MNL48 reveals First Generation Members

The Philippines’ very own version of Japan’s highest-selling all-girl idol group, AKB48, is finally here. After the nationwide search for the first and biggest idol group in the country, Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. (HHE), together with ABS-CBN, launched the First Generation members of MNL48 during its first General Election last April 28 on It’s Showtime.

It was a momentous event for both MNL48 finalists and fans who gathered in ABS-CBN’s Studio 4 and Center Road to witness the announcement of the result of the General Election. A total of 72 finalists took part in the election after three months of hard work and dedication, however only 48 aspirants were announced as the first generation members while remaining aspirants where luckily considered as Kenkyuusei (Trainees).

Fans flocked at Studio 4 and Center Road with their stick lights, fan-made banners and shirts to show their support for their Oshi (favorite). Aside from the announcement of the first generation members, fans were also thrilled to find out the ranking of the each member; the Senbatsu (rank 1-16) and the reveal of the Center Girl, who will be the face of MNL48

As soon as the ceremony began, the excitement of fans and the finalists were evident as loud cheers from the audience inside the Studio 4 and Center Road filled the venue. After the MNL48 opening, the announcement of rank 16 to 8 were revealed.

Following the reveal of rank 16 to 8 girls, the much-awaited announcement of rank 7 to 2 and the Center Girl were finally declared. The crowned center girl of this year's election was Sheki while rank 2 and 3 went to Abby and Sela followed by Tin at rank 4, Zen at rank 5, Alice at rank 6, and Trixie joined the Kami 7 (rank 1-7) at rank 7.

The announcement of Senbatsu and Center Girl were televised live on Its’ Showtime while the reveal of Under Girls (rank 17 to 32), Next Girls (rank 22 to 48), and the Kenkyuusei were broadcasted live on MNL48 Online via its official Facebook page and YouTube Channel. The ranking of the MNL48 first Generation were based from the votes they earned on the MNL48 Plus app during the General Election voting period from April 14 to April 27 until 1PM.

Check out the full results below:

01. Sheki

[Senbatsu] (2nd ~ 16th)
02. Abby
03. Sella
04. Tin
05. Zen
06. Alice
07. Trixie
08. Ella
09. Ash
10. Gabb
11. Jem
12. Sayaka
13. Faith
14. Lara
15. Grace
16. Quincy

[Under Girls] (17th ~ 32nd)
17. Alyssa
18. Erica
19. Nice
20. Joyce
21. Kyla
22. Dian
23. Belle
24. Jan
25. Dana
26. Aly
27. Mari
28. Gia
29. Daryll
30. Van
31. Essel
32. Jaydee

[Next Girls]  (33rd ~ 48th)
33. Shaina
34. Kay
35. Ruth
36. Sha
37. Shaira
38. Brei
39. Lei
40. Jewel
41. Hazel
42. Necca
43. Mae
44. Ecka
45. Thea
46. Princess
47. Madie
48. Cess

1. Emz
2. Arol
3. Coleen
4. Rowee
5. Niah
6. Kana
7. Andi
8. Vira
9. Mela
10. Vern
11. Ikee
12. Rans
13. Cassey
14. Karla
15. Laney 
16. Dani
17. Nina
18. Eda
19. Yna

Last April 30, 2018, The MNL48 First Generation girls attended their very first press conference at Hive Hotel and Convention Place in Quezon city. The girls performed an amazing short dance number to brightened up the afternoon. After the performance, the girls smartly answered all the questions of the press and bloggers during the event.

Meanwhile, big opportunities await our MNL48 First Generation. Just like their other sister groups, MNL48 First Generation will be performing daily at their very own MNL48 Theater, will have their music recording under Star Music, and international training under AKS, the prestigious talent management of AKB48, and will be the first Filipino endorsers of Tokyo Girls Collection that will soon open in the Philippines.

To view the complete list of MNL48 First Generation members and their ranking, and for more information visit our website and follow us on our social media accounts.

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