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The official operator of MNL48, Hallohallo Entertainment Inc., is making waves nationwide since it started its auditions for MNL48 hopefuls last Oct. 14 at the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.

Paulo Kurosawa

Since forging a strong partnership with ABS-CBN and its noontime show “It’s Showtime,” MNL48 has conducted auditions at Far Eastern University, Manila, Starmall Alabang and LRT 2 Legarda Station. Young MNL48 aspirants ages 15-20 years old can find out more about where the MNL48 audition truck is headed through their social media accounts.

Headed by Paolo Kurosawa, the goal is to complete the members of MNL48 and launch it as the official sister group in the Philippines of AKB48, the globally popular Japanese pop icon group.

AKB48 started its unique concept of “Idols You Can Meet” in 2005 and has since been performing in their own theater at Akihabara, Tokyo. They have counterparts in Jakarta, Taipei and Bangkok.

As the Filipino adaptation of AKB48, the highest-selling idol group in Japan, supporters may vote for their favorite aspirant through MNL48 website. They can also download the mobile app available from Google Play or the App Store. The app will provide a unique supporting system as they have unlimited “likes” to their chosen aspirant which help get their rank higher as well as real-time access on the recent happening of MNL48.

 

Tribute to Annie Brazil

Ms. Annie Brazil

Ms. Annie Brazil

Musical tribute “All My Lovin’” will be given tonight to Ms. Annie Brazil, dubbed the “Queen of Jazz.” It will be held at Romulo’s Cafe at the Azumi Boutique Hotel at the Madrigal Business Park Phase III, Alabang.

The performers are jazz artists Richard Merk, Emcy Corteza and Pat Castillo.

Among Annie’s siblings are Richard and Rachel Anne Wolfe who are both singer-actors. Annie retired in the US where she still sings regularly until she suffered a stroke last year.

 

Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 4, go to Gabby Lopez of ABS-CBN, Armida Siguion-Reyna, Roeder, Ching Lopez, Ningning de Ocampo, Tessie Cruz, Nellie Bengzon, Melissa Mercado, J-Ar Armas, Dr. Jun Mendiola, Michelle Madrigal, Tess Palada, and Bea Binene… Nov. 5: Gabby Concepcion, Zandro Zamora, Marife Santos, Carol Nielsen, Arman Giron, Alex Romero, Mon Chua, Dr. Aldrene Lee-Tan, Elena Bocalan, Marc Ventura, Belinda Valdecañas, Bong Osorio, Yugel Losorata, Mina Martinez, Dr. Rudy Ante, Jomar Belen, and Diane Medina…

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