The Year 2014 in Search: Fun Facts on 10 of the Top 10s from Google



( Gary Valenciano once posed the question, "Natutulog ba ang Diyos?" We still don’t know the answer to that question. What we are certain of is that for every other fact we need to know (and verify), we have Google. Creepy as this may sound, it knows us so well, it even makes accurate suggestions. Sometimes embarrassing ones, because we typed "scandal." We like pretending we’re looking for the Shonda Rhimes show. But it understands.




This week, Google shared their list of "The Year in Search." One can effortlessly surmise that it’s a round-up of the people, events, and "stuffs" that people type in the helpful box. If you Google the word "stuffs," you’ll find that it doesn’t exist and that it annoys a considerable portion of the population when you use it.


And in that spirit of information sharing, we’ve gathered trivia (not trivias, also not a word) about 10 of the top trending searches in Google. We know you want to know.





1. Vhong Navarro

Vhong Navarro has the distinction of being at the top of two lists: Top Trending Searches for the Philippines and Most Searched Male Celebrity. The actor, known for comedies (and dancing), figured in a rather scandalous incident inside a condo. He has since filed a case against Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee, who topped the list of Most Searched Newsmakers.

Fun facts: Navarro’s real name is Ferdinand Hipolito Navarro. He was discovered, through the Street Boys, by Chito S. Roño.



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2. Project Pie

This restaurant combines two things people love: DIY and pizza, so we suppose it’s not surprising that it tops the list of Most Searched Restaurants.

Fun facts: Project Pie beat the highly anticipated porks buns from Tim Ho Wan. The Philippines is the first international venture of the US-based pizza franchise created by James Markham, which in turn first opened in MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.




3. Frozen

This Disney film, borrowing a joke from Honest Trailers, is a very long music video for the hit single "Let It Go" and is the Most Searched Movie in 2014. It tells the story of Elsa, who needlessly locked herself away from people. The real lesson, beneath the snow, is all things in life would be simpler if people would just communicate more effectively.

Fun facts: The director of Frozen recently apologized to parents for the song "Let It Go." Idina Menzel’s vocal olympics went from "Oh God, the feels!" to just "Oh God." According to The Telegraph, parents can’t keep up with their children’s devotion to the earworm masterpiece. Apparently, there’s a science to its catchiness.





4. Meteor Garden

We should’ve known this would be the Most Searched TV Show. Rerunning this masterpiece was a stroke of genius. There are 10 moments from the show that serve as proof of that statement.

Fun facts: Meteor Garden is the Taiwanese adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, Hana Yori Dango. There’s an anime and a live-action dorama in Japan based on the comics, plus TV shows in South Korea and India. The Indian F4 are named Manik, Dhruv, Mukti, Kabir, and Alia. Now you know.




5. "Rude"

This dude in "Rude" by Magic! is singing to his beloved’s father. We don’t know why. Perhaps people also wanted to know and this catapulted it to the top of the Most Searched Music list.

Fun facts: The song was originally intended to depict the unhealthy relationship between lead singer Nasri Tony Atweh and his ex-girlfriend. For reasons, they decided to go with an "asking for blessing" angle. Its less positive accolade is topping TIME Magazine’s Worst Songs of 2014 list.




6. Flappy Bird

People can be accidentally masochistic. Case in point, this Most Searched App. Flappy Bird, rest in peace, became notorious for being frustratingly difficult. Death after death, people kept playing. And playing. And playing.

Fun facts: Dong Nguyen has three more games for you, namely Shuriken Block, Swing Copters, and Super Ball Juggling.




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7. Jennifer Lawrence

There’s an entire genre of horror about home invasion, because someone intruding into your personal space and privacy is terrifying. Jennifer Lawrence handled her Cloud hack with maturity and class. Applause for the Most Searched Female Celebrity of 2014.

Fun facts: Lawrence’s middle name is Shrader, which sounds like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle villain. She’s FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World for 2014.




8. Philippine Arena

It’s big. BIG. It occupies 140-hectares of land (around 100 hectares less than a controversial farm in Batangas) and it can accomodate 55,000 people. The arena was the crowning glory of Iglesia ni Cristo’s Centennial Celebration and is the Most Searched Local Destination.

Fun facts: Chris Brown will lead a New Year’s Countdown at the Philippine Arena this year.





9. Pacquiao vs Algieri

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao bested himself by ranking higher than his other fight, Pacquiao vs Bradley.

