenkyuusei Sam and Trish, performed song and dance numbers which the

audience obviously loved. The fans’ never ending cheers and screams motivated

the girls who were all nervous and tense at the start of the event.
Each of the birthday girls didn’t fail to impress the crowd

as they showcased more of their hidden talents. As fourth single center girl

Aly described, the girls showed beyond what they usually perform as MNL48.

It was apparent that both the fans and the Seitansai celebrants had a great time as wide smiles filled the room. The girls said that they were joyful to spend the day with their dear MNLoves, and that they dedicate every hard work and performance to them.

On the same day, fans were also beaming with delight as they embarked on the third and last “Ikaw Ang Melody” Handshake Event Day 3 where they get to hold hands with their oshis, still at The Circle Events Place in Quezon City.

MNL48 Under Girls Coleen, Brei, Ruth, Lara, Kay, Brei, Belle, Joyce, Tin, Alyssa, Yssa, Mari and Miho performed their cutesy latest coupling song “Gingham Check”, followed by the final stage appearance of “Ikaw Ang Melody” by MNL48 Fourth Single Senbatsu Aly, Sela, Abby, Sheki, Jamie, Alice, Rans, Faith, Jan, Gabb, Jem, Kyla, Grace, Rowee and Thea.

With the upcoming release of MNL48’s Fifth Single “High Tension”, Fourth Single center Aly shed tears during the turnover of the position to MNL48 Gabb as she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported her during her post.

“I would also like to say thank you very much MNLoves for supporting our Fourth Single album ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’. Thank you very much kasi na-aappreciate nyo po kami. Thank you very much for supporting the Fourth Single album,” Aly said as the crowd chanted “Aly-gato, Aly!” to thank her for a remarkable performance during her era.

“I just also want to say na I’ve always dedicated this to the girls mapa-First Generation or mapa-Second Generation, dedicated po talaga ‘yun sa inyo. To everyone I’ve dedicated this, sana maging proud din po sila sa’kin kasi sila po yung reason kung bakit ginagawa ko ‘yung best ko and of course I just want to say to everyone – I mean everyone – to never underestimate anyone because they may surprise you,” Aly ended before passing on the microphone to MNL48 Gabb who will lead the Fifth Single era.

“I just want to thank you ate Aly for doing great sa ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ na single and also sa lahat ng mga ate ko sa MNL48, thank you so much for guiding me. Ako po mismo na-surprise na magiging center ako ng Fifth Single so nanghihingi ako ng support and love niyo. Kaya natin ‘to!” Gabb said as she hyped their fans.

Proceeding to the event proper, fellow local and international MNLoves made their way to their oshis’ lanes to cherish their personal moments and to utter encouraging words to further motivate the girls in doing their best-est during their shows and performances. Furthermore, a Janken Senbatsu booth where fans can play rock-paper-scissor with MNL48 and a cheki booth where they can take polaroid photos with their oshis were also available.

Be sure to be around at Coslandia 2019 at November 1, 2 and 3, 2019 at SMX Convention Center Aura in Taguig City as MNL48 will unveil their newest Fifth Single “High Tension”, which will also double as the event’s official theme song.

Continue streaming “Gingham Check” music video on their official YouTube channel and follow their social media and website for more announcements. Do not forget to download the MNL48 app on Google Play Store and App Store to keep you posted.


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Official Statement: HHE Management to terminate Cess from MNL48 for violations

by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. would like to formally announce the dismissal of Cess from MNL48 effective today, November 5, 2019 due to countless violation of house regulations.

HHE gives serious attention to all rules and regulations established to each member that were discussed to them and their guardians upon signing of their contracts. By outright disregarding and violating the regulations set by HHE, the management has to take immediate and necessary actions to properly address this matter.

HHE Management

MNL48 Team L Intensifies the Final Leg of ‘No To Oshi Hen’ Team Concert at TIU Theater

by MNL48 Philippines

With MNL48’s final show of ‘No To Oshi Hen’ team concert, Team L proved that they deserved to be the last show as they intensified the stage of their concert at TIU Theater, Makati City on October 20, 2019.

As the night of the concert finally came, the theater was brightened by colorful light sticks, filled with euphoric vibes and packed with a huge number of fans as no seats were left unoccupied. But setting that aside, an impeccable show was about to happen when the music was up, the lights finally illuminated the stage, and fans started to scream and shout their fan chants.

The theater was oozing with bizarre and surprising shows as MNL48’s Team L – Sela, Gabb, Kyla, Grace, Thea, Kay, Amy, Tin, Yssa, Marj, Dian, Ice, Lei, Shaina, Ella and Frances – hyped up the crowd as they performed electrifying and fiery production numbers with the theme of LOVE and EQUALITY.

Cliché as it seemed but the show must go on as MNL48 Gabb revealed to what really happened during her performance, “The concert went really great and successful because everyone enjoyed and as I looked to my twitter account, sobrang dami po ang nag-tweet na best team po ang team L kasi ang ganda ng production and even the setlist of music. Then, about po doon sa specific na song, we never expected po na sobrang ikli lang po ng oras para makapag-change costume tapos nung isu-suot ko na po ‘yung sapatos, meron po palang socks sa loob pero sinuot ko pa din po tapos yun po, lumipad po ‘yung shoes ko habang sumasayaw but the show must go on po kaya ayun, show must go on kahit walang sapatos” and she laughed so hard to that unexpected incident but no doubt that the fans really enjoyed every single thing that happened during the performance.

