It's no secret that 2020 was the year when K-entertainment—dramas, music, etc!—boomed in the Philippines. In the early days of the lockdowns, a lot of Pinoys started watching K-dramas on platforms like Netflix and Viu.
Google's Year In Search 2020 is out, and among the categories that were announced are the Top-Searched Korean Personalities and Top-Searched K-dramas. Here are the results:
10 Top-Searched Korean Personalities In The Philippines In 2020:
1. Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin won everyone's hearts in 2020 with his iconic role as Captain Ri in the Netflix K-drama Crash Landing on You. Here he starred with Son Ye Jin—who also made it to the list—and their on-screen chemistry was definitely something else. Because of his popularity in the Philippines, he's booked endorsements with local clothing brand Bench and local telco Smart.
2. Kim Soo Hyun
2020 marked actor Kim Soo Hyun's return to the small screen after serving in the military. His comeback drama, It's Okay to Not Be Okay, dominated the list of most-watched shows and movies on Netflix the entire time that it was airing. He played the role of Moon Gang Tae, a healthcare worker who is also the guardian of his older brother who was born with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This group made headlines after debuting as the first European K-pop girl group. Kaachi consists of four members and made their debut in April 2020.
4. Kim Go Eun
You may know her from Goblin, but Kim Go Eun made headlines in 2020 because of her role in the K-drama The King: The Eternal Monarch, where she played the lead role alongside Lee Min Ho. The King: The Eternal Monarch is one of Netflix's most-watched K-dramas of 2020.
Aespa is SM Entertainment's newest K-pop girl group—the first one that debuted under the company in six years. Their debut song Black Mamba has over 71 million views on YouTube alone!
6. Jun Ji Hyun
Actress Jun Ji Hyun is confirmed to star in an upcoming trama entitled Mount Jiri. She's known for her iconic roles in dramas like My Sassy Girl, My Love From The Star, Legend Of The Blue Sea, and Kingdom: Season Two. It's also been confirmed that her mysterious character in Kingdom: Season Two will be revealed in Kingdom: Ashin of the North, which will be out on Netflix in 2021.
7. Son Ye Jin
The Crash Landing on You obsession is real! Son Ye Jin played the role of Yoon Se Ri, a rich South Korean businessman who ends up on North Korean soil after a paragliding accident. Like her on-screen partner Hyun Bin, Ye Jin is also now an endorser for local telco Smart.
8. So Ji Sub
In April 2020, one of our original oppas So Ji Sub surprised fans by announcing his marriage to TV reporter Jo Eun Jung. Following the announcement, the actor wrote a sincere letter to his fans, saying: "Today, I started a new beginning with my life partner. On April 7, 2020, my partner and I were married officially. I'd now like to greet everyone as an actor and someone who has become the head of a household."
9. Han So Hee
Who could forget Han So Hee as the "other woman" in the hit 2020 drama A World of Married Couple?! You know, that drama that made your blood boil after every episode, lol. Han So Hee is confirmed to star in a new drama with Itaewon Class star Ahn Bo Hyun entitled Undercover which is also produced by Netflix.
10. Jo Eun Jung
TV reporter Jo Eun Jung made it to the list of most-searched Korean personalities in 2020 after she and actor So Ji Sub tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in April.
10 Top-Searched K-Dramas In The Philippines In 2020
- Crash Landing on You
- It's Okay to Not Be Okay
- Itaewon Class
- The World of the Married
- Backstreet Rookie
- The King: Eternal Monarch
- Hi Bye, Mama!
- Record of Youth
- Hospital Playlist
Are you surprised by the list? Because we're totally not! We literally love everyone and everything on these lists!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.