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Most-read stories on Rappler every week of 2019

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – How do we take stock of an eventful year? One way to do it is to look at the stories you, our readers and visitors, read on Rappler.

The stories below are the 3 most-read on Rappler for every week of 2019, based on page views.

These headlines are a mix of national coverages, viral stories, personal feats and feuds, and natural disasters.

With 2019 being an election year, Rappler readers kept their eyes peeled as the midterm poll results came in on May 13. Before that, readers showed high interest in stories from senatorial debates, and a pair of fact checks on the educational attainment of then-senatorial candidate Imee Marcos.

Netizens also followed updates on notable events like President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address, the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines' bids to qualify for the FIBA World Cup, and various beauty pageants. 

The earthquakes that struck Luzon in April and Mindanao in October and December, as well as many tropical storms, were at readers' radars too.

Other top stories on the list concerned the arrests of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in February over charges she is facing from different fronts, and reports on a Chinese vessel ramming the Filipino boat Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea.

There were also showbiz stories that lit up social media. There was the Barretto family feud, the Bea-Gerald-Julia triangle, the Tulfo brothers in hot water, and Kris Aquino battling former business manager Nicko Falcis online and in court. 

A handful of most-read stories concerned the death of famous personalities. (READ: Newsmakers who died in 2019)

Also in the list are stories of brazen crimes, like the late-night abduction in Makati City in December, and tragic deaths like that of Philippine Military Academy cadet Darwin Dormitorio in September.

In addition, readers logged on for the results for the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) in April, the 2018 Bar Exams in May, and the board exam for certified public accountants in May and October.

