Do you remember the plan to make an idol group in the Philippines akin to the ever popular and controversial AKB48? It’s now about to become real. As in shit becoming real.

It doesn’t come as surprise that they picked MNL48 as the name. Sister groups of AKB48 uses abbreviations of their towns of origin. JKT48 for instance, is their counterpart in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Is the Philippines ready for the Japanese idol culture? Some fear it might become a culture shock.

With the large attendance of their initial fan meetup last May in SM Mall of Asia, this may be interesting to watch.

Keep tabs with this upcoming idol group by joining their Facebook page here.