Philippines’ idol group MNL48 is beyond grateful for the overwhelming support of their fans for their “Living the Dream: The Concert” held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the New Frontier Theater.
The international sister group of Japan’s AKB48 wowed their fans as they mark another milestone in their career with the success of their first major concert directed by Direk GB Sampedro.
This is the first time the idol group had a concert since their debut in 2018, and they were able to attain with their mission to bring enjoyment and made their fans proud as they showcased their growth as an artist and as a group after a year of trainings.
“Tonight marks another chapter of our life pero kahit ilang beses kami makapag-perform internationally or kung saan man, there’s no place like home because you’re our home sobrang tagos na tagos sa puso ‘yung pagmamahal niyo sa amin,” MNL48 Center Girl Sheki said addressing her message to MNLoves.
“Sobrang honorable po na we’re finally showing you with what we have worked for from the start of MNL48,” Faith added.
The event started off with energetic performances from three Japanese idol groups, 7 Bridge, Fairytales, and Sokubaku Kanojo as opening acts.
The main show gave a non-stop excitement and heart-stopping live all-out performances of the group’s hit singles “Aitakatta – Gustong Makita”, “Umiindak Na Saya” (Team L), “First Rabbit” (Team MII), “Palusot Ko’y Maybe” (Team NIV), ”Talulot Ng Sakura”, “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, and their Gospel Song “Amazing Grace”, and a new set of AKB48 Tagalized songs namely “Tara Na Party”, “Labrador Retriever” (Team MII), “1234 Yoroshiku” (Team NIV), “Heavy Rotation” (Senbatsu), “Aisatsukara Hajimeyou”, “Kokoro no Placard”, and “Manila48”.
The Pinoy idol group also performed their 3rd single tracks “Igai Ni Mango” (Team L), “Bingo!” (Senbatsu), and “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” (Senbatsu) during the concert.
Considering that this was the first time that MNL48 performed in a grander stage with bigger crowd, Team Captain Alice believes that this is a dream come true for all the members. “Hinintay namin and hiniling namin ito sa buong universe, itong moment na to ang pinakahihintay namin. MNL48 is worth fighting for kasi meron pong naniniwala sa amin, kayo po ‘yung nagpapalakas sa amin para ipagpatuloy ‘yung pangarap namin.”
Moreover, Sela sends her heartfelt appreciation to their fans that have been supporting them in their idol journey and to all the people behind the success of the group. “Maraming salamat po sa wisdom, patience, sa lahat lahat we’re very grateful to all the people who believed in us and continually believes in us. Dati nagdo-doubt kami kung may manunuod sa amin kasi nagsimula kami sa wala, tapos finally nandito na kami sa harap niyo, grabe po ‘yung blessings ni Lord.”
Meanwhile, a special treat was given to fans who bought the SVIP tickets, receiving a handwritten message card from one of the members, MNL48 merchandise plus a limited edition hand bag and an exclusive hi-touch moment with the members on the stage after the concert.
As voting for the Second Generation General Election started last April 1 and will end on April 26, 2019 at 9PM, the concert also gave way to introduce the 29 new candidates for the General Election to be held on April 27, 2019 at ABS-CBN Vertis Tent. The new candidates together with the 48 First Generation members will vie for a spot in the 2nd Generation Top 48, following the tradition of their sister group, AKB48 of having annual election of members to determine new ranking.
The public may vote through the MNL48 mobile application or via website (click here) by simply entering the code from the voting ticket which can be obtained for every purchase of selected MNL48 merchandise from its website, or in any Lawson stores nationwide.
Watch the live performance of MNL48’s new single “365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel” during the concert and the introduction of the Second Generation candidates which was aired live on MNL48 official Facebook page (click here).
Visit the MNL48 website and official social media accounts for more information and download the MNL48 Fan Club app to get the latest updates.
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