Google Year in Search 2020

Kim Jong-un edges out Hyun Bin as PH’s most-searched male personality in 2020

News of Kim Jong-un’s death in April led many Filipinos to search for any information that could confirm this and made him the most-searched male personality in Google Philippines. Kim is North Korea’s Supreme Leader since 2011.

Google Philippines announced the local lists — trends, news, personalities, shows, events, and how-tos — that topped Filipinos’ search queries in 2020. The results gave people a glimpse of how people in this part of the world have been coping with the pandemic.

Kim beat US President-elect Joe Biden who came in second. “Crash Landing on You’s” phenomenal popularity made lead star Hyun Bin the third most-searched male personality. He is also the most-searched Korean celebrity.

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“When America sneezes the world catches a cold.” The Filipinos’ interest in the US elections held in November was undeniable as it became the overall most-searched query for 2020. The announcement of the winner took a few weeks because of the mail-in ballots. Biden’s victory took the world by storm and social media was abuzz for a few hours after media outlets called in the elections in his favor.

Filipinos’ love for Hallyu (Korean wave) deepened during the lockdown as they continued to search and enjoy content from their favorite K-pop personalities. K-dramas “Crash Landing on You,” “It’s Okay To Not Be Okay,” “Start-Up,” “Itaewon Class,” “The World of the Married,” and “The King: Eternal Monarch” dominated the TV shows category. Academy Award-winning Korean film “Parasite” along with “Train to Busan 2” also took up spots in the top movies list.

Korean celebrities who starred in this year’s top series dominated the personality categories. This included fan favorites such as Hyun Bin, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Ji-hoon, Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Go-eun, and Seo Ye-ji, among others.

The pivot to online learning also yielded top searches in academic-related searches, which led Google to introduce Education as a new category.

Below is the complete list of Year in Search 2020 Philippines

Overall Trending Searches

  • US election 2020
  • NBA score
  • Coronavirus
  • DepEd Commons
  • Taal Volcano
  • NBA schedule
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lakers vs Heat
  • first day of school

Trending Searches by category:


  • US election 2020
  • Coronavirus
  • Taal Volcano
  • first day of school
  • Kim Jong Un
  • Joe Biden
  • hantavirus
  • SSS calamity loan
  • Typhoon Ulysses


  • DepEd Commons
  • first day of school
  • English to Filipino translation
  • quadratic equation
  • Venn diagram
  • homogenous mixture
  • fraction calculator
  • scientific method
  • arithmetic sequence
  • heterogeneous mixture


  • NBA score
  • NBA schedule
  • Lakers vs Heat
  • NBA standings
  • Lakers vs Nuggets
  • NBA games today
  • Lakers vs Rockets
  • Clippers vs Nuggets
  • Lakers vs Trail Blazers
  • Australian Open 2020

TV Shows/Series

  • Crash Landing on You
  • Money Heist
  • It’s Okay To Not Be Okay
  • Start-Up
  • Itaewon Class
  • The World of the Married
  • Girl from Nowhere
  • Backstreet Rookie
  • Prison Break
  • The King: Eternal Monarch

Songs and Lyrics

  • When I Look at You lyrics
  • Tala
  • Love Story lyrics
  • Paubaya lyrics
  • Imahe lyrics
  • Catriona lyrics
  • At My Worst lyrics
  • Make It With You lyrics
  • Kabilang Buhay lyrics
  • Ice Cream lyrics

Game-related Searches

  • Among Us
  • Genshin Impact
  • Rules of Survival gift
  • Adorable Home
  • Valorant
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Codashop PH
  • Shinobi Life 2 codes
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout


  • Through Night and Day
  • Parasite
  • Enola Holmes
  • Mulan
  • Black Panther
  • Train to Busan 2
  • Extraction
  • Contagion
  • Birds of Prey
  • Miracle in Cell No. 7

Female Personalities

  • Issa Pressman
  • Sofia Andres
  • Ivana Alawi
  • Vanessa Bryant
  • Janine Berdin
  • Kamala Harris
  • Seo Ye-ji
  • Rabiya Mateo
  • Kaachi
  • Kim Go-eun

Male Personalities

  • Kim Jong Un
  • Joe Biden
  • Hyun Bin
  • Tom Hanks
  • Vico Sotto
  • Carlo Acutis
  • Marcelito Pomoy
  • Kim Soo-yun
  • Michael V.
  • Jeremy Jauncey


  • Kobe Bryant
  • Lloyd Cadena
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Naya Rivera
  • George Floyd
  • Go Soo-jung
  • Emman Nimedez
  • Park Ji-hoon
  • Oh In-hye
  • Sean Connery


  • Crash Landing On You
  • It’s Okay To Not To Be Okay
  • Start-Up
  • Itaewon Class
  • The World of the Married
  • Backstreet Rookie
  • The King: Eternal Monarch
  • Hi Bye, Mama!
  • Record of Youth
  • Hospital Playlist

Korean Personalities

  • Hyun Bin
  • Kim Soo-hyun
  • Kaachi
  • Kim Go-eun
  • Aespa
  • Jun Ji-hyun
  • Son Ye-jin
  • So Ji-sub
  • Han So-hee
  • Jo Eun-Jung


  • How to make dalgona coffee?
  • How to wear a surgical mask?
  • How to compute BMI?
  • How to boost the immune system?
  • How to make leche flan
  • divide fractions?
  • How to solve quadratic equations?
  • How to make pancakes?
  • How to apply for an SSS calamity loan online?
  • How to prevent COVID-19?

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