Happy Birthday Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada April 19, 2012
MANILA, Philippines - Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, the 13th President of the Philippines, is celebrating his 75th Birth Anniversary today, April 19, 2012. Elected to various elective posts - as President, Vice President, Senator, and Mayor where he served our country well for over four decades.
Born on April 19, 1937 in Tondo, Manila, President Estrada was the eighth of 10 children of Engineer Emilio L. Ejercito Sr. and Maria A. Marcelo. He studied at the Ateneo de Manila University and Mapua Institute of Technology. In his 20s, he joined the movie industry and became a multi-awarded actor, making films that depicted the plight of the poor and downtrodden. He appeared in over 100 films and produced some 70 films in a career that spanned 33 years. He was the first Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame recipient for best actor in 1981 and Hall of Fame producer in 1983. He founded in 1974 the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation that assists members of the movie industry. His fellow-actor and friend, the late Fernando Poe Jr., gave him the name "Erap" (Filipino "pare" meaning friend).
He entered politics in 1967 when he was elected Mayor of San Juan, where he served for 17 years. His administration constructed major infrastructures and advocated adult and children's education. In 1987, he was elected to the Senate; his bill on protection of carabaos became a landmark legislation. …