Google Year In Search 2018: Philippine Events and More
by Erika Lagunzad, January 08, 2019 9:21am
Can you believe Black Panther was released just last 2018, and we actually survived a year without A Game of Thrones? We've also gone through the rehabilitation of Boracay, the UP vs. Ateneo UAAP finals, to Catriona Gray bringing home the crown. But what did really peak into Filipinos' interests for 2018?
Google, the search giant that processes on average over 40,000 search queries every second, released its annual Year in Search. Last 2017, the top Google searches in the Philippines included Despacito lyrics, iPhone X, and Xander Ford. Here's what Pinoys have been tapping in 2018.
Most searched Event: NBA Playoffs
It can't be denied that the Philippines truly is a Basketball loving country. Last 2018's NBA finals were the first time the same two teams from North America's four major professional sports leagues met for the championship four years in a row. The Golden State Warriors won the season and were also noted by various sports media outlets as one of the biggest NBA Finals favorites in recent history.
Most Searched and Talked about News: 6/58 Ultra Lotto
With a 1 billion jackpot prize at stake, the anticipation rose and so did the search for the winning results. And we’d have to admit, even without placing our bets on the 6/58 ultra lotto, we’re guilty of searching at least once to know if there’s already a winner.
Most Searched Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody
This biographical film about Queen, the British rock band that brought us our karaoke staples such as “We Will Rock You” and “Somebody To Love”, made powerful waves when it was released last November. Bohemian Rhapsody tells the story of the band's ups and downs that lead to their iconic performance at the Wembley Stadium in 1985.
Most Searched TV show: Meteor Garden 2018
Nothing paints nostalgia for millennials more than the memory of Shan Cai with a bag of oranges running after Dao Ming Si, who's on a bus. And when a reboot of the 2001 Meteor Garden dropped, it only makes sense to relive the F4 craze again.
Most Searched Female Personality: Meghan Markle
It won’t come as a surprise if people actually searched ‘How to be Meghan Markle.’ Because when someone from a non-royal family background marries an actual prince, and announces a pregnancy in the same year, you are sure to make the headlines. Congrats on winning 2018, Meghan!
Male Personality: Freddie Mercury
With the successful run of Bohemian Rhapsody, topping the charts and google searches, it only comes naturally to search more about the life of Queen’s front man, Freddie Mercury. The British vocalist inspiring and tragic story was wonderfully portrayed by Rami Malek, who took home the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Explore the rest of the year in searches and check the top trending charts from the Philippines and around the world at Google Trends.