~Crazy~ 2020 wouldn't be complete without a *super-diverse* list of the top-searched male personalities from Google's Year In Search 2020! If you (like me) thought they would all be celebrities, then this roundup will surprise you. From Korean drama actors to heads of state, here are the 10 Top-Searched Male Personalities in the country + what made them search-worthy for Pinoys:
1. Kim Jong Un
What made him relevant this year? Reports that the North Korean leader was "gravely ill" circulated when he missed the celebration of his grandfather's birthday in April 2020. These speculations led to rumors that he had passed away. That same month, a security adviser from South Korea stated that he was "alive and well" and that "no suspicious movements have so far been detected."
2. Joe Biden
What made him relevant this year? Joe Biden won the 2020 U.S. presidential election and will be sworn into office as president on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.
3. Hyun Bin
What made him relevant this year? The South Korean actor starred in the hit K-drama Crash Landing On You from 2019 to 2020, where he played the role of a North Korean soldier who falls in love with a South Korean heiress! He was also announced as the new ambassador of several local brands this year.
4. Tom Hanks
What made him relevant this year? Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first Hollywood celebrities to reveal that they tested positive for the coronavirus disease in March 2020. They were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 in Australia and were reportedly discharged in the same month.
5. Vico Sotto
What made him relevant this year? Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has been constantly making headlines this year, and not just because many citizens are praising his good governance: his many *funny* moments from 2020 include an "NSFW" Zoom call and his reaction to being verified on Twitter.
6. Carlo Acutis
What made him relevant this year? Carlo Acutis was an Italian teenager who was beatified by the Catholic Church in October 2020. According to a report by CNN, Carlo was a "tech whiz" who used his computer programming skills to create a website that archived Eucharistic miracles before his death in 2006. He has been called "the Millennial Saint" and "the patron of the Internet."
7. Marcelito Pomoy
What made him relevant this year? Marcelito Pomoy's amazing rendition of Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli's "The Prayer" on America's Got Talent is this year's most-watched YouTube video in the Philippines! Marcelito is Pilipinas Got Talent 2011's grand champion.
8. Kim Soo Hyun
What made him relevant this year? The talented actor, one of the highest-paid celebrities in South Korea, starred in It's Okay To Not Be Okay: a K-drama that "tackles sensitive topics such as mental illnesses, trauma, and personality and mental disorders." It was also one of Netflix's most-watched Korean series this year!
9. Michael V.
What made him relevant this year? Another celebrity who shared that he tested positive for COVID-19 is comedian Michael V., who is also known as "Bitoy." He shared the news in July 2020 through his YouTube vlog.
10. Jeremy Jauncey
What made him relevant this year? After months of speculation, Pinay beauty queen Pia Wurtzbach confirmed her relationship with Jeremy Jauncey in June 2020. Jeremy is a model, professional traveler, entrepreneur, and the founder of Beautiful Destinations, a creative agency/Instagram account.
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