LIST: The PH's most searched teams and athletes online

Jeremy Lin, Miami Heat top the list of the most searched sports terms in the Internet

Rappler.com
Updated 10:14 AM, Dec 27, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - Which athletes did internet users in the Philippines search most? What sports teams are the most popular to sports fans in the country?

Google's Zeitgeist -- which translates to "spirit of the times" -- released the most searched terms in the Philippines, including the names of teams and athletes they looked for most.

Of the top 10 searched athletes in the Philippines, only two are Filipino. A whopping 7 are basketball players, while 9 of the 10 are men.

Here is a list of the Philippines' most searched athletes in 2012, "ranked in order of the queries with the largest volume of searches":

1. Jeremy Lin
2. Manny Pacquiao
3. Lebron James
4. Kobe Bryant
5. John Cena
6. Michael Jordan
7. Derrick Rose
8. James Yap
9. Maria Sharapova
10. Dwyane Wade

Meanwhile, on the list of most searched sports teams by Philippine internet users, 5 of the 10 were university teams, 3 were professional teams abroad, one was a local professional team while one was a national team.

Check out the list below:

1. Miami Heat
2. FEU (Far Eastern University)
3. PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
4. Lakers
5. Adamson University
6. MAPUA (Mapua Institute of Technology)
7. Azkals
8. Ateneo
9. Boston Celtics
10. Ginebra

Zeitgeist did not provide dates when the terms were most searched, which could have provided clues as to why they were searched, or in what context except in relation to sports.

Some of the names above were also included in our top 10 sports moments for 2012.

Did the list surprise you? Tell us what you think on the comments section below. - Rappler.com

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