The AKS Company, well-known for handling of the popular Japanese idol group AKB48, announced last December that the group together with their overseas sister groups BNK48, SGO48, JKT48 Team TP and Team SH, and MNL48 will hold their own festival entitled “AKB48 ASIA Festival 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand and presented by Shanda Games at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand happened last 27th of January.
The MNL48 members together with the local idol community is overjoyed with the announcement, for it will be their first international appearance. They arrived in Thailand two days before the show and some fans from Thailand greeted them on their arrival. Also, some from the local idol community went to Thailand to support our MNL48 members and to share what they know in the Local idol industry to the international fans.
Fans from the local idol community together with their banners to support MNL48 members
In the Mini Concert, instead of performing the studio Filipino version of the song on stage, they taken aback the audience and the fans watching through the live broadcast of their acoustic version of the songs, giving the group a positive remarks locally and internationally.
Actually, I so proud to be a fans. Because when I started to like idols when JKT48 was born. I once dreamed of what if there were many 48 groups based overseas and they could have concerts together. It must be fun. And finally everything became true😊 #JKT48#MNL48#AKB48AsiaFes
AKS Announced the formation of WRD48 (World48) compromising of members from the AKB48 group and other sister groups having a wonderful performance for the main event.
The members have arrived in Manila having a great experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives because they delivered enough of an experience in the event by devoting themselves from the beginning that makes them and the show authentic while creating a wonderful relationship with the other sister groups and fans locally and internationally.
A Philippine idol group that sings Japanese songs, not surprising since many can do that already. But a Philippine idol group that composes their own songs in Japanese is the unique part about them. Yes! They compose their own songs, two of them actually were both original. Their first song “Ashita Wonderful” was released last August 2018, with its lyrics that inspires us to be stronger and make the wall that hinders us into a door that will give way for us to reach our goals.
Now following on their first single comes Aidoru Sozai’s new single now up and ready to be listened by the Sozaity! With the song titled “Sora mo Hareru Kono Yume Wo Shinjiteru Yokatta”. The lyrics inspires the listeners to never give up pushing for your dreams even if you don’t know when it will be fulfilled, push through.
Finally finding the place where they believe they belong in and that is on the stage making people happy with their songs. Not wanting their dream to end thus Aidoru Sozai is born.
For those who are new to Aidoru Sozai. They are an indie idol group formed in the Philippines consisting of members that are cute, hardworking and talented. “Aidoru” meaning idol and “Sozai” meaning ingredients pertaining to them having specific unique traits making their group have their own specific uniqueness as idols and each of them represents as an ingredient and together, their vision of an idol is born making Aidoru Sozai that it is today!
November 25, 2018, the local idol community together with the members of MNL48 celebrated the first handshake event in Movie Stars Cafe, Centris. While enjoying the festivities, some from the community noticed a group of girls with their adorable costumes within the vicinity and along Quezon Avenue overpass shooting a video. At first, they thought that the group were just shooting a video for a project for their school needs while others thought that they were making a dance cover from one of the songs of their favorite idol group but their thoughts were amiss.
Last December 3, 2018, Viva Entertainment in partnership with RTM of Japan introduced PPOP Generation: Boom Ganda! to the entertainment scene. Composed of 45 charming ladies, they went to a thorough training under different well-known coaches such as Ms. Geleen Uegenio, Ms. Sushi Reyes, Mr, Zeb Zuniga, and more leading themselves to the center stage with their lovely personality, unique talent, and dazzling beauty.
With partnership with the producers from the Japanese group, they will adopt the concept of nightly theater shows focusing on the younger generations particularly the knowledgeable in technology generations from 17 to 25-year-old demographic, hoping to construct a fan base in the local entertainment scene.
The group released their first music video single ‘Ikaw Na’ on social media sites and music media platforms and as some from the community watched the video, they recognized that these group of girls last November not knowing that they are making their first music video will be known as the girl group that Viva Ent. will produce. This made conversations within the general audience and the local idol community saying that the group same with the early generations of Filipino girl groups will not click pertaining to the whole concept as baduy and unoriginal while others have a more optimistic view because the group were just starting and they didn’t know their full potential yet. Also the local idol community saw the group as a potential rival to the MNL48 having a balance to the general idol scene.
They performed in the The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2018: Gabi ng Parangal to open the annual ceremony ending the year showing to the audiences what they are capable of.
With their solid foundation in the performing arts and a good support from the management, the only problem they will need to clear is for the proper exposure of the group to their target market audiences. With this, not only they can build-up a fan base locally, they can also make sure that such talented people like PPOP Generation: Boom Ganda! and other talented groups will be known internationally.
