MNL48 hypes fans for upcoming events during back-to-back ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ mall tours

09/10/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Philippines’ idol group MNL48 brought MNLoves to cloud nine with their jam-packed announcements of forthcoming events during their back-to-back “Ikaw Ang Melody” mall tours at Robinsons Town Mall Malabon and Vista Mall Tanza, Cavite last September 7, 2019.

MMNL48 Aly, Alice, Ash, Faith, Jan, Gabb and Thea thrilled the crowd at Robinsons Town Mall Malabon by opening the show with coupling song “So Long!” and followed by their latest single “Ikaw Ang Melody” after inviting fans to join and support their shows for the nearing months.

MNL48 Captain Alice said that these exciting events will pave way for the all-girl group to be better and to prove themselves and their talents, especially that they have also been given another chance to grace the international stage.

I really look forward to meet new and bigger audience that we might share our talents and passion with through our music. I also expect that our performance and skills will be honed through showcasing them during events,” Alice expressed.

“I also expect that all the events we will partake in might become the start of doors opening for our country to patronize MNL48 and stan other local idol groups. Hopefully, we will all be successful and the Filipino people can support us not only in our local shows but in the international scene as well,” she added.


MNL48 is also set to fly to Japan for the launch of their card game app “Janken Senbatsu” during the annual video game expo Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15 and for the launching event of the upcoming manga film adaptation “Seikimatsu Blue” which stars MNL48’s very own Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay on September 14 at Shinjuku Alta Key Studio Alta. MNL48 Rans, Cess, Amy and Dana will also be present during the event to join the Seikimatsu Blue’s MNL48 cast members for a live performance together with other Japanese idol groups.

Furthermore, MNL48 will also hold their “Ikaw Ang Melody” Handshake Event at Movie Stars Cafe on September 21 and 22 followed by their first ever team concert titled “No To Oshi Hen!” at Star Theatre, Pasay City on October 6, 13 and 20. On November 1, 2 and 3, MNL48 will also perform live during the Coslandia 2019, the biggest J Culture festival in the Philippines, to be held at SMX Convention Center Aura.


On the other hand, MNL48 Sela, Abby, Sheki, Rans, Grace, Jem and Kyla and newly performed “So Long!” and fourth single “Ikaw Ang Melody” and was joined by MNL48 Kenkyuusei Sam, Trish, Nile, Karla, Gia, Essel and newly promoted MNL48 member Frances in their lively dance-and-song jive to “First Rabbit” and “Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie” at Vista Mall Tanza, Cavite.


MNL48 Abby expressed her excitement towards the upcoming events in Japan, “Sobrang overwhelmed kasi first time na mailau-launch ang Seikimatsu Blue at sa Tokyo Game Show pa siya magaganap and sobrang excited kami kasi may mga hinanda kaming songs and dances na mafe-feature talaga ang Seikimatsu Blue.”


Meanwhile, MNL48 then Kenkyuusei member Frances also expressed her gratitude for being promoted as an official MNL48 member after MNL48 Ash announced her exit from the group last September 5 which will be followed by her Sayonara event on September 15.

“I am thankful kasi naniwala kayo sa kakayahan ko and hindi ko kayo ididisappoint sa pagiging official MNL48 member ko. Maraming salamat sa inyo,” Frances said.

With all these events lined up in the coming weeks, MNL48 will assure their fans that they will exert their full efforts during rehearsals and take good care of themselves for to give their fans the best performances they deserve.


To know more about the details of MNL48’s upcoming events, download the MNL48 app and tune in to the MNL48 website and official social media pages.

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MNLoves show support to MNL48 September Seitansai celebrants

09/10/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Fans have gathered at Movie Stars Café last September 8, 2019 to give their support to and celebrate with September celebrants MNL48 Dani and Dana, whose birthdays are on September 20 and 30, along with MNL48 Yzabel, who turned a year older last September 2.

