MNL48 continues Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie fever at Vista Mall Daang Hari

by MNL48 Philippines

New and loyal fans attended MNL48’s live performance of their hit singles at Vista Mall Daang Hari on February 24, 2019.

Dana, Ruth, Faith, Jem, Brei, Sela, Abby, Alice, and Center Girl Sheki visited their fans in Daang Hari where the girls performed their hit tracks “First Rabbit”, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, and an a capella version of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”.

The MNL48 idols were grateful for their fans’ support of their newly released music video “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” which quickly climbed to the number spot on the Philippine trends on Twitter, and thanked them for their continuous effort in attending their events from the beginning of their journey.

“First of all, thank you so much MNLoves for being there for us. Salamat kasi hindi niyo kami iniiwan sa lahat ng mall shows na kung saan-saan kami pumupunta andoon po kayo. Sobrang nagpapsalamat po kami, hindi niyo po alam kung gaano kami kasaya na andito po kayo ngayon. Maraming maraming salamt po,” MNL48 Team Captain Alice said to their fans.

Performing in Vista Mall Daang Hari for the second time around, MNLoves have definitely grew since MNL48’s first live performance at the venue.

“Sobrang dami niyo po ngayon, actually di po namin ine-expect talaga, nadagdagan po talaga tayo, ‘yung family ng MNL48 at MNLoves. Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong suporta and for coming here very early, sobrang na-apreciate po namin ‘yon. Na-enjoy po namin ‘yung time na magkakasama tayo, and I hope we make more memories together. Thank you very much po,” Faith said.

Meanwhile, the group also announced its Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie CD album is still available at the official MNL48 website or at any Lawson Store branch nationwide where each CD contains one handshake ticket to their second Handshake event on March 10 and 17, 2019 at Elements, Centris in Quezon. Also, tickets for their first-ever major concert “MNL48 First Generation: Living The Dream Concert” on April 6, 2019 at the New Frontier Theater are now available on

Moreover, MNL48 invited female fans to register and audition for the group’s Second Generation idol search where it had an ongoing registration booth at the event. Young talented females between 15 – 20 years old may register also through the MNL48 official website ( or download the MNL48 Fan Club app available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.

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MNL48 releases “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” music video

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Following the success of their Platinum hit single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, MNL48 launches its fifth music video, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” starring Team NIV members on Myx Premier and on its official YouTube page today, February 23, 2019.

“Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, the Tagalog version of their international sister group and the highest-selling J-pop phenomenon, AKB48’s “Iiwake Maybe” is Team NIV Captain Ecka, Joyce, Daryll, Jaydee, Ruth, Hazel, and Madie’s first time to star in MNL48’s music video joining other members Abby, Ella, Jem, Lara, Alyssa, Belle, Aly, Brei, and first time Center Girl Coleen.

Music video Director Carlo Manatad shared that he wanted the music video to have its unique concept showing how the girls enjoy singing the song. “I wanted to be very conceptual. Mas bubbly but at the same time fierce, para siyang combination ng very hip but also classy feel so you see the colorful side and the Victorian classic concept, but of course not being away from the usual dancing which is part of the whole song na maganda ‘yung choreography.”

Manatad, who started as a film editor and has been in the video production industry for years, believes that the girls are very talented and are all good performers. “Gusto ko lang din sabayan ‘yung energy nila kasi they’re good dancers, good singers deserve nila ng better output and showcase what they can do. Sobrang natutuwa ako they really have their own unique personalities, they’re very nice, very bubbly, very young marami pa silang matututunan.”

Moreover, being the center girl of the music video was a surprise for Coleen but admitted that she was overwhelmed and proud of herself and for her team for being chosen for the music video. “Sobrang natutuwa po ako na binigyan po ako ng chance and ng trust. Sobrang saya po talaga lalo nung nakita namin ‘yung sample shots, ang ganda po talaga kaya excited na po ako mapanuod.”

Team Captain Ecka also narrated her experience in shooting the music video. “Sobra po akong tuwang tuwa kasi talagang matagal na naming minimithi ito lalo na team pa namin ‘yung napili, kaya sobra po ‘yung preparation namin and excitement para dito.”

Additionally, being part of MNL48’s music video for the fourth time, Jem and Abby feel blessed that the management continues to trust them. “Nakakaatuwa po kasi ito po ‘yung para talaga sa Team NIV, inaabangan ng mga supporters. Tsaka binabasa po nila Sir Carlo ‘yung mga feedbacks ng fans kaya tingin ko magugustuhan po talaga nila ito,” said Abby.

