What does Google say about the Philippines?
by FFE Tech News Staff
Google’s predictive search, which finishes our sentences for us, was made to make searching through their website faster and easier. But it also shows what other people around the world search for when it comes to certain topics.
We in FFE were curious to find out what Google says about the Philippines and Filipinos. Here are some of the quirkiest results of our searches for ‘Why are Filipinos/Filipinas…’, ‘Why is the Philippines…’ and many more:
Why are Filipino… names Spanish. The Philippines had been under Spanish rule for 300 years… every Filipino knows this fact thanks to History, Araling Panlipunan or Sibika classes from elementary to secondary levels. This means the Spanish language is married with ours, leading not only to Spanish surnames but borrowed words like kutsara (spoon) and bintana (window).
Why are Filipinas… beautiful. Miss World Megan Young, Miss International Bea Santiago, Miss Supranational Mutya Datul and Miss Tourism International Angeli Gomez are all beautiful and all Filipina. The famous Filipina beauty may be down to the colour of our skin, the almond shape of our eyes or simply the great characteristics we have as maalaga, maalalahanin and malambing.
Why are Filipino… guys so cute. We have a lot of baby-faced celebrities that make a lot of women swoon all over the world. Just some Filipinos who have made a name abroad because of their good looks are Jericho Rosales and Diether Ocampo. But the cuteness also comes from our propensity to dote on the women in our lives… just as mama taught us.
Why is the Philippines… called the Philippines. It seems many people around the world do not know why our country’s name sounds so different from our Southeast Asian neighbours like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. To find out just why we are named this way, read FFE’s resident HiStory-teller kuya Roly’s story on the Philippines’ name.
Why is the Philippines… prone to typhoons. The devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda to the Philippines has made the world wonder why our country is very prone to typhoons. Because of the country’s position in the Pacific, the Philippines experiences around 19 storms yearly. Just this year, we have already had 2: typhoon Agaton and typhoon Basyang.
How do Filipino… celebrate Christmas. Christmas is one of the biggest occasions to celebrate for Filipinos and it comes first than birthdays. It’s not only a day to celebrate homecomings of families from miles away, it is also a celebration of the birth of Christ which the majority Christian population always prepares for.
How does the Philippine… government work. Bureaucratic red tape, long queues and reports of corruption has got many people asking how the government of the Philippines really works. Thankfully, the administration is taking steps to keep the public more informed about the government through initiatives like the Trade department’s business registration online payment portal and the Open Data Philippines. Last year, the Philippines also got the World Bank’s nod as it jumped 30 spots in the group’s ‘Doing Business’ report.
Why do Filipino have… weird names. Not only is everyone curious about Filipino surnames. Names like Ding, Dong, Babes, Let-Let, Luzviminda, Jhun-Jhun also make a lot of people wonder what is it about Filipinos that make them want to adopt unusual names. The creativity with names extends to business too; just some funny names include: Labadabadoo Laundry Services, Leon King Video Rental, Arabian Night Club, Tom Cruz Beer Garden, Let’s Go Inn and Nakamura Japanese Restaurant.
Filipino are… good singers. We love to belt it out, and the world has taken notice. International singers like Charice, Lea Salonga, Apl.de.Ap and Arnel Pineda are proof of the Filipino’s innate skill in singing. There is no get-together or celebration without some singing, and the prevalence of karaoke machines even among the poorest communities is proof of the fact that Filipinos love to sing.
Filipino are… certainly resilient. Anderson Cooper, William Hague and Barack Obama have all stood in awe at the Filipino’s resiliency in the wake of the disastrous typhoon Yolanda. The capacity of the Filipino spirit to stand up and move on from such tremendous losses has inspired the world, and one of the secrets behind this is our ability to smile and laugh amid life’s struggles.
Have you also encountered a similar result? What other searches about the Philippines or Filipinos have you tried and what were the predictive results that it gave you? Share your thoughts at the comment box below!