El Presidente (English: The President; Filipino: Ang Pangulo) is a 2012 bioepic film based on the life of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Philippine Republic. The film stars Laguna Gov. Jeorge Estregan in the title role, with Cesar Montano, Christopher de Leon, Nora Aunor, and Cristine Reyes in supporting roles. It is produced by Scenema Concept International. It is one of the official entries for the 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival and was released in theaters nationwide on December 25, 2012. The film was produced by Scenema Concept International, CMB Films and Viva Films, together in cooperation with the San Miguel Group of Companies, Petron, Boys Scouts of the Philippines, Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar and the Film Development Council of the Philippines. Contents [hide]
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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 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 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 fight to Spanish troops in Cavite. As the rebels gain ground in Cavite and several provinces, its Magdalo and Magdiwang factions convene to elect a provisional government. Andres Bonifacio oversees the...
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