Majority of the people when rain occurs feel somewhat gloomy or sad, maybe it’s the lack of Vitamin D or you just want to go out and have fun but can’t because you’ll get wet right.
Hypothetically speaking, there’s you waiting for the rain to stop, then later you stopped hearing the rain and can hear the sounds of birds flapping their wings to fly and the sound of people walking outside meaning the rain has stopped and you know what will appear after the rain stops? Yes, a rainbow!
Don’t you feel good seeing a beautiful rainbow right after a cold rain? That feeling of serendipity and delight as if you’re almost in a state of euphoria just because the rain finally stopped even if though you’re not going out.
Rain makes us gloomy and Rainbows give us joy. The rain can be a metaphor for the problems we come across to, and the rainbow symbolizes hope, harmony, and the guidance of one’s heart desires.
Thus Rainbow Signal came to be, being inspired with the idea that after the rain, it’s a sign to have fun and be happy.
Rainbow Signal, or Niji Shingo (虹信号) is a self-produced, all-girl idol group from Laguna. The group is set on releasing original content, the languages used will either be Tagalog, English or Japanese. The members also take vocal lessons under Ma’am Calai and being under her tutelage the members have learned their strengths and weaknesses.
The overall mastermind of Rainbow Signal, Eiji-P seeks to offer opportunities for the members to be in an idol group, develop their personalities and at the same time find enjoyment in performing. Also he seeks to further develop the growing j-pop inspired idol culture here in the Philippines just like the other groups.
As of the moment, they are not looking for more members YET since they are more focused in the establishment of the group and management protocols.
From Eiji-P himself, here are the requirements to be in Rainbow Signal:
You must be a girl residing in Laguna (or willing to come to Laguna. The closer to Los Banos, the better)
Must have a keen interest in performing (singing/dancing/public speaking)
Original age range is between 15-25 years old, but this is not that important.
Must be familiar with the concept of J-pop idol groups (or is willing to learn about them)
Can sing and/or dance, OR is willing to learn. Japanese language skills are a plus.
The group claims that apart from the other groups, their uniqueness comes in the form of its members, and the variety of music that they hope to create together. The group is also a highly collaborative effort, which means although the management will have the final say, the opinions, and thoughts of the members will play a big part in the decisions to be made.
Member name: Nine
Member Color: Blue
Other nicknames: Ninenyan
The first member of Rainbow Signal! Having the member color of Blue. She is a self-confessed potato and according to her, her friends see her as clumsy and compassionate, She also says her faith plays an important role in shaping her values.
She also mentioned and shown her inclinations with music, as she sings and plays the Cello and the bass guitar. Nine is also a cosplayer!
She’s hardworking, level-headed, and very responsible. One of her wishes as a member is to provide fun and entertainment to all who will watch the group. She’s definitely going to give it her all. She envisioned being the group that they will come across many hardships
She likes songs from the 50’s and the 60’s
She’s a fan of the Beatles, SCANDAL, Gesu no Kiwami Otome, and DADARAY
She likes music history
She loves sour food even though it’s not good for her!
She’s also the resident wig-fixer in Rainbow Signal
Her special skill is that she falls asleep easily
She also enjoys doing origami and sketching stuff
She’s a big fan of Prince of Tennis and Tonari no Totoro is one of her favorite movies
Member name: Karma
Member color: RED
Other nickname: Refers to herself as Karmapon, but Eiji-p prefers calling her as Kaachin.
The youngest member of Rainbow Signal. Currently 16 years of age and holds the member color of red (she says it’s scarlet, but Eiji-P says it’s red xD). Eiji-P see her as the one who’ll go wild due to her youth. She says she loves sleeping, and she’s also very like really passionate about Utaite and Soraru, the latter loves talking about as often as she possibly can. She believes that an idol can save people from despair.
She hopes that many will support their group and apologizes in advance for her craziness.
Lazy (she said it herself)
Likes to sing in a high pitch
Plans to compose songs in the future
Hope to connects to the hearts of people with her songs
Member color: Green
Other nickname: Mikarii~n
The last member to be revealed, a 20 year old college student who believes that idols bring inspiration and happiness to people. She adores cats, and has at one point mentioned that she loves heavenly bodies. Mikan is quite the active artist, as she is into voice acting, painting and sketching, and theater arts. Mikan is a fan of artists like Yui and Scandal’s Mami, both being the inspiration for her decision to dye her hair!
In terms of singing, Miss Calai commented that Mikan can naturally sing bossa nova songs. Finally, Mikan has stated that one of her personal goals was to make Rainbow Signal known, together with her fellow members.
