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MNL48 3rd Generation (2021)

MNL48 (in short for Manila48) is a Filipino girl idol group based on Metro Manila, the 3rd international sister group of AKB48, after Indonesia's JKT48, and Thailand's BNK48.

MNL48 Theater will be located at Centris Station Mall in Quezon City Philippines and will open soon.


MNL48 Logo


On March 26, the planned project for the formation of MNL48, BNK48, and TPE48 was announced during the 2016 AKB48 Single Concert at the Kanagawa Yokohama Stadium.[1]
On December 3, during the visit of AKB48 Team 8 members in the Philippines, the MNL48 was first introduced to the general public, as well the launch of the MNL48 app, which will serve as the gateway for aspiring applicants.


On September 17, Hallo Hallo Entertainment, the agency behind MNL48, officially signed a partnership agreement with ABS-CBN Corp., one of the major television stations in the Philippines.
On October 13, Hallo Hallo Entertainment announced the registration and audition tour dates for MNL48's 1st Generation members.
On November 10, Hallo Hallo Entertainment holds 1st audition for MNL48's 1st Generation.


On January 20, ABS-CBN's "It's Showtime", officialy announced the top 200 members who qualified for the next round of competition. Throughout the competition, the aspiring candidates fought all the way to secure the top 48 spots, which are judged based through a combination of panel of judges and online voting via the MNL48 app.

On April 22, the "Meet Your Oshimen" was held at TriNoMa in Quezon City, Philippines, where three hundred lucky ticket-holding fans met and greeted their favourite MNL48 aspirants. 

On April 28, after 3 months of competition, Shekinah Igarta Arzaga was hailed as the Center Girl. Six days after the "Meet Your Oshimen", the 1st General Election took place at ABS-CBN, where Alice Margarita De Leon was elected as the overall team captain, as well as the team leader of Team MII. Members Ericka Joyce Sibug and Kaede Ishiyama were also elected as team leaders of Team NIV and Team L, respectively.

On June 3, the MNL48 1st Fanmeeting was held at Eton Centris Elements. The 1st generation members performed the Tagalized version of Aitakatta, Heavy Rotation and Sakura no Hanabiratachi for the very first time.
On June 8, less than week after the 1st Fanmeeting, two former top 7 members, Trixie Tano and Zen Inot announced their plans "to graduate" the group due to personal reasons. Their places were replaced by Ella Mae Amat and Ashley Cloud Garcia, who were part of the Top 16 girls of the group. Other members Mae Batocael and Vanessa Yap also said that they are leaving, paving the way for Alyssa Nicole Garcia and Princess Erica Sanico to take their spots in the rankings within MNL48. To fill the gap left by the four members who exited, Sandee Garcia, Coleen Trinidad, Francinne Rifol and Niña Editha Guirnalda were plucked from the roster of trainees, dubbed "Kenkyuusei," as replacements.[2]

MNL48's first concert at New Frontier Theater


On January 27, MNL48 participated in AKB48 Group Asia Festival Concert in Bangkok, Thailand where they performed with other international sister groups of AKB48 including JKT48, BNK48, SGO48, AKB48 Team SH, and AKB48 Team TP.

On January 31, MNL48 announced it's 2nd Generation Audition in their social media pages, the audition was privately runs until February 28, where 21 girls were selected and will be a candidate for 2nd General Election. According to MNL48's Producer Paulo Kurosawa, Only 48 members will be chosen to be a part of MNL48 Second Year and the one who didn't made it will graduate to their group. [3[1]]

MNL48 also releases it's third single, 365 Araw ng Eroplanong papel which includes voting ticket and Handshake ticket inside for it's 2nd General Election.

On April 6, MNL48 held it's first own concert, "MNL48 First Generation:Living the Dream the Concert." at New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, Metro Manila where all members including trainees performed and 2nd generation, candidates was introduced to promote for it's 2nd General Election.

On April 27, 2nd General Election was held where Jhona Alyanah Padillo new center was announced.+2nd General Election, Seven 2nd Generation Candidates and Five Kenkyuusei (Trainee) were promoted to MNL48's official members and was assigned to their new respective teams.

On May 1, Twelve members from the 1st Generation graduated from the group. However, some of them returned as Trainee including some of unchosen 2nd Generation Candidates as Mr. Paulo Kurosawa announced that there will be a collaboration with Tokyo Girls Collection during their press conference, they was chosen after the audition process. [4[2]]


On January 25, the Shonichi of Team MII in MNL48 1st stage.

