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El Presidente (Jeorge Estregan)

The story is told in flashbacks as Emilio Aguinaldo thanks the US government for giving him the opportunity to attend the full restoration of Philippine independence on July 4, 1946.
The film begins with his capture by Philippine and US forces under Frederick Funston's command in 1901, then flashes back to 1886, when an old woman gives Aguinaldo and his childhood friend Candido Tirona cryptic prophecies. Ten years later, Aguinaldo is inducted into the Katipunan and later assumes leadership of its Cavite chapter while becoming mayor of Cavite El Viejo. When the trouble breaks out in Manila in late August 1896, Aguinaldo tries to assure the Spanish provincial government of non-interference and covertly marshals his forces despite a lack of weapons. Learning that the Spanish mostly put their forces in Manila, Aguinaldo finally mobilizes his troops and take the command of the Katipunan forces in Cavite.
As the rebels gain ground in Cavite and several provinces, its Magdalo and Magdiwang factions convene to elect a provisional government. Andrés Bonifacio oversees the Tejeros Convention, which elects Aguinaldo as president, Mariano Trías as vice-president, and himself as interior minister. He storms out of the convention when Daniel Tirona objects to his election. Aguinaldo's brother Crispulo informs him of his accession and convinces him to leave his troops just as he was seeking to defend against the Spaniards at Pasong Santol. The rebels are defeated and Crispulo is killed. Meanwhile, an embittered Bonifacio establishes his own revolutionary government and is later arrested. Aguinaldo is concerned about Bonifacio's actions and wanted him exiled, but the War Council advises his execution.
Several months later, Aguinaldo leaves Cavite with most of his forces intact and makes it to Biac-na-Bato in Bulacan, where he signs the Pact of Biak-na-Bato and heads for Hong Kong. There he meets with US officials who approach him with offers of support and recognition of a new Philippine Republic amidst the Spanish–American War. Aguinaldo returns to the Philippines and formally declares independence from Spain. As the Malolos Congress convenes, Felipe Agoncillo tries to represent the new nation at the Treaty of Paris negotiations, but gets stonewalled at every turn even as US forces gradually arrive in the Philippines. The Philippine–American War breaks out in February 1899 and Antonio Luna is appointed commander of all the Filipino forces. He is assassinated three months later and the Filipino troops are gradually routed by the Americans. As a result, Aguinaldo's forces travel all over northern Luzon to escape the Americans. General Gregorio del Pilar volunteers to lead some troops in holding them off at Tirad Pass and buy Aguinaldo time to get away. His loyal courier is later captured by the Americans while getting some medicine for his son. Now aware of Aguinaldo's hideout, Funston plans his capture.
Having been made to accept the American occupation over the Philippines, Aguinaldo lives a quiet life, which is marred by Hilaria's passing in 1921. He meets and marries Felipe Agoncillo's niece Maria in 1930. Over the next few decades, the couple witness Philippine history unfold once more as he is defeated in the 1935 presidential elections, Japanese occupation and the restoration of full independence. In 1962, an elderly Aguinaldo and his wife comfort each other over President Diosdado Macapagal's decree to restore the actual date of the Philippine declaration of independence. In his final hours, the same woman who gave him his prophecy appears to him one more time.

Jeorge "ER" Ejercito Estregan as Gen.Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy
Nora Aunor as Maria Aguinaldo y Agoncillo
Cristine Reyes as Hilaria Aguinaldo y Del Rosario
Cesar Montano as Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro
Christopher De Leon as Gen. Antonio Luna
Alvin Anzon as Felipe Agoncillo
John Arcilla as Mariano Trías
Bayani Agbayani as Baldomero Aguinaldo
Sunshine Cruz as Gregoria de Jesús
Wendell Ramos as Mariano Noriel
Joko Diaz as Procopio Bonifacio
Gary Estrada as Jose Tagle
Ronnie Lazaro as Candido Tirona
Ian de Leon as Artemio Ricarte
Alicia Mayer as Inang Bayan (Motherland)
Sid Lucero as Gaudioso
Troy Montero as Frederick Funston
Ronnie Quizon as Apolinario Mabini
Felix Roco as Gregorio Del Pilar
Joonie Gamboa as Ambassador Felipe Buencamino
Yul Servo as Pedro A. Paterno
Lou Veloso as Julian Felipe
Ian Veneracion as Gen. Ernesto Aguirre
Dennis Padilla as Tal Placido
Roi Vinzon as Lazaro Segovia
Gerard Ejercito as Crispulo Aguinaldo
Emilio Garcia as Pío del Pilar
Allan Paule as Tomás Mascardo
Archie Adamos as Luis Aguado
Soliman Cruz as Maximo Inocencio
Mike Lloren as Vicente Riego De Dios
Jericho Ejercito as Young Emilio Aguinaldo
Roldan Aquino as Maria Agoncillo's Father
Gloria Sevilla as Maria Agoncillo's Mother
Jhulia Ejercito as Lorenza Agoncillo
Maita Ejercito as Marcella Agoncillo
Lariel Castro as Cecillo
John Regala as Padre Agustin

Mark Meily


Scenema Concept International
CMB Films
VIVA Films
San Miguel Group of Companies
Boy Scouts of the Philippines
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
The Film Development Council of the Philippines

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