She visioned being in Rainbow Signal that they will come across many hardships performing in many events.
Huge ONE OK ROCK fan
Loves wearing hoodies!
Gakuen Alice has always been her favorite anime ever since she was 10 years old
She loves singing in Comfort Rooms, since the acoustics are good.
Likes to make people happy
Dreamt of being an idol since she was a child
Tried to apply for auditions but didn’t get accepted
The month of December is well-known for the festive celebration of Christmas with your loved ones and friends. It is also known for the anime, cosplay and idol community for the last two events they will be attending this year: The Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special 2018, and the Cosplay Matsuri 2018.
One of the most enjoyable event to attend with different activities in which one can engage, it is an awesome experience after celebrating Christmas with the dedicated Idol showcase for various idol and cover groups performing their song and dance routines.
Some of the well-known cover groups and idol groups will be performing in this events. First in the list is the Japanese inspired indie idol group Hime Kaizen. The group first debuted in the Coslandia 2018. Their sub-unit NO SLEEP will be performing in the Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special on the first day.
The indie idol group CH4U will also perform on the first day of Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special. First appeared in the Pinoy Otaku Festival in Fairview Terraces last July, they performed some popular songs from Wa-Suta, Cinderella Project, and LoveLive Sunshine. Visit their booth and have a wonderful game of Jenga with them and win prizes.
Japanese pop dance cover group Seishun Kakumei first appeared in 2011 in the J-Pop festival Kick Off Party and will be performing also in day one of Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special. They will also perform in the Cosplay Matsuri on day one.
The self-produced idol group from Laguna Rainbow Signal, first performed in the Otaku Musika Festival 2018 and will be performing on the second day of Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special ending their year with a Rainbowtastic experience to share to their fans.
The cover-collab group composed of idol fans Alice Project first appeared on the OtaCon EP V: Return of the King in Glorietta performing songs from the popular anime LoveLive! They will perform on the second day of Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special.
Lastly is the independent idol group Aidoru Sozai. First debuted in the Ozine Fest last April, they successfully released their first single ‘Ashita Wonderful’ on Spotify and iTunes. The group will perform also on the second day of the Ozine Fest Anime Figure Special. They also showcased their latest Christmas themed photo cards to collect.
Enjoy the celebration of Christmas as you attend to these events. Watch them as they perform with smiles on their faces, support them by buying their merchandise, listen to their songs, and share your passion for the local idol community.
Expressing our great appreciation for the ones behind the group Aidoru Sozai for the featured photo of our article.
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Last June 8 2018, KissBee performed at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City for Toycon 2018. Four (4) Members, Misaki, Rena, Miona and Seika performed on stage.
In God’s help, JKB48 got the best spot to cover their performance. It lasted for about 30mins.
Misaki said that this is their first time here in our country and they really love the filipino people because of the very warm welcome. Sounds basic for us but it’s a pleasure that they appreciate filipino wotas who came at the event to see them perform.
Most of the songs are not familiar to all of the wota who attended but they tried to show the love and support by yelling at their names, improvising chants and waving their colorful light sticks.
Recently, Kissbee releases a video documentary of their stay here in the philippines.
The group Poly Vanilla or short for Poly-V is a three-girl-unit under Hello! Project Philippines which is affiliated with different idol groups such as Ivy! Musume, and Twinkle. The group mostly covers songs from Vanilla Beans (also known as Vanibe where the word Vanilla originated), Negicco, and Tommy February6.
The group is composed of the three sisters Reima, Rika and Raze. Started as a duo in their debut performance at 3, 2, 1, Breakin’ Out “A Night of Japanese Pop Season IV” on January 3, 2016 held at I-Chill Theather Cafe and became a trio afterwards which completes the picture.
The group leader and eldest among the three is Miss Reima. Currently studying at PHINMA-Araullo University in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija and taking up Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology. She is a multi-instrumentalist, a script writer, and a theater artist. She is also into Anime and cosplay.
Second is Miss Rika. Same with his sister, she is also studying in PHINMA-Araullo University in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija taking up the course of Information Technology. She is in a band and their vocalist, cosplay, plays the guitar, and also writes songs.
Lastly and the youngest among the three is Miss Raze. She is a graduate of E. Rodriguez Jr. High school in Quezon City. She is a Senior High School student taking up ABM strand course. She plays the piano, writes songs, and into drawing especially anime characters.
We watched their performance last event in Fairview Terraces which is the Pinoy Otaku Festival 2018 and with their catchy intro of their cover song, their performance is very entertaining. You can watched their performance here: