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Which entertainment shows Filipinos searched the most in 2020?

Shaina Teope - December 15, 2020

Manila, Philippines  – The year-ender has come for 2020, and that means one of many things – web search engines have rounded up yet again the most searched ‘terms’ or ‘entities’ in the 365 days that have passed.

The ‘most searched’ list is one of the most awaited annual ‘reviews’ simply because more than peoples’ web browsing habits, it basically shows in a nutshell how the society has changed across all aspects of culture – in sports, politics, and of course, a region’s preference of entertainment and media. 

For search engine Yahoo in the Philippines, K-Dramas dominated the most searched movies and TV shows. 

In Yahoo’s Year in Review 2020, the global streaming service Netflix-produced Korean drama, Crash Landing on You, emerged as the most searched entertainment show. 

Netflix Original South Korean drama, Crash Landing on You

The drama, which was released in December of 2019, running up until February of 2020, continues to drive fans even after the show’s airing. Its popularity resulted in Philippine telco Smart’s appointment of the two leading stars Hyun Bin and Son Ye-Jin as endorsers.

Meanwhile, another South Korean series, The World of the Married, which was similarly obtained by Netflix, came in seventh. Rounding up the list was Oscar-winning, South Korean film Parasite which was released in cinemas in mid-2019, proving to remain of interest among Filipino viewers this year.

Top 10 most searched movies and TV shows on Yahoo

  1. Crash Landing on You
  2. Encantadia
  3. TV Patrol
  4. America’s Got Talent
  5. Frozen 2
  6. Wowowin
  7. The World of the Married
  8. Ang Probinsyano
  9. 365 Days
  10. The World of the Married

Even amid the love for international shows, Filipino viewers demonstrated to be strongly interested in their home-grown brand of entertainment. Local fantasy series Encantadia, where its 2016 remake is currently being rerun by media network GMA due to halted shows in the pandemic, came out as the second most searched. Meanwhile, local action series Ang Probinsyano (Provincial man) came out on the eighth spot. The show is currently airing on pay television network Kapamilya Channel after its five-year run on flagship network ABS CBN ceased, following the network’s franchise denial by the country’s House of Representatives. 

Local fantasy series Encantadia

Other show formats also proved to pique interest among Filipino netizens, with local newscast, and similarly ABS-CBN-owned TV Patrol ending on the third spot, while afternoon variety show Wowowin bagged the sixth position as most searched.

Filipino afternoon variety show Wowowin

Meanwhile, Filipinos also showed to be curious on Hollywood shows with talent contest America’s Got Talent (4th) and Disney movie Frozen 2 (5th) making it to the list.

Aside from media, Yahoo’s Year in Review also reviewed the most searched entities in other categories such as events, where sports events reigned the list in the Philippines, with NBA and its national basketball league PBA Philippine Cup clinching the top spots. 

Meanwhile, the most searched on Yahoo on news items is the country’s Taal volcano, where its eruption in January of the year made headlines both locally and internationally.