As an early Christmas gift to their fans and supporters, MNL48 had their first successful Christmas mini concert held at Movie Stars Cafe on December 23, 2018.
The Christmas season is now in full swing and MNL48 treated their enthusiastic fans to a live mini concert with special performances of their chart-topping songs from their albums and big announcements that surely delighted the idols and fans as well.
Performing one of their newest songs in their latest Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie album, MN48 Team MII members described “First Rabbit” as one of their favorite tracks among their songs because the lyrics mirror their challenging journey in MNL48. “’Yung lyrics pa lang ng ‘First Rabbit’ ay humahalimbawa sa MNL48 journey namin from the start until now. Kung paano kami nagsimula at kung paano kami ngayon nag-grow as one with you MNLoves,” Alice said.
The Christmas concert for the solid MNL48 fans was followed by another crowd-favorite song “Palusot Ko’y Maybe”, from their second single, by Team NIV, showing off their newest official uniform for the first time.
One of the highlights of the event was a look back on their achievements as a group, from releasing their debut single, music videos, and being part of the Himig Handog 2018 which made them overwhelmed with pride and happiness.
Aside from the performance of their hit songs, hundreds of fans who attended the event also got to watch their Oshi perform a holiday favorite song “All I Want for Christmas” and MNL48’s new sub unit, the Gospel’s Christmas single “Amazing Grace” live. The first sub-unit’s members Brei, Belle, Rans, Aly, Faith, and center girl Sheki sang a capella version of the gospel hymn where the girls showcased their angelic voices to their fans for the first time.
As the girls wrapped up the mini concert, MNL48 gave their fans a heart-warming Christmas and New Year greetings and wishes; and performed their phenomenal second single “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie”, which is currently on the number one spot on iTunes and the leading music channel in the country, Myx Daily Top 10.
As 2019 approaches, MNL48 is already gearing up for their guestings for both local and international shows starting off this coming January and February. As announced last December 11 and during the mini concert, Sheki, Abby, Sela, Brei, Gabb, Rans, Jem, Mari, Faith, and Coleen will be flying to Thailand to take part and join their overseas sister group—AKB48 (Japan), JKT48 (Indonesia), BNK48 (Thailand), SGO48 (Vietnam), AKB48 Team TP (Taiwan), and AKB48 Team SH (China) at “AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019” on January 27, 2019 to be held at Impact Arena, Bangkok.
Gabb shared that being part of this event is the biggest blessing and opportunity for her. “Unexpected po kasi maraming deserving makasama sa top 10, and for me to be included is such a big opportunity. Promise po na hindi po namin kayo bibiguin.”
Sela also noted her excitement for the first Asia Festival 2019. “It’s such an honor to be part of this amazing event kaya naman po puspusan na ang pag-prepare namin kasi finally matutupad na ang pangarap naming makasama ang sister groups namin, kaya naman we’re very excited to meet them, the Thai people, and of course, try their Thai food.”
In addition, MNL48 had a surprise announcement to their fans where 10 lucky Fan Club VIP members will be given VIP tickets to witness the much-anticipated gathering of AKB48 groups for free.
Meanwhile on February, MNL48 Senbatsu is also set to perform to the grand finals of 2019 J-pop Anime Singing Contest as special guests organized by the Embassy of Japan on February 16 at SM Mall of Asia.
Before the year ends, fans should look forward to MNL48 I-school’s Christmas special episodes on December 23-25, 2018, and their special guesting on Myx this holiday season. Follow the official social media accounts to get the latest news on their upcoming events and activities.
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