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Spotlight On Lapillus: Shana On Overcoming Self-Doubt And Spreading Positivity

Shana recounts her idol journey and talks about Lapillus embarking on its first international tour in Manila

It’s probably her ENFP personality that led her to be leader of the group. LAPILLUS’ Shana—whose real name is Nonaka Shana—is a free-spirited individual that fits the role of a leader perfectly. “She has the strongest personality,” LAPILLUS member Chanty comments about the group leader. “Not that she's mean or anything. She just has that, ‘I’m-gonna-stand-up-for-my-girls’ type of vibe.”

While the Japanese K-pop idol means business, she’s also in it for the fun. Exuding a vibrance that is typical of outgoing people like her, she doesn’t shy away from staying true to who she really is—whether it’s in live performances, fan meetings, or even in their YouTube content videos. Tough as she may be, there’s also that gentleness to her that shows she cares; and this vibe is what makes people around her, especially her fellow LAPILLUS members, get easily comfortable in her company.

Lapillus' Shana in a top by AJ Javier - Metro digital cover feature
LAPILLUS' Shana in a top by AJ Javier | Photography by Ria Regino

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Global Girl Group Lapillus In Their First-Ever Digital Magazine Cover Feature


Global Girl Group Lapillus In Their First-Ever Digital Magazine Cover Feature

LAPILLUS is a six-member multicultural girl group under MLD Entertainment, composed of members Shana (Japanese), Chanty, (Filipino-Argentinian), Bessie (Korean), Yue (Chinese-American), Seowon (Korean), and Haeun (Korean). The group debuted on June 20, 2022 with the digital single album HIT YA! LAPILLUS recently embarked on their first international tour with Manila, Philippines as their first stop. Fresh from that two-week tour, the girls made a comeback last September 22 via the EP Girl's Round Part. 1, featuring the lead single "GRATATA."

Check out LAPILLUS' first-ever digital magazine cover feature here.

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Photography by Ria Regino

Sittings editors: Geolette EsguerraKate Paras-Santiago, and Grace Libero-Cruz

Creative direction by Chookie Cruz

Makeup by Yuna Choi

Hairstyling by Kyounghwa Woo

Lapillus' stylist: Yezi Kim

Fashion styling by Myrrh Lao To with associates Mack BersalonaJosh Galang, and Mai Chua

Writers: Janelle Cabrera-Paraiso and Mariel Abanes 

Videographers: CJ Reyes and Bria Cardenas

Shoot coordination: Red Dimaandal

Special thanks to Star MagicThess GubiJoanna Almario, and MLD Entertainment

Shot on location at Collab at Sheraton Manila