Joseph Erap Ejercito Estrada is a Filipino politician who served as the 13th President of the Philippines from 1998 to 2001 and as the 9th Vice President of the Philippines from 1992 to 1998. He has been Mayor of the City of Manila, the countrys capital, Estrada was elected President in 1998 with a wide margin of votes separating him from the other challengers, and was sworn into the presidency on June 30,1998. In 2000 he declared an all-out-war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and captured its headquarters and he ran for president again in the 2010 presidential election, but placed second behind Senator Benigno Aquino III. José Marcelo Ejército Sr. was born at 8,25 PM on April 19,1937 at Manuguit Maternity Hospital in Tondo and his family later moved to the wealthy suburb of San Juan. He belonged to a family, and was the eighth of ten children of Emilio Ejercito Sr. and his wife. Emilio Ejercito Sr. later transferred to Central Colleges of the Philippines, in his twenties, he began a career as a drama actor. He adopted the stage name Joseph Estrada, as his mother objected to his chosen career and his decision to quit schooling. Estrada is married to former First Lady-turned-senator Dr. Jorge Ejercito, brother, actor E. R. Ejercito, son of George Estregan and nephew, actor, Mayor of Pagsanjan, Laguna, gary Ejercito, nephew, actor and Board Member of Quezon province. Gherome Ejercito, nephew, basketball player Estrada played the role in more than 100 movies. He was the first FAMAS Hall of Fame recipient for Best Actor and he often played heroes of the lower classes, making him popular among several impoverished citizens. This proved advantageous to his political career and he also founded, together with Guillermo de Vega, the first Metro Manila Film Festival in 1975. His administration was marked by unequaled accomplishments in infrastructure development and he relocated some 1,800 squatter families out of San Juan to Taytay, Rizal, at no cost. He was also the first mayor to computerize assessment of the Real Estate Tax in the Municipal Assessor’s Office, when Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency in 1986, all elected officials of the local government were forcibly removed and replaced by appointed officers-in-charge, including Estrada. The following year, Estrada won a seat in the Senate under the Grand Alliance for Democracy placing 16th in the elections, in 1987, he set his sights on a Senate run and handily garnered a seat. He was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and he was Vice-Chairman of the Committees on Health, Natural Resources and Ecology and Urban Planning. In 1989, the Free Press cited him as one of the Three Outstanding Senators of the Year and he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa by the Bicol University in April 1997, and the University of Pangasinan in 1990. Though Cojuangco lost to former National Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos, Estrada won the vice-presidency garnering more votes than his closest opponent, Ramon Mitra, Jr. s running mate, as Vice-President, Estrada was the chairman of President Ramos Presidential Anti-Crime Commission. Estrada arrested criminal warlords and kidnapping syndicates and he resigned as chairman in 1997
Efren Manalang Reyes, OLD, PLH, popularly known as Efren Bata Reyes and nicknamed The Magician, is a Filipino professional pool player. A winner of over 70 international titles, Reyes is the person in history to win World Championships in two different disciplines in pool. By defeating Earl Strickland in the inaugural Color of Money event in 1996, many analysts, fans, and current and former players consider Reyes to be the greatest pool player of all time. Reyes was born in Pampanga in the Philippines in 1954 and he moved to Manila with his family at the age of 5. In Manila, he worked as an attendant at his uncles billiards hall. Because he was not tall enough to reach the pool table, at night, while he was dreaming of playing pool, the pool table was his bed. Reyes is often referred to as Bata, which is Tagalog for Kid, to distinguish between the two, he was referred to as Efren Bata. He was also called Efrey by his colleagues, gambling from a young age, Reyes played three cushion billiards in the 1960s and 1970s. After establishing himself as a winner, he was discovered by promoters and this gave him the opportunity to compete in big-time tournaments. S. to hustle. Popular legend claims that Reyes earned US$80,000 in a week, Reyes began winning a number of tournaments in the U. S. Europe and parts of Asia. Thus, he started to gain attention and recognition worldwide, at the start of his career, he used aliases to hide his identity so he would be allowed to compete. By the mid-1990s, he had one of the elite players of the Philippines, alongside Jose Parica. Reyes fame began when he won the US Open Nine Ball Championship in 1994 by defeating Nick Varner in the finals and he was the first non-American to win the event. Two years later, Efren Reyes and Earl Strickland were chosen to each other in an event called the Color of Money. The event was a three-day race-to-120 challenge match of 9-ball and it was held in Hong Kong, with a winner-take-all prize of US$100,000. This was the largest single-winning purse in a pool event, although Strickland was the first to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship, Reyes, in 1999, became the first to win while it was broadcast on television. This tournament was not recognized at the time by the WPA, Nick Varner won the official world title. The two tournaments were merged for the year, with both men listed as the champion for 1999
