Google recently revealed its annual list of the top trending searches in the Philippines, naming personalities, events, and pressing issues. “Year in Search” gives a glimpse of the moments that Pinoys laughed, cried, and gushed about in 2015, as reflected by their search activities on Google.



Who’s who on the list? AlDub, the Internet-breaking loveteam that got millions of Filipinos following the tandem and tuning in to noontime show Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye topped the said list. The ongoing segment follows the love story of actor Alden Richards and Dubsmash Queen Maine Mendoza a.k.a Yaya Dub and the many obstacles that they encounter, making their team-up more exciting.

The AlDub phenomenon took over the Philippines and the curiosity of the world, propelling Maine to the third spot of the top trending searches. Inevitably, she is also named top trending female personality while Alden is the second top trending male personality, next to Pope Francis.

Early this 2015, millions of Catholic Filipinos gathered to celebrate the Papal Visit, this year’s top trending news. For four days, Pope Francis unified the Filipino Catholic community through series of events that drew him closer to the Filipino faithful.

Another milestone, the Philippines hosting the APEC Summit is the second top trending search term in both news and event categories of 2015. The summit, one of the most important gatherings of economic leaders, put the Philippines in the global spotlight. Attendees included United States President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whose boyish good looks captured the Filipinos’ collective fascination landing him in the tenth spot for top trending male personalities.

On November 13, the whole world was shaken by a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, with the death toll hitting more than a hundred innocent lives. Millions of people worldwide, including Filipinos, expressed their grief, making it the top three trending news. The militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who later claimed responsibility for the attack, lands on the fourth spot.

Filipinos also continued to show their love for different sports with six out of ten top trending events revolving mainly around basketball, boxing, and tennis. Leading the list is FIBA Asia 2015 where Gilas Pilipinas bagged silver at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship after a heartbreaking loss to China. Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao once again showed the classic Filipino resilience in a historic encounter with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The event makes it as the sixth top trending news while SEA Games 2015 and NBA Playoffs take the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

When it comes to entertainment –movies, music, and TV shows will always have a place in the heart of  Pinoys. This year’s top trending song is Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud; the top trending movie is Fifty Shades of Grey; and the top trending TV show is ABS-CBN’s Pangako Sa’Yo.

“Year in Search is Google’s way of looking back at the meaningful moments that captured the people’s interest throughout the year. Locally, the trending search terms of 2015 are a good reflection of the Filipinos increasing involvement and interest in the things that are happening around them, whether in historic national events or the breakout of a new pop culture icon,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.



Overall Top Trending Searches in the Philippines

1.       AlDub

2.       Pope Francis

3.       Maine Mendoza

4.       FIBA Asia 2015

5.       Dubsmash

6.       Alden Richards

7.       Fifty Shades of Grey

8.       APEC Summit

9.       Paris attacks

10.    COMELEC



Lamar Odom tops the global trending searches after his reported drug overdose in October. Jurassic World and American Sniper fall on the top two and three global trending searches, respectively.



Overall Global Top Trending Searches

1.       Lamar Odom

2.       Jurassic World

3.       American Sniper

4.       Caitlyn Jenner

5.       Ronda Rousey

6.       Paris


8.       Chris Kyle

9.       Fallout 4

10.    Straight Outta Compton






Trending Searches for 2015 by category (Local):



