Celebrating their birthday as idols for the first time, MNL48 members Jan, Cassey, Grace, and Aly shared their special day with their supporters and fans on January 13, 2019 held at Movie Stars Cafe during this month’s Seitansai.
MNL48 Senbatsu together with the birthday celebrants wowed the audience with their kawaii performances of “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” followed by “First Rabbit” by the January Seitansai, and the ending the program with a lively performance of their platinum-hit song “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”.
Turning a year older where Jan celebrated her 18th birthday on January 5, Cassey’s 16th on January 9, Grace’s 22nd on January 13, and Aly’s 18th on January 11, the idols were given a surprise video birthday wishes from their parents as they celebrate their birthdays away from their family for the first time.
A special and emotional birthday greeting from Jan’s mother Magnolia Elaurza surprised the idol, “wag kang gi-give up sa mga pangarap mo sa buhay. Pasensya ka na at hindi tayo nakapag-celebrate ng birthday mo. Basta kaming pamilya mo naka-support lang dito. Mahal na mahal ka namin anak, alam namin na kaya mo lahat ng pagsubok na darating sa buhay mo. Sana wag ka magbabago at lagi mong tatandaan na si God laging nasa tabi mo.”
“Happy birthday to my beloved daughter, my wish for you in life is success, good health, and more blessings to come. Nandito lang kami sumusuporta sayo, we love you so much,” Cassey’s mother Jackeline Pestillos wished for her daughter.
“Happy birthday, Aly, I wish you all the best in life, more blessings and success to come. Basta tandaan mo huwag kalimutan mag dasal. Enjoy mo lang lahat-lahat ng ginagwa mo. Nandito lang kami ng papa mo na sumusuporta sayo,” Alma Padillo said, supporting her daughter Aly’s idol journey in MNL48.
“Happy birthday anak, may you have many more birthdays to come. Wishing you the best for everything, good health, and more blessings. I love you,” said parents Arminda and Saturnino Buenaventura to Grace.
After the heartwarming messages from the idols’ parents, the celebrants prepared exciting games and prizes for their fans such as the crowd- favorite Boom Balloon and Copy Cat.
Furthermore, four avid fans of Jan, Cassey, Grace, and Aly also got a chance to greet their Oshi, making the girls overwhelmed with happiness and thankful for their fans’ heartwarming support for their group and their efforts attending their events.
One of Cassey’s fans, Jayson Montanilla, expressed his support for her Oshi “Happy birthday! Lagi lang ako naka-suporta sayo kahit anong mangyari.”
“Thank you talaga, Jan dahil sayo sinisipag ako mag-review sa board exam, pinipilit ko i-solve yung problem na mahihirap,” Leonard Notorio expressed to his idol Jan.
“Happy happy birthday! Nakita ko sayo na hindi ka lang idol na nagsu-suot ng magandang damit, nakita ko ang isang babae na nagpu-pursige sa mga pangarap niya at ‘yon ang first impression ko sayo,“ Jesrelle Petracorta to Grace who also happens to celebrate her birthday on the same day as the Seitansai event.
Lastly, Arian Yupangco felt proud for her Oshi Aly celebrating her birthday with fellow MNL48 members. “Hi Aly, first of all, I’d like to say happy birthday. We are so proud of you, 18 ka pa lang ang dami mo nang na-accomplish. Alam namin na mas marami ka pang magagawa, you’re never alone sa idol journey mo. Pinapasaya mo kami araw-araw kaya gusto namin lagi kang masaya.”
Meanwhile, aside from MNL48’s AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 concert on January 27, the group is also preparing for their upcoming activities and events this January such as mall tour and their guesting on ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime on January 19, 2019. Make sure to follow MNL48’s official website and social media accounts to get the latest news and updates.
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