Southeast Asian Girl Groups Battle: MNL48 vs SGO48 vs JKT48 vs BNK48

If Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have rising boy groups of their own, will the girls be left behind? When it comes to girl groups, these are the same four countries in Southeast Asia that can represent in the global idol scene.

In 2005, Yasushi Akimoto formed a girl group with “idols you can meet” concept and it became a phenomenon in Japan when it comes to record and concert ticket sales. Because of its success, Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to 8 countries including four in Southeast Asia namely MNL48 of the Philippines, BNK48 of Thailand, JKT48 of Indonesia, and SGO48 of Vietnam. These four girl groups are currently making waves in their respective countries. Let’s meet each group.

BNK48, Thailand

BNK48 debuted on June 2, 2017 with the single “Yak Cha Dai Phop Thoe.” The group, which was named after the capital city of Bangkok, currently has 43 active members. Their biggest hit was “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” with 182,680,673 views on YouTube. They recently formed a sister group called CGM48 which represents the city of Chiang Mai.

BNK48, “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”

JKT48, Indonesia

JKT48 was formed in 2011 making it the first AKB48 sister group outside Japan. They released their first official single “River” on Sep 7, 2013. To date, this girl group has 38 individual team members, with one of them performing in two teams. It also has 35 Class A Academy members.

JKT48 – “River” MV

MNL48, Philippines

MNL48 is dubbed as the first-ever Filipino Idol group in the Philippines named after the capital city of Manila. Among the “48” girl groups in Asia, this is the only one that has the exact number of 48 members. MNL48 debuted on August 13, 2018 with the single “Aitakatta Gustong Makita.” Their biggest hit so far is “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” which got 2,101,980 views on YouTube as of this posting.

MNL48 – “Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie” MV

SGO48, Vietnam

SG048 debuted on December 22, 2018 with the single “Heavy Rotation.” The group, which was named after the city of Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh), currently has 26 active members. Their biggest hit was “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” with 3,813,724 views on YouTube as of this posting.

SGO48 – “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”

Now that you met the 4 rising girl groups in Southeast Asia, we are starting a poll on who do you think is the BEST GIRL GROUP in the region?

Here are the mechanics for this poll:

  • You can choose only 1 from the nominees below when you cast your vote(s).
  • You must complete the captcha challenge before you will be able to click “vote.” The captcha protection feature prevents the usage of bots and other artificial voting generator/apps.
  • This is an unlimited poll. You will be allowed to vote again after you cast your vote(s).
  • Simply refresh the browser and you will be allowed to vote again.
  • This poll will be closed on April 30, 2020 at 12:00noon HKG/TPE time.
  • The group with the highest number of votes will be the winner.


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  6. Sabi ni Pinunong Sejun Choose to be kind // April 29, 2020 at 10:59 pm //

    Hey! Bumubuto MNLoves dito anong walang paki… Wag kang other issue nanaman ha… Baka ma-misinterpret ka.

    Vote lang ng vote for MNL48! ☺️

  7. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 12:23 pm //

    wqg na bomoto wala.naman pake mnl fans sa pakulo na to

  8. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 12:21 pm //

    panalo na SB19
    MNL48 naman ang pagtulungan nating Iboto
    Go girls

  9. Di pa closed yung poll, nakakaboto pa ko. Let’s vote for MNL48.
    PPop Rise!

  10. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 12:12 pm //

    A’tin here. help ako dito kasi nag end na ang botohan sa boygroup and yes we won🎉

  11. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 11:55 am //

    Huli nba ako?..sorry guys need lng nmin isecure ang vote numbers nmin sa boys..pero dhil secured na im here again para kahit papaano makadagdag sa voting nyo..
    A’tin here

  12. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 9:47 am //

    A’TIN and MNLoves vote lang ng vote almost 3k lang lamang nila!
    Power vote na… love love love! 😍