To officially start the event, the second year Senbatsu members sang their fourth single’s coupling song ‘So Long’ as their opening act. Loud cheers were heard from the crowd when Seitansai celebrants entered the stage to give the audience their exclusive performance together, singing their own version of the famous ‘Bagsakan’ by Parokya ni Edgar featuring Francis M and Gloc-9. After their breathtaking rapping, the surprise VTR greetings from their families were shown on screen that gave them mixed emotions.

The fans were all smiles as Dani, the first performer, enthralled them with her voice as she sang ‘Move’ by the Little Mix and danced to Jennie’s ‘Solo’ and Rihanna’s ‘B**** Better Have My Money’.

She later on expressed that she felt happy after her performance. Dani also wanted to thank everyone who came to the event, especially her own fans. “Thank you po lalo na sa fandom ko kasi sila po talaga yung nag-effort para maging succesful po itong event.” Being fond of knock-knock jokes herself, she made the crowd laugh with her corny albeit punny jokes.



Cosplayer and cat lover Yzabel captivated the audience when she went on stage in her all-pink outfit and big fluffy cat ears. As the fans fell in love with her mash-up of ‘Nobela’ by Join The Club and ‘Hanggang Kailan’ by Oranges and Lemons, she also gave them an exceptional sing-and-dance performance of Ariana Grande’s ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘7 Rings’.


Not only that, she also had an instructional demonstration on stage of how to make a Nigiri, a type of sushi. She then gave away a few of the nigiri that she prepared herself to the fans who were overly excited as they try to get a taste of the famous Japanese food.



“I'm happy na they're there, lalo na yung fans po, they made the event possible,” MNL48 Yzabel said, “Thank you so much for the time you spent today and thank you so much for the love. We love you so much and we tried to give back as much as we can.”



Dana, the last of the three to perform solo, wowed the audience with her exceptional skills in drums as she played the instrument along with the song ‘Alapaap’ by Eraserheads. Fans also enjoyed her dance performance with other group members of remixed hit songs through the years. The crowd erupted into joyous screams as Dana had a duet with fellow MNL48 member Jem to the romantic song of Moira dela Torre and Jason Marvin’s ‘Ikaw at Ako’.

She concluded her performance by dancing to ‘Trouble Maker’ and ‘River’ by Bishop Briggs. Dana was happy she was able to give her best in her performances despite not having enough practice before the event. She would also like to thank the fans who made it to this month’s Seitansai. “Akala ko po wala pong pupunta since maraming pong events na darating this September, kaya sobrang happy ko po kasi naka-attend pa rin po sila ng Seitansai and nakapag-cheki po kami kanina.”



The Under Girls performed ‘Gingham Check’, a coupling song from MNL48’s fourth single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’, which was performed by the Senbatsu members after. They later on joined the September celebrants on stage as the three received their cakes, made a wish and blew the candles, and gave their final messages. This event truly serves as a memorable and special day for the girls as it was a success after all.


To get the latest updates on their next Seitansai in October, don't forget to download the MNL48 Fan Club App and visit the official website, and follow their official social media pages for more information on their future shows and events, such as the two-day Handshake event happening on September 21 and 22, 2019.

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MNL48 members to perform live at Seikimatsu Blue launching event in Japan

09/06/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

After the success of their international stints for this year’s AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Bangkok and Shanghai, Philippines very own idol group is at it again as they will perform live at the Seikimatsu Blue launching event on September 14, 2019 at Shinjuku Alta Key Studio Alta in Tokyo, Japan.

The upcoming preview launching is a celebration of the completion of the film, directed by Tetsuya Hashi, which will be graced by the cast members including MNL48 members Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay plus mini live performances from MNL48 and other popular Japanese idol groups.


Joining Abby, Coleen, Brei and Kay for the group’s live performances are their fellow MNL48 members Rans, Cess, Amy and Dana.