“I feel so blessed po kasi from unang music video ng MNL48 hanggang ngayon po nakasama po ako, ang dami po namin pero patuloy po akong binibigyan ng chance to show po ‘yung capabilities ko as an idol. Dito po very challenging sakin ‘yung fierce portion, very different po,” Jem added.

Jem also hopes to feel all the satisfactions of the fans as they are very sure of the excellent quality of the music video. “They are full of ideas po, very easy to work with, and talagang nakikita po namin na gusto po nilang maging successful itong first idol group sa Philippines.”

Watch “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” Music Video here:

MNL48’s “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” music video quickly reached the no.1 spot on the Philippine Twitter Trends upon its release.

Meanwhile, MNL48 is set to conquer the big stage of New Frontier Theater on April 6, 2019; ticket prices are now available at

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MNL48 goes to Bataan for Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album mall tour and 2nd Generation Registration

by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 Center Girl Sheki together with Sela, Alice, Brei, Coleen, Dana, Faith, Jem and Ruth held their mall tour at Vista Mall Bataan on February 20, 2019 to promote their second album “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.


MNL48 gained new supporters as mall-goers got a chance to watch the group's live performances and listen to "Palusot Ko'y Maybe", "First Rabbit", and their platinum hit single "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie" off their second CD release.


Faith shared her thoughts about their first performance at Vista Mall Bataan “Honestly po kinakabahan ako kasi po first time namin dito and we still don’t know kung paano kami ia-accept ng mga tao. ‘Yung pag perform po kasi namin hindi po sya namimili kaya po ang sabi namin sa sarili namin, kahit anong mangyari we will still do our best at ipapakita namin what’s the heart of MNL48 and what our songs are really about.”


She also expressed her gratitude for the warm welcome they received in Bataan “pero as we perform po on stage, may mga tao po na nagsilapitan po para panoorin kami and nakakatuwa po na after the performance may mga bumili po ng merchandise namin na puro taga-Bataan and it shows po na untiunti na pong nakikilala ang MNL48. Thank you rin sa mga MNLoves na pumunta sa aming mall tour, bumyahe sila ng napakalayo para lang makita kami.”


Meanwhile, young females attended the mall show and watched the MNL48 members performed got interested to join the onground registration for the MNL48 Second Generation audition.


As the registration for the MNL48 Second Generation continues, Jem has one advice to all aspiring members "As part of the First Generation po, ang maia-advice ko po sa gustong maging MNL48 Second Generation ay kung pangarap po nilang maging idol at maging role model sa kabataan, kailangan lang po nila ay passion, eagerness, hard-working, at pagmamahal po sa ginagawa nila".


The registration and audition for the MNL48 Second Generation is still open for aspiring idols until February 28, 2019. Young talented females, single, between ages 15 to 20 years old may join the idol search through the MNL48 official website at or download the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.


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Fans unite to celebrate MNL48 February Seitansai

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Fans expressed their admiration to MNL48 February Seitensai as Quincy (February 11), Joyce (February 13), Yna (February 14), and Kyla (February 18) celebrated their special day during this month’s Seitansai event on February 17, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.

As a special treat to their fans who attended today’s event, MNL48 February celebrants performed a special number singing the idol group’s single “First Rabbit” off their second CD release, followed by “Paluso’t Ko’y Maybe” together with Senbatsu members, then later on finished it off with a performance of their platinum hit single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Turning a year older while being away from their respective family for the first time, celebrants became emotional as they watched their parents’ surprise video greetings.

Mrs. Roselyn Santillian, mother of MNL48 Quincy shows her love and support to her daughter even though she’s not present during the event. “Ang wish ko sa iyo anak ay matupad ang iyong mga pangarap, pag-igihan mo na ‘yung goal mong ‘yan through commitment ay matutupad mo ‘yun.”

Meanwhile, MNL48 Joyce couldn’t hold her tears as she watched her mother, Mrs. Maricel Daita expressed her longingness to her daughter, “Anak, alam ko hindi tayo masiyadong nagkasama nung umuwi ako diyan dahil busy ka pero naiintindihan ko at proud na proud ako sayo. Kahit na malayo ako sayo, ‘yung puso’t isipan ko lagi niyong kasama.”

