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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