MNL48 is set to join the AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 with six other international sister groups in another joint concert at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on August 24, 2019.
The second gathering of AKB48 Group JKT48 (Jakarta), BNK48 (Bangkok), MNL48 (Manila), AKB48 Team SH (Shanghai), AKB48 Team TP (Taipe), SGO48 (Ho Chi Minh) and AKB48 (Akihabara) in one dream stage was made official with the announcement on AKB48’s Facebook page on June 24, 2019.
The event will be divided into two parts, the first part will give the supporters the chance to meet and have a high-five with the seven groups, while the second part will be performances of each group and the joint concert.
Looking back, AKB48 Group held their first and biggest Asia Festival 2019 last January 27 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand where thousands of fans all over the world attended to witness the much-awaited gathering of the idol groups.
This time, MNL48 Belle and Kay will be flying with Sheki, Abby, Brei, Coleen, Rans and Sela to represent the group and showcase their singing and dancing prowess to the world. The girls underwent a meticulous audition process to have a chance to perform in the upcoming Asia Festival and meet their sister groups and international fans.
Being part of the Asia Festival for the first time, Belle admitted that she was surprised when she found out that she’s one of the members who will represent MNL48 in Shanghai. “Knowing that we'll be representing our country is more than enough. I felt delighted, of course, it's nerve-racking but it's exciting as well. I never expected I'll be part of something big in my MNL48 journey so I'm grateful for this opportunity.”
“I won't promise anything but I will do my best not to waste the opportunity to represent MNL48 and the Philippines, and to show my capabilities as a member of MNL48. I will continue to grow and improve myself so that when I go on stage of Shanghai, I'm already the best version of myself,” Belle added.
Moreover, from performing in AKB48 Group Asia Festival in Thailand, to being part of the manga series “Seikimatsu Blue”, and will soon fly to Shanghai, Coleen felt overwhelmed for the trust and international exposures she has been blessed with in just a year. “Siyempre po sobrang thankful unang-una po kay God tsaka sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin, at sa mga opportunities na dumadating. Sobrang na-overwhelmed po ako, at the same time kinakabahan po kung paano ko magagawa lahat ng maganda at maayos.”
“It is such a big honor and a huge thing, sobrang laking opportunity nito for us and for me, being able to showcase my talents and use it as an instrument to inspire people is the best part of this journey. Being able to see our sister groups and bond with them, and travel to other countries with my MNL48 sisters is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me,” Coleen said.
Meanwhile, AKB48 Group Asia Festival will be joined by AKB48 Team SH members Dai Ziyan, Li Shiqi, Liu Nian, Mao Weijia, Shen Ying, Shi Keyan, Wan Fangzhou, Wang Yuduo, Wei Xin, Wu Anqi, Xu Yiting, Ye Zhien, Zhai Yujia, Zhou Nianqi, Zhu Ling, and Zhuang Xiaoti.
JKT48 members Nurhayati, Feni Fitriyanti, Shania Gracia, Shani Indira Natio, Beby Chaesara Anadila, Tan Zhi Hui Celine, Ayana Shahab, and Adhisty Zara will also fly to Shanghai alongside with BNK48 members Cherprang, Pun, Noey, Mobile, Orn, Izurina, Niky, and Faii.
Members of AKB48 Team TP, SGO48, and AKB48 will be revealed on June 29, June 30 and July 1 respectively at https://www.akb48asiafes.com/.
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