The phenomenal tandem of Alden Richards (see #6) and Maine Mendoza, aka Yaya Dub (see #3), took the Philippines and the world by storm when they were accidentally launched as a love team on Eat Bulaga’s Kalyeserye in July.
2. Pope Francis
Pope Francis made his first pastoral visit to the Philippines in January where he spent four days in Manila and in parts of Leyte.
3. Maine Mendoza
This girl-next-door from Bulacan was launched into the world of showbiz after her videos using the Dubsmash app (see #5) became CRAZY viral.
4. FIBA Asia 2015 (International Basketball Federation/Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball)
It is a continental basketball championship held in Asia this past September where the Philippines’ very own Gilas Pilipinas team lost to China (the host nation) in a controversial game. The Philippines ended up winning second place, but who could forget that time where everyone's social media feeds were flooded with #PUSO! <3
Pinoys also went crazy over this app, where you could take videos of yourself lip-syncing to you favorite songs and movie lines.
6. Alden Richards
This Kapuso heartthrob became a bonafide matinee idol when he was paired with Maine Mondoza in Eat Bulaga. He has since launched his second album to commercial success.
7. Fifty Shades of Grey
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation of the best-selling erotica novel by E.L. James premiered in February starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. People had mixed reviews about the flick, but so many others HATED Jamie as Mr. Grey.
8. APEC Summit
The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Summit was held in Pasay City on November 18 and 19. World leaders such as President Benigno Aquino III, US President Barack Obama, and the fan favorites, aka APEC Hotties, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, were in attendance.
9. Paris attacks
Six simultaneous terror attacks occurred in the French capital on the night of November 13—killing 130 innocent people.
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is the Philippines’ governing arm that is responsible for all rules and regulations for the upcoming May 2016 Presidential Elections.
This list is based on the top trending searches on Google in the Philippines. For the Year in Search, visit Google.com/2015.
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