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

by MNL48 Philippines

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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