MNL48 Kyla’s mom, Mrs. Linelou De Catalina also wishes her daughter all the best on their VTR greetings, “Always have a happy life and continue to the best version of yourself. We’re so proud of you and what you may become; and remember, we love you to the moon and back.”

“Mother knows best po talaga. Salamat po sa pagsuporta sa aking MNL48 journey”, MNL48 Kenkyuusei Yna showed her gratefulness as her mother Mrs. Marylyn Salazar guided her as she turned 17 this year, “ipaubaya mo sa Diyos ang lahat ng bagay na meron ka at lagi kang magpasalamat. Ipagpatuloy mo ‘yung pagiging mabuting anak at kapatid sa amin. Kung saan ka man makarating nandito lang kami at handang sumuporta sayo.”

After the heartwarming messages from their loved ones, celebrants also prepared fun activities such as “Do you know your Oshi?” and “Copy Cat! Valentines Edition”. Lucky fans who got a chance to play with their idols and received special prizes from the celebrants.

Furthermore, four supporters namely Jianro Fadul, Maria Sophia Soledad, Kojima Mako and Polavis Anna Salazar were given the chance to give their birthday greetings and special messages to their kamioshi which made the celebrants emotional and grateful.

“Happy birthday Yna, yang career mo ngayon ingatan at alagaan mo, pero syempre ingatan mo rin ‘yung sarili mo at wag mo ring papabayaan ‘yung pag-aaral mo.” Polavis Anna Salazar said advising Yna on her idol journey.

The members also took the time to show their gratitude to their fans, Quincy expressed her love for their supportive fans, and thanked them for their time and effort to attend their birthday celebration today and advised them to take care of themselves. “Sunday is supposed to be your rest day pero nandito po kayo ngayon at kasama naming mag-celebrate ng aming birthday, maraming salamat po. “Thank you po sa lahat ng pumunta kasi po kayo yung nag-fill-in sa kulang ng aming puso” Kyla added.

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MNL48 brings joy at Sta. Maria Fiesta and Lipa Love Fest

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MNL48 celebrates at Sta. Maria Town Fiesta and Lipa Love Fest as members perform respectively as guests on February 16, 2019.

Aside from “iCan Dance Contest” held during the annual celebration, Tin, Ash, Grace, Quincy, Kyla, Dian, Gia, Shaina, Jewel, Thea, Princess, Shaira, Sha, Nice, Cassey and Alice energetically performed their 2nd single tracks “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Lara, Joyce, Aly, Daryll, Jaydee, Ruth, Hazel, Ecka, Madie, Necca, Sayaka, Essel, Cess, Erica, Dana, and Andi, on the other hand, also sang and danced their 2nd single songs at the star-studded Lipa Love Fest 2019.

Alice expressed her happiness that MNL48 was invited to perform at Sta. Maria, Bulacan especially that this is their third out of town event apart from Dagupan and Lipa. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat po kami at happy po na mai-introduce po ‘yung MNL48 sa ibang lugar dito sa Pilipinas, kaya po gagalingan po namin, and sobrang thankful and blessed lang po kami.”

She also said that they are very thankful to their MNLoves for giving them strength and inspiration to always do their best. “Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ‘yung MNL48 kasi kahit saang sulok po ng Pilipinas sinusuportahan po ng MNLoves yung mga shows po namin kung saan man po kami pumunta and sobrang effort po talaga.”

“Kaya salamat talaga MNLoves dahil sainyo ginaganahan pa po kami and mas ginagalingan pa po naming mag perform kasi alam naming na nanunuod kayo hindi lang yung mga bagong MNLoves sana kundi andyan pa rin kayo para suportahan kami sa lahat ng journey ng MNL48. We love you!” Alice added.

The girls also promoted the group’s Pagibig Fortune Cookie Handshake Event which will be held soon at Eton Centris Elements.

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MNL48 performs as special guest at the 2019 JPOP Anime Singing Contest

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MNL48 graced the stage of the 2019 JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals as the special guest performer of the event, organized by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, on February 16, 2019 at SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

As the special guest of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals, the Philippines' first idol group MNL48, represented by the Senbatsu members (Top 16) Ella, Faith, Alyssa, Kay, Jan, Mari, Lei, Jem, Rans, Coleen, Gabb, Belle, Brei, Sela, Abby, and Center Girl Sheki performed two songs during the event. The international sister group of Japan's AKB48, sang their single "First Rabbit" off their second CD release, and a special performance of the original/Japanese version of their platinum hit single "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie".

