Squid Game, VaxCertPH, Miss Universe and More: Here Are Filipinos’ Most Searched Topics in 2021

As is tradition, Google released its annual Year in Search, which highlights the world’s—and different country’s—top searches on the platform. Aside from the overall top searches, Google also released top searches for different categories such as news, shows or series, songs, and personalities.

Curious what topics Filipinos Googled the most for the year 2021? Hint: For the overall ranking, the list includes the year’s most popular series, Pinoys’ favorite sport, and a beloved pageant. Scroll down for the Philippines’ overall top searches, as well as top topics for entertainment, news, sports, and more!

Overall Top Searches in the Philippines 2021

Google Top Trending Searches Philippines 2021Image: (L-R) Miss Universe PH, Netflix, Manny Pacquiao Instagram

10. “Metro Manila area floods”

As a storm-prone (and flood-prone) country, Pinoys turned to Google to get information on the areas of Metro Manila that were flooded during rainy days—whether it was for planning safe routes, staying informed, or checking on locations of loved ones.

9. “True Beauty”

Among the plethora of rom-com Korean shows that K-drama-obsessed fans watch, there was one that stood out this year. True Beauty, which can be streamed on Viu, is a romantic comedy series about a high school girl who depends on make-up to help cover up her real look.

8. “Pagsamo lyrics”

One song caught the hearts of Pinoys this year, and it was Arthur Nery’s neo-soul, R&B hit Pagsamo. Pinoys loved the song so much that its lyrics were one of the most searched topics on Google Philippines this year.

7. “Pacquiao vs. Ugas”

The match, dubbed The Legend vs. The Olympian, was between former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA (Super) champion Yordenis Ugás. Ugás won the match through a unanimous decision. This was Pacquiao’s final match—he announced his retirement from boxing in September 2021 to focus on politics.

6. “COVID-19 vaccine”

One of the government’s primary missions this year has been about getting as many Filipinos as possible vaccinated against COVID-19. The Philippines first rolled out COVID-19 vaccines in March 2021, and since then, vaccine information became crucial to Pinoys who wanted to learn about it, or figure out where to get their jabs.

5.” Miss Universe 2021″

Are you even Pinoy if you don’t care about the annual Miss Universe pageant? This year’s representative for the Philippines was Beatrice Luigi Gomez who finished strong in the competition, bagging the 5th spot.

4. “VaxCertPH”

According to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), who manages VaxCertPH, “The VaxCertPH certificate is used to represent the COVID-19 vaccination status of a citizen of the Philippines and non-Filipino citizens vaccinated in the Philippines.” The document is crucial for Filipinos traveling abroad to help them prove their vaccination status.

3. “Squid Game”

We bet you watched Squid Game this year, Netflix’s most-watched series so far. And loved it. We bet you’ve Googled it at least once. Well, so did many other Filipinos. Because it’s an awesome show.

2. “NBA games today”

During NBA season, NBA games are consistently on the top daily searches on Google, so it’s not a surprise that it’s on the overall top search for the year as well. Yup, we Filipinos love basketball!

1. “COVID-19 prevention”

Seeing that we’re about to enter Year Three of the pandemic (OMG), it’s kind of a relief to see that Pinoys’ most searched topic this year was on how to prevent COVID-19. Yes, please. Let’s escape this virus ASAP cos WE’RE ALL TIRED.

Want to see other top searches in the Philippines for different categories? Here are some:


  1. COVID-19 prevention
  2. VaxCertPH
  3. Miss Universe 2021
  4. COVID-19 vaccine
  5. Pacquiao vs. Ugas
  6. Metro Manila area floods
  7. Paralympics
  8. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  9. National ID registration
  10. Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Shows or Series

  1. Squid Game
  2. True Beauty
  3. Vincenzo
  4. Nevertheless
  5. Falling Into Your Smile
  6. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
  7. Bridgerton
  8. Trese
  9. Mr. Queen
  10. Alice In Borderland


  1. Paralympics
  2. Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
  3. Hidilyn Diaz
  4. Olympics
  5. Olympics medal tally
  6. Carlo Paalam
  7. Devin Booker
  8. Leylah Fernandez
  9. Eumir Marcial
  10. Nesthy Petecio


  1. Axie Infinity
  2. Dragonary
  3. CryptoBlades
  4. Specimen Zero
  5. My DeFi Pet
  6. Sausage Man
  7. KaraStar
  8. Valorant
  9. Among Us
  10. Genshin Impact

Male Personalities

  1. Jake Gyllenhaal
  2. Kim Seon-ho
  3. Hwang In-youp
  4. Gerald Anderson
  5. Dylan O’brien
  6. Scottie Thompson
  7. Dominic Roque
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo
  9. Carlo Paalam
  10. Mel Sarmiento

Female Personalities

  1. Yen Santos
  2. Rabiya Mateo
  3. AJ Raval
  4. Hidilyn Diaz
  5. Leni Robredo
  6. Sara Dutefie
  7. Bella Poarch
  8. Olivia Rodrigo
  9. HoYeon Jung
  10. Olivia Culpo


  1. Raya and the Last Dragon
  2. Army of the Dead
  3. Black Widow
  4. Red Notice
  5. Death of a Girlfriend
  6. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  7. Army of Thieves
  8. Rurouni Kenshin
  9. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  10. Cruella

Take a look at Google’s Yes in Search report for each country here.


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