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
Rodolfo Vera Quizon, Sr. OGH, known by his screen names Dolphy, Pidol, and Golay, was a Filipino comedian-actor in the Philippines. He is widely regarded as the countrys King of Comedy for his comedic talent embodied by his long roster of works on stage, radio, television, Dolphy was born at 5,00 PM on July 25,1928 at 527 Calle Padre Herrera in Tondo, Manila. His father was Melencio Espinosa Quizon, Sr. a ship engine worker in the Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Company of Manila, and the son of Modesto Quizon, Sr. and Isidora Adorable/Salud Espinosa. His mother was Salud de la Rosa Vera, a teacher. He was the second eldest of ten children and his parents were married on July 14,1925 in Malate, Manila. Dolphy sold peanuts and watermelon seeds at movie theaters as a boy and he was about thirteen when World War II started. He did odd jobs including shining shoes, attaching buttons at a factory, sorting bottles by size, working as a stevedore at the pier, trading. In his free time he regularly watched stage shows at the Life Theater and his favorite performers included the comedy duo Pugo and Togo, and the dancers Benny Mack and Bayani Casimiro. He started performing onstage during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Dolphy was turning 17 when Benny Mack got him a job as a chorus dancer for a month at the Avenue Theater and subsequently on the Lyric Theater. He also appeared in shows at the Orient Theater, Golay was his first stage name. During air raids, they would interrupt the show and run for the shelter in the orchestra section together with the audience. If no bombs exploded, the show resumed and he had his first movie when he was 19 with Fernando Poe, Sr. in Dugo at Bayan, billed as Rodolfo Quizon. It was the father of his friend actor Fernando Poe, Jr. who first paved the way. On a DZMM radio interview, he revealed his first talent fee was 5 pesos, in the late 1940s, Dolphy also got into radio through Conde Ubaldo, a popular radio writer, director and producer. He joined the program Wag Naman which starred Pancho Magalona, Tessie Quintana and his comedy duo with Panchito also started on radio on Conde Ubaldo shows. Pancho Magalona recommended Dolphy to Dr. Jose “Doc” Perez, the owner of Sampaguita Pictures in 1952 and his first movie with Sampaguita was Sa Isang Sulyap Mo, Tita, with Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. It was also in Sampaguita were the duo of Dolphy. Dolphy became famous for playing roles after he was typecasted in Jack en Jill with Rogelio de la Rosa and he was not the first choice for the role but Batotoy and Bayani Casimiro
Fernando Poe Jr.
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
Jose Maria Marfori Asuncion better known for his stage-name Vic Vargas was a Filipino film actor and judoka. Vic Vargas was born on March 28,1939, Vargas was a three-time Philippine judo champion at the age of 17. He starred in well over 60 films between the late 1950s and early 1960s to 2002, due to his swarthy looks he was often typecast in action and sexy comedy films. In the mid-‘70s, he was an on and offcam pair with 1969 Miss Universe Gloria Diaz and they starred in Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa, which started the so-called wet-and-wild look. He died on July 19,2003 from a stroke aged 64, Vic Vargas at the Internet Movie Database
Katy de la Cruz
Katy de la Cruz was a leading Filipino singer who specialized in jazz vocals and torch songs in a performing career that lasted eight decades. Hailed as The Queen of Filipino Jazz and as The Queen of Bodabil, she was, by the age of 18, de la Cruz also appeared in films and received a FAMAS Best Supporting Actress Award in 1953. One of the musicians at that time was Emman. Catalina de la Cruz was born in Bustos, Bulacan, even as a young child, de la Cruz would be hired to sing at town fiestas, and at intermissions during cockfights and boxing matches. Her formal schooling ended at the third grade, in 1914, when she was seven years old, she was hired by the owner of a Manila film theater to sing to the audiences in between movie screenings. Such performances were typical in Manila theaters during that period, and she learned her songs through listening to phonograph records, and mastered the English language with the help of her brother. By the age of thirteen, de la Cruz was a star in the bodabil circuit. She soon became a headliner, performing in Manilas largest theaters such as the Savoy, the Palace. By 1925, de la Cruz was the highest paid entertainer in the Philippines and she fell in love, and later married, the piano player of her stage show. Some of the girls who performed alongside her onstage, such as Chichay, Etang Discher. De la Cruz was acknowledged as a proficient performer of torch songs who drew comparisons to Sophie Tucker, initially, her signature tune was the bluesy ballad St. Louis Blues. After jazz became popular in the Philippines in the 1920s, de la Cruz adapted her style and soon mastered the art of scat singing. By the 1930s, de la Cruz would be most identified with the song Balut and her take on the song, which afforded her to showcase her scatting ability, has been described as impish and rustic, rounded out by her low, playfully dragging key. She also occasionally acted in films, most prominently in Inspirasyon, many of her films were for Sampaguita Pictures. As bodabil slowly declined, de la Cruz concentrated on concert performances, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, she was a top-billed performer at the famed Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco. In 1961, she starred in her own show in Las Vegas. De la Cruz also performed concert tours in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, de la Cruz eventually retired to San Francisco, California, though she would occasionally perform until the late 1980s. In 1989, she visited the Philippines to attend the premiere at the Cultural Center of the Philippines of Katy, a highly publicized stage musical based on her life