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December 10, 2013

Yahoo Philippines reveals 2013 YIR

Yahoo recaps top stories, trends and events that captivated Filipinos in 2013

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Yahoo Philippines today announced the 2013 Year in Review 2013 (YIR), an annual look back at top trends and stories that reflect the daily habits of internet users in the Philippines. The Year in Review section on Yahoo news shows the most searched topics, celebrity searches, viral stories and unforgettable sports moments, based on what internet users in the Philippines looked for in 2013.

YIR combines search trends and editorial selections of what users read, recommended and shared most on the Yahoo network in the Philippines in 2013.

Topping this year’s search on Yahoo Philippines was Typhoon Yolanda, the super typhoon to have made landfall, and claimed thousands of lives. Millions of people used the Yahoo network to get breaking news stories and in-depth coverage on rescue and relief efforts. Meanwhile, the 2013 elections, pork barrel scam, the Sabah standoff and the Zamboanga crisis were also among the top searches in Yahoo Philippines.

For Celebrity searches, Megan Young, Miss World 2013, emerged for the first time as the most searched celebrity in Yahoo Philippines.

Among other most searched celebrities was Marian Rivera, a consistent Search trend entry, who also won the Celebrity of the Year Award at the Yahoo OMG! Awards 2013. Chito Miranda, who was in the news for his leaked sex video with girlfriend Neri Naig, was also in the Celebrity Search trend.

In another category, businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles emerged as the one of top newsmakers of the year for 2013 for allegedly orchestrating the pork barrel scam. Grace Poe-Llamanzares, daughter of Fernando Poe Jr. also made waves by topping the senatorial race in her Senate debut.

In sports, boxing figured well in 2013 with the victories of sports icon Manny Pacquiao over Brandon Rios, and Nonito Donaire over Vic Darchinyan. Collegiate basketball was at its most dramatic with the rivalry of the Teng brothers who played for opposing teams, UST and DLSU, in the UAAP finals.

Among the most endearing stories that went viral in 2013 was the heroism of the dog ‘Kabang’ who made headlines when she saved two girls who were about to be hit by a motorcycle and in the process lost her mouth.

Tailored around various topics, below are the highlights of some interesting categories:

Viral/Trending Topics (Top News Searches)

1. Typhoon Yolanda
2. Pork barrel scam
3. 2013 elections
4. Visayas earthquake
5. Manny Pacquiao
6. Zamboanga crisis
7. Territorial disputes
8. Sabah standoff
9. MV Thomas Aquinas sinking
10. Violent crimes

Top Celebrity Searches

1. Megan Young
2. Marian Rivera
3. Chito Miranda
4. Miley Cyrus
5. Wally Bayola
6. Cristine Reyes
7. Maja Salvador
8. Anne Curtis
9. Angel Locsin
10. Ariella Arida

Top Viral Stories

1. Graduation photos inspires thousands
2. UPLB grants posthumous degree to exceptional student
3. Pinoy graduates with honors from U.S. Air Force Academy
4. Japan allows multiple-entry visa for Pinoys
5. Hero dog ‘Kabang’ comes home
6. Bye Pilipinas, hello Filipinas?
7. MMDA to ban each car twice a week?
8. Cop cries during SONA protests
9. Airline discriminated against Pinay?
10. UP student tagged as ‘photo thief’

Top Emerging Destinations

1. Batanes
2. Apo Island
3. Panglao Island
4. Danjugan Islands
5. Mt. Kanlaon
6. Biri Island Rock Formation
7. Caramoan Islands
8. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
9. Lake Sebu
10. Calaguas Island

Top Unforgettable Sports Moments

1. Nonito Donaire rallies late to stop old rival Vic Darchinyan
2. The Boston Marathon is hit by two bomb blasts
3. A Malaysian MMA fighter and a Chinese golfer donate their winnings to Yolanda victims
4. Sports world pitches in to help ‘Yolanda’ victims
5. Teng brothers go head to head in UAAP Finals, share embrace afterwards
6. The NBA hits town with the 2013 Global Games
7. LeBron James visits Manila
8. Ray Allen’s triple forces overtime and denies the Spurs the NBA title
9. Manny Pacquiao’s battering of Brandon Rios lifts a battered nation
10. Gilas Pilipinas ends the Korean jinx and makes it to the FIBA World Cup

Top Filipino Candidates in International Pageants (Top 6)

1. Megan Young
2. Mutya Datul
3. Ariella Arida
4. Cindy Miranda
5. Annalie Forbes
6. Gil Wagas

Top Newsmakers

1. Janet Lim Napoles
2. Juan Ponce Enrile
3. Joseph Ejercito Estrada
4. Grace Poe-Llamanzares
5. Nancy Binay
6. Mar Roxas
7. Maria Lourdes Sereno, Conchita Carpio-Morales, and Leila de Lima
8. Miriam Defensor-Santiago
9. Nur Misuari
10. Jamalul Kiram III

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About the 2013 Yahoo Philippines Year in Review Methodology
To develop the Yahoo Year in Review, our editors analyzed search trends and user’s interest patterns on what they searched for, read, recommended and shared.
Disclaimer:* Please note the results are not a representation of a popularity contest or voting, it is done by Yahoo! editorial team experts.

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