After the second General Election named their Top 48 members, MNL48 former members and Kenkyuusei were emotional during their Graduation Ceremony on May 1, 2019 at Movie Stars Cafe.
Performing their hit songs for one last time Ella, Gia, Jewel, Essel, Erica, Cassey, Madie, Necca, Nice, Princess, Vira, Mela, Yna, Karla, Hazel, and Sha bid their goodbyes to their fans.
“Masaya po ako kasi simula kauna-unahan hanggang huli, It’s Showtime days palang hanggang ngayon nandito kayo hanggang sa kahuli-hulihan ng journey namin,” said Ella, who ranked at the eighth spot during the first General Election last 2018.
Thankful for the fans that poured their effort and time for the group, Gia, who was in the 28th rank in the first General Election, appreciated their supporters for joining them for the last time. “We just want to say thank you po sa lahat ng nilaan niyong time para sa amin kahit anong mangyari ibibgay po namin ‘yung best namin para mapatunayan namin na worthy po kami of your time. Thank you po, hindi namin ineexpect na ‘yung salitang ‘fan’ pala ay susuklian pa ng mas higit pa sa pagiging fan, kaya sobra po kaming blessed.”
First Generation Center Girl, Sheki also gave an emotional speech for the graduates during the event. “Gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na maraming maraming salamat. You’ve done a lot for MNL48 para mapaangat ‘yung group. Lahat kayo may Center Girl spirit, sad lang na hindi ko lang kayo nakita lahat na mag Center Girl sa mga feature singles natin. Isipin niyo na lang na may plano si Lord para sa inyo, may nakatakda sa inyo. Gusto ko lang sabihin na hindi dito nagtatapos lahat.”
Still emotional from the second General Election, Martin Roy Regala will continue to support her oshi Gia in her journey. “When they ended with ‘Talulot ng Sakura’ parang fitting naman dahil it’s a graduation song pero mas emotional sa akin ‘yung ‘365 Araw ng Eroplanog Papel’ kasi it’s my favorite song and si Gia pa ‘yung center nung performance. Mabilis akong umiyak, mababaw luha ko, when I saw them cry, nagpipigil lang ako,” he expressed.
Long-time fan Brenan was also heartbroken to say goodbye to his oshi Nice, “sad po kasi ayoko pong makita na matapos ‘yung journey po nila, ayoko po silang maalis pero sana po hindi na siya sad. Don’t lose hope po marami pa pong chances may reason po baka po may mas magandang opportunity po for you.”
The fans were also able to shake hands with the 16 First Generation members and Kenkyuusei graduates for the last time. “Sinabi ko po sa kaniya na maging happy po siya kasi andito lang po kami para sa kaniya,” Brenan added when he met up close with his oshi.
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