On February 19, the group released the 5th single music video High Tension.

On March 13, they announced the 3rd General Election on It's Showtime, where the Team NIV performed 1!2!3!4! YORISHIKU! The event was slated on April 25, but it was later postponed the event due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Their voting timeline will be on March 15 until November 30.

On March 15, the 3rd generation member were announced, and will joining to 3rd General Election. A week later, Querubin Gonzalez withdrew from the group, also her candidacy for 3rd General Election.

On May 27, selected members Abby, Coleen and Sheki were participated on ONE LOVE ASIA, along with the other AKB48 Groups, and performed Koi Suru Fortune Cookie.

On June 10, Rans graduated from Team MII, which she was originally included on 6th single Senbatsu line up, was replaced by Alice.

On August 31, the top 3 members from Janken Senbatsu, which was held last November 3, 2019, was announced and formed Baby Blue unit, where Jan will be the leader of their unit.

On September 1, Baby Blue has released their debut single Sweet Talking Sugar.

On September 11, the group had a event of Team Regroup, where Team MII, Team NIV and Team L have a live stream on YouTube, to take a chance for fans to see again their favourite Oshis until October 2.

On September 30, Mr. Paulo Kurosawa announced that the 3rd General Election would be the top 36 promoted members, and the top 37 to top 48 would be their 3rd year Kenkyuuseis.

On October 30 to 31, they have a virtual event of Miss Halloween Pageant, hosted by Sheki and Belle. Also on the same day (except October 31), Jillian Shane Pilones withdrew from the group and her candidacy, and Valerie Joyce Daita graduated.

On November 23, they have a virtual live titled MNL48 Sulong Pilipinas Fundraising Show, in line for donations and support to the victims of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), which slammed in Luzon Island last November 11 to November 13.

On November 25, their unit (Baby Blue) released their 2nd single NEGASTAR, two days before the release of 6th single RIVER.

On November 27, their 6th single main song music video, RIVER, was released, followed on iTunes / Apple Music and auto-generated tracks on YouTube was released their coupling songs on the same day. Following on next day, the full single was released on streaming devices.

On December 23, the group released their 2nd digital single entitled HASHLOVE.


On February 6, their third general election announcement started. The top 48 members were announced in no particular order, which means that they will be the 3rd year members of the group.

On February 13, they announced the top 48 to top 17. The top 48 to top 37 will be their 3rd year Kenkyuusei members. The newly members from 3rd generation candidates were ranked within top 36, they were promoted to Team Unknown.

On February 20, they announced the top 16 to top 1 Senbatsu members for 3rd year, as well on upcoming 7th single release and their new Kami7 members. Also, Abby was hailed as their 3rd year center girl.

On March 17, Sheki was hailed as their new group captain, replacing Alice. On the same day, the announcement was also made that they will joined with fellow P-Pop groups BINI and BGYO, as well as artists from ABS-CBN Star Music and Star Hunt in an upcoming live event on March 19.

On March 21, AKB48 had an online press conference for their upcoming 3rd AKB48 Group Asia Festival that will held on June 27, together with JKT48, BNK48, MNL48, AKB48 Team SH, SGO48, AKB48 Team TP, and newly participation of CGM48.

On April 4, members Abby, Coleen, Frances, Sheki and Ysabel have a regular podcasts on Spotify. This was later appeared on Apple Podcasts.

On April 21, Baby Blue unit released their third single Stuck on You.

On April 26, the management announced that they suspended Aubrey Binuya due to her violations until May 25. During her suspension period, she was not allowed by the management to use her SNS and attending MNL48 related activities.

On April 28, the group celebrated their third year anniversary without any concert or special performances due to COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 19, the group announced that they will launch their first MNL48 Game Team Masters League starting next week, witnessing the battle of the five teams between Mobile Legends, PUBG, and Call of Duty. Selected members are Abby (for Pyro Manila 48), Coleen (for Stalwart League), Sheki (for Blazing Phoenix), Klaryle (for Pink Zugaikotsu), and Yzabel (for Padayon).

On May 21, Alice announced her graduation. 2 days after her graduation announcement, the group announced that she was now replaced by Rianna on 7th single Senbatsu members.

On June 29, Brei and Gabb announced their graduation.


