Scenema Concept International, Viva Communications Inc., CMB Films joins together to bring us an epic film about General Emilio Aguinaldo, whose passion lit the spark of the revolution against Spain and America and forged the founding of the first democratic republic in Asia.
The movie is starring Jeorge ER Estregan as Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Cristine Reyes as Hilaria del Rosario-Aguinaldo (the first wife of Emilio), Nora Aunor as Maria Agonicllo-Aguinaldo and Cesar Montano as Andres Bonifacio. Aside from the four, two more relatively known historical figures like Apolinario Mabini (Ronnie Quizon) and Antonio Luna (Christopher De Leon) makes up to this formidable epic film!
With more than 50 actors in its cast your ‘historian’ alter-ego, if it happen to exist, might be up to some ‘history quiz’ and if not I’m sure you can always switch to a ‘Name That Celebrity’ game. So spoiler alert! The remaining casts of El Presidente includes Ronnie Lazaro, Bayani Agbayani, Gerald Ejercito, Allan Paule, Emilio Garcia, Wendell Ramos, John Arcilla, Mike Lloren, Ian De Leon, Felix Roco, Alireza Libre, Richard Manabat, Jerico Estregan, Gary Estrada, Allen Dizon, Will Devaugn, Crispin Pineda, Hero Bautista, Andro Morgan, Yul Servo, William Martinez, Epy Quizon, Alvin Anson, Lou Veloso, Sid Lucero, Sunshine Cruz, Joko Diaz, Romel Montano, Archie Adamos, Soliman Cruz, Roi Vinzon, Dennis Padilla, John Regala, Baron Geisler, Ian Veneracion, Tony Mabesa, Troy Montero, James Paolleli, Recto Cantimbulan, Joonee Gamboa, Mark Meily (who is also the director), Mav Lozano, Roldan Aquino, Lariel Castro, Darry Dela Cruz, Elaine Lozano, Maita Sanchez, Jhulia Ejercito, Jenny Javier, Gloria Sevilla, Maylyn Enriquez, Melissa Yotoko, and Alicia Meyer.
The story not only touches on the political in-fighting and intrigues that took place during the revolution, it also explores the inner struggles of Emilio Aguinaldo as husband and father, as well as the agonizing moments of making life-or-death decisions in the interest of security and national unity.
El Presidente is directed by Mark Meily, the director who brought us the award-winning Crying Ladies and 2008 MMFF Best Picture Baler. Critics are eying for El Presidente to go eye-to-eye with Brillante Mendoza’s Thy Womb during the ‘Gabi ng Parangal’. El Presidente is an entry to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival showing on Dec. 25, 2012.