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Yahoo’s ‘Year in Review 2020’ takes a look at the top happenings, people, and trends that captured the interest of the Philippines’ online community in 2020.
According to the report, the past 50-odd weeks have kept users in the Philippines glued to their devices in search of information, ideas, and opinions through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.
From the eruption of the Taal Volcano, and the NBA, to local and Korean entertainment choices, there has been a flood of online activity this year as netizens sought out their passions online like never before.
Taal Volcano, one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes, was the top searched news in the Philippines this year — its activity in January threatened the lives of nearly a million people across Calabarzon, Metro Manila, and some parts of Central Luzon and Ilocos region.
Late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant ranked second in the search list as the basketball-obsessed Philippines reeled from news of his untimely passing.
Local and international politics featured prominently, with the US Presidential Elections (3rd) and President Donald Trump (6th), as well as Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte (4th) and his additional authority to combat COVID-19 granted through the Bayanihan Act 2020 (5th), also known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, ranked high on users’ searches.
The arrest and ongoing saga of businessman and popular internet personality Francis Leo Marcos (7th) for alleged violation of Optometry Law also ranked highly.
Filipino celebrities dominated the most searched female celebrities list this year, taking eight out of the 10 top spots. Catapulting into the top spot was Kapamilya actress Ivana Alawi whose wildly popular YouTube channel drove her rise to fame in just a year.
Sarah Geronimo ranked second on the list following news of her surprise secret wedding sent users on a hunt for details. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray’s (3rd) break up with her ex Clint Bondad was thrust back into the public light as alleged photos of them circulated on social media.
A number of South Korean’s featured on the list of male celebrities. 2020 was a shining year for Hyun Bin (2nd) as he also clinched a commercial deal with telco Smart Communications. Other South Korean male celebrities who made the list were Lee Min-Ho (6th), Park Seo Joon (9th), and Ji Chang Wook (10th). Broadcast journalist and host Raffy Tulfo took the top spot.
Legislation filed in Congress to rename an avenue after Fernando Poe Jr sparked interest, ranking him third on the search list. Marcelito Pomoy ranked 4th following rumors of his death. Manny Pacquiao (5th) rounded off the top half of the list.
Local showbiz continued to be popular, even as the Korean wave continued to make inroads.
K-drama Crash Landing on You was the most searched in the list as stars of the series clinched commercial deals in the country. The World of the Married, another South Korean series, came in seventh as ABS-CBN quickly clinched airing rights for the show with a Tagalog-dubbed version. Rounding out the list was the Oscar-winning South Korean film, Parasite (10th).
Local TV series, newscasts, and variety shows were also popularly searched. Encantadia was second most searched, with TV Patrol (3rd), Wowowin (6th), and Ang Probinsyano (8th) proving time-tested favorites.
While it dominated the list in 2019, the popularity of Hollywood waned in 2020 — only America’s Got Talent (4th) and Frozen 2 (5th) were featured in the list.
Users turned to sports events to keep them entertained in the comforts of their homes. This year, sporting events filled all 10 of the most searched events.
Basketball prevailed even through the pandemic, as the NBA and the PBA Philippine Cup were the top two most searched events in 2020; the latter took users on a rollercoaster ride with several changes in its schedule before resuming in October.
Tennis was also popular as the Australian Open (3rd), French Open (5th), and US Open (9th) secured three spots on the list. Other major sports events popular with locals such as baseball, football, mixed martial arts, racing, and golf rounded up the list.
As COVID-19 upended the lives of Filipinos and people around the world, ‘Coronavirus Update’, ‘Coronavirus Philippines’, and ‘Covid19 symptoms’ became the top three pandemic search terms amongst users.
‘Covid 19 update worldwide’, ‘Covid 19 vaccine’, ‘Covid 19 tracker’, ‘Quarantine’, ‘Pandemic’, and ‘Lockdown’ came in from fourth to ninth place.
Italy was a country of interest to users in the Philippines, as it’s one of the largest European migration destinations for Filipinos. ‘‘Coronavirus Italy’ (10th) made an appearance as one of the popular searches related to Coronavirus.
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