You've spoken: ‘The Voice of the Philippines’ is top trending search

Alora Uy Guerrero
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
Apl de Ap, Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Ms. Lea Salonga select the artists they want to mentor by listening to the aspirant's singing voice. Each coach must pick 12 artists for their respective teams who will advance to the next rounds of competition— the Battle Rounds and the Live Shows.

Our numbers for the past week reveal most of you can't get enough of two television shows: one's a reality singing competition and the other is a controversial soap opera.

1. The Voice of the Philippines

"The Voice of the Philippines" is only in its toddler stage, but the musical-reality show already finds itself at the top of our "trending searches" list.

Last week's fourth round of blind auditions featured performances from Michaellen Temporada, Isabella Fabregas, and ex-Kulay member Radha Tinsay. It kept Filipinos at the edge of their couches while their fingers set the Twitterverse on fire.

2. My Husband's Lover

Philippines’ first gay-themed soap "My Husband's Lover," which occupies a prime-time slot on GMA-7, isn't short of supporters. Apparently, it isn't short of detractors either. For example, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of the Philippines or CBCP last week expressed concerns over its homosexual slant and urged the network to show restraint in tackling gender-sensitive issues.

The controversial drama series star Dennis Trillo and Tom Rodriguez as gay lovers in an extramarital affair. Carla Abellana plays Trillo's Rodriguez's wife. (Updated, July 3, 2013, 9:30 AM)

3. Ampatuan Massacre

Families of 14 of the 58 victims of Maguindanao massacre have allegedly agreed to negotiate with members of the accused Ampatuan clan members in February.

Shortly after that broke out, U.S.-based nurse Reynafe Momay-Castillo, the daughter of the last victim, urged fellow plaintiffs to continue to fight.

Reynafe is the daughter of Reynaldo Momay, whose body was never recovered but was believed to have been part of the convoy of media workers, lawyers, and relatives of then Maguindanao gubernatorial candidate Toto Mangudadatu who were massacred on November 23, 2009. 

4. Supermoon

Supermoon is the celestial coincidence that results when the Moon is closest to Earth, thus making it appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when it is furthest from our planet. The most recent sighting of the so-called supermoon was on June 23, 2013.

Now, if you think "supermoon" is a lame way to describe a seemingly bigger, brighter moon, consider its technical term: perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.

5. Wimbledon

If sports have taught us anything, it's that no competitive exercise of physical prowess and mental toughness is immune to upsets.

However, this year's Wimbledon has provided no shortage of surprising early exits. Here thus far are some of Wimbledon 2013's biggest shockers: defending men's champion Roger Federer's second-round defeat; reigning women's titleholder Serena Williams bowing out in the fourth round; and world number 135 Steve Darcis besting former world number one Rafael.

6. Kim Chiu 

It was a bittersweet reunion for actress Kim Chiu and mother Louella Yap-Chiu, whom the ABS-CBN talent had searched for years. The actress found Louella in a coma in Cebu, where the elder Chiu eventually succumbed to brain aneurysm at age 50.

Louella's passing was not met without criticism, as Kim's detractors questioned her decision to leave for Thailand for a commercial shoot days after her mom's death, as well as her failure to be with her mother when she was in better health.

7. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan was reportedly killed... by the Internet. Again. 

Yes, evidently, even a world-renowned martial artist who has played near-invincible hero in more than a hundred films isn't safe from the dreaded death hoax. The first time the action star was the subject of a false-death rumor was in 2011, when a Facebook page claimed Chan died of a heart attack.  

8. Cebu Pacific

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, in coordination with the Department of Transportation and Communications, has released its findings on the Cebu Pacific plane that overshot the Davao International Airport runway in June.

According to the results of the investigation, pilots Captain Antonio Oropesa and First Officer Edwin Perellowere were to blame for the mishap; hence, they will be suspended for six and three months, respectively.

It appears that the suspensions did very little to ease the tension between Cebu Pacific and passengers of Flight No. 5J971, as some passengers are asking for P1 million in compensatory damages. 

9. Nelson Mandela

Former South African president Nelson Mandela remains in the hospital—in critical but stable condition—following weeks of treatment for a recurring lung infection.

The 94-year-old Mandela, whose 95th birthday is on July 18, is the father of post-apartheid South Africa and has received international acclaim, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, for his willingness to fight against injustice and racism. 

10. Julie Anne San Jose

Yahoo! OMG Performer of the Year nominee Julie Anne San Jose is singing sweet tunes these days, as her self-titled debut album has exceeded the Quadruple Platinum Record status. This comes on the heels of the success of her first solo concert It’s My Time on May 11.  

Julie Anne’s latest single, “For Everything,” is making waves and will be the theme song of an upcoming Koreanovela. She’s called Asia's Pop Sweetheart/Ultimate Musical Princess/Philippine's Multimedia Princess. She’s a regular on GMA-7’s Sunday All Stars. Indeed, it is her time.