Major search engine Google recently released its annual Year in Search, which showed the Filipinos’ top search in 2020 was the United States elections and not the coronavirus pandemic that has killed millions worldwide.
In fact, “coronavirus” ranked third in the country’s overall trending list, following “NBA [National Basketball Association] score”. The Department of Education’s online learning platform, “DepEd Commons” was fourth on the list, while the Taal Volcano eruption was fifth.
Many of the searches were sports-related, notably “Kobe Bryant”—who died with his daughter, Gianna, in a helicopter crash in January—in seventh place and “Lakers vs. Heat” in eighth.
Rounding up the top 10 list for the country were “first day of school” and “www.reliefagad.ph.”
Google also released a list compiling most search queries per category, where “US election 2020” and “NBA score” also topped in the news and sports groupings. Filipinos, lovers of all things Korean, put K-drama Crash Landing on You at the top spot for the most searched K-drama and TV series categories.
Actress Issa Pressman and North Korean president Kim Jong Un were the most searched female and male celebrities, respectively, while in the most searched how-to list, “How to make dalgona coffee” was at number one, followed by “How to wear a surgical mask”.
Worldwide, “coronavirus” was the most searched term, followed by “election results”, “Kobe Bryant”, “Zoom” and “IPL” (Indian Premier League, for the sport cricket).
Google said that the list reflected what seems to be most important to Filipinos this year as well as how they dealt with the uncertainties and challenges the pandemic posed.
“Looking back at the year that was, many Filipinos realized the importance of going digital now more than ever to search for answers and cope with the new changes happening around them,” said Geia Lopez, Google Southeast Asia’s analytical chief for consumer packaged goods and retail.