Cathay Pacific scandal tops PH Google search


Posted at Aug 21 2011 06:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2011 02:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Cathay Pacific caught the attention of Internet-using Filipinos last week after 2 of its employees were caught in a set of photos apparently engaging in oral sex on board an aircraft, according to Google Philippines.

Data gathered by the local unit of the Internet search giant from August 12 to 18 showed that "Cathay Pacific scandal" was the fastest rising news topic in the country after the photos were published on the Internet and in Chinese-language daily newspapers last Sunday.

The 2 members of Cathay Pacific's cabin crew who were shown in the photos have left the company. It was not clear whether the pair were sacked or if they resigned voluntarily.

The incident has caused Cathay Pacific to review a marketing campaign that bills the airline as "the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special."

Other top news topics last week include "Vietnam flag" after the country marked its veterans' remembrance day; "47.110579,9.227568," a location on Google Street View that shows a mysterious figure in the sky; and the controversial "Kulo" exhibit at the Cultural Center of the Philippines which was recently closed down.

Below is the full list:

  1. Cathay Pacific scandal
  2. Vietnam flag
  3. 47.110579,9.227568
  4. Kulo exhibit
  5. Final Destination 5
  6. Dengue
  7. Moves like Jagger
  8. Smurf
  9. Jetstar
  10. DFA

Meanwhile, here are the country's fastest rising newsmakers from August 12 to 18:

  1. Edgar Allan Guzman
  2. Mideo Cruz
  3. Paris Hilton
  4. Kate Middleton
  5. Barbie
  6. Angry Birds
  7. WWE
  8. Starbucks
  9. Rebecca Black
  10. Solenn Heussaff