1.       Pope Francis

2.       APEC Summit 2015

3.       Paris attacks

4.       ISIS

5.       Charlie Hebdo

6.       Pluto

7.       Syria

8.       Typhoon Lando

9.       Singapore haze

10.    Nepal earthquake

Male Personalities


1.       Pope Francis

2.       Alden Richards

3.       Stephen Curry

4.       Lamar Odom

5.       Rodrigo Duterte

6.       Manny Pacquiao

7.       Ed Sheeran

8.       Antonio Luna

9.       Darren Espanto

10.    Justin Trudeau

Female Personalities


1.       Maine Mendoza

2.       Caitlyn Jenner

3.       Mary Jane Veloso

4.       4th Impact

5.       Ronda Rousey

6.       Ella Cruz

7.       Dakota Johnson

8.       Perrie Edwards

9.       Pastillas Girl

10.    DJ Soda



1.       FIBA Asia 2015

2.       APEC Summit 2015

3.       Miss Universe 2015

4.       SEA Games 2015

5.       NBA Playoffs 2015

6.       Pacquiao-Mayweather match

7.       Jones Cup 2015

8.       SONA 2015

9.       Chinese New Year 2015

10.    US Open 2015



1.       Thinking Out Loud

2.       Flashlight

3.       Blank Space

4.       Dessert

5.       See You Again

6.       Love Me Like You Do

7.       Photograph

8.       Cheerleader

9.       God Gave Me You

10.    Locked Away

Local Vacation Destinations


1.       Sundowners Vacation Villa, Bolinao

2.       Baguio City

3.       Coron, Palawan

4.       Cebu

5.       El Puerto Marina, Pangasinan

6.       Tagaytay

7.       Subic

8.       Aquatico Royalle, Laguna

9.       Baler, Aurora

10.    Antipolo

International Vacation Destinations


1.       Vatican City

2.       Las Vegas

3.       Maldives

4.       Singapore

5.       Orlando, Florida

6.       Malaysia

7.       Thailand

8.       Europe

9.       Cancun, Mexico

10.    Hawaii



1.       Fifty Shades of Grey

2.       Minions

3.       Fast and Furious 7

4.       Jurassic World

5.       Heneral Luna

6.       Crazy Beautiful You

7.       Avengers Age of Ultron

8.       Inside Out

9.       Pitch Perfect 2

10.    Suicide Squad

TV Shows


1.       Pangako Sa’Yo

2.       Empress Ki

3.       Eat Bulaga

4.       On the Wings of Love

5.       Your Face Sounds Familiar

6.       The Voice Kids Philippines Season 2

7.       Game of Thrones

8.       The Walking Dead Season 6

9.       My Love from the Star

10.    The Voice Philippines



1.       Dubsmash

2.       Bluestacks

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 cure sore eyes?

2.       How to play Clash of Clans on PC?

3.       How to use Snapchat?

4.       How to use Dubsmash?

5.       How to change profile picture for Paris?

6.       How to lose weight in two weeks?

7.       How to register for UnliSurf in Smart?

8.       How to register in COMELEC?

9.       How to  screenshot in Samsung?

10.    How to change name in Clash of Clans?

What is…?


1.       What is APEC?

2.       What is plate tectonics?

3.       What is discrimination?

4.       What is the longest Filipino word?

5.       What is cyberbullying?

6.       What is the meaning of bae?

7.       What is haze?

8.       What is Bangsamoro Basic Law?

9.       What is AlDub?

10.    What is ISIS?

Who is…?


1.       Who is Pope Francis?

2.       Who is Baste in Eat Bulaga?

3.       Who is Maine Mendoza?

4.       Who is Caitlyn Jenner?

5.       Who is Mikey Bustos?

6.       Who is Maria Ozawa?

7.       Who is Yaya Dub?

8.       Who is Nick Vujicic?

9.       Who is Ligaya in Pangako Sa’Yo?

10.    Who is the richest man in the world?

Where is…?


1.       Where is Nepal?

2.       Where is Mali?

3.       Where is the Golden State?

4.       Where is Balesin?

5.       Where is epicenter of the hypothetical earthquake?

6.       Where is Philippine Arena?

7.       Where is Vanuatu?

8.       Where is Mecca?

9.       Where is Amanpulo?

10.    Where is Borawan Island?




Go to to explore the rest of the 2015 Year in Search stories and top trending charts from around the world.

By eccentricyethappy

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance community manager/social media manager, chatbot builder, social media consultant, and web developer. She is managing her other blogs under lifestyle, food, music/concert, and Hallyu niche. Last August 2020, her first website project, Choose Khiphop is one of the news authority about Korean Hiphop. Five months later, she and her friends formed a podcast called +82 Khiphop Podcast. In 2018, she had her stint as The Itchyworms' social media manager which led her to do music photography in her spare time. A year later, she had a short stint as road manager for the local band, Join The Club. Currently working as freelance community manager and music photographer.

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