MNL48 wows fans at the 2nd AKB48 Asia Festival in Shanghai


MNL48 has once again showed their singing prowess as they performed at the second Asia Festival held in one of China’s largest city last Saturday.

Led by former Center Girl Sheki Arzaga, MNL48 members Brei Binuya, Belle Delos Reyes, Sela Guia, Rans Rifol, Abby Trinidad, Coleen Trinidad and Kay Ishiyama performed the acapella version of their third single ‘365 Araw ng Eroplanong Papel’.


The audience fell silent as the girl’s heavenly-like voices filled the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The performance ended on a literal high note as Sheki ended the song with a soprano solo.

Aside from this awe inspiring performance, the girls also performed other songs during the first half of the event, including a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’ and ‘Hoshi no Ondo,’ a song originally from AKB48 Team A 1st stage.

Six other group, including Jakarta’s JKT48, Bangkok’s BNK48, Taipei’s AKB48 Team TP, Ho Chi Minh’s SGO48, Shanghai’s AKB48 Team SH and Japan’s AKB48 also presented their performance on the stage.

The festival also showcased the performance of the special unit WRD48. This special unit is composed of select members of the AKB48 groups, including MNL48’s Arzaga and Trinidad.

This is the second AKB48 Group Asia Festival happened this year. The first festival was held last January in Bangkok.