“First time po naming i-perform ang ‘Koisuru Fortune Cookie’ para sa mga fans namin bilang MNL48 members kasi po noong una po naming siyang sinayaw ay aspirants pa lang po kami,” Abby said on the group’s performance of the AKB48’s mega-hit song.

Sela also expressed her happiness towards their fans, dubbed as MNLoves, for attending the last JPOP Anime Singing Contest of the Embassy of Japan, describing the moment as another “opportunity” for MNL48 to help bring the JPOP and idol culture closer to the Filipinos.

Masaya po kasi grabe po sila mag-embrace sa MNL48. ‘Yung performance namin talagang na-feel namin na nagugustuhan nila ‘yung binibigay naming energy and how we deliver our performance kaya nakakatuwa po kasi naa-appreciate po nila,” she shared.

MNL48 also invited everyone to join them on their “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” Handshake Event which will be held on March 10 and 17,2019 at the Centris Elements in Quezon City. Fans who wish to attend the group’s second handshake event may get their tickets by purchasing the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie CD on the MNL48 official website or Lawson stores nationwide where it contains one (1) ticket per CD album.

Moreover, the MNL48 First Generation Senbatsu members encouraged all the JPOP fans age 15 to 20 years old to register and audition for the MNL48 Second Generation idol search. As the first stage of the audition process opened last January 31, qualified candidates may apply from January 31 to February 28, 2019 through the MNL48 website or on the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.

The JPOP Anime Singing Contest is an annual event lead by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines as part of their goal to help strengthen the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines through J-pop and cultural exchange. The singing contest was announced last November 28 where hundreds of amateur Filipino solo and duo singers sent their entries.

This Saturday, from 10 finalists, Embassy of Japan announced its winners where Julius Matthews and Racianne Castro Elorde won 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, where they took home exciting prizes from the event sponsors. While Sheila Faye S. Labanan won the grand prize of a four-day, all-expenses paid trip to Japan for two.

After 10 years of the successful run of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest, Japan Information and Culture Center Director, Ms. Junko Sato thanked its contestant and the JPOP-loving fans for their continuous support for the event.

“We are very grateful to the Filipino public for the constant support and interest on Japan and in this competition through the years,” she said.

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MNL48 successfully holds Valentine’s mini concert treat for fans

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MNL48 shares the love this Valentine’s season as they treat their fans to a delightful mini live concert today, February 17, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.

The event kicked off with the group’s performance of their hit single “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, “Umiindak Na Saya”, “Talulot Ng Sakura”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Sharing their experiences in love, Cess shared how she appreciates the love of her family who are always there by her side. “Pamilya kahit saan man tayo pumunta at kahit anong sikat natin or marating, mananatili pa rin sila sa ating tabi.”

“Love is not measured by material things, ‘yung memories ang bubuo ng love sa aming family. ‘Yung love nila is unconditional, hindi sila nanghihingi ng kapalit, gusto lang nila maging masaya tayo and nakikita nila paano tayo mag grow,” Faith added how the love of her family makes her stronger.

Jem also explained that the love of friendship is something that people should also value. “Love for friendship forever ‘yan, inspiration and never-ending, kapag nakapag-invest ka ng love for a friend forever ‘yun.”

“Kasama sa buhay natin ‘yang friendship na parang family na, may special spot sila sa heart natin,” Team NIV Captain Ecka said.

One of the highlights of the event was Sheki, Abby, Sela, Rans, Coleen, Gabb, Jem, Brei, Faith, and Mari sharing about their unforgettable experiences and encounter with other sister groups’ members in the recent AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

MNL48 Abby expressed her happiness in being able to travel together as a group to perform in front of a bigger crowd with international fans. “Sobrang nakakatuwa po kasi ang dami po naming na-meet na sister groups and ‘yung mga songs po namin napakita na namin internationally. Marami rin natuwa dun sa acoustic version na kinanta po namin, talaga pong lumabas daw ‘yung talent ng MNL48, kumanta po kami ng live, and sobrang unforgettable po noon pati po international fans na-meet namin.”

After reminiscing their experiences in their first international concert, girls also incredibly sang the acoustic versions of “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” in today’s Valentine’s event for the first time here in the Philippines.

Fans who attended the Valentine’s mini live concert also had a sneak peak of the MNL48 documentary which will be released very soon that mirrors the emotions of the members throughout their MNL48 journey.

