Sheki ArzagaSeventeen-year-old Sheki Arzaga of Quezon City was named the center girl of MNL48 who will lead the other 15 first-generation members of the country’s first girl idol group as announced during the group’s first general election on “It’s Showtime.”
Sheki, dubbed as the group's "powerful stage queen," topped the weeklong voting that determined the top 16 members of MNL48, the Filipino version of Japan’s AKB48.
She is joined in the top seven or “Kami 7” by Abby Trinidad of Cavite, Sela Guia of Laguna, Tin Coloso of Iloilo, Zen Inot of Cebu, Alice de Leon of Quezon City and Trixie Tano of Marikina.
They won international recording and endorsement deals, the privilege of headlining the performances of the group in MNL48’s exclusive theater, a chance to perform with AKB48 and exclusive trainings in Japan.
The top eight to 16 members or “Senbatsu” are Ella Amat of Quezon, Ash Garcia of Las Piñas, Gabb Skribikin of Pasig City, Jem Caldejon of Quezon, Sayaka Awane of Legazpi City, Faith Santiago of Malabon, Lara Layar of General Santos City, Grace Buenavidez of Nueva Vizcaya and Quincy Santillan of Albay.
Just like the top seven girls, they will sign recording and endorsement contracts, star in the group’s music videos and perform with AKB48.