What is MNL48

What is MNL48?

MNL48 is an all-girl sing-and-dance group, aging 15-20 years old (average age of 16.69) with 48 members and 13 trainees. The group is the Filipino version and the newest sister-group of the highest-selling J-pop phenomenon, AKB48, which started in Japan in 2006 and now has franchise all over Asia, including BNK48 (Bangkok), JKT48 (Jakarta) and TPE48 (Taipei), among others.

Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE) together with ABS-CBN created the first generation of idols in the country which aired on the multi-awarded noontime show, It’s Showtime.

Unlike other sister groups, the search for the official members of MNL48 was televised and the ranking of the aspirants were based from the votes/likes they earned through MNL48 Plus mobile app.

MNL48 First Generation will be performing daily at their very own MNL48 Theater, will have their music recording under Star Music, and international training under AKS, the prestigious talent management of AKB48, and will be the first Filipino endorsers of Tokyo Girls Collection that will soon open in the Philippines.

MNL48 History

MNL48 officially started when HHE sealed and announced its partnership with Philippines’ leading TV network, ABS-CBN on September 21, 2017. The two entertainment outfits co-produced the MNL48 talent search which started airing on January 20, 2018 on the network’s top-rating noontime show, It’s Showtime.

The biggest search for the newest idol group in the country kicked off last October 14 when it roamed around Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for its Nationwide Registration and Audition Tour and had its Grand Registration and Audition last December 2 and 3 at ABS CBN Compound to cap off its nationwide tour.

A total of 4,134 aspirants auditioned to become one of the first generation members of MNL48. The search for the official members of MNL48 aired for 14 weeks on It’s Showtime where they were given a chance to showcased their talents in singing and dancing. The aspirants also went through different trainings and challenges in preparation for the first MNL48 General Election.

Before the reveal of the official members of MNL48, the finalists held their first Handshake event on April 22, 2018 at Trinoma Mall where more than a thousand supporters participated in the “Meet your Oshi” event.

The first ever MNL48 General Election was held at Studio 4 and Center Road in ABS-CBN on April 28, 2018. The announcement of the Senbatsu was televised live on It’s Showtime where Sheki was crowned as the Center Girl.

The Under Girls, Next Girls and Kenkyuusei were also revealed with live broadcast on MNL48’s official Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

After the momentous General Election, the 48 girls were divided into 3 groups (Team MII, NIV, and L) plus the Kenkyuusei, where they elected their team’s leader.

On June 3, 2018, the MNL48 members together with Kenkyuusei successfully held their first fan meet at Centris Elements, where they first sang the Filipino version of AKB48’s hit songs Aitakatta, Sakura no Hanabiratachi and Heavy Rotation.

Meanwhile, fans can catch MNL48 girls on their daily online show, MNLife and MNLaugh, live on MNL48’s official Facebook page (@mnl48official) and YouTube Channel (MNL48) every 6PM. The shows are hosted by It’s Showtime's Hashtag members Luke, Maru, Nikko and Zeus.

MNLife airs every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while MNLaugh airs every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.