The fans were in for a surprise as the idol group officially announced its third single, revealing the new Senbatsu members Sayaka, Kay Lei, Faith, Mari, Jem, Belle, Coleen, Abby, Sela, Rans, Brei, Ruth, Dana, Dian, and Sheki who remains to be the Center Girl.

New Senbatsu member, Dian emotionally expressed her gratitude on being part of the Top 16 for the first time. “I want to thank God for giving me such a big blessing sa buhay ko, and sa trust po ng MNL48, sa lahat ng MNL48 sisters ko, sa lahat ng MNLoves maraming marmaing salamat po. Being a Senbatsu is a privilege po, I will do my very best po para magampanan ng maayos ‘yung position ko.”

Moreover, Ruth described the opportunity as an “answered prayer”. “I waited for this for so long, sobrang blessed po ako. Ito na ‘yung perfect time na binigay sakin ni Lord para mas makapagpasaya and maka-inspire ng ibang tao. Sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng taong di nagsasawang magtiwala sa akin and sumuporta.”

Dana, one the other hand felt blessed that even though there are lots of deserving members, she became one of the new Senbatsu members for the third single.

Moreover, before the release of the group’s much-anticipated third single, fans will finally see MNL48’s upcoming fifth music video “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” which stars Team NIV. The said video will be out on February 23 on MNL48’s official YouTube page.

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MNL48 opens registration for 2nd Generation

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MNL48 officially opens the registration for young talented females to join the search for MNL48 Second Generation members on Thursday, January 31, 2019 through its official Fan Club App and website.

The search was first announced last January 19 during MNL48's guesting on ABS-CBN's It's Showtime and through the idol group's social media pages. The registration for the Second Generation will run from January 31, 2019 until February 28, 2019 only.

On Thursday, the requirements for the Second Generation search were also released along with the mechanics. So, who are qualified to join the search?


1. Female, Single between the ages of 15 to 20 years old and a Philippine resident

2. Must not be under any artist/talent contractual agreement that would prohibit the contestant from entering into a management contract with MNL48.

Just like last year's audition for MNL48 First Generation, Second Generation aspirants will register through the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play or through MNL48 official website at

Looking back, MNL48 First Generation search garnered 4,134 applicants from the online and nationwide registration and audition tour, and following its success, MNL48 Second Generation search is expected to receive thousands of applications from talented girls around the country who hopes to be part of the Philippines’ first idol group, MNL48.

After the registration and audition process, aspirants who will be chosen from the first stage will move on to the next stage of the audition process that will start on March 2019. Finalists of MNL48 Second Generation will be announced on March 22, 2019.

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AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok presented by Shanda Games

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AKB48 held its first AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok where seven international sister groups gathered in one stage at Impact Arena on January 27, 2019.

AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 was the first time that JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (Taipei), SGO48 (Ho Chi Minh) and AKB48 (Akihabara) were gathered for a joint concert after seven years since the idol groups were formed.

Everyone was excited to witness the joint concert of all sister groups where fans enjoyed the group’s songs and special performances during the memorable event.

The event was divided into two segments. The first segment followed the concept of “Idols you can meet” where fans had the chance to get up close, have a High-5 with all international sister groups for the first time in AKB48 history. The mini live concert of each group was also held during the first segment.

During the mini concert of AKB48, Yui Yokoyama and five other co-members introduced their official mobile game, “AKB48 Cherry Bay Blaze” during their performance of “Iiwake Maybe” where each member’s characters were flashed on the screen. Global pre-order of the game was also announced as they hope to get the fans to support the AKB48 Group even in the world of virtual gamming.

On the second segment, a total of 30 songs were performed by seven sister groups which started off with AKB48’s hit song “Aitakatta” as the crowd loudly cheered with joy. For the finale, all 76 international members sang and dance to their phenomenal single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”.

Yui Yokoyama of AKB48 expressed her thoughts in joining their sister groups in one stage. “I was so nervous since this was the first time that all international groups will gather in one concert, but I felt happy that we were able to unite with other groups to sing AKB48 songs even in different languages.”

“We all came from different regions with different culture and activities, but I believe we are in one team, we will try hard to make these groups successful and today is a great start for it,” she added.

BNK48 Center Girl Cherprang also commented “it was a happy day for us to be with our wonderful senior members from AKB48. Thank you so much!”

Meanwhile, AKS is planning to hold Asia Festivals in different regions because of the success of AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019, hoping to make the idol culture known in the world.

