Top five searches on Yahoo! Philippines September 5-11, 2011

Here are the top five searches (yes, it is only five this time and we promise to return to a perfect 10 from next week again) from September 5-11, 2011.

source: Yahoo! Philippines

   1. Miss Universe 2011: It is not surprising that the beauty pageant tops this week’s list of Yahoo! trending searches. Last week, Filipino netizens actively supported Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup, who topped online surveys for Miss Universe 2011 and eventually won as the third-runner up.  Shamcey’s impressive finish in this year’s Miss Universe is just an addition to the 25-year old Mindanaoan’s many achievements: she is a magna cum laude architecture graduate of the University of the Philippines and a board exam topper.

Miss Angola Leila Lopes was eventually crowned as the new Miss Universe, succeeding Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. Other winners this year are first runner-up Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko, second runner-up, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado, and fourth runner-up, Miss China Luo Zilin.

2. Giant Crocodile: Villagers captured a 21-foot crocodile along a creek in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on September 3. The giant crocodile is bigger than the 5.5-meter saltwater crocodile captured in Cairns, Australia, which the Guiness Book of World Records has cited as the world’s largest captive crocodile. The crocodile in Agusan has been named “Lolong," after Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran CaƱete, a Palawan-based crocodile hunter who died of a heart attack while hunting for the animal. The Bunawan local government wants to make Lolong the main attraction in a planned eco-tourism park in the town. Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has called for the Lolong’s release, but Banawan Mayor Edwin Elorde and Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos rejected PETA’s call.

3. Shalani Soledad: Searches for the Valenzuela City Councilor and former lover of President Noynoy Aquino, Shalani Soledad, spiked on Yahoo! after fans felt excited reading Yahoo’s report that the two accidentally met at the Dumaguete airport prior to their flight back to Manila last week. The former lovers briefly exchanged pleasantries, according to the report. Meanwhile, news reports last week also insinuated that actress Iza Calzado may be Noynoy’s latest apple of the eye though Iza has denied the rumors. Shalani on the other hand is now reportedly dating Pasig Representative Roman Romulo.

4. UAAP: De La Salle Green Archers men’s basketball team captain Simon Atkin’s 16 points in their game versus the Far Eastern University Tamaraws last Sunday were not enough to give his team a victory in his final University Athletic Association of the Philippines game. In defeating La Salle, the FEU Tamaraws move up to the final four with the Adamson Soaring Falcons, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, and the three-peat defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles – La Salle’s archrival. Meanwhile, the University of the East Red Warriors won against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Saturday, denying the people’s scholars a third win and leaving them in the last place again this season.

5. Zombadings:  In this indie film, Starstruck finalist Martin Escudero surprised viewers and critics with his hilarious performance as a man suffering a curse thrown against him for taunting gay people in their town when he was still a young boy.  A Yahoo! Philippines OMG! review said Martin – formerly known as Mart Escudero – played the role “so well that he made the most out his character's fear, confusion and vulnerabilities.” For a film that tackles homosexuality and homophobia, Zombadings “is able to tell the story and show the prejudice without coming off as ‘preachy,’” the review added. With Mart in the movie are Kerbie Zamora, Lauren Young, Roderick Paulate, Janice de Belen, and Eugene Domingo, among others.

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