This year on Yahoo!

Shamcey Supsup is the most popular personality in the country, if the Yahoo! Philippines top search list is the basis. Supsup, who won the Yahoo! OMG! Major Impact award, leads the list of most searched people, topics and events in this year’s edition of the annual Year in Review.

The report summarizes the year in the world of entertainment, news and trends. Unlike the Google Zeitgeist, the Yahoo! list is a study of user behavior, using search keywords, visitor behavior and the spread of top news and pages from the Yahoo! network.

PAGASA makes the list at number two, showing people’s interest in being updated on the latest weather reports, especially during typhoons. The NBA also made headlines when the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to win the championship. FHM’s sexiest woman in the country, Sam Pinto, is at fourth place. The Azkals soccer team, responsible for resurrecting the nation’s interest in football, is at number five.

Noynoy Aquino’s ex-girlfriend—also OMG! Celebrity of the Year—is a person of interest this year and the first politically inclined individual to appear on the list. At number six, she got the people’s attention by being a co-host at a controversial variety show and getting engaged to a congressman.

People love controversies, obviously. Another proof of this is Andi Eigenmann at the seventh position. Her newsmaker status was caused by becoming pregnant at a young age, even before her showbiz career is in full swing. The baby-daddy allegedly broke up with her at some point during the pregnancy.

Another young showbiz personality on the list is AJ Perez, who passed away at age 17 because of a road accident. Meanwhile, someone not so young, Marian Rivera, is at the ninth spot. Apparently, her historical fiction drama, Amaya, is so successful that her TV fame has translated into Internet buzz.

Rounding up the list of 10 are earthquakes. Yes, tremors overshadowed many other world events because they happened almost within the same time span. The quake-and-tsunami combo in Japan that devastated a large part of the nation, the one in New Zealand and the Negros Occidental shaker caused fear and made many Internet searchers curious about how they happen.

Below the top 10…

Manny Pacquiao was the third most searched sportsperson globally after Danica Patrick and Tiger Woods and the second most searched in the Philippines following the Petron Blaze Boosters. Other noteworthy individuals in sports include Simon Atkins, James Yap and Phil Younghusband.

In news and public affairs, Gloria Arroyo, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Spratley Islands, the Reproductive Health bill, Heidi Mendoza and crimes proved to be the most interesting within the Yahoo! portals. But of special interest are Christopher Lao, James Soriano and Mideo Cruz, who either did or said controversial and unpopular things.

The world news searches on Yahoo! Philippines were dominated by the Japan tsunami, royal weddings in the UK and Bhutan and Osama Bin Ladin. These three topics were also in the Top 10 global searches.

Yahoo! has other specialized lists in the 2011 Year in Review. Check out the names included in the Movies & TV, Business and Music lists on yearinreview.yahoo.com.🙄

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