Aside from that, MNL48 Frances’ hard work and patience really paid off as she performed her successful first ever concert as official member of MNL48 alongside with Team L, “Grabe sobrang saya and sobrang sarap po sa pakiramdam dahil ‘yung self practice ko po every night napunta po sa napaka-gandang resulta, and sobrang thankful ko din po sa lahat kasi ito na ‘yung dream ko!”.

Continuing the solid and amazing night of Team L, the idol group performed their classic hit ‘Manila 48’, ‘Aitakatta – Gustong Makita’ ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ and more. Everyone was on their feet dancing, singing and screaming as they were living the best night of their lives together with their oshis and the whole, MNL48.

Team L showed us how to close an unforgettable concert as they performed their hit ‘talutot ng Sakura’ in the most unexpected acoustic version of it with full of heart and full of passion. Indeed, the concert was undeniably MNL48's one the of bests that ever happened.

Don’t worry because MNL48 has more up on their sleeves so catch them on their October Seitansai together with the ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Handshake Event – Day 3 on October 26, 2019 at The Circle Events Place, Quezon City.

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“ICYMI: I See Me - An MNL48 First Generation Documentary”: The truth untold about MNL48’s idol journey

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The theatre rang with wild cheers and applauses after the screen faded to black as another milestone marked MNL48’s idol journey, just as told during the premiere of “ICYMI: I See Me – An MNL48 First Generation Documentary”, an official entry for the QCinema International Film Festival 2019, last October 21, 2019 at Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines.

The one-hour documentary film, which was presented by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., directed by Carlo Francisco Manatad, produced by Bam Manlongat and Mikee Dela Cruz and headlined with Mr. Paulo Kurosawa as the Executive Producer under Plan C Productions, revolves around MNL48’s journey as a start-up idol group that tries to fit into a setting that is unfamiliar of Japan’s idol group AKB48 from which MNL48 took inspiration and followed the concept of “Idols you can meet”.

As “ICYMI: I See Me – An MNL48 First Generation Documentary” delved deeper into the group’s lives away from the stage and how this idol path changed their lives – through victories, downfalls, insecurities and strengthening their bond as one entity – MNL48 First Generation Center Sheki made her realize how far they have already reached since their debut two years ago, “Sobrang nag-reminisce kami ng mga nagawa namin dati sa’ka dati feeling namin, wala nangyayari sa MNL48, parang wala naman kaming naaachieve pero narealize naming na ang layo na pala ng narating ng girls – eto ‘yung evidence na ang dami naming nagawa in two years. Nakakataba ng puso na ang daming taong sumuporta at nanood dito at maraming salamat din sa productions team, HHE at Plan C para sa documentary na ito.”

After the screening, the floor was opened for a question and answer segment where viewers were given the chance to ask the directors, producers and MNL48 their insights about the documentary film, including a question of how the girls feel upon seeing their journey so far through the big screen, to which MNL48 Faith responded with, “Personally, I feel afraid to revisit the feelings and the emotions I felt back because being an idol was never an easy task, pero all throughout the movie naisip ko na, no, I should not be afraid, I should continue facing my fears kasi in the end courage is not the absence of fear but facing your own fears and the ability to overcome it.”

Asked about why the film focused more on the girls outside Senbatsu, director Carlo Francisco Manatad said, “I think the documentary also wanted to focus on the lesser known members. Of course we already have the Senbastu na we’ve discussed sa docu and we have these other talented ladies na hindi rin nabibigyan ng pansin, so that’s what the docu is all about. Nagfocus kami do’n and even with the interviews kung mapapansin mo either yung mga natanggal or yung mga hindi rin napupunta sa front line so I think we just wanted to balance yung activities ng Senbastu but also yung feelings of the other girls na hindi nakakapunta do’n.”

“Kung makikita niyo naman kaya perspective din ng girls yung pinili namin kasi syempre yung usual, lalo na yung fans, yung nakikita nila is ‘yung perspective nila na girls as an idol so ngayon kaya yun yung pinili naming kasi gusto naming i-humanize yung girls na at the end of the day, anak sila, kapatid sila, pumapasok sila sa school – mga ordinaryong tao rin sila,” producer Bam Manlongat added. Carlo also explained the definition behind its title “ICYMI” which stands for “In case you missed it”, “Parang andito sila matagal na pero baka na-miss niyo lang.”

MNL48 also had the chance to cap off the screening with a high touch event with fans – a way where they can show their appreciation for their unending support since their onset up until today that they are already gaining recognition in the Philippines.

Catch MNL48 in the much awaited October Seitansai and “Ikaw Ang Melody” Handshake Event Day 3 on October 26, 2019 at The Circle Events Place, Quezon City. Stay tuned on MNL48’s official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website and MNL48 Fan Club App for more updates.

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