15 Most Searched Korean Dramas In The Philippines (2013-2017)
Most searched aka top trending – no doubt Philippines has been swept by Hallyu with these Korean dramas in the past five years.
Despite the growing fanbase of K-Pop groups, much of what triggered the boom of Korean culture in the country was the introduction of Korean dramas in 2003 with Jang Na Ra and Jang Hyuk’s Bright Girl.
But the bullet did not immediately hit a bull’s eye.
The Philippines, at that time, leaned more into Mexican soap operas like Marimar, and was still high from the Meteor Garden phenomena, the Taiwanese live adaptation of Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango.
It was only through the season-themed tetralogy Endless Love that Korean drama successfully penetrated the Philippine market.
Since then, local TV networks had included Korean dramas in their show lineups due to insistent public demands.
And Google was the witness to the huge interest of fans for Korean dramas as they continue, to this day, to be part of the most-searched TV shows in the Philippines.
In this list, we compile the 15 most searched Korean dramas in the Philippines in the past five years — from 2013 to 2017.
Queen In Hyun’s Man
South Korean drama Queen In Hyun’s Man was the third most searched TV show for 2013. Tt was aired on GMA under the title Queen and I.
Yoon Eun Hye and Park Yoo Chun’s team up drama Missing You was the fourth most searched TV show for 2013, following Queen In Hyun’s Man. It premiered on April 22 on ABS-CBN, and ended with a total of 55 episodes on July 5. In 2018, re-runs of the drama will air on Filipino pay TV channel, Jeepney TV.
The Innocent Man
Song Joong Ki’s exemplar performance in The Innocent Man had captivated the Philippine viewing public as the drama secured the eighth spot on 2013’s most searched TV shows for 2013. It was aired on GMA from July 22 to October 31.
It should not be a surprise that the The Heirs placed ninth most-searched in 2013, and second most-searched in 2014 among all TV shows on Google Philippines’ most searched topics.
Its male lead Lee Min Ho is well-loved in the country, thanks to the past phenomenal success of Boys Over Flowers. Park Shin Hye, who played the damsel-in-distress leading lady, is also among the most popular Korean actress in the Philippines due to several of her dramas being aired on local television.
ABS-CBN, which aired Boys Over Flowers and most, if not all, of Lee Min Ho’s dramas, also aired The Heirs.
South Korean drama Angel Eyes was number three in the list of most searched TV shows for 2014. The drama which starred Lee Sang Yoon, Ku Hye Sun, and BIGBANG’s Seungri premiered on Philippine TV via ABS-CBN on September 29, and ended on December 5.
Historical drama Empress Ki impressed Filipino viewers when it was broadcast on GMA from 2014 October 20 to 2015 April 14. It was ranked ninth in 2014 and second in 2015 as the most searched TV show in the Philippines.
Despite its considerably lengthy run, the drama was well-loved by the Philippine viewers, who had their fair share of historical Korean dramas like Jumong and Jewel in the Palace.
My Love from the Star
Popular drama My Love from the Star extended its popularity in the Philippines when it aired on GMA, placing ninth among most searched TV shows in 2015. It received high ratings, and was dubbed as one of the most loved Korean dramas in the Philippines, leading to a Philippine remake in 2016.
Descendants of the Sun
In the past five years, Descendants of the Sun is the only Korean drama to place first on Google Philippines’ most searched TV show. It was immensely popular, raking in high ratings for GMA, which aired the drama starting 2016 July 25.
Due to its success, a remake is reportedly to be in discussion, with Filipino actor Alden Richards expected to be helmed as the famous Captain Yoo Si Jin.
Legend of the Blue Sea
Onscreen couple of Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun in Legend of the Blue Sea was also well-received in the Philippines,, as the drama ranked third in 2016 and fourth in 2017 for most searched TV shows in the Philippines.
It was aired 24 hours after its original Korean broadcast via streaming service iflix. ABS-CBN also aired the drama starting 8 May 2017, and was re-aired on 4 September 2017.
Love in the Moonlight
The “Moonlight Syndrome” was experienced in the Philippines, proved by Love in the Moonlight’s seventh and fifth ranking as most searched TV show in the country in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The drama, which aired on ABS-CBN, boasted high ratings during its local broadcast, propelling actor Park Bo Gum to be a prominent figure of Korean wave in the country. He was the second most searched male personality in the Philippines.
Cinderella and Four Knights
Despite only airing on local TV via GMA on April 2018, Cinderella and Four Knights was the ninth most searched TV show in the Philippines for 2016.
Highly popular drama Goblin was the third most searched TV show in 2017, bringing lead male actor Gong Yoo back on the radar of Philippine audiences since Coffee Prince.
Goblin replaced Love in the Moonlight on its timeslot on 8 May 2017. ABS-CBN re-aired the drama on 13 November 2017.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk’s Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo might not have scored high ratings when it aired in South Korea, but the drama was met with (huge) success in the Philippines, with fans sporting shirts with word “chubs” and the question “Do you like Messi?” going all over social media.
The feel-good drama was the seventh most searched TV show in 2017 in the Philippines.
While You Were Sleeping
South Korean drama While You Were Sleeping was the eighth most searched TV show in the Philippines for 2017. The drama, starring Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suzy – and which catapulted Jung Hae In to fame, will air on GMA this 2018.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Although Scarlet Heart Ryeo did not receive the high ratings that it expected from IU and Lee Jun Ki’s team up, the drama gained a solid following in the Philippines when it aired on GMA from March 27 to June 8 last year.
Scarlet Heart Ryeo ranked tenth among most search TV shows in the Philippines that year as well.
Have you watched any of the listed K-dramas yet?