As the main cast of her first international movie, MNL48 Abby is beyond excited for the film’s launch event in Japan and shares her hopes for this dream project. “It’s really overwhelming na finally malalaunch na yung hardwork ng mga members na part ng movie, prod team and of course our management and coaches na sobra-sobrang nagtulong tulong para sa first ever movie ng MNL48.”

“I’m looking foward na mag unite ang supporters ng MNL48 in the Philippines and of course sa Japan para mas makilala ang Seikimatsu Blue. Especially this is the first time na may mag-act na Flipina para sa isang Japanese film adaption.” Abby added.

Shinjuku Alta courtesy of Flickr

Sharing their preparations for the launch event and her excitement to perform once again overseas, cast member MNL48 Coleen is also looking forward for the international moviegoers and manga fans to see the live-adaption of Seikimatsu Blue. “Sobrang na excite po ako na makakapag perform ulit ako out of the country and sa launch event pa ng very first movie namin as MNL48 member pero at the same time po kinabahan din lalo na nung nalaman ko na marami kaming ipeperform kaya nagprepare po talaga kami sa non-stop rehearsals. Nakadagdag din po ng lakas ng loob yung pag sama samin ng ibang MNL48 members kaya mas naging exciting po para sakin.”

“Nilolook forward ko po sa event na ito is sana makilala pa po yung MNL48 abroad and of course locally lalo na ibang lahi yung mga makakanuod samin magandang opportunity po ito samin to showcase what we can do” Coleen continued.

As for MNL48 Amy who will join the members for her first international performance, she admits that she is both nervous and excited. “Super nakakakaba and nakaka excite. Hindi nalang po namin iniisip yung kaba kasi sure naman po na pag andun na kami sobrang mageenjoy kami.”

Alta Theater courtesy of HMV&BOOKS online

Meanwhile, the event will also feature performances from idol groups including Fairytales, 1- Girls, Amatsusora, Graco Rex NEO, Michiru Yuasa, Tsubasa Hazuki and Ayumichi Ito. Idol group schedule and ticket prices are as follow:

Junon Superboy Anothers

Open: 11:00 am | Start 11:30 am

Pre-order: ¥2000


Onsite Ticket Price: ¥2500

MNL48 & Fairytales

Open: 2:30 pm | Start: 3:00 pm

Pre-Order: ¥2000

Onsite Ticket Price: ¥2500

MNL48, Fairytales, 1-Girls, GrecoRexNEO, Amatsusora/Yuasa Michiru, TOMACA, Hazuki Tsubasa, and Ayumichi Ito

Open: 5:00 pm | Start 5:30pm

MNL48 to launch First Card Game App at Tokyo Game Show 2019

09/06/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Philippines’ idol group MNL48 takes their gaming experience to another level as they will officially launch their first card game app during the Tokyo Game Show 2019 to be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba on September 12 to 15, 2019.

MNL48 Abby, Coleen, Brei, Kay, Dana, Amy, Rans and Cess will grace the annual video game expo in Japan as one of this year’s guests to showcase the idol group’s exciting official card game app “Janken Senbatsu”.

The app is a fun card game wherein users can create their own MNL48 Janken Senbatsu and play against other players around the world. It also features video and music that will be exclusively available in the application.

Furthermore, MNL48’s Janken Senbatsu game app will be released officially for download this September on App Store and Google Play Store.

To witness the grand launch of MNL48’s first ever card game app with Abby, Coleen, Brei, Kay, Dana, Amy, Rans and Cess at Tokyo Game Show 2019, you can watch it via live stream to be announced on MNL48’s official social pages soon, so be sure to follow the group’s official social media pages, visit their website and download the MNL48 Fan Club App for free on App Store and Google Play Store.

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Official Statement: Kenkyuusei Frances now an official MNL48 member

09/06/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) would like to formally announce the promotion of Frances from Kenkyuusei to being an official member of MNL48 second year. She will be part of the Next Girls and will also be joining Team L correspondingly.