  13. Anonymous // April 29, 2020 at 7:21 am //

    hoy @3:47 commenter. ang tanong, bat ka nandito? d mo rin matiis di mag comment no? kakahiya ka din, auntie dinasaur, wala kang sense of humur, NBSB ka siguro ang pait mo ei,kng di ka KSP, d ka na sana nag comment pa

  14. O PURO PINOY NAGCOCOMENT O. // April 29, 2020 at 3:47 am //

    D b kayo nahihiya, puro Pinoy fandom nagcocoment d2…pinapahiya nyo mga idols nyo… Tinawagan lng ako ng isang friend to join the voting… Haysss mga gen z talaga oh… Mga anak… Maging mature naman kau. Open ur mind. Huwag asal kalye ha. Huwag nyo na patulan comment ko. Yung importante na lng ang gawin nyo d2.

  15. Gab and colllllleeeeeennnn // April 29, 2020 at 1:00 am //

    In behalf of my MNLoves, gustong gusto ko pong magpasalamat sa mga tulong po ninyo, A’tin. I, myself, is very overwhelmed po sa pagtulong niyo and very amazed with your disciplined mindset po, despite po sa mga issues na kinakaharap ng both fandoms po natin. I also would like to apologize for the rude behavior of one of our Fandom member. Sana po you’ll forgive and always spread love. Thank you also for inspiring us to do much better in promoting PPOP!! I am very proud of wittnessing the collision of both Fandom, we are all so proud of our Idols, and we all love them. Let’s all spread possitivity and love. Once again, thank you po, and sorry. PPOP RISE!!!!

  16. I Luv coffee :D // April 28, 2020 at 9:44 pm //

    Hi A’tin here with Love,

    NkakaStress nowadays, bcoz of harsh words and negative comments na nababasa from both fandom. Parehong Mali, kaya bawal magturuan kung sinong nauna.

    Ang Saya lang kaya at masarap sa feeling noong mga time na nagtutulungan tayo para sa Idols natin. Yung walang laitan at bashing ng mga idols.

    Di nyo ba gusto ang feeling na yun??

    Syempre if masaya tayo sa lagay nayun, mas lalo na siguro ang saya ng idols natin. Mas gaganahan pa silang pagbutihin ang kung ano paman ang gusto nilang abutin.

    Sana bago magbitiw ng mga di kaaya-ayang mga salita, isipin muna kung anong magiging epekto nito sa mga idols natin. Mas malaki kaya impact nito sa kanila.

    Kung masakit at stress tayo dahil dun, ehh paano na lng nararamdaman nila? nkakabawas kaya ng kumpiyansa sa sarili yun.

    Pls. Stop natin to. Let’s do this for them. Yes, we are not a perfect human being, but could we at least be a perfect fan for them? kahit konti sana kung kaya.

    Kung ‘di natin kayang magpigil. Well, We are not helping them Rise. We are actually pulling them down.

    Haba ba?? Cenxa na. Pero Peace na tayo guyz para sa Idols natin.
    Magkakape muna ko while voting. God bless..bye-bye 😀

  17. SB19×A'TIN🌸 // April 28, 2020 at 7:42 pm //

    To all A’TIN here paalala po ulit wag niyo na po patulan tayo higit na mas nakakaunawa so guys wagna palakihin pa wag kayo nagtatanim ng galit sa mga puso ninyo walang mabuting naidudulot yan,and don po sa nagpasimula ulit Ng issue Sana po wag mo na po ulitin at sa mga mnloves sana po pangaralan niyo din po ang mga ka family niyo na nagkakamali para po may disiplina po lahat😇I know madaming mababait sa inyo,same po sa family po namin papaalalahanan Kung nagkakamali ang bawat isa samin😇Kaya A’TIN tigilan na po ang hate spread love and positivity 💕💕laging piliin gumawa ng mabuti A’TIN kahit pa di mabuti ang nagawa sayo Ng Tao,at sa mga mnloves in behalf of my co-Atin here who commented a lil bit rude I’m sorry,panatilihin lagi pagmamahal sa mga puso para di tayo nakakagawa ng masama o nakakapag sabi ng masama😇😇
    -Love from A’TIN 💙

