Paul Walker tops Google Philippines’ searches

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HOLLYWOOD actor Paul Walker topped the Google searches in the Philippines, according to Google Philippines’ year-end Zeitgeist.

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Zeitgeist (“spirit of the times”) is a collection of the top search queries by Filipinos on google.com.ph.

Paul Walker, 40, who attended his charity event for Typhoon Yolanda, was killed in a car crash on November 30. He is best known for his role as law enforcement official Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious movies.

Walker also topped the local list for most searched news, newsmaker, and people.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) is Google’s no. 2 global trending event, with the death of South African President Nelson Mandela topping the list.

The overall local searches list is also dominated by smartphones launched this year, controversial celebrities and beauty pageant.

This year’s news list shows that Filipinos followed competitions like Miss Universe, FIBA Asia, UAAP Season 78 and Wimbledon, and political events like the mid-term elections in May and the Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) issue.

Typhoon Yolanda makes it to the list of netizens ramp up searches for news and updates.

Other categories in this year’s local year-end Zeitgeist include recipes, local destinations, fashion brands, apps, movies, music, TV shows, Korean personalities, dog breeds, and health and lifestyle.

Google Zeitgeist tools also features insight into which topics captured the world’s attention in 2013.

“Zeitgeist is a tool in discovering the pulse of the people through searches made on Google. With the growing precentage of population going online, Zeitgeist becomes reflective of the issues and topics we’re interested in. This year’s lists speak a lot about our concern for national achievement and progress, while at the same time our curiosity in pop culture issues,” says Gail Tan, Google Philippines country communications manager.

To see more information about Google Zitgeist across the globe, use interactive data visualizations and to watch the annual video, visit googlezeitgeist.com.

LEA MANTO-BELTRAN

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