MNL48 members and the management are both delighted to have Frances, and we are all looking forward to the group's upcoming events. We want to extend our gratitude to everyone, especially the fans, who has always been there to support the girls.

HHE

Official Statement: MNL48 Ash bids farewell to the idol group

09/04/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) is truly saddened to announce that Ash will officially leave MNL48 due to personal reasons after sharing an incredible run with the rest of the group.

The 21-year-old idol member has spoken out that she will part with MNL48. With this in mind, Ash wants to leave a message to both her fellow members and fans:

“Hello everyone, this may be the end of my MNL48 journey, but this is only the start of my journey through life with all of you. I am thankful for all the experiences I gained throughout a year and a half together. It will be the memories I will treasure forever.

“I would like to thank everyone at HHE and AKS for taking the chance and for believing in what the girls can offer. Thank you for making MNL48 a reality, and for the opportunity for us to grow.

“To the members, keep on keeping on. Show your best smiles, and always stay strong for each other. To the fans, thank you for all your support. Please continue to send love to the girls and to each other.”

From all that constitute HHE, we are very grateful for her dedication, time and talent that she has contributed and showcased locally and internationally. We wish her the best of luck to her future endeavors.

Bearing this, HHE and MNL48 members will continue to move on for the best of our journey. We would like to thank everyone who continuously supports the group; with that, we are excited for more events and opportunities that await MNL48.


HHE

MNL48 inspires students of STI College Caloocan

08/30/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

From their humble beginnings, MNL48 has been continuously becoming bigger inside and outside of the country. With their successes in this year's AKB48 Group Asia Festival — both in Bangkok and recently in Shanghai —they're getting more spotlight and are now flourished with more events to showcase who MNL48 really is. From being students themselves, they are now being the source of inspiration to fellow students such as those from STI College Caloocan where they held a campus tour for its 36th anniversary last August 28, 2019.


Kenkyuusei members Frances, Karla, Trish, Nile, Sam, and Gia, had mixed emotions as this was their first time to go on a campus tour. Nervousness struck the girls before their performance because of the new environment and larger crowd, but afterwards were filled with overwhelming joy. The girls were happy to say "Magaan lang po mag-perform, mas ginanahan [kami] kasi parang ano rin naman namin, kapwa estudyante." The students watched with admiration as the Kenkyuusei performed 'First Rabbit' and their famous upbeat single, 'Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie'.

Loud screams emitted from the hyped-up audience when Senbatsu members Aly, Jamie, Alice, Ash, Faith, Jan, Gabb, and Thea, stepped into the stage with smiles on their faces. Their 'So Long' performance captured the hearts of the crowd while their fourth single 'Ikaw Ang Melody' had the students dancing and jumping around with glee.


It is certain that MNL48 leaves a great impact to the youth. Ronan, a fan of the idol group, said that "Ang MNL48 sa buhay ko is more or less inspiration to keep on doing what I do best. To be inspired sa mga ginagawa ko araw-araw... I mean, they're idols. One of their main purposes is to inspire."


A student of STI Caloocan and a dedicated MNLove, Ethan, also expressed that MNL48 is "source of enjoyment ko and distraction from daily life. I've worked harder in my life since naging fan ako and naging thankful ako sa kanila."

"There are moments kasi na hindi naman perfect yung day, then there will be struggles. Like I find it inspirational na despite the rough patch na nangyari, I still get through it naman pa rin," said Mark, a fan who finds inspiration by listening to the songs.

For the girls, besides hearing the cheers of their audience, seeing that a lot of people actually recognized MNL48 delighted them and boosted their confidence in performing.

MNL48 Center Girl Aly stated, "Nandoon po yung determination [namin] na maka-inspire ng ibang tao, even though we're still students we are reaching our dreams and that is to perform, [and] to be a good role model."