  18. To MNL48 fans, as an A’TIN, I apologize for rude behaviors of some of my kapatid. Yes, “some” lng po. Wag po tayong mag generalize. Marami pa rin ang A’TIN na fan ng Ppop, supporting other groups not just SB19. Stop spreading hate. Go MNL48xMNLoves! 💙

  19. Magkakaparehas lang ang sisters. Thai people are better ang gustong i-mean nung isa

  20. Emenlabers // April 28, 2020 at 12:37 pm //

    Isa lang naman yung nagsalita sa lightstick dinamay na lahat haha sige salamat nalang po sa mga tinulong niyo hindi namin alam pano tatanggalin yun eh. Iboto niyo po yung bnk48 it’s completely fine pero kung para lang gumanti, evaluate yourselves after that 🙂 godbless ya’ll

  21. Anonymous // April 28, 2020 at 12:29 pm //

    e bat may pinu pull down na isa?

  22. Anonymous // April 28, 2020 at 12:27 pm //

    they are sister groups but you can tell this bnk48 sisters are better

  23. Para kayong mga bata…

    Votings lang nagkakaganyan kayo

    Tigilan niyo nga yan

    Parehas lang naman nila nirerepresent ang pilipinas

    Napapahiya tayo sa ibang countries dahil sa asal niyong ganyan..

    Spread love lang kase.

  24. hanasu hanash hanash // April 27, 2020 at 1:43 am //

    dami nyong time manglait eh. pati light stick v1 na nananahimik. >.<
    yung time nyo sa panlalait sa SB19 sana ginamit nalang sa pagpromote sa idols nyo. MWAH

  25. utot nyo pink // April 27, 2020 at 1:37 am //

    WOOOOOOOW PPOP rise ba???? e bat pinu-pull down nyo SB19??????

  26. A'TIN x MNLOVES // April 26, 2020 at 11:38 pm //

    Tulong pl tayo mga ka A’TIN and MNLOVES sa pag boboto. Hayaan nyo yung nang bash basta mindset natin lahat ay dapat aangat ang PPOP

  27. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 10:39 pm //

    D ako tutulong sa mga plastik na tao no.1 mnloves diosko cnu pingmamalaki nila mnl48 nila?Hahaha

  28. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 9:28 pm //

    Ba’t niyo kasi sineryoso ung voting mga A’Tin, sabi ng isang MNLoves di daw nila sineseyoso to eh…. Kung alm ko lng sana di n ko tumulong… Pero hayaan na natin wag nlng kayo mag aksaya ng time dto sa ibang sites nalng tayo magvote pero kung gusto niyo paring tumulong, then why not?

  29. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 5:05 pm //

    Isa pang lait sa SB19 AT A’TIN BAKA NASA social media na kayo pag fiestahan ng mga tao hahaha!!!

  30. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 5:02 pm //

    Mga MNLoves may pinag aralan ba kau? Hahaha!!! Bad attitude sabhin nyo sa isang ksamahan nyo wag cyang mag english wrong grammar cya ang A’TIN hindi bobo may pinag aralan ..Kawawa nmn kayo mga insecure walang magawa kundi mnglait hahaha!! Wala mnkita hahaha

  31. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 4:59 pm //

    Hahaha wala ba talaga?

  32. walang lamangan naman dito kasi sister group sila kung sino man ang mananalo magiging happy kami!go vote niyo bnk wala kaming pake!

  33. Stop na po sana please. MNL48 and SB19 na nga po yung nagsisimula para makilala ang ppop. Akala ko ba ppop rise? Bakit tayo tayo pa po ang nag-aaway? May friendship day pa po sa 29. Sana maging okay na.

