MNL48 members Jem, Hazel, Sayaka, Dani, Dana, Kay, Brei, Faith, and, Lara celebrated their coming of age, Seijin Shiki with fans on January 13, 2019 held at Movie Stars Cafe, as they will be turning 20 years old this year.
Celebrating the momentous event, the girls talked about their goals and dreams as they welcome adulthood, dressed in beautifully designed Kimono following the tradition of wearing a ceremonial dress in Japan.
Seijin Shiki, an important rite of passage to Japanese youth is one of the most important holidays held every second Monday of January where it honors the young adults as they welcome responsibilities with their new liberties.
Faith shared how a shy girl had the courage to reach her dreams and to become an MNL48 idol, “I used to be the person na sobrang mahiyain, kahit nasa harapan na ang chances talagang umaatras siya, ngayon po na-achieve ko ang dreams slowly but surely.”
Brei also narrated her inspiring story on how rejections made her a stronger person. “Sa rejection and challenges po talaga ko kumapit, dati puro rejections tapos lagi ako napapatanong sa sarili ko, ngayon lahat ng ‘yon nasagot na. Dati po kaya akong patumbahin ng mga negatibo pero ngayon po nakita ko na ‘yung mga negatibong comment na ‘yun ay gawing positibo para sa pangarap ko.”
“Mas naging confident ako, nalalabas ko yung sarili ko. Gusto ko mas mag-improve pa ako, mas naging motivated ako. Sa dami ng pinagdaanan ko, masasabi ko na idol na ako and hindi ako susuko at magiging good example ako sa mga kabataan,” Sayaka noted her realizations in her MNL48 journey.
The girls performed their hit songs namely “Umiindak Na Saya”, Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, and “Talulot Ng Sakura”, followed by a fun game called “Future-rades” that made the crowd active and energetic.
Moreover, MNL48 members reminisced their idol journey, starting out as applicants. “Thankful po ako na may MNL48, and na-realize ko po na we are family,” Jem said.
“Sobrang laki po ng nabago sakin ng MNL48, mas marami po akong naging kaibigan, maraming memories na nagawa and marami po akong nai-inspire na tao. Pangako ko po sa sarili ko na mas magiging matatag and matapang po ako sa mga challenges and mas pagpupursigihan ko po para makasama sa Top 48,” Dani said.
Dana also added her everyday learnings on MNL48. “Araw araw po ako may natututunan and nalalaman para mas ma-enhance po ung sarili namin as a person and as an idol. And natutunan ko rin po pano makisalamuha sa mga tao. Panagako ko po na I will do my best, I will always give my all.”
Hazel then shared how MNL48 changed her. “Ang dami pong nabago sakin sa personality development po, how we talk, speak, siyempre po hindi po namin magagwa ‘yun kung wala ‘yung coaches namin. Sila po talaga tumulong sa amin para po magbago and mas maging idol.”
“Dati po boyish talaga ako, naging mahinhin na po ako ng konti, medyo tumahimik po ako kasi sobrag maingay po talaga ako at makulit,” Lara said.
Kay also expressed her happiness of being part of “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” and being the Captain of Team L.
Another highlight of the event was the “Childhood mo I-hashtag mo” where the idols explained the story behind their cute and memorable throwback pictures, and their given hashtags to the photos.
The girls also shared that they are looking forward for their AKB48 Group Asia Festival concert in Bangkok on January 27 where Jem told their fans to “not stress yourself kapag hindi po kayo makakapunta sa mga events namin because your love already supports us."
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