It's no wonder, really, as this well-rounded "confidently beautiful with a heart" woman has not only captured the hearts of her countrymen (that's all of us!), but also of the world (or the universe, rather).
On the other side of the fence, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the top male trending personalities this year, as Elections 2016 lands the top spot for the trending news, a clear showcase of just how Filipinos closely followed news about the progress of the elections as well as the results.
Filipinos were also in on the hype for the world’s top sports and entertainment events. Dominating this year’s list of top trending events was the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Held on August 5-21 at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the most celebrated sports event of the year also brought pride to the country when 25-year old weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won a silver medal—the Philippines’ first after 20 years.
When it comes to travel and leisure, Kalanggaman Island tops the trending local destinations. Found in Leyte, this island is famous for its clear waters, pristine shores, and a long sandbar that stretches from one island to another. Completing the list are other places perfect for a beach getaway.
“From pressing issues, to sports, to entertainment, this year’s list shows that Filipinos continue to take part in different conversations by keeping themselves informed about what’s happening around them, not just locally but also internationally. Year in Search is Google’s way of celebrating the year with the Filipinos with the things they cared about,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.
But the overall top trending search term this year in the Philippines? The Biebs trumps all as “Love Yourself” from his fourth album Purpose reigns supreme. Perhaps because several Filipino artists did a cover of this song, including James Reid and Kristel Fulgar, while YouTube creator Mikey Bustos did a parody of the song highlighting what courtship is like in the Philippines. Or perhaps because it just brought on all the feels our hundred million-large population can't get enough of.
Here's the complete list of top 10 trending search terms per category:
Overall Top Trending Searches in the Philippines
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