Fans gather for MNL48’s much-anticipated 4th single Handshake Event
The Philippine idol group, MNL48, hit the stage, performed their hearts out and connected themselves to their local and international fans once more as they successfully held their 4th single ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Handshake Event last September 21 and 22, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe in Quezon City.
The handshake event is a tradition to all AKB48 groups following their unique “Idols you can meet” concept that allows fans and idols to develop a strong connection and special bond with the members while having the privilege to witness how their Oshi (favorite member) become more refined and developed during their idol journey. Since MNL48 is the first idol group in the Philippines who follows this system, this event is something different to the Pinoy fans especially those who are new in the “idol culture” making the group’s overall image more exciting and captivating.
Aside from concerts here and abroad, mall shows and other events that fans attend to see their idols, they are also eagerly looking forward for MNL48’s handshake events which are held every single release as this is their chance as supporters - from different fan groups and nationalities - to come together to meet their Oshi, shake their hands and to talk to them up close. In fact, for the group’s recent 4th single handshake event, there were fans that flew all the way from China, Japan and Indonesia to join the event and to meet their idols for the first time.
“The handshake event was super successful like the other handshake event we had po in the past, Masaya po kasi madami po akong nakita na new faces, new fans and new MNLoves na dumayo pa po galing ibang lugar like, Cavite, Batangas, Tagaytay and international po, Japan, China etc. and super overwhelming kasi nakikita po sa kanila yung love and support po,” MNL48 Gabb remarked.
For MNL48, handshake events are equally special to each one of them as this is their moment to connect with their fans, talk to them face-to-face, and to thank them directly for all the support they have given them. Like their fans, it’s the group’s venue to meet their supporters up close and personal, that is why they are always excited for handshake events.
The event is exclusive to fans that purchased MNL48’s CD singles and digital music cards that contain one handshake event ticket that grants each fan a 10-second interaction with their Oshi. Aside from that, fans never miss any handshake events for its other inclusions like the mini performances and major announcements that surprise not just the fans but even the members themselves, just like what happened during the group’s 4th single handshake event, after the performances of their latest single hits “Ikaw ang Melody”, “So Long!” and “Gingham Check”, a sudden reveal of the group’s upcoming Fifth Single Senbatsu which composed of its new center MNL48 Gabb and succeeded by Yssa, Belle, Jamie, Cole, Sheki, Abby, Sela, Aly, Dian, Yzabel, Laney, Rans, Alice, Kay and Faith, was announced.
MNL48 Gabb, who previously ranked #10 in the ‘Ikaw Ang Melody’ Senbatsu, sees this opportunity as a blessing and she swears to strive for the best as she will not let this chance go to waste.
“Nung nalaman ko ‘yun, hindi pa siya nagsisink in sa’kin kasi dati pangarap ko lang ito ngayon nandiyan na siya so I will really work hard para hindi ma-disappoint sa’kin ‘yung mga fans at pati ‘yung family ko. Nagpapasalamat ako sa MNLoves at sa pagmamahal po nila sa’min. Sana subaybayan pa rin nila kami hanggang sa huli,” Gabb expressed.
When asked what MNL48 Sela was excited about their upcoming Fifth Single, she said, “Magugustuhan ng fans ‘yung Fifth Single namin kasi new vibes, new set ng Senbatsu and new center po which is si MNL48 Gabb. And fresh ‘to kasi we all know na madaming naghihintay na si Gabb ang maging center and we’re happy for her kasi we know na she worked hard for it.”
Meanwhile, part of the recent handshake event’s surprises that thrilled fans even more was the introduction of the new Janken Game Lane which let fans play rock-paper-scissors with their Oshi, with signed photo cards and other exclusive freebies as prizes for the winners. This coincides with the MNL48’s recently launched card game app “Janken Senbatsu” last September 12 at the annual video game convention in Japan, Tokyo Game Show which will be available for download this September.
Jose Baking a fan, who queued for MNL48 Kenkyuusei Gia and even played Janken with her, said that he had been an avid fan since the beginning and even after everything his kami oshi went through.
“Sobrang happy lang kasi ever since Showtime era pa, sinusuportahan ko na si Gia. Tapos nung naging idol si Gia, grumaduate and bumalik as KKS, sobrang happy ko pa rin kasi kahit KKS lang, nandyan pa rin siya. Siya pa rin kami oshi ko kahit siguro after MNL48,” Jose said.
Feelings were surreal and indescribable as an avid fan, MNLoves Raniel John, expressed his thoughts about this unforgettable event, “Masaya kasi matagal na din simula nung nakapunta ako ng handshake event nila, sobrang saya na makita sila up close, sana next handshake event mas masaya and mas madaming pumunta.”
With the Fifth Single coming its way, another handshake event will be on the works and it can be expected that a bigger turnout of local and international fans will participate in this fan meet that is truly unique to MNL48 here in the Philippines.
While waiting for the next handshake event, MNLoves can show support to the girls as they are just weeks away from their first ever MNL48 team concert ‘No To Oshi Hen’ at Star Theatre Pasay this coming October 6 (Team MII), 13 (Team NIV), and 20 (Team L).
MNL48 will also grace the Japanese pop culture expo Coslandia 2019 on November 1, 2 and 3 at SMX Convention Center Aura so make sure to follow MNL48 official social media accounts and don’t forget to download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Google Play Store and App Store for the latest news and updates:
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