Dolphy, Jessica Sanchez top 2012 web searches


Posted at Dec 13 2012 03:43 PM | Updated as of Dec 14 2012 03:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The late comedian Dolphy and “American Idol” season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez are the most-talked about personalities in the country this year, based on the 2012 search lists of two web giants.

The local units of Google and Yahoo! released their respective yearend search lists on Tuesday night, with each featuring top newsmakers and trends in their websites.

Topping the search queries list of Yahoo Philippines’ “Year in Review 2012” is Sanchez, who made Filipinos all over the world proud despite losing to Philip Phillips in the final round of “Idol.”

Dolphy, Jessica Sanchez top 2012 web searches 1“American Idol” season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez and late comedian Dolphy

Coming in second is NBA or the National Basketball Association, a consistent top search in Yahoo! Philippines for the past three years, showing the Filipinos’ love for basketball.

The NBA is followed by singer Sarah Geronimo, known as the Philippines’ “Pop Star Princess,” mainly because of her two sold-out concerts at the Araneta Coliseum last July.

The rest of the Top 10 searches of Yahoo! Philippines include Kapamilya stars Anne Curtis (fourth), Angelica Panganiban (sixth), KC Concepcion (ninth) and Bianca Gonzalez (10th).

Actress Marian Rivera (seventh), Korean TV personality Grace Lee (eighth), and the singing contest “American Idol” (fifth) completed the top 10.

Curtis, who received the OMG! Celeb of the Year Award from Yahoo! Philippines last year, is currently one of the most popular celebrities in the country with over 3.7 million Twitter followers, several endorsement deals, sold-out concerts and hit movies and TV shows. She is set to make her Hollywood debut via the indie film “Blood Ransom,” which is slated for release in 2013.

Panganiban, on the other hand, gained the interest of several Filipino netizens after her breakup with hunk actor Derek Ramsay. She is currently in a relationship with another well-known actor, John Lloyd Cruz.

Rivera made ripples on Yahoo! Philippines web searches this year mainly because of her sexy cover photo in the April issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, and her verbal spat with fellow actress Bela Padilla.

Like Rivera, Concepcion and Gonzalez made the top search list of Yahoo! after their sexy cover photos on Rogue and Esquire, respectively. Lee, meanwhile, became the talk of the town for briefly dating President Benigno Aquino III.

Below are Yahoo! Philippines’ other lists in its “Year in Review 2012”:

Viral/trending topics

1. #Amalayer
2. Carabuena
3. #Sinotto
4. Claudine vs. Tulfo brothers
5. Noemi Lagman
6. Noynoying
7. Anti-epal
8. “Hero dog” Kabang
9. Batangas
10. Zendee Rose Tenerefe


1. Ronald Llamas
2. Iggy Arroyo
3. Renato Corona
4. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
5. Jesse Robredo
6. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III
7. Antonio Trillanes IV
8. Maria Lourdes Sereno
9. Marvic Leonen
10. Juan Ponce Enrile


1. Puerto Princesa Underground River
2. Manila
3. Cebu
4. Baguio
5. Tagaytay
6. Potipot Island
7. Calaguas
8. Camarines Sur
9. Boracay
10. Siquijor

Dolphy tops Google’s list

Meanwhile, Dolphy topped Google Philippines’ most searched people list for 2012, which is part of the search website’s annual “Zeitgeist.”

Filipinos across the globe mourned the death of Dolphy last July, with an intense public demand to give the veteran comedian the National Artist award.

Second on the list is actress Janelle Manahan, the girlfriend of the slain actor Ramgen Revilla, who ranked fourth.

Kapamilya actor Daniel Padilla, nephew of action star Robin Padilla, landed in third place. Grace Lee is also included in Google Philippines’ list, at No. 5.

The rest of the Top 10 include the late Filipino rock icon Karl Roy; Pedro Calungsod, who is the Philippines’ second saint; the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo; “Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition 4” big winner Myrtle Sarrosa; and the YouTube sensations Jamich.

Below are Google Philippines’ other lists under its Zeitgeist for 2012:

Talk of the town (trending searches)

1. Simsimi
2. Angry Birds
3. Tetris Battle
4. Super Bass lyrics
5. Gangnam style
6. Jeremy Lin
7. Whitney Houston
8. Dolphy
9. Dragon nest
10. Black

Who’s trending online (trending people searches)

1. Jeremy Lin
2. Whitney Houston
3. Dolphy
4. Janelle Manahan
5. Daniel Padilla
6. Jessica Sanchez
7. Valeria Lukyanova
8. Chachi Gonzales
9. Ramgen Revilla
10. Adele

A year in images (image searches)

1. Valeria Lukyanova
2. Bhutan
3. Black picture
4. Charice new look
5. Troll face
6. Transit of Venus
7. Supermoon
8. Overly attached girlfriend
9. Me gusta
10. Kate Middleton photos

It’s more fun in the Philippines (most searched local travel destinations)

1. Manila Ocean Park
2. Cebu
3. Puerto Galera
4. Bohol
5. Tagaytay
6. Baguio
7. Club Manila East
8. Cagayan de Oro
9. Greenhills
10. Abra

Headlines of the year (most searched news)

1. Dolphy (death)
3. Cybercrime law
4. Jesse Robredo (death)
5. Hurricane Sandy
6. Project Noah
7. Scarborough Shoal
8. SONA 2012 Philippines
9. Robert Blair Carabuena
10. Eat Bulaga Indonesia

The nation’s movers and shakers (most searched politicians)

1. Jesse Robredo
2. Corona
3. Barack Obama
4. Iggy Arroyo
5. Romney
6. Shalani Soledad
7. Miriam Defensor Santiago
8. Juan Ponce Enrile
9. Tito Sotto
10. Serafin Cuevas

Olympians of 2012 (most searched athletes)

1. Jeremy Lin
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Lebron James
4. Kobe Bryant
5. John Cena
6. Michael Jordan
7. Derrick Rose
8. James Yap
9. Maria Sharapova
10. Dwyane Wade

Most searched terms on mobile devices

1. Restaurants
2. Attractions
3. Cebu Pacific
4. NBA
5. Bars
6. Cars and sedan
7. iPhone 5
8. Gangnam Style
9. Motorcycles and scooters
10. Gas stations

Most searched people

1. Jessica Sanchez
2. One Direction
3. Daniel Padilla
4. Kristen Stewart
5. Taylor Swift
6. Boyce Avenue
7. Sarah Geronimo
8. Jeremy Lin
9. Anne Curtis
10. Jamich