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Ronald Allan Kelley Poe, better known as Fernando Poe Jr. and colloquially known as FPJ and Da King, was a Filipino actor. During the latter part of his career, Poe was defeated by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 Philippine presidential elections and his long career as an action film star earned him the nickname King of Philippine Movies. Poe was posthumously declared a National Artist of the Philippines for Film on May 23,2006 by President Macapagal-Arroyo, the award was confirmed by President Benigno Aquino III on July 20,2012, and was presented to his family on August 16. Ronald Allan K. Poe was the son of Filipino actor Fernando Poe Sr. a native from San Carlos City, Pangasinan and Elizabeth Bessie Kelley, an Irish-American. His parents were not yet married when he was born on August 20,1939. His political opponents tried to derail his bid for the 2004 Philippine presidency when they sought to disqualify him as a son of a non-Filipino mother. Conrad Poe, a Filipino actor is Ronald Poes half-brother, the son of Fernando Poe Sr. Pou is the spelling of the familys surname from his grandfather, playwright Lorenzo Pou, a Catalan migrant from Majorca, Spain. In 1953, Poe finished his education at San Beda College. For high school, he went to San Sebastian College and he continued his education at Mapua Institute of Technology and University of the East. His father died from rabies at age 35, leaving the young Poe as the breadwinner, to support his family. Poe dropped out of school to work in the Philippine film industry as a messenger boy. Starting as a stuntman for Everlasting Pictures, he was given a role in the movie Anak ni Palaris at the age of 14. The movie was not a big hit, in 1957 the movie Lo Waist Gang made him popular, and the film was such a big hit that low-waist pants became a fad. Also known as FPJ from his initials, Poe acted in a number of movies which depicted him as the champion of the poor and he also directed nine movies, under the pseudonym Ronwaldo Reyes. Reyes originated from the surname of his grandmother, Martha. He established FPJ Productions in 1961 and later organized other film companies, in 1963, he testified against criminal gangs, known as the Big Four, who extorted money from the film industry. In 1965, he shared the lead in The Ravagers, a film depicting the United States, the film is considered one of the most influential Filipino films
Patapon is a video game published for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console combining gameplay features of a rhythm game and a third-person god game. The title is created from two Japanese onomatopoeia, pata and pon, the game was developed by Pyramid and produced by Japan Studios. Patapon is a game that the player controls in a manner similar to rhythm games. These sequences order the tribe to move forward on the battlefield, attack, defend. If the player inputs an unknown sequence or enters them off the main rhythm, however, repeatedly entering a proper sequence in sync with the rhythm will lead the tribe into a Fever increasing their attack and defensive bonuses. The tribe will stop doing anything after performing the last entered command if the player does not enter any more commands. For example, some commands are square, square, square, circle, which has them march forward and circle, circle, square, circle, the game is divided into several missions. Prior to each mission, the player can recruit new troops and assemble formations, equip troops with weapons, the player can return to an earlier mission to acquire additional resources and equipment to build up their troops before a larger battle. The Patapon Tribe were flourishing people until they experienced many losses and later on. The player takes the role of their god, the Almighty, the enemy of the Patapons is the evil Zigoton Empire, a powerful tribe of slightly squarish creatures with red-and-black eyes that have oppressed the Patapons since their fall from power. It becomes apparent later in the game that the Zigotons have their own prophecy which tells that when the Patapons finally sees and gazes at IT, the world will fall into chaos. Towards the end of the game, many of the main Zigoton warriors sell their souls to the forces in an attempt to gain more power. Eventually Queen Kharma, ruler of the Zigotons, sells her soul in a attempt to destroy the Patapons. When she was defeated, the Patapons have to kill Gorl, once defeated, the 3 Yaripons from the beginning arrive at the coast, which they assumed to be Earthend, and see the rising sun, which they assume to be IT. At the end of the game, there is a scene in which the Patapons, a playable demo was announced by the Patapons associate producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda via the official PlayStation blog. He revealed that the demo would be available for those who pre-ordered a copy of Patapon through GameStop and it has since been released as a downloadable demo for those in Europe and North America through the PlayStation Store. Progress made in the version of Patapon is transferable to the full retail release so players can resume progress from where they left off in the demo. On July 9,2008, a sequel was announced, the game was released on UMD on November 27,2008 in Japan and on February 13,2009 in Europe
