Trending Searches on Yahoo! Philippines - January 2 to 8

The first installment of this year’s Top Trending Searches on Yahoo! in which video scandals, deceased celebs and 2012 predictions topped the list.

Below are the top trending searches on Yahoo! Philippines from January 2 to 8, 2012

1.Ram Revilla and Janelle Manahan. A video of an intimate moment between the late actor Ram Revilla and his girlfriend Janelle Manahan circulated on Facebook before the New Year. The leaked sex video enraged Ram’s brother, Senator Bong Revilla, who asked for the National Bureau of Investigation’s help in identifying those who uploaded it. Janelle’s lawyers are reportedly planning to file a criminal case for violation of Republic Act 9995 or the Anti-Voyeurism Law of 2009 against Ram’s siblings, who are also suspects in the killing of the young actor. The lawyers said the video may have been uploaded to discourage Janelle from testifying in the murder case. Meanwhile, Genelyn Magsaysay, Ram’s mother, vehemently denied that her children were responsible for the video leak. She said Ram’s belongings were with the police, but the police said his laptop and camera were not with them.

2.Tyron Perez. On the same night that Ram and Janelle’s video spread online, 26-year-old actor Tyron Perez was found dead inside a black Toyota Altis parked along the North Luzon Expressway in Valenzuela City. He had a gunshot wound on his right temple, and a .22-calibre firearm was found beside him. Initial police report points to suicide as Tyron’s right hand was also tested positive for gunpowder nitrates. Reports say he may have ended his life due to marital and financial problems. Tyron rose to popularity in 2003 as a finalist in GMA-7’s reality show “Starstruck” and transferred to ABS-CBN in 2010.

3.2012 predictions. Yahoo! Search users were curious on what’s in store for them -- and  the world -- this year. Searches for “2012 predictions,” “Year of the Dragon,” and “Nostradamus,” spiked. There are claims that December 2012 marks the end of a 5,126-year cycle in the calendar of the ancient Mayan civilization. This supposed end of an era leads some people to interpret that the world will end this year. There are also those who interpreted parts of the writings of Nostradamus -- a French author of prophecies who lived in the 1500s -- to mean that end of the world will happen this year.

4.Jinkee Pacquiao. The wife of the Manny Pacquiao -- the Philippines’ “Pambansang Kamao” -- appears on the cover of Mega Magazine this month. Her cover photograph however became controversial after netizens suggested that  it was heavily enhanced. Jinkee just shrugged off the negative comments and said she respects other people’s opinion. Online singing sensation Charice also faced the same criticism of her cover photo in this month’s issue of Preview magazine. She said she already expected such remarks from her “haters.”

5.RJ Rosales. Around a month after his death, Filipino-Australian RJ Rosales again trended on Yahoo! Philippines. The cause of his death remains a mystery, and netizens must have remembered him after hearing the news of the passing of another celebrity, Tyron Perez.

6.2012 holidays. As Filipinos returned to work on the first week of the New Year, they wanted to know the dates of Philippine holidays and long weekends for this year. Yahoo! Search helps them plan their vacations by providing them with this information.

7.UPCAT results.  The list of the new “Iskolars ng Bayan” (Scholars of the People) is not yet available, but high school seniors who want to study at University of the Philippines eagerly awaits it. They have been searching for “UPCAT results” on Yahoo!

Searches for the results for the University of Santo Tomas Entrance Test (USTET) and the De La Salle University College Entrance Test also trended on Yahoo! on the first week of the year. Meanwhile, a status update on a Facebook fan page for UPCAT sparked an online war between students of UP and UST.

8.Mila Kunis.  American actress Mila Kunis was recently named as a new endorser for French luxury  fashion label Christian Dior. She will be seen in ads for Miss Dior handbag. Meanwhile, Jessica Biel, another American actress, also trended on Yahoo! Search after the announcement of her engagement with Justin Timberlake, Mila’s co-star in the romantic comedy movie “Friends With Benefits.”

9.Stephen Hawking. British physicist and author of popular science book “A Brief History of Time,” Stephen Hawking, turned 70 on Sunday. At 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and was given only a few years to live. He is now wheelchair-bound and speaks through a computer and voice synthesizer. American chipmaker Intel Corp has created a project to help him reverse the slowing of his speech. When asked recently about what he thinks about most , he reportedly answered: "Women. They are a complete mystery."

10.Angeline Quinto. “Star Power” grand winner Angeline Quinto slipped on stage while singing on ABS-CBN’s “ASAP 2012” last Sunday. She stepped on her dress and fell on her knees but immediately stood up and continued her performance. She earned praises from netizens for her professionalism.


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