Jan 1-5 Tony Labrusca prompts immigration warning on limits of Balikbayan privilege LOOK: Miss Universe 2nd runner-up Sthefany Gutierrez's before and after photo goes viral Catriona Gray arrives in New York to start Miss Universe reign Jan 6-12 Man kills wife during Sunday Mass in Camiguin WATCH: Why Duterte assistant Michael Dino's chopper landed at Ultra VIRAL: Laguna teacher draws portraits of her 27 students as Christmas gifts Jan 13-19 Razorback drummer Brian Velasco dies Chavit Singson: Miss Universe Philippines franchise 'already with me' Newlyweds from Laguna drown while on Maldives honeymoon Jan 20-26 Duterte visits Henry Sy Sr's wake Meddling in tax cases? Kris Aquino denies Gretchen Barretto's allegations Tyra Banks still isn't over Catriona Gray's lava walk Jan 27-Feb 2 8,851 subscribers affected as Globe sends personal data to wrong recipients WATCH: Outside Jolo Cathedral during the bombing Makabayan lawmakers want Manila Bay rehab postponed Feb 3-9 FALSE: Imee Marcos ‘graduated cum laude from UP College of Law’ Comedian Bentong dies at 55 Nicko Falcis' sister lashes out against Kris Aquino Feb 10-16 Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested for cyber libel Gutoc asks Dela Rosa: What if your son was drug war collateral damage? Restaurant fires support staff over lewd messages to Sunshine Cruz Feb 17-23 LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers final window 2019 Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas welcome twins Catriona Gray confirms breakup with Clint Bondad Feb 24-Mar 2 LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - FIBA World Cup Qualifiers final window 2019 PAL offers one-way fares as low as P78 on March 1 Gretchen Barretto throws party after dismissal of Kris Aquino's case vs Nicko Falcis Mar 3-9 LIST: Where Popeyes will open around Metro Manila Samsung Galaxy M20 budget phone lands in Philippines for P10,990 Maine Mendoza: 'It's true, I am dating Arjo Atayde' Mar 10-16 Comedian Chokoleit dies Duterte releases drug list ahead of 2019 elections Stars mourn comedian Chokoleit's death Mar 17-23 SM Pampanga robbery: Burglars dig a hole through drainage, cart away jewelry FALSE: Imee Marcos was ‘class valedictorian’ from California boarding school Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 launched in Philippines: price, specs Mar 24-30 19-year-old girl in viral love story dies of cancer Ex-cop Acierto speaks out: Duterte, PNP ignored intel on Michael Yang's drug links Maria Ressa arrested at NAIA over Anti-Dummy Law Mar 31-Apr 6 Jim Paredes admits viral video is real: 'It was private, not meant for public consumption' The Duterte wealth: Unregistered law firm, undisclosed biz interests, rice import deal for creditor UPCAT 2019 results released Apr 7-13 Xian Gaza airport story fake news – Immigration Irene Marcos was invited to Ateneo, and students are up in arms DOJ checking Xian Gaza's claim he fled the Philippines Apr 14-20 Regine Velasquez twits Locsin over giant clam comment Kris Aquino: Don't blame my brother Noy for Mar Roxas' defeats Glutamax ad slammed for discriminating vs morenas Apr 21-27 Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Luzon Manila Times editor resigns over ‘matrix’ story 9 dead in Pampanga after Luzon earthquake Apr 28-May 4 FULL LIST: Bar Exams 2018 passers Bar exams 2018 results out on May 3 Bar Exam results 2018: 22.07% passing rate May 5-11 News anchor Erwin Tulfo declared persona non grata in Dapitan LOOK: Something in this still from 'Game of Thrones' doesn't belong Rudy Francisco, the lolo from that iconic McDonald's commercial, dies at 96 May 12-18 WINNERS: 2019 local elections in the Philippines Partial, official results of 2019 senatorial elections Opposition bets fail to get in Magic 12 May 19-25 Angel Locsin hits Jimmy Bondoc over post on ABS-CBN franchise renewal Google suspends Huawei’s Android license – report Fire hits Glorietta mall in Makati May 26-Jun 1 ‘Pakisauli po ang milyones’: Netizens burn Lani Mercado Revilla over GMRC tweet Results: May 2019 Certified Public Accountant board exam Gary Valenciano 'saddened' by Jimmy Bondoc's tirade against ABS-CBN Jun 2-8 Nuelle Duterte takes back her name Tulfo brothers lose PNP, Marine security details Duterte orders shutdown of Kapa-Community Ministry, other investment scams Jun 9-15 Chinese vessel sinks Philippine boat in West PH Sea 'collision' LIVE UPDATES: Binibining Pilipinas 2019 coronation night Gazini Christiana Ganados is crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Jun 16-22 Captain of sunken boat backs out of meeting with Duterte Vietnamese account matches Filipino fishermen's story Screen legend Eddie Garcia dies at 90 Jun 23-29 Beauty queen April Love Jordan dies at 31 3 call center employees killed in van crash in Camiguin Thurman looks past Pacquiao, says he wants to fight Spence Jun 30-Jul 6 LOOK: New Philippine peso bills with Diokno's 'worm-looking' signature Supporters suffer from food poisoning at Imelda Marcos' birthday party Tropical Depression Egay, shallow LPA enhancing monsoon Jul 7-13 Disney star Cameron Boyce dies at 20 Thai beauty queen aspirant criticized for calling Catriona Gray 'fat' Isko Moreno to foreigners: Respect our rules Jul 14-20 Tropical Storm Falcon makes landfall in Cagayan 3 areas under Signal No. 1 due to Tropical Depression Falcon What you need to know about Jane