"It really really is a great privilege to be able to inspire," added MNL48 Gabb, "Gusto po namin mainspire sila na to reach their dreams lalo na sa mga gusto nilang ginagawa; gusto po talaga namin to be an inspiration to everyone." With that, she wanted to leave a message not just to the fans but to the students as well:

"Everything happens for a reason. Kapag may bumato sayo ng bato, matatamaan ka. Okay lang na mataaman ka as long as you get back up tsaka just do what you have to do and never give up. Pray to God, and also kapit lang sa mga close friends and family to [be] able to get positive energy."

This event showed that the hardwork of MNL48 truly pays off; especially when the young idols felt welcomed and loved by the school. They’d been given a Plaque of Appreciation from STI College Caloocan, as well as individual Certificates of Appreciation for each one of the girls. It has been an overall great experience for them and they are looking forward to meeting more fans at their upcoming Seitansai Event happening on September 8 and their Handshake Event on September 21 and 22, both to be held at the Movie Stars Cafe.

Download the official app of MNL48 and be updated with their latest happenings and future shows, as well as visiting their website and following their official social media pages.

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MNL48 thanks MNLoves for the continued support during 'Ikaw Ang Melody' Cavite Mall Tour

08/28/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Aside from the hype that MNL48 got during the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 recently held in Shanghai, the all-girl idol group expressed their gratitude for the support they continuously receive from their fans as they performed full of energy at the Vista Mall Dasmariñas Mall Tour last August 25, 2019 to promote their fourth single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’.

The event center was filled with booming chants and cheers of the fans as they watched their idols enter the stage and perform. Kenkyuusei members Frances, Karla, Gia, Trish, Nile, and Sam, were greeted by a lively audience as they start with the song ‘First Rabbit’, followed by their catchy platinum-award hit single ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie’ with their energetic choreography that makes the crowd dance along.

Later on, the avid fans of MNL48 shouted their cries of excitement as Senbatsu members Faith, Rowee, Jamie, Alice, Ash, Jem, and Thea, graced the stage with their ‘So Long’ performance. Not long after that, the girls gifted the crowd with their ever-lovely a cappella version of their latest single, before continuing to entertain the fans with their most anticipated ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’.

The heartwarming support and devotion of MNLoves is what motivates the MNL48 girls to keep on going, continuously improve, and remain enthusiastic during mall tours. For them, MNLoves are their energy boosters - the fuel who inspires them to continue giving their best in every performance.

MNL48 Jamie, Ash, and Alice showed their untiring energy and interest despite touring the whole weekend as the three of them went to another mall show the day before. “Sa tingin po ng iba ito po yung pinakanakakapagod na part ng pagiging idol pero for me it isn’t, it’s actually my stress reliever. I have something to look forward to at the end of the week, and sobrang saya ko po na makita ang MNLoves,” MNL48 Jamie said.

However tiring it was for MNL48 Ash when she was still in university, she’s happy and thankful she can finally give her entire weekend to the fans. “Di po siya nakakapagod dahil na-e-enjoy ko lang po ginagawa ko,” she stated.

MNL48 Team Captain Alice also wanted to tell the fans she's glad to be spending her weekend with them saying, “Despite my busy schedule, super happy po ako na makapagperform po ako sa kanila, ito po talaga yung gusto ko aside from studying.” It is without a doubt that the relationship between them and the fans is unfaltering.

As another way of thanking and giving back to the fans, MNL48 members are also looking forward to meeting their beloved MNLoves at the upcoming 4th Single Handshake Event happening on September 21 and 22 at the Movie Stars Café.

Meanwhile, following the success of AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Shanghai were MNL48 members Sela, Abby, Sheki, Rans, Coleen, Brei, Kay and Belle gave outstanding performances together with six of their overseas sister groups last August 24 at National Convention Center in Shanghai, China, MNL48 has recently announced through their Facebook page the launch of the international 48-Group web portal “48Circle”. Fans of AKB48 groups from around the world will get all the latest information, news, live reports, interviews and exclusive contents in multi-languages by signing up at www.48circle.com for free.


