"Huwag kalimutang ngumiti," sang the members of MNL48, as they appeared on "It's Showtime" this Friday. It may be simple advice, translated from the original 2013 AKB48 hit "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie," but it's one that is usually forgotten.
Feeling happy can often start with a simple smile — and that's what MNL48 is trying to remind people with their new single.
While their last release, the ballad "Talulot ng Sakura," was more introspective, in that the girls were looking to try and encourage each other amid tough times, "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie" marks a return to their fan-centric approach.
The disco-inspired song features an easy-to-do dance, no doubt enticing their supporters to make their own version of it. The music video, in fact, features random people mimicking their steps.
"Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie" is MNL48's third single.
The group is looking to emulate the success of AKB48 when they released "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie," which sold more than 1 million copies on its first day and inspired a dance craze that swept Japan.
As of writing, the music video has already passed 300,000 views — their fastest single to cross that milestone.
The "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie" CD will be available for purchase on Lawson branches starting Saturday, and will come with tickets to shake hands with the girls at a future event.