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'COVID-19 prevention,' 'NBA games today,' 'Squid Game' are PH's most-searched topics for 2021

By AYIE LICSI Published Dec 09, 2021 11:40 am Updated Dec 24, 2021 6:17 pm

What did Filipinos search for the most this 2021?

Google has bared its annual Year in Search, revealing the Philippines' top search queries for the year. And topping the list is "COVID-19 prevention," which signifies how Filipinos continue to rely on the search engine for information about the virus. Additionally, "VaxCertPH" and "COVID-19 vaccine" were in the top 10 overall trending searches.

The other six searches from the list are entertainment-related queries. Filipinos have been googling about NBA games, Netflix's smash hit Korean series Squid Game, Miss Universe 2021, the Pacquiao vs. Ugas fight in August, the lyrics to Arthur Nery's Pagsamo, and the K-drama True Beauty.

Which personalities were the talk of the town?

With the Tokyo Olympics held earlier in July, search queries about the sports event also emerged in different top 10 lists. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who took home the country's first-ever gold, landed in the third spot in the Olympics category and the fourth spot in the female personalities category.

Notably, seven out of 10 most-searched shows and series are K-dramas, showing how Filipinos have fallen in love with the genre. HoYeon Jung, who massively gained an Instagram following after starring in Squid Game, is the ninth most-googled female personality and third in the Korean personalities category.

In the male and female personality categories, local celebrities Gerald Anderson, Yen Santos, and AJ Raval became the talk of the town as their respective relationship dramas trended online. Former DILG secretary Mel Sarmiento also earned a spot on the list of top 10 most-searched male personalities, after Kris Aquino announced their engagement in October.

VP Leni Robredo and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio are the only politicians that made the most-searched list. Before publicizing her plans for the 2022 elections in October, Robredo's supporters petitioned for her to run for the country's top post. Meanwhile, Duterte-Carpio made the headlines when she announced in November that she is eyeing the VP seat instead of re-election and that she'll be presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos' running mate.

Hidilyn Diaz and HoYeon Jung were among the most-searched personalities in 2021.

Overall Top Trending Searches 

  1. COVID-19 prevention
  2. NBA games today
  3. Squid Game
  4. VaxCertPH
  5. Miss Universe 2021
  6. COVID-19 vaccine
  7. Pacquiao vs. Ugas
  8. Pagsamo lyrics
  9. True Beauty
  10. Metro Manila area floods

News 

  1. COVID-19 prevention
  2. VaxCertPH
  3. Miss Universe 2021
  4. COVID-19 vaccine
  5. Pacquiao vs. Ugas
  6. Metro Manila area floods
  7. Paralympics
  8. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  9. national ID registration
  10. Johnson & Johnson vaccine

 Olympics

  1. Paralympics
  2. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  3. Hidilyn Diaz
  4. Olympics
  5. Olympics medal tally
  6. Carlo Paalam
  7. Devin Booker
  8. Leylah Fernandez
  9. Eumir Marcial
  10. Nesthy Petecio 

Sports

  1. NBA games today
  2. Bucks vs. Suns
  3. Nets vs. Bucks
  4. Lakers
  5. Pacquiao vs. Ugas
  6. Suns vs. Clippers
  7. Paralympics
  8. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  9. PBA schedule
  10. NBA score today

Shows or Series 

  1. Squid Game
  2. True Beauty
  3. Vincenzo
  4. Nevertheless
  5. Falling Into Your Smile
  6. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
  7. Bridgerton
  8. Trese
  9. Mr. Queen
  10. Alice In Borderland

Songs or Lyrics 

  1. Pagsamo lyrics
  2. Heartbreak Anniversary lyrics
  3. Crazier lyrics
  4. Panalo lyrics
  5. Paubaya lyrics
  6. Mapa lyrics
  7. Drivers License lyrics
  8. All Too Well lyrics
  9. Levitating lyrics
  10. traitor lyrics

Game-related

  1. Axie Infinity
  2. Dragonary
  3. CryptoBlades
  4. Specimen Zero
  5. My DeFi Pet
  6. Sausage Man
  7. KaraStar
  8. Valorant
  9. Among Us
  10. Genshin Impact 

Male Personalities

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal
  2. Kim Seon-ho
  3. Hwang In-youp
  4. Gerald Anderson
  5. Dylan O'brien
  6. Scottie Thompson
  7. Dominic Roque
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  9. Carlo Paalam
  10. Mel Sarmiento 

Female Personalities 

  1. Yen Santos
  2. Rabiya Mateo
  3. AJ Raval
  4. Hidilyn Diaz
  5. Leni Robredo
  6. Sara Duterte
  7. Bella Poarch
  8. Olivia Rodrigo
  9. HoYeon Jung
  10. Olivia Culpo 

Movies

  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Army of the Dead
  3. Black Widow
  4. Red Notice
  5. Death of a Girlfriend
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  7. Army of Thieves
  8. Rurouni Kenshin
  9. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  10. Cruella

Korean Personalities

  1. Kim Seon-ho
  2. Hwang In-youp
  3. HoYeon Jung
  4. Lee Da-in
  5. Yeon Woo
  6. Seo Yea-ji
  7. Song Kang
  8. Enhypen
  9. Han So Hee
  10. Heeseung

Korean Series 

  1. Squid Game
  2. True Beauty
  3. Vincenzo
  4. Nevertheless
  5. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
  6. Mr. Queen
  7. Doom at Your Service
  8. My Roommate Is a Gumiho
  9. My Name
  10. Youth of May