MNL48 graced the stage of the 2019 JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals as the special guest performer of the event, organized by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, on February 16, 2019 at SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
As the special guest of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals, the Philippines' first idol group MNL48, represented by the Senbatsu members (Top 16) Ella, Faith, Alyssa, Kay, Jan, Mari, Lei, Jem, Rans, Coleen, Gabb, Belle, Brei, Sela, Abby, and Center Girl Sheki performed two songs during the event. The international sister group of Japan's AKB48, sang their single "First Rabbit" off their second CD release, and a special performance of the original/Japanese version of their platinum hit single "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie".
“First time po naming i-perform ang ‘Koisuru Fortune Cookie’ para sa mga fans namin bilang MNL48 members kasi po noong una po naming siyang sinayaw ay aspirants pa lang po kami,” Abby said on the group’s performance of the AKB48’s mega-hit song.
Sela also expressed her happiness towards their fans, dubbed as MNLoves, for attending the last JPOP Anime Singing Contest of the Embassy of Japan, describing the moment as another “opportunity” for MNL48 to help bring the JPOP and idol culture closer to the Filipinos.
“Masaya po kasi grabe po sila mag-embrace sa MNL48. ‘Yung performance namin talagang na-feel namin na nagugustuhan nila ‘yung binibigay naming energy and how we deliver our performance kaya nakakatuwa po kasi naa-appreciate po nila,” she shared.
MNL48 also invited everyone to join them on their “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” Handshake Event which will be held on March 10 and 17,2019 at the Centris Elements in Quezon City. Fans who wish to attend the group’s second handshake event may get their tickets by purchasing the Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie CD on the MNL48 official website www.mnl48.ph or Lawson stores nationwide where it contains one (1) ticket per CD album.
Moreover, the MNL48 First Generation Senbatsu members encouraged all the JPOP fans age 15 to 20 years old to register and audition for the MNL48 Second Generation idol search. As the first stage of the audition process opened last January 31, qualified candidates may apply from January 31 to February 28, 2019 through the MNL48 website or on the MNL48 Fan Club App available on Apple Store and Google Play for free.
The JPOP Anime Singing Contest is an annual event lead by Embassy of Japan in the Philippines as part of their goal to help strengthen the longstanding friendship between Japan and the Philippines through J-pop and cultural exchange. The singing contest was announced last November 28 where hundreds of amateur Filipino solo and duo singers sent their entries.
This Saturday, from 10 finalists, Embassy of Japan announced its winners where Julius Matthews and Racianne Castro Elorde won 3rd and 2nd place, respectively, where they took home exciting prizes from the event sponsors. While Sheila Faye S. Labanan won the grand prize of a four-day, all-expenses paid trip to Japan for two.
After 10 years of the successful run of the JPOP Anime Singing Contest, Japan Information and Culture Center Director, Ms. Junko Sato thanked its contestant and the JPOP-loving fans for their continuous support for the event.
“We are very grateful to the Filipino public for the constant support and interest on Japan and in this competition through the years,” she said.
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