Fun facts: Yesterday, December 17, was Manny Pacquiao’s birthday! He’s now 36 and he’s still too young to become Vice President. He has two albums and has appeared in nine movies, including the recent documentary narrated by Liam Neeson, Manny.




10. MH370

The missing Malaysia Airlines flight remains a mystery and the fact that it tops the list of Most Searched News means that a lot of people want answers. And the friends and family of the passengers deserve those answers.

Fun facts: We are skipping this part. You can visit the official page for the flight on Malaysia Airlines’ website for information.


Full lists on the next page.

Top Trending Searches:

  1. Vhong Navarro
  2. Flappy Bird
  3. Robin Williams
  4. "Rude" by Magic!
  5. Frozen
  6. Cedric Lee
  7. Paolo Bediones
  8. Jennifer Lawrence
  9. Malaysia Airlines
  10. Meteor Garden



  1. MH370 (Malaysia Airlines)
  2. Ebola virus
  3. Typhoon Glenda
  4. SONA 2014
  5. ISIS
  6. MH17 (Malaysia Airlines)
  7. Gaza
  8. Ukraine
  9. Blood moon
  10. Crimea



  1. Cedric Lee
  2. Darren Espanto
  3. Deniece Cornejo
  4. Paul George
  5. Helena Belmonte
  6. Bryan Gahol
  7. Michael Christian Martinez
  8. Natalia Poklonskaya
  9. Michelle Ann Bonzo
  10. Roxanne Cabanero



  1. Pacquiao vs Algieri
  2. FIFA World Cup 2014
  3. Pacquiao vs Bradley
  4. FIBA World Cup 2014
  5. Asian Games 2014
  6. Father’s Day 2014
  7. Oscars 2014
  8. The Naked Truth (Bench)
  9. Mayweather vs Maidana
  10. Wimbledon 2014


Local Destinations

  1. Philippine Arena
  2. Scream Park Manila
  3. Sky Ranch Tagaytay
  4. Sandbox Pampanga
  5. Costa Pacifica Baler
  6. City of Dreams Manila
  7. Fisher Mall Cinema
  8. Century City Mall
  9. Fairview Terraces
  10. B-Side Makati



  1. Project Pie
  2. Tim Ho Wan
  3. IHOP
  4. CaliBurger
  5. Vikings SM Megamall
  6. Niu by Vikings
  7. Buffet 101 Eastwood
  8. Charaptor
  9. La Vie Parisienne
  10. Kyochon


More lists on the next page!

Male Celebrities

  1. Vhong Navarro
  2. Robin Williams
  3. Paolo Bediones
  4. James Reid
  5. Kim Soo-hyun
  6. Mark Gil
  7. Jerry Yan
  8. Tado
  9. Andrew Garfield
  10. Philip Seymour Hoffman


Female Celebrities

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Nadine Lustre
  3. Renee Zellweger
  4. Kristel Moreno
  5. Krista Miller
  6. Michelle Rodriguez
  7. Joan Rivers
  8. Barbie Hsu
  9. Idina Menzel
  10. Jun Ji-hyun



  1. Frozen
  2. Annabelle
  3. Maleficent
  4. Divergent
  5. Big Hero 6
  6. Interstellar
  7. 47 Ronin
  8. Starting Over Again
  9. Godzilla
  10. If I Stay


TV Shows

  1. Meteor Garden
  2. The Heirs
  3. Angel Eyes
  4. Pinoy Big Brother: All In
  5. The Legal Wife
  6. The Voice Kids
  7. The Voice of the Philippines
  8. Got to Believe
  9. Empress Ki
  10. Ikaw Lamang


Music (Songs)

  1. "Rude" by Magic
  2. "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
  3. "Let It Go" from Frozen by Idina Menzel
  4. "Royals" by Lorde
  5. "All of Me" by John Legend
  6. "Roar" by Katy Perry
  7. "Counting Stars" by One Republic
  8. "Bang Bang" by Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj
  9. "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus
  10. "Dati" by Sam Concepcion



  1. Flappy Bird
  2. Makeup Transformation
  3. Spotify
  4. Mobogenie
  5. 2048
  6. Retrica
  7. Candy Crush Saga
  8. Camera360 Ultimate
  9. GO Keyboard
  10. Psiphon


International Locations

  1. Sochi
  2. Senegal
  3. Argentina
  4. Berlin Wall
  5. Niagara Falls
  6. Chile
  7. Bern
  8. Cave of Lascaux
  9. Tigris River
  10. Oak Island
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