Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao hogged local searches in Google News, according to the Google Zeitgeist 2008, the latest of of the web giant’s annual report of popular search terms.
Pacquiao, who recently defeated Oscar de la Hoya, is on the top three search terms, including one that appeared to be a misspelling of his name, for Google News local searches in the Philippines: 1. manny pacquiao, 2. pacquaio marquez fight, and 3. pacquiao diaz fight.
The gruesome RCBC bank robbery ranked 4th while ABS-CBN broadcaster Ces Drilon, who was kidnapped in June, ranked 5th. The phrase “sona 2008” for President Arroyo’s state of the nation address ranked 6th.
Here are the top Google News local searches
1. manny pacquiao
2. pacquaio marquez fight
3. pacquiao diaz fight
4. rcbc bank robbery
5. ces drilon
6. sona 2008
7. reproductive health bill
8. earthquake philippines
9. rudy fernandez death
10. zte broadband deal
“The fastest rising celebrity searches list was led by YouTube stars Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda. Local tourism was also alive and kicking with several beach resorts making the list. And while financial crisis-related search terms recently spiked, they were no match for homegrown boxing champ and fastest-rising newsmaker Manny Pacquiao,” the Google Zeitgeist report said.
The most popular keywords offer a peek at the psyche of the online Pinoy: 1. lyrics (we are, after all, a musical race); 2. friendster (yes, it’s still up); 3. you (RAM?); 4. games; 5. yahoo (in Google??!!); 6. youtube; 7. love; 8. google; 9. mp3; and 10. map.
Controversial DJ Montano was the 3rd most searched celebrity, owing largely to the lurid tales of sex, drugs, and a several thousand bucks.