MNL48 Members

Team MII

Team NIV

Team L

Team Unknown

MNL48 Trainee

MNL48 Overall Captaincy



One Shot Units

Non-music Units

Single Units


Outside MNL48


# Cover Title Release date
01 MNL481stCover.png Aitakatta
(Gustong Makita)
02 MNL482ndSingleCover.png Koi Suru Fortune Cookie
(Pag-Ibig Fortune Cookie)
03 365.jpg 365 Nichi no Kamihikouki
(365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel)
04 IkawangMelodyMNL.jpg Kimi wa Melody
(Ikaw ang Melody)
05 MNL485thSingleCover.jpg High Tension 2019.11.25
06 MNL486thSingleCover.jpg RIVER 2020.11.27
07 TBACover.jpg 7th Single 2021.XX.XX

# Cover Title Release Date Notes
Related Singles
Dalawang pagibig.jpg
Dalawang Pag-ibig Niya by Sheena and Krystal Ft. MNL48 2018.10.31 This is a collaboration for Himig Handog 2018
Digital Singles
Amazing Grace 2018.12.21 This was Performed by MNL48's Gospel Unit
HASHLOVE 2020.12.23 -


# Title Date
01 AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Bangkok 2019.01.27
02 MNL48 First Generation: Living The Dream Concert 2019.04.06
03 AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2019 in Shanghai 2019.08.24
04 MNL48 2nd Generation Members Team Concert: No To Oshihen! 2019.10.06 - 2019.10.19
05 AKB48 Group Asia Festival 2021 ONLINE 2021.06.27


Title Director Date Notes
ICYMI : I See Me Carlo Francisco Manatad 2019.10.21 The movie features various moments and behind-the-scenes of the 1st Generation Members of the group from their formation
Seikimatsu Blue Hashi Tetsuya Coming Soon Based on manga story by Shintaro Hirota, only Abby,Coleen,Brei,and Kay will participate in the Movie, the movie was expected to be premiered in Japan in September, and in December in Philippines
MNL48 Present : 2020 Vision ABS-CBN TV Production Digital Group (TVDG) 2020.03.11 Two friends, Sandy and Erika, meet for Valentine's Day: one no longer believes in love, the other believes she must not be alone for Valentine's. Together they experience a day that will change their views

on love, even for a short period of time. Erika is a hopeless romantic who believes in love and gives her all for love. Meanwhile her friend Sandy is frank and realistic and believes that "Valentine's Day is a social construct." She thinks rather than lets her emotions get the better of her.

MNL48 Present : Chain MNL48 2020.06 A student has gone missing... and a chain message has been spreading since her disappearance.
MNL48 Present : By, Us MNL48 2020.08.28 - 2020.09.05 Jackie gets her feelings all mixed up as her best friend Portia moves to Japan. She gets even more confused as she sorts her thoughts and realizes that Portia might mean a lot more than just a dear friend.

Media Appearance

  • It's Showtime [Abs-Cbn]
  • Umagang Kay Ganda [Abs-Cbn]
  • Asap [Abs-Cbn]
  • Letters and Music [Net25]
  • Myx Channel [Abs-Cbn]

MNL48 Events

Senbatsu Election

Sister Groups

External Links


Team MII

Alice (Captain) | Andi | Cole | Dana | Emz | Gia | Jamie | Jan | Klaire | Laney | Princess | Sam | Shaira | Sheki | Yzabel

Team NIV

Abby | Aly | Alyssa | Belle | Brei | Coleen | Daryll | Jaydee | Jem | Joyce | Karla | Lara | Miho | Nile | Ruth | Trish

Team L

Amy | Dian | Ella | Frances | Gabb | Grace | Ice | Kay (Captain) | Kyla | | Mari | Sela | Shaina | Thea | Tin


Charm | CJ | Glaze | Jana | Jash | Jie | Kath | Klaryle | Lyza | Miyaka | Rachel | Rain | Rhea | Rianna


Aitakatta | Koi Suru Fortune Cookie | 365nichi no Kamihikouki | Kimi wa Melody | High Tension | RIVER

Digital Singles

Amazing Grace

Sisters Group
AKB48 Group inside Japan AKB48 | SKE48 | NMB48 | HKT48 | NGT48 | STU48
AKB48 Group outside Japan JKT48 | BNK48 | MNL48 | AKB48 Team SH | SGO48 | AKB48 Team TP | CGM48 | DEL48 | MUB48
Former Groups OJS48 | SDN48 | TPE48 | MUM48