Asia Festival outline

Title: AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok presented by Shanda Games

Date: January 27, /2019 (Sunday)

Venue: Impact Arena (Bangkok, Thailand)

Performer: AKB48 7 groups (AKB48/JKT48/BNK48/MNL48/Team SH/Team TP/SGO48)

Program : Part 1 (12 pm to 4 pm) AKB48 Group・Asia Festival・Event

Part 2 (7 pm to 9:30 pm) AKB48 Group Joint Concert

Host: Executive committee of AKB48 Group Asia Festival (AKS/ZAAP/SHANDA GAMES)

Special sponsor: SHANDA GAMES



Broadcast/Stream: TOHOKU FILM CORPORATION (Japan)/AIS(Thai)

AKB48 Yui Yokoyama, Juri Takahashi, Nana Okada, Mion Mukaichi, Yui Oguri, Megu Taniguchi, Satone Kubo, Narumi Luranoo, Rin Okabe, Miu Shitao
JKT48 Nurhayati, Feni Fitriyanti, Sinka Juliani, Stephanie Pricilla Indarto, Cindy Yuvia, Shania Gracia, Shani Indira Natio, Ratu Vienny Fitrilya, Ayana Shahab, Ayu Safira Oktaviani
BNK48 Pun, Cherprang, Wee, Music, Noey, Orn, Jennis, Kaew, Tarwaan, Namneung, Mobile, Kaimook, Pupe, Fond, Mewnich, June
MNL48 Abby, Brei, Coleen, Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Rans, Sela, Sheki
AKB48 Team SH Dong Fangchi, Li Shiql Liu Nian, Mao Weijia, Shen Ying, Wei Xin, Wu Anqi, Xu Yiting, Zhai Yujia, Zhu Ling
AKB48 Team TP Tseng Shih-Yu, Chen Shih, Maria Abe, Liu Yu-Ching, Pan Tzu-Yi, Liu Jie-Ming, Sin Tik Kei, Chiu Pin-Han, Lin Yu-Hsin, Lee Meng-Chun
SGO48 Truc Pham, Anna, Hikari, Janie, Kaycee, Le Trang, Linh Mai, Mon, Sachi, Trung Duong
1. Aitakatta (All 76) 18. Kibouteki Refrain (AKB48)
2. Medley (All 76) 19. Jabaja (AKB48)
3. Shonichi (SGO48) 20. #SukiNanda (AKB48)
4. Shoujotachi yo (SGO48) 21. Heavy Rotation (WRD48 Senbatsu
5. Mae Shika Mukanee (AKB48 Team TP) 22. Tenshi no Shippo (Sin Tik-kei, Liu Nian, Trần Cát
6. Sougen no Kiseki (AKB48 Team TP) 23. Blue rose (Shekinah Arzaga, Cindy
Yuvia, Punsikorn Tiyakorn, Võ Phan Kim Khánh)
7. LOVE TRIP (AKB48 Team SH) 24. Temodemo no Namida (Cherprang
Areekul, Okada Nana)
8. 365nichi no Kamihikouki (AKB48 Team SH) 25. Heart Gata Virus (Chiu Pin-han, Oguri
Yui, Praewa Suthamphong)
9. PARTY ga Hajimaru yo (MNL48) 26. End Roll (Mao WeiJia, Shani Indira Natio, Jennis
Oprasert, Abelaine Trinidad)
10. First Rabbit (MNL48) 27. Tsuki to Mizukagami (Yokoyama Yui, Mukaichi
Mion, Natruja Chutiwansopon (Piano))
11. Iiwake Maybe (MNL48) 28. Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara
12. RIVER (BNK48) 29. After Rain (All 76)
13. Oogoe Diamond (BNK48) 30. Everyday, Katyusha (All 76)
14. Kimi wa Melody (BNK48) 31. Sakura no Hanabiratachi (All 76)
15. UZA (JKT48) 32. AKB Festival (All 76)
16. Flying Get (JKT48) 33. Koi Suru Fortune Cookie (All 76)
17. High Tension (JKT48)

MNL48’s international debut

The AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 was indeed a dream concert not just for the fans but also for the seven sister groups who participated in the event, and as for MNL48 the joint concert paved the way for the goup’s international debut.

Attended by thousands of fans from all over the world, MNL48 wowed the crowd on their first overseas show as they proudly showcased their talents in front of an international crowd performing their hits and sharing the stage with their sister groups.

