Joseph Ejercito Estrada, more popularly known by his screen name Joseph Estrada or Erap, which is the slang for and the reverse of pare or kumpare (godfather to one's child or a close friend or buddy), is the current mayor of the city of Manila and the former President of the Philippines.

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It was during his first term as senator of the Republic that he was conferred with a degree of Doctor in Humanities (Honoris Causa) by the University of Pangasinan in 1990.

He was conferred the same degree by the Bicol University in 1997.

Estrada is married to the physician and former senator Luisa "Loi" P.

Ejercito-Estrada and has three children with her: Jinggoy, Senate President Pro Tempore, Jacqueline, and Jude.

His child from his relationship with Guia Gomez), Joseph Victor Ejercito also entered politics and is the present mayor of the San Juan. He starred in over a hundred movies and produced more than half of them.

Estrada's dropping out of college and involvement in a street gang, as well as the film industry, displeased his family that they forbade him from using the family name Ejercito. He was the first FAMAS Hall of Fame awardee for Best Actor (1981) and also became a Hall of Fame awardee as a producer (1983).

In 1989, on his first term as Senator, he made his last film in which he played the role of an activist opposed to the presence of US military bases in the Philippines.

He often played heroes of the downtrodden classes, which gained him the admiration of a lot of the nation's many unschooled and impoverished citizens.

Before the November 14 1967 election for mayoralty of the municipality of San Juan, Rizal, Estrada had petitioned the Court of First Instance of Rizal, Quezon City Branch for authorization to use his screen name “Joseph Estrada” and the petition was granted.

He then filed his certificate of candidacy under the name “Joseph Ejercito Estrada,” using both his birth name Joseph Ejercito and his screen name.

On the matter of the electoral protest filed by Mr. Domingo, the Supreme Court, on July 29 1969, upheld the judgment of the Court of First Instance of Rizal declaring Joseph Ejercito Estrada as the duly elected Mayor for San Juan, Rizal in the November 14 1967 election as of November 5 1968.