  34. disappointed A'ko // April 26, 2020 at 3:26 pm //

    saan ba pweding mag email para ma bawi lahat ng botong inaksaya ko sa mnl48?

    kakasama ng loob, e, inaksyahan ng oras ganyan pa sinukli

  35. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 1:48 pm //

    A’tin power vote tau sa thailand girl ..Pls patalohin natin ang mnl48 ok lang sa boys ng thailand matalo atleast panalo sb19 letgi power vote sa thailand ginagalit tau eh

  36. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 1:46 pm //

    Hahaha !!! Laitin nyo lang kahit ganyan light stick namin atleast sikat ang imga idol namin hahaha top5 sa BBS50 meron kau? Laitan gusto nyo may pinag aralan ba kau mnloves gusto nyo away d kami aatras putragis

  37. Hunghang // April 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm //

    At kasalukuyan pong nilalait ang light stick ng SB19xA’TIN. Ppop rise pa more!

  38. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 11:49 am //

    If you will not stop spreading negativity, baka mag power vote nlang ako sa iba or will not help you at all. Mukhang sayang lang ang effort ng A’tin sa inyo. You have the guts pa to call us squammy. Hahahahaha
    God bless.

  39. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 10:04 am //

    D kami nanunumbat sa tulong namin kaya kayong mga MNLoves keep ur mouth shut para walang gulo

  40. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 9:58 am //

    Ang kapal din nmn kc ng mga mukha tinulongan mng bash pa anu nginawa ng a’tin sa inyo at sb19 akalo kng cnong magling din pilipino lahat tau pero ng ccraan payo kulang wag ang a’tin at sb19 d kmi natatakot

  41. Anonymous // April 26, 2020 at 9:49 am //

    Anong nangyari bat nyo binabash ang A’TIN at Sb19 wow grbh tumoLong na binash pa yan gusto nyo mnloves

  42. Anonymous // April 25, 2020 at 10:25 pm //

    mga kapwa ko A’Tin, pwedi sa boys muna mag focus kasi ambilis nung mga tga Thai-Thai, Rizal dun, slelemetxx

  43. мен әдемімін // April 25, 2020 at 9:04 pm //

    Мен Қазақстаннан MNL48 ұнатамын

  44. mnlove and a'tin // April 25, 2020 at 9:01 pm //

    laban pilipinas. let’s share the love

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  46. Hi, MNLoves an A’TIN here willing to help. 😊

    Sabi ni Pinunong Sejun choose to be kind pero bakit ang gulo, ang kalat, at ang ingay ng comment section, may nabasa pa akong suicide jokes from A’TIN daw (Naku ka! pag nalaman ng boys yan…ma-di-dissappoint un.)
    Every harsh, rude, negative comments will reflect to our boys. Kaya behave.

    Dba po its between MNL48 vs BNK48 vs JKT48 vs SGO48. What’s happening now?

    Noong mga nakaraan araw naman ok ah, nice comments nagtutulungan.

    Nagpapasalamatan kasi nag-vo-vote MNLoves sa SB19, A’TIN sa MNL48. Kasi dba po PPop Rise?.

    Lam nyo totoo pala talaga na may mga taong gustong sirain ung magandang nasimulan dahil siguro sa inggit or immaturity.

    No matter what, magiging ok din lahat. 🤗

    Sa gumawa ng suicide jokes. May be you need help please contact NCMH or talk to someone around you baka epekto lang ng ECQ kaya stress na, at medyo di na nakakapag-isip ng maayos.
    (I’m serious about this po. Medyo alarming para sa akin dahil Psychology major po ako.)

    But love love lang tayo ah. MNLoves and A’TIN vote lang ng vote for MNL48.

    GOD bless po. Ingat palagi.

  47. emenel portiyeyt // April 24, 2020 at 10:54 pm //

    sorry dear, but we won’t let that happen😉

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