For the first segment, MNL48 Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Brei, Rans, Coleen, Sela, Abby and Sheki joined their sister groups for the much-anticipated “high-5” event and the mini concert performing an acoustic version of their hits “Aitakatta - Gustong Makita”, “Palusot Ko'y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.

Meanwhile for the joint concert, MNL48 did not disappoint as Faith, Gabb, Jem, Mari, Brei, Rans, Coleen, Sela, Abby and Sheki delivered flawless performances of “Party Himajirou yo”, “First Rabbit” and “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” which earned #MNL48 a spot on the trending topics in the Philippines on Twitter together with the #AKB48AsiaFest.

MNL48 center girl Sheki also had a special moment with other members performing a multilingual version of “Blue Rose” while Abby was also given a chance to perform together with fellow idols selected from each sister groups as they sang “End Roll”. After Sheki’s performance, her name trended as well on Philippines Trends on Twitter.

One of the highlights of events was the performance of the Asia Festival World Senbatsu members where MNL48 Sheki and Abby joined Music (BNK48), Shani Indiranatio (JKT48), Anna (SGO48), Mao Wei Jia (ABK48 Team SH), Yui Oguri (AKB48), Sin Tik Kei (AKB48 Team TP), Pun (BNK48), Nana Okada (AKB48), Kaycee (SGO48), Chiu Pin-Han (AKB48 Team TP) , Liu Nian (ABK48 Team SH), Cindy Yuvia (JKT48), Yui Yoko Yama (AKB48), and Cherprang (BNK48) as center girl as they perform “Heavy Rotation” on stage.

With the success of AKB48 Group Asia Festival this year, local and international fans, as well as the members of MNL48, couldn’t wait to see the group rock the stage once again on the next Asia Fest.

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MNL48 shares idol journey at Radyo Inquirer, gives message to the youth

by MNL48 Philippines

MNL48 idols Alice, Ecka, Dian, Daryll, and Essel shared their idol journey of being an MNL48 member at DZIQ 990 Radyo Inquirer on January 19, 2019.

Singing their chart-topping songs from their 2nd single and certified Gold and Platinum album, the girls performed “First Rabbit”, “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, and “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” live at the radio station’s Warrior Angel program hosted by Brenda Domato.

“Nagsimula po ‘yung group naming noong 2016 pa po, and umikot po ‘yung MNL48 sa iba’t-ibang parte ng Pilpinas. Siyempre po meron din online na audition kung saan pwede rin i-vote ‘yung mga gusto niyong makapasok sa MNL48,” said overall team captain Alice, adding that more than 4,000 girls age 15-20 auditioned to become part of AKB48’s fourth international sister group.

MNL48 member Daryll shared her experience when she eagerly auditioned for the all-girl idol group’s first generation. “Sinabi ko po kay mama ‘ma, parang kinukutuban na po ako dito, gustong-gusto ko po talaga makasali’. Ang dami ko na pong audition na sinalihan, tapos hindi po ako nakakapasok. Sabi ko po this is my time,” she narrated.

MNL48 undergo a meticulous training to prepare for their different activities and events, these trainings and lessons are needed to enlighten and help the girls to become an idol. “Sobrang dami po naming pinagdaanan, sa training pa lang po naming sa sayaw, kanta. Meron din po kaming personality development para po alam po namin ‘yung dapat itama sa amin at the same time matuto po kami hindi lang bilang isang idol pati na rin maging magandang impluwensiya sa kabataan,”Ecka expressed.

But their hectic schedule only makes the girls’ friendship and bond stronger “Sobrang saya ko po na nakakasama sila kasi marami po akong natutunan and nagtutulungan po kami sa isa’t-isa. If ever may hindi kayang gawin ‘yung isa, tuturuan ng isa,” Dian described their bond with each other and treating each member as a family.

Moreover, the girls also hoped that the youth will not give up easily to achieve their dreams, “kung talagang may pangarap kayo, abutin niyo po yon, ‘wag po kayong mag-give up, ‘wag kayong basta-basta susuko at talagang matutupad niyo po yung inaasam-asam niyo,” said Essel.

“Dream big, lagi kayong magtitiwala sa sarili niyo kasi in order to succeed you must first believe in yourself,” shared Team NIV captain Ecka who also feels blessed to have MNL48 as an opportunity to inspire other people and also be a breadwinner for their family.

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