de Leon, the new Darna Jul 21-27 Quick point-by-point summary of Duterte's SONA 2019 FULL TEXT: President Duterte’s 2019 State of the Nation Address Marjorie Barretto mulls legal action vs poster of Julia Barretto-Gerald Anderson photo Jul 28-Aug 3 Brace for more monsoon rain, potential Hanna Tropical storm outside PAR enhances southwest monsoon Isko Moreno regularizes 3 traffic enforcers for refusing bribes Aug 4-10 Julia Barretto hits Bea Alonzo for 'bullying': 'I refuse to be your victim' Gerald Anderson: After fights, relationship with Bea Alonzo 'no longer healthy' Tropical Depression Hanna may intensify in next hours, days Aug 11-17 Trans woman arrested after being blocked from using women's restroom in Cubao ‘Indak’ review: All the wrong steps Trans woman Gretchen Diez: I didn't think I'd be treated like a criminal Aug 18-24 Child actress Sophia Corullo dies Former environment secretary Gina Lopez dies SAF commander shot dead by subordinate in Camp Bagong Diwa Aug 25-31 Signal No. 1 in 20 areas as Tropical Depression Jenny slightly intensifies 29 areas under Signal No. 1 as Tropical Depression Jenny speeds up LPA now Tropical Depression Jenny Sep 1-7 9 dead as small plane crashes at Calamba resort in Laguna Serbia questions World Cup format after Gilas thrashing TEAM STANDINGS: FIBA World Cup 2019 Sep 8-14 Mega' founder Sari Yap dies Syd Hartha speaks out on alleged abuse by father LPA becomes tropical depression, may enter PAR by September 12 Sep 15-21 FULL LIST: ABS-CBN Ball 2019 Awardees Angel Locsin skips ABS-CBN Ball 2019, donates directly to Bantay Bata Michelle Dee is Miss World Philippines 2019 Sep 22-28 Transgender Filipina killed in Australia while on vacation 7 dead as dragon boat capsizes off Boracay Dela Rosa: Are outbreaks created so vaccines make money? Sep 29-Oct 5 Police probe shows Dormitorio’s life inside PMA was living hell Enchong Dee hits MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago over transport strike statement U.P. frat member dies after latest hazing exposé Oct 6-12 Carlos Celdran dies at 46 Highest-ranking PMA cadet resigns over Dormitorio's death Apple releases Philippine prices for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max Oct 13-19 Carpio, Caguioa vote to dismiss Marcos protest, overruled Low pressure area now Tropical Depression Perla Gretchen and Marjorie Barretto clash over alleged altercation at dad’s wake Oct 20-26 TIMELINE: The Barretto family feud Here’s a summary of Marjorie Barretto’s ‘tell-all’ interview RESULTS: October 2019 CPA licensure exam Oct 27-Nov 2 Jeffree Star on Michelle Dy’s makeup brush line: ‘Trash’ Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocks parts of Mindanao Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Cotabato Nov 3-9 Traveling? You may need to get a polio vaccine certificate – here’s how Bicol's biggest food chain opens first Manila branch Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines Nov 10-16 WATCH: Anne Curtis, Erwan Heussaff announce pregnancy Military nurse stabbed dead in Makati City PAL Holdings president Bong Tan dies Nov 17-23 Raffy Tulfo in hot water after persuading teacher to have license revoked Aside from Tropical Storm Ramon, PAGASA spots new LPA PAL plane makes emergency landing in Los Angeles Int'l Airport Nov 24-Nov 30 SEA Games 2019 cauldron designer's family sued for P253-M fraud PAGASA warns parts of Luzon: Brace for Typhoon Kammuri IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2019 national costumes Dec 1-7 Typhoon Tisoy maintains strength on its way to Bicol LOOK: Carlos Yulo 'shocked' by Mark Bautista's DM Frankie Pangilinan throws shade at Duterte over comments on her parents Dec 8-14 Makati police confirm kidnapping along Paseo de Roxas His heart is broken': Vatican prefect Tagle breaks into tears LIVE UPDATES: Miss Universe 2019 coronation Dec 15-21 Manny Pangilinan gears up for battle: Maynilad not for sale Miss Universe 2019 broadcast loses viewers in U.S. Celebs, key personalities tweet support for Janine Gutierrez after Lolit Solis rant Dec 22-28 Tropical Storm Ursula enters PAR Vice mayor who testified in Ampatuan massacre ambushed in Maguindanao LOOK: Ellen Adarna spends Christmas with family in Germany Dec 29-31 2 Singapore car crash victims are sisters from La Union IN PHOTOS: Last look at Harrison Plaza LeBron downplays talk of Kuzma rift

We excluded from the data the #WalangPasok advisories, which ranked first for 8 separate weeks between June and September, because readers usually look out for class and work suspensions during the rainy season. In the same way, we excluded articles on bank, mall, and mass schedules during the Holy Week and other holidays.

We also did not count the article on the list of 2019 Philippine holidays, which popped up among the top stories many times throughout the year. Rappler published that story in August 2018, when the government released the list. –

Methodology: Page views data are extracted from Google Analytics. Only articles published within the same week period or live blogs published prior to an observation week are considered. Excluded from the data are the page views for the following: the Rappler homepage, #WalangPasok advisories, schedules of business and church services, promo and discount codes at, and 2019 election results at

Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.