Google couldn't be more of our best friend in this age, when we can find out anything about everything. Here's a list of the top 10 topics Pinoys Googled (you might have checked them out too!):
1. What is APEC?
Google shows an exerpt from Wikipedia: "Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region."
It's the chance of the participating countries to boost their own economy. They can lobby for trade agreements and other measures to boost trade and investment and foster business opportunities.
2. What is plate tectonics?
Google answers: "a theory explaining the structure of the Earth's crust and many associated phenomena as resulting from the interaction of rigid lithospheric plates that move slowly over the underlying mantle."
In layman's terms, a theory that explains the phenomenon where the Earth's outer shell (including the crust) glides over the mantle (the layer of the Earth that's in between the crust and the core).
These cause earthquakes and tsunamis.
3. What is discrimination?
Google says it's "the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex." But it could also mean "recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another."
The first definition is clearly a negative thing, because victims of discrimination aren't being given a voice. They are treated unjustly.
The second one can be seen in a more positive light, because it refers to identifying differences and similarities, as in taste and preference.
4. What is the longest Filipino word?
Google links us to Wikipedia, which says it's "Pinakanakapagpapabagabag-damdamin." It has 32 letters, 14 letters, and it means "the most emotionally disturbing (or upsetting) thing."
5. What is cyberbullying?
Google shows this excerpt from Stopcyberbullying.org: "Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones."
Most websites say that the victim just has to be a "person," meaning adults can also be harassed and humiliated online and that would count as them being cyberbullied.
6. What is the meaning of bae?
Google quotes Esquire: "'Bae,' Urban Dictionary says, is an acronym that stands for "before anyone else," or a shortened version of baby or babe, another word for sweetie, and, mostly unrelated, poop in Danish.
7. What is haze?
"A slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles." Aka mist and fog.
8. What is Bangsamoro Basic Law?
Google sites Wikipedia: "The Bangsamoro Basic Law, and often referred to by the acronym "BBL," is a bill currently under deliberation by the Congress of the Philippines which, when passed, would establish a proposed new autonomous political entity known as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, replacing the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
It hasn't been passed because some provisions are claimed to be unconstitutional. The Senate revised the BBL to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region Law, and amendments are still pending.
All this is being done for peace with the Bangsamoro after 20 years of negotiations. (Muslims in Mindanao wanted to be separated from the rest of the Philippines, and groups like MNLF and MILF were formed in the '60s)
9. What is AlDub?
"AlDub is a fictional supercouple that appears in the Kalyeserye portion of the "Juan for All, All for Juan" segment of the noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!" according to Google, which sites Wikipedia again. The craze was undeniable as the Alden Richards and Yaya Dub loveteam became viral, earning features in international news websites like BBC.
10. What is ISIS?
Google flashes this from Wikipedia: "The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, alternatively translated the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, is a Salafi jihadist militant group that adheres to an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam."
ISIS is very much interested in the apocalypse, and its members believe that they, with visions of bloodbaths, are key agents in the future events that will transpire.
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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