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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