Who were the most-searched PH personalities in 2016?

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach are the most-searched male and female personalities in 2016, according to Google.



The Filipinos' love for pop culture and involvement in politics were reflected in this year's most-searched Filipino personalities, based on data provided by Google Philippines.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach emerged as the most-searched male and female personalities in 2016.

The list of Google's most-searched personalities in the Philippines comprised of a mix of foreign and local personalities who became popular this year:

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte was the No. 1 most-searched male personality while Alden Richards was the only local actor who made it in the list.

MOST-SEARCHED MALE PERSONALITIES IN 2016.

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

1. President Rodrigo Duterte


Rodrigo "Rody" Roa Duterte, who has been dubbed as “The Punisher” by Time Magazine, is the 16th President of the Philippines. The former Davao mayor got more than 16.5 million votes during the May 2016 elections.

2. Song Joong Ki

Song Joong Ki portrayed the lead character Captain Yoo Si Jin (Lucas Yoo in GMA airing) in the highly-successful Korean drama Descendants of the Sun.

3. Donald Trump

The TV personality and businessman won as the 45th President-elect of the United States against his opponent Hillary Clinton.

4. Gong Yoo



Gong Yoo, whose full name is Gong Ji Chul, is the lead star of the South Korean zombie apocalypse horror thriller film Train To Busan, which became a blockbuster movie in the Philippines.

5. Tom Hiddleston

This British actor, producer and musical performer was linked to pop singer Taylor Swift for three months, causing the public to dub them as "Hiddleswift." The two were first photographed in Rhode Island in the United States and in that span of time, Taylor was able to meet Tom's Rome, mother in the United Kingdom. Tom also spent time with Taylor in Rome and Australia.

6. Alden Richards


Alden is the only local male showbiz personality who made it to the list. Last year, the GMA-7 actor was the second most-searched male personality in Google.

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This 2016, Alden has done several projects with and without his AlDub love team partner Maine Mendoza: the movie Imagine You and Me, his Mulawin stint in Encantadia, his book Alden: In My Own Words, an album titled Say It Again, and other endorsements.

7. Jared Leto

Jared played the role of Joker in the Hollywood movie Suicide Squad. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

8. Charlie Puth

This YouTube sensation gained popularity for his songs, especially his hit "One Call Away."

9. Kevin Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder (OKC) basketball player became talked-about after he decided to transfer to play for the Golden State Warriors.

10. Usain Bolt

This 29-year-old Jamaican won the 100m race in the Rio Olympics 2016.



MOST-SEARCHED FEMALE PERSONALITIES IN 2016.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was the most-searched female personality of 2016. TV personality Maine Mendoza, who was on the top of the list in 2015, moved on the second spot this year.

Vice President Leni Robredo also placed tenth in the list.

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. Pia Wurtzbach


Filipina Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach brought home the crown as Miss Universe in December 20, 2015. She was based in New York as she accomplished her duties. The beauty queen was linked to heartthrob Doctor Mike but she is now dating car racing champion Marlon Stockinger.

2. Maine Mendoza


From being Google's No. 1 most searched female personality in 2015, Maine slipped down to the second spot. The Eat Bulaga host earned her first lead role in a movie last July via Imagine You and Me with Alden Richards. She is also slated to star in a GMA-7 teleserye in 2017.

3. Margot Robbie

This Australian actress was cast as Dr. Harley Quinn, a psychologist who fell in love with Joker in the movie Suicide Squad.

4. Arci Munoz


Though her name has already rang a bell when she got the lead role in Pasion De Amor, Arci gained the attention of netizens after starring in the movie Always Be My Maybe with Gerald Anderson. In addition, glamorous photos of the ABS-CBN actress have been circulating on the Internet as hugot memes about being single, brokenhearted, but beautiful.

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5. Hailee Steinfeld

In July 2016, singer-actress Hailee released her single "Starving" with American duo Grey, featuring Russian-German DJ Zedd.

6. Sue Ramirez

Aside from her roles in Pangako Sa 'Yo and Dolce Amore who got in the way between famous love teams KathNiel and LizQuen respectively, Sue also became popular for her song covers with good friend Kristel Fulgar.

7. Fourth Impact

After they finished fifth place in The X Factor last year, the girl group was included The X Factor 2016 Live Tour that happened in February this year.

8. Song Hye Kyo


Korean actress Song Hye Kyo, who first became popular in the Philippines for the Koreanovelas Endless Love: Autumn In My Heart and Full House, caught the Filipinos's attention once again via the top-rating drama Descendants of the Sun. She played Doctor Kang Mo-yeon (Maxine Kang when GMA-7 aired this Koreanovela with Tagalog translations).

9. Elisse Joson


Elisse Joson first gained attention of the public after starring in a trending hugot commercial for a fast food chain. She opened up about her past celebrity boyfriends during her stay at the Pinoy Big Brother Lucky 7 house in Vietnam. She also formed the McLisse tandem with fellow PBB housemate McCoy De Leon.

10. Leni Robredo


Leni Robredo won as Vice President of the Philippines in the 2016 national elections. It was a close fight between her and vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos by a slim margin of 263,473 votes.


(Read: AlDub most searched term in Google Philippines for 2015)


(Read: Maine Mendoza is most-searched female personality in 2015, based on Google Philippines)
 
(Read: Alden Richards, next to Pope Francis as most-searched male personality in 2015, based on Google Philippines)
 




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