Bieber, Pokemon Go, Duterte top 2016 PH Google searches


Posted at Dec 14 2016 07:17 PM

A Justin Bieber song, unique twists on classic games, a Korean film, and the elections topped this year’s trending Google searches by Filipinos, which a company spokesperson said shows that in addition to a continuing fascination with pop culture, Filipinos like to be informed on happenings locally and abroad.

Bieber's "Love Yourself" off the album "Purpose" topped Google’s trending searches in the Philippines, followed by Snake reboot, and runaway sensation Pokemon Go.

Korean horror hit "Train to Busan" came in fourth, followed by the Chainsmokers and Halsey’s "Closer," the Commission on Elections (Comelec), firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte, chart-topper "Secret Love Song" by British girl group Little Mix, the Olympic Games in Rio and DC supervillain flick "Suicide Squad."

When it came to news, aside from the 2016 polls, Filipinos were curious about international happenings such as the British exit from the European Union, the death of gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US, and the Supermoon. They also wanted to be updated on the latest happenings regarding the Davao bombing.

Interestingly, the Orlando shooting also ranked among the top 10, as well as the Panama Papers, showing that Filipinos became concerned over issues that may have felt quite personal to them—the slaughter of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the US; as well as a massive leak of personal information, which involved the finances of well-known personalities.

Aside from Duterte, among the most-searched male personalities by Filipinos were Donald Trump, and screen idols Song Joong Ki, Gong Yoo, and Tom Hiddleston. 

Top-ranked searches for female personalities included Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, and personalities Maine Mendoza, Margot Robbie, Arci Munoz, and Hailee Steinfeld.

Manny Pacquiao’s senatorial win would have been no surprise considering his bouts with Vargas and Bradley were among the top event searches by Pinoys in 2016, as well as the Olympics, the local and US polls, and the Star Magic Ball.

The Visayas, meanwhile, may see a spike in the influx of tourists in months to come if visitors can be predicted by searches on Google—the Kalanggaman Island in Leyte topped the list of searches for local vacation destinations, followed by Cebu City, Boracay Island, and Iloilo. The Camotes Islands were also in the top searches, as was Bantayan Island, all in the Visayas.

A few other Google search chart-toppers included the phrases "What does 'pak ganern' mean," "What are hugot lines" and "What is Federalism."

Showing the Philippines' love for social media, along with "adulting" topics such as how to access bank accounts online and set an appointment with the Foreign Affairs department, Filipinos wanted to know how they could play basketball in Facebook Messenger, as well as how to use Snapchat.

Here are Google's top searches in the Philippines in 2016:

Overall top trending searches in the Philippines

1. Love Yourself


3. Pokemon Go

4. Train to Busan

5. Closer

6. Comelec

7. Rodrigo Duterte

8. Secret Love Song

9. Olympic Games Rio 2016

10. Suicide Squad

Trending searches for 2016 by category (Local):


1. Election 2016

2. Brexit

3. Harambe

4. Supermoon

5. Davao bombing

6. Typhoon Lawin

7. Orlando shooting

8. Vice Presidential Debate

9. Panama Papers

10. Japan earthquake

Male personalities

1. Rodrigo Duterte

2. Song Joong Ki

3. Donald Trump

4. Gong Yoo

5. Tom Hiddleston

6. Alden Richards

7. Jared Leto

8. Charlie Puth

9. Kevin Durant

10. Usain Bolt

Female personalities

1. Pia Wurtzbach

2. Maine Mendoza

3. Margot Robbie

4. Arci Munoz

5. Hailee Steinfeld

6. Sue Ramirez

7. 4th impact

8. Song Hye Kyo

9. Elisse Joson

10. Leni Robredo


1. Olympic Games Rio 2016

2. Election 2016

3. Pacquiao vs Vargas

4. Pacquiao vs Bradley 3

5. US Election

6. Euro 2016

7. Chinese New Year 2016

8. SONA 2016

9. NBA Playoffs 2016

10. Star Magic Ball 2016

Songs (Lyrics)

1. Love Yourself

2. Closer

3. Secret Love Song

4. Sorry

5. One Call Away

6. Roses

7. 7 Years

8. Kriminal

9. Locked Away

10. Stitches

Local vacation destinations

1. Kalanggaman Island

2. Cebu City

3. Boracay Island

4. Iloilo

5. Fortune Island, Batangas

6. Magalawa Island, Zambales

7. Potipot Island, Zambales

8. Camotes Island

9. Bantayan Island

10. Binurong Point, Catanduanes

International vacation destinations

1. Barcelona, Spain

2. Ireland

3. Universal Studios Singapore

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Ibiza, Spain

6. Papua New Guinea

7. Florida, USA

8. Grand Canyon, Arizona

9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

10. Iceland


1. Train to Busan

2. Suicide Squad

3. Deadpool

4. Conjuring 2

5. Captain America Civil War

6. Me Before You

7. The Corpse of Anna Fritz

8. Beauty and the Bestie

9. The Flu

10. Batman v Superman

TV shows

1. Descendants of the Sun

2. Stranger Things

3. Legend of the Blue Sea

4. Encantadia

5. Dolce Amore

6. Ang Probinsyano

7. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds

8. Born for You

9. Cinderella and Four Knights

10. On the Wings of Love



2. Pokemon Go

3. Google App

4. Clash of Clans

5. Google Street View

6. Google Translate

7. Animal Jam

8. Spotify

9. Messenger


How to...?

1. How to log in to your BPI account

2. How to log in to your Metrobankdirect account

3. How to set a DFA appointment

4. How to play Pokemon Go

5. How to cure Psoriasis

6. How to change language in Google Chrome

7. How to use the Hoverboard

8. How to do the Running Man challenge

9. How to play basketball in Messenger

10. How to use Snapchat

What is...?

1. What are the election results?

2. What are the movies in 2016?

3. What does "pak ganern" mean?

4. What are hugot lines?

5. What is the Running Man song?

6. What is knox?

7. What is Zika Virus?

8. What is PPAP?

9. What is Federalism?

10. What is Brexit?

Who is...?

1. Who is Harley Quinn?

2. Who is Aldub?

3. Who is Evan Fournier?

4. Who is Maria Ozawa?

5. Who is Valak?

6. Who is Carrot Man?

7. Who are the Suicide Squad casts?

8. Who is Marion Cotillard?

9. Who is Skusta Clee?

10. Who is Anna Fritz?

Where is...?

1. Where is Taj Mahal?

2. Where is Masungi Georeserve?

3. Where is Palm Beach Resort?

4. Where is The Yard?

5. Where is the Great Barrier Reef?

6. Where is Villa Sylvia Resort?

7. Where is Bato Springs Resort?

8. Where is Camayan Beach Resort?

9. Where is Vitalis Villas?

10. Where is Hidden Sanctuary Hotel and Resort?