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Efren Bata Reyes

Efren Bata Reyes was born on 1954 at Pampanga till their family moved to Manila when he was at age 5. He worked then as a billiards assistant at his uncle's billiards hall, where he learned the different cue sports. When he was young, he played just for money, and in the sixties and seventies, he played three-cushion billiards. At the age of 20, he claimed to be the best player in the Philippines, which is a success in the United States and in Europe over some of the best 9-ball players in the world. Presently he resides in his hometown at Angeles City, Philippines.

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao starts his professional boxing profession having a 106 pounds in 1995. His early battles were typically in small places were shown on Vintage Sports evening boxing show Blow by Blow hosted by John Ray Betita. He became an instantaneous superstar of the program.

He lost a fight against Rustico Torrecampo via a third round technical knockout (TKO). After that, he won the WBC Flyweight title over Chatchai Sasakul only to lose it in his second defense against Medgoen Singsurat at Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. After, Pacquiao gained weight anew, for the super bantamweight division of 122 lbs., where he won the WBC International Super Bantamweight title, carrying it five times before his next world title fight came.

Fernando Poe, Jr.

Fernando Poe, Jr. or Da King was known as the King of Phil. Movies. He is Ronald Allan Kelley-Poe in real life. He was born in Manila, the second child of actor-producer Fernando Poe, Sr. and Elizabeth Kelley. His siblings are Elizabeth, Andy, Genevieve (Jenny), Fredrick (Freddieboy), and Evangeline. Conrad Poe, also an actor, was the half-brother of FPJ.

He planned of serving the Filipino people when he run for president in 2004 but became unsuccessful against the prevalent and incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. FPJ, as called by his family, friends and fans, received the Philippine National Artist award last May 24, 2006 based from Philippine Proclamation No. 1065.

FPJ started to work as an actor in some of the films shown in 1940s. He spent his grade school at San Beda College, then he went to San Sebastian College, Mapua Institute of Technology, and University of the East for his secondary education.

Ely Buendia

Ely Buendia of Eraserheads strikes the heart of E-heads' fans in 1990s. He is Eleandre Basino Buendía who was born on November 2, 1970. Ely was the guitarist and lead vocalist of the famous Pinoy rock band, Eraserheads. He wrote most of their songs. When eheads disbanded in 2002, he formed another band, The Mongols. It is an diverse rock band consists of guitarist J. Astro or Jerome Velasco of Teeth, bassist Yan Yuzon, drummer Bogs Boga Man Jugo and Ely Buendía, a.k.a Jesus Dizzy Ventura.

Gloria Diaz

Gloria Díaz, born Gloria Maria Aspillera Diaz (b. 1950), born in the Ilocos region of Northern Philippines, is a veteran in the Philippines cinema, who became the first Filipino to bring home the Miss Universe crown. Often referred to as the Díaz Clan, in newspapers, Diaz was one of 12 children. One of her sisters, Rio Diaz-Cojuangco, was also a Filipino actress and beauty titlist, who fell ill with colon cancer and died after a 6 year battle.

Díaz was approached by an individual who believed she would do well in the Miss Universe competition and groomed the young woman. Oddly, none of her family members took the competition seriously and did not accompany Díaz to Florida. Diaz was only eighteen (the youngest ever) when she became Miss Universe of 1969 after outsmarting other candidates on the question on how to welcome the first men that has just landed on the moon; Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins, as soon as they are back on the planet. She was crowned in the international American-owned pageant in 1969 in Florida, USA after their footages was set on the Statue of Liberty in New York.

Manuel L. Quezon

Manuel Luis Quezon, the boy from Baler, Tayabas, who became President of the Philippine Commonwealth was born on Aug. 19, 1878, to parents who were schoolteachers. He studied at San Juan de Letran where he became a popular student, athlete, class orator and leader. He graduated with bachelor of arts degree and a surveyor-land appraiser title.

He was studying law at the University of Santo Tomas when the Philippine revolution interrupted his studies. He joined the insurgents and rose to the rank of major; after the war, he finished law and became a lawyer in 1903.

Quezon practiced law, was named Mindoro provincial fiscal; then he joined the Nationalista party, was elected councilor, then governor, he became Philippine resident commissioner to the U.S. obtained from the U.S. Congress the Jones Law promising Philippine independence. Upon return to the Philippines, he was senator.

Quintin Paredes

Quintín Paredes (September 9, 1884-January 30, 1973) was a Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of the Philippines.

He was born in Bangued, Abra, Philippines. He graduated from the law school of Manila in 1907. He was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Manila.

He was appointed fourth prosecuting attorney on July 9, 1908, first prosecuting attorney on November 1, 1913, and served until March 1, 1917. He later served on the faculty and became dean of the law school of Manila from 1913 to 1917. He served as solicitor general in 1917 and 1918, as attorney general 1918-1920, and as secretary of justice in 1920 and 1921.Parades was a member of the first parliamentary mission to the United States in 1919. He resumed the practice of law in Manila two years later.

Rey Paz Contreras

Rey Paz Contreras was born August 31, 1950. He is an outstanding Filipino sculptor working with urban refuse and ecological materials as artistic media. He is encouraged by the native Filipino traditions and creates visual forms of current images that discover a distinct Filipino aesthetics. Contreras' pioneered the exercise of travieza or hardwood railroad tracks through the late 70s.

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