WATCH: Fil-Japanese member of AKB48 sister group promotes MNL48


Posted at Sep 23 2017 05:24 PM


She's the Filipino-Japanese member of AKB48 sister group, HKT48, who once showed her fans her mother's adobo dish

And Emiri Yamashita is doing her part to help MNL48, the newest addition to the popular AKB48 family, get off to a fast start inviting Filipino girls to audition. 

On Friday, a video posted on the Facebook page of MNL48 features Yamashita along with fellow HKT48 member, Hana Matsuoka. 

The video has the two sharing the changes in their lives since joining an idol group. "Naging mas masayahin ako at responsable," said Yamashita, the captain of HKT48's Team TII, in Japanese. 

She also encourages fans to download the MNL48 app, where they can vote for their favorite candidates. 

As of writing, there are more than 1,600 applicants registered on the website of MNL48. Abby Laine, a 20-year-old from Bacoor, is currently on top after receiving the most "likes." 

To close the clip, Yamashita, whose mother is Filipino, tells those interested to become MNL48 members: "Aantayin naman kayo ah! Bye-bye!" 

The video is part of a social media campaign by MNL48 organizers to promote the start of the group's auditions. 

They already had popular AKB48 members Mayu Watanabe, Haruka Komiyama and Saya Kawamoto give their messages. 

On Friday, Hallo Hallo Entertainment Inc. signed the partnership agreement with ABS-CBN Corp. to launch MNL48. 

It will make the Philippines the fifth country outside Japan to have its own AKB48 sister group after China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia.


Laurenti Dyogi, TV productions head of ABS-CBN, said the deal would mark the first time for the television company to bring a popular idol group from Japan to Manila.

"I think it will be a big hit because we have many talented teenagers and Filipinos who are good not just in dancing and singing," Dyogi said, hinting that a television program will be lined up for the talent search. --With a report from Kyodo News