For MNL48 updates, be sure to visit the group’s official website, download the MNL48 Fan Club App for free on App Store and Google Play Store, and follow their official social media accounts.


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MNLoves congregate in Manila for ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Mall Tour

08/27/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

Fans were all out support for our very own Philippines’ pride – MNL48 – in their international and local stages as they participated in the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 at Shanghai, China and 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ mall tour at Lucky China Town, Manila simultaneously on August 24, 2019.

In Lucky China Town, Kenkyuusei members – Frances, Essel, Karla, Jean, Trish, Nile, Sam and Gia - were amazed by the sea of crowd as they opened the show performing their own version of ‘First Rabbit’ and ‘Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie. Hence, MNL48 Gia, enthused that “Sobrang happy and nakaka-overwhelmed ‘yung feeling kasi di naman ine-expect na ganto kadami ‘yung tao, and pantay pantay ‘yung support nila kahit may sarili po silang oshi, they never made us felt na hindi po isa sa amin napapansin”.

Meanwhile, the crowd went wild, shouting to the top of their lungs and supporting their respective oshis as MNL48 – Aly, Jamie, Alice, Ash, Kyla, Jan, Gabb and Grace - made their appearance and slain the performances of ‘So Long’ and ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’. Thus, MNL48 were over the moon because of the overwhelming presence of MNLoves in spite of the fact that AKB48’s event is also happening. Additionally, MNL48 Alice expressed her gratitude to fans “Despite of the heavy rain, we are glad to see them all sa pag-support dito sa Lucky China Town and sobrang dami ng tao kasi halo-halo ‘yung audience, mayroong gamers, MNLoves and fans of cosplayers. We feel blessed”.

Fans were also appreciative of MNL48 for not being complacent and still exerting their best efforts in every mall tours and mini-events, “Kahit buma-bagyo, sige pa rin kami kasi aside from our oshis being there, worthy ‘yung pag-punta dahil makikita ang efforts ng girls. Sila ‘yung dahilan ng kasiyahan naming, said by avid fans, MNLoves Naj.

Moreover, MNL48 will be having its jump-packed and exciting events – the successes and surprises of MNL48 for AKB48 Group Asia Festival were unending as they released the MNL48’s Limited Edition Shanghai Senbatsu Photo cards on sale, so hurry and order online because it will be just for limited time only up until August 31. Also, the most anticipated Handshake event for the 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ will be on September 21 and 22 2019. Lastly, ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Mall tour will be at STI Caloocan this August 28 and in more malls near you this September.

Never miss the latest happenings and updates in MNL48 including the announcements of the upcoming ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ mall tours, September Seitansai Event, tv and radio guestings and more by following the official website and social media accounts, also download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.


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MNL48 overwhelmed Shanghai fans in AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019

08/27/2019
by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 together with six overseas AKB48 sister groups dominated the international stage during this year’s second AKB48 Group Asia Festival held last August 24 at National Convention Center in Shanghai, China.

MNL48 Sela, Abby, Sheki, Rans, Coleen, Brei, Kay and Belle represented the Philippine-based idol group in the Asia Festival 2019 as they gave a world-class performance of their hit tracks “Bingo!” and newly released fourth single “Ikaw Ang Melody” during the joint concert, grabbing the attention even the fans abroad.

During the mini concert in the first half of Asia Festival, MNL48 proved that their singing prowess is also for the world to hear as they sang the acapella version of “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”, boosting #MNL48x48gAsiaFestival2019 to the second top spot on Twitter Philippine trends.

Sheki and Abby joined the WRD Senbatsu members in their special performance of “River”, “Kiseki wa maniawanai” and “Confession” during the main concert. Both MNL48 girls also jived with Coleen and Rans during “Nantesutekina Sekaini Umaretanodarou” while Brei, Sela, Belle and Kay sang and danced “Honesutoman”.