Dorothy Acueza Jones popularly known by her stage name Nida Blanca, was a Filipina actress. She starred in over 163 movies and 14 television shows and received over 16 awards for movies and she was named one of 15 Best Actresses of all Time by YES. magazine. She was stabbed to death in a parking lot in San Juan City on November 7,2001. Born as Dorothy Acueza Jones in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines to an American soldier father, actress Delia Razon successfully urged the head of LVN Pictures, Doña Sisang de Leon to hire Blanca. She was screen tested on October 6,1950 by LVN Pictures where she reigned as queen for more than a decade, in the movies, she has played everything from a guy-punching lesbian to a nun. She also starred in the hit TV comedy series, John En Marsha, in 1958, she appeared opposite her contemporary, noted singer/actress Sylvia La Torre, and Leroy Salvador, in the LVN movie Tuloy ang Ligaya. She separated from her first husband, Victorino Torres when their daughter Kaye was only two years old and she later married her second husband Roger Lawrence Strunk, an American singer and actor, known by his screen name, Rod Lauren in Las Vegas in 1979. She was an member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, attending screenings and rating movies twice a week. The prime suspect was Blancas husband Rod Strunk whom the prosecutors said had hired a hitman to kill her because Blanca had disinherited him from her will. Investigators found that Blanca had up to P85 million in properties, including a Greenhills, San Juan condominium worth P10 million, if Blanca had annulled her marriage, Strunk would get nothing. Medel recanted his testimony four days later claiming the police had tortured him into confessing, the prosecutors said medical examinations had found no evidence to back his claim of torture. Despite Medels recantation, Strunk remained the suspect according to Philippine prosecutors, based largely on circumstantial evidence. Strunk was in the U. S. in 2003 when he was charged with the murder of Blanca and he left the Philippines in January 2002 to visit his mother who was dying at the time and never returned. He was later arrested at his home and detained at the Sacramento County Jail after the Philippine government filed an extradition request against Strunk to stand trial in the Philippines, the U. S. court denied the extradition request and Strunk was immediately released from jail. The Philippine government had filed an extradition case against Strunk but has not received any official response from the United States government. Strunk committed suicide on July 11,2007 by jumping from a balcony of the Tracy Inn in Tracy. Kaye Torres lamented in 2008 that after seven years, the case is still pending trial. She stated that she is convinced Philip Medel is guilty of the crime, Philip Medel remained the suspect and was held in jail until his death on 7 April 2010 at the age of 62
For her body of work accomplished in an especially long career, she was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences and the Gawad Urian. Walter was born to a German father in what is now Sorsogon City, as a teen, Walter appeared on the Manila bodabil circuit as a chorus girl in the stage shows of Katy de la Cruz. She began her career as a bit player. Walter first came into fame in 1927, when she starred in Ang Lumang Simbahan and her leading man in that film was Gregorio Fernandez, with whom she would be romantically paired in a succession of silent films, constituting perhaps the first love-team in Filipino cinema. After appearing in silent films, Walter easily made the transition when sound film emerged in the Philippines in the mid-1930s. She was among the stars who appeared in the 1942 LVN film Prinsipe Teñoso, in 1939 she appeared in the movie Mariposang Berde with then up and coming actress Malou Chumams Nocedo. In 1948, after a 21-year film career, Walter retired to her hometown in Sorsogon, ten years later, she was induced to act again, and she appeared in LVNs Kastilaloy. Now in her forties, she was cast as matrons or mothers, as she further aged, Walter became one of the most identifiable character actresses in Philippine cinema. Fair, petite and gaunt, she became identified in grandmother roles. A chain-smoker, her voice made her ideally cast in villainous roles, most prominently in the 1974 Lino Brocka film Tatlo, Dalawa. By the 1980s, she was a presence in popular horror films such as Shake, Rattle and Roll. In 1980, Walter received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award, a similar award, this time from the Gawad Urian, was given to Walter in 1992. Contrary to what is published in her IMDB biography, Walter was not the actress engaged in the first kissing scene in Philippine cinema, Walter never retired again after returning to film in 1958. She died on February 25,1993, mary Walter at the Internet Movie Database Nicanor Tiongson, ed. Philippine Film. Manila, Cultural Center of the Philippines, iloilo City, Philippines, Erehwon Books & Magazine