Hallohallo Entertainment has partnered with media giant ABS-CBN for the audition of MNL48, the official sister group of AKB48 here in the Philippines, according to the official MNL48 Facebook page.
The audition, which started last December 2016, is still ongoing with minimal updates. It has long been rumored that HHE has partnered with the media giant, but no official announcement was made until today. We can expect to see coverage of the audition on Channel 2. Fan reaction has been mixed but an audition of a group format and pop music that is “alien” to the majority of Filipinos can only be helped by the backing of a major media player. Hopefully we hear more news about it soon.