MNL48 also had special appearances when all of AKB48 Groups performed “365 nichi no Kamihikouki”, “Ponytail to Syusyu”, “Yuuhi wo Miteiruka?”. The girls also joined their other sister groups in concluding the event with “AKB48 Festival”, “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”, and “Kimi Niji to Taiyou to”.

Before flying to Shanghai, Sheki’s heart felt like fluttering as this is her second time to set foot on an international stage to flaunt how the group prepared and united to come up with their performances.

“Kinilig ako nung nalaman kong may Asia Fest ulit tapos ibang bansa naman, parang another great opportunity ‘to na makapagperform ulit kami sa international stage. Naeexcite din po kami nang sobra sa kung anong mangyayari do’n, ‘yung mga memories na magagawa naming hindi lang sa’min kundi ‘yung interaction na mabubuo rin namin with our sister groups,” Sheki expressed.

“Ineexpect ko na siyempre nandoon pa rin ‘yung cooperation, unity then syempre presence of mind sa lahat ng pinractice namin at syempre, sana kahat ng natutunan namin dito sa trainings ay mas mai-apply better sa China. Mag-shine talaga ang MNL48,” she added.

For Belle, her first performance before an international audience will be remarkable as this is her big chance to give everything she has.

“Aside from mapapakita namin ‘yung hindi pa nakikita ng fans, specially sa international fans, I’m very excited na i-share kung ano ‘yung meron ako at kung ano ‘yung natutunan ko sa MNL48. Super proud din ako na malalabas ko ‘yung talents ko hindi lang sa Pilipinas pero sa ibang bansa rin. Excited din ako kasi makikita nila ‘yung iba’t ibang versions ng MNL48,” Belle said.

Abby, who had represented MNL48 during the AKB48 Group Asia Festival Press Conference last July in Shanghai, was looking forward to perform with the rest of the girls and introduce Kay and Belle to other sister groups as they will have their first appearance in the Asia Fest.

“It’s a little overwhelming kasi finally hindi lang ako ‘yung makakameet ng ibang mga sister groups kundi pati ‘yung ibang members, especially sila Kay at Belle na first time mainclude sa Asia Festival. Nakikita ko naman na super excited sila and the other sister groups kasi pinaguusapan nila na excited silang makita ‘yung mga members ng MNL48 na first time magiging parte ng Asia Fest,” Abby shared.

The AKB48 Group Asia Festival began with a fan meeting which included a mini concert consisting of special and never-before-seen performances from AKB48 (Akihabara), JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (Taipei) and SGO48 (Ho Chi Minh).

Also included in the first part was a high-five event that followed AKB48 Group’s original concept of “idols you can meet” where fans were given the chance to meet their idols up close. The fans also enjoyed themselves with booths and fun games.

During the mini live concert, AKB48 Team SH Xhou Nian Qi was also celebrating her birthday on the same day of the event and was surprised with a birthday cake and greetings from the sister groups and fans.

The second part of the event was the much awaited dream joint concert where a strong number of 10,000 people filled the venue with cheers as 64 AKB48 Group members opened the show with “AKB48 Sanjyou”, “Aitakatta” and “Only Today”. After 26 songs, the all-girl squads capped off the show with the iconic “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.

AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 Set List

“The first part is where each group showed performances that are full of individuality, while the second part was a collaboration that can only be seen here, with WRD Senbatsu being the highlights. We really enjoyed it, and I’d like to do my best in every place where I can have concerts with my friends from all over the world,” said AKB48 Group Director Mion Mukaichi.

“I’m glad to be on the same stage with the international sister groups and I hope more opportunities like this will come in the future,” AKB48 Team SH Mao Weijia said in Shanghai.

Following the success of the previous and the recently concluded Asia Festival in Bangkok and Shanghai respectively, the fans and the girls are craving to see which country would their potentials and talents bring them next.



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