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||IMDB Rating: 6.3/10 from votes
||Release: 25 December 2012 (Philippines) /
||Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War
||Director: Mark Meily,
||Stars: Alicia Mayer, Allan Paule, Allen Dizon, Alvin Anson, Archie Adamos, Baron Geisler, Bayani Agbayani, Cesar Montano, Christopher De Leon, Crispin Pineda, Cristine Reyes, Dennis Padilla, Emilio Garcia, Jorge Estregan, Nora Aunor
||Synopsis: The life story of the first Philippine President. The story of the man who led the Filipino people to victory against its Spanish conquerors.
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Being a history buff, I really made time to watch "El Presidente," an
entry in the 2012 Metro Manila Film Fest about the President of the
First Philippine Republic, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. It is about time that
that era in Philippine History was given a definitive movie rendition.
I had high hopes about this film, since producer Laguna Gov. Jeorge
"E.R." Ejercito (as Jeorge ER Estregan) gave us a very well-made biopic
of gangster Asiong Salonga in last year's MMFF. It had not been easy to
find time to watch since this film had a formidable running time of two
hours and thirty minutes.
Because of a very slow line at the ticket counter, it was so annoying
that I got a seat already 10 or so minutes into film. Gen. Emilio
Aguinaldo (Estregan) and his generals were about to launch an attack to
take over the town of Cavite Viejo. From there, it follows the life of
Aguinaldo, from the events leading up to the declaration of Philippine
Independence on June 12, 1898, to his capture in Palanan by the
Americans, up to his death at the age of 94 in the year 1964. The
battle scenes were very well shot with a huge cast of real extras
playing the soldiers of all nationalities. There were some impressive
close-up stop-motion special effects during the fight scenes, as we saw
in films like "300" or "Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter".
The film did not shirk to tackle very controversial historical issues
about Aguinaldo's role in the deaths of Andres Bonifacio and Antonio
Luna. They did not hide the fact that all this was based on the memoirs
of El Presidente himself, hence the probable bias in point of view.
Now, what truly happened is still the bone of historical contentions.
Bonifacio in particular was presented in a very negative light here.
Montano's acting highlight as Bonifacio for me was his pained reaction
to losing the vote for president at the Tejeros Assemby to his
breakdown when someone protested his win as Secretary of the Interior.
This scene alone was worth his Best Supporting Actor award. Too bad I
did not get to watch the recent film biography of Andres Bonifacio
entitled "Supremo" to see and compare its version of these same events.
Antonio Luna was played by Christopher de Leon in his typical acting
style. The script basically concentrated on his nasty temperament, not
on his military prowess. But then again this was not a film about Gen.
So, how was Estregan as Aguinaldo? Unfortunately, as with the problem
of Estregan as Asiong Salonga the year before, he tends to be very
melodramatic in his acting style. He indicates almost everything he
says with some awkward gestures. There was a scene when Aguinaldo was
exiled where Estregan silently pours out his emotions in
unrealistically exaggerated bawling, accompanied by swelling dramatic
music. If this was his attempt to add points to his quest to be best
actor, someone should advise him that less is more when it comes to
acting nowadays. It is also remarkable that every time the camera
focuses on his face, he has skin so flawless that it radiates like a
halo. That was some impressive special effect right there.
The huge name supporting cast was a veritable who's who of Filipino
character actors. It was actually fun to try and identify all of them
when they appear on screen playing all the revolutionary heroes we can
think of and more. It can be amusing to see them in very fake- looking
stiff hair and make-up though. There was everyone from the expected
likes of Ronnie Lazaro, Sid Lucero, Allan Paule, John Regala, Joko
Diaz, John Arcilla and Yul Servo, to the unexpected likes of Epi
Quizon, Ian de Leon, Dennis Padilla, Will Devaughn and Bayani Agbayani.
Baron Geisler is really quite stereotyped as an antagonist, and he
really delivers the goods as a smirking Spanish officer, despite the
puny mustache they made him wear. He was quite good in sword fights
too. The only realistic Spaniard in my opinion was Ian Veneracion who
did not need to don fake facial hair. Emilio Garcia, Gary Estrada and
Wendell Ramos could have been realistic Spaniards but instead they play
There were only two female supporting roles. The first wife Hilaria,
played by Cristine Reyes, was practically a silent role where all she
had to do was look pretty, and die later without aging despite after
having four kids. Much ado had been made about Ms. Nora Aunor playing
Maria, his second wife. Unfortunately, this was such a bad case of
miscasting. She looked ill at ease from her first scene as a shy young
(?!) lady to her last scene as she lay in bed with Estregan as senior
citizens. This last scene was woefully shot in such an ugly angle for
Aunor that she looked unrecognizably bad. Too bad as that was an
important scene about Aguinaldo's joy upon Macapagal's transfer of
Independence Day celebrations from July 4 back to June 12. Oh yes,
Sunshine Cruz also had a cameo as Gregoria de Jesus, and you can
imagine that it was unrealistic.
Overall though, despite all the imperfections, I still think this was a
very earnest film made with the very best of intentions, and obviously
produced with generosity of budget. I commend Gov. E.R. Ejercito for
taking on this huge project, as this is a story that needed to be told.
Students nowadays can use this film to gain interest with the history
of the Philippine Revolution as this movie brings all those historical
characters to life, from Apolinario Mabini to Gregorio del Pilar. It is
up to their teachers to guide them in those contentious issues,
especially the events involving the iconic revered hero, Andres
Bonifacio. This is a movie that will serve its purpose when it is
watched critically and discussed afterwards.
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, Allan Paule
, Allen Dizon
, Alvin Anson
, Archie Adamos
, Baron Geisler
, Bayani Agbayani
, Cesar Montano
, Christopher De Leon
, Crispin Pineda
, Cristine Reyes
, Dennis Padilla
, Emilio Garcia
, Jorge Estregan
, Nora Aunor
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