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Theatrical Poster
Directed by Dante Nico Garcia
Produced by Jourdan Sebastian
Guia Gonzales
Written by Benjamin Lingan
Dante Nico Garcia
Starring Judy Ann Santos
Cedric Amit
Mylene Dizon
Bodjong Fernandez
Gina Pareño
Eugene Domingo
Narrated by Tessie Tomas
Distributed by Panoramanila Philippines Co. (film)
GMA Records and Home Video (DVD and VCD)
Release dates
  • April 30, 2008 (2008-04-30)
Country Philippines
Language Cuyonon

Ploning is a 2008 Philippine romantic family drama film based on a popular Cuyonon song of the same title about a girl's hidden feelings in a man's point of view. It starred veteran actress Judy Ann Santos and was directed by Dante Nico Garcia, who won a directing award in Singapore through the film. The filming was done in the municipality of Cuyo in Palawan, which is, incidentally, the director's hometown. The film is the official entry of the Philippines for Best Foreign Language Film of the 81st Academy Awards.


The story of Ploning begins when a mysterious Taiwanese fisherman, Muo Sei, lands in the otherwise sleepytown of Cuyo, Palawan. When he arrives, he immediately looks for someone named "Ploning". In the town, Ploning is known as a hardworking and thoughtful woman who, despite her age and beauty, decided not to marry. It is later revealed that she had once loved a man named Tomas fourteen years ago. This man, however, left her for a better career in Manila and she was left heartbroken, waiting for him to return.[1][2]

Despite this setback, life still goes on for Ploning. She continued her roles as a dutiful daughter to the town patriarch Susing, a committed supporter to the grieving Intang, an honorary sister to her extended family, Nieves and Toting, a wise ally to simpleton Alma, a supporter to the broken-hearted Siloy, and a co-mother to the half-paralyzed Juaning. She was so successful in caring for the town that no one seemed to notice the absence of rain.[1][2]

One day, she decides to care for a boy name Digo, son of the bed-ridden Juaning and brother to the strict Veiling. Throughout their lifetime, their lives together would be perfect as Ploning seems to have forgotten about Tomas. This, however, is shattered when she suddenly decides to leave to look for Tomas in Manila. Digo, overcome by grief, seeks help in the town guest, the nurse Celeste, who, coincidentally, also had a lover named Tomas back in her hometown, Manila. Due to her deep devotion, Ploning rejects the notion that this Tomas and her Tomas is the same person and continues to plan to leave. On the day of the town fiesta, rain finally arrives, and with this celebration comes Ploning's disappearance while a secret finally emerges. That secret is that Mou Sei is the small child called Digo.[1][2]


An aerial view of the Cuyo archipelago.

The filming of Ploning was entirely done on the municipality of Cuyo in Palawan. It was directed by Dante Nico Garcia, who incidentally, is a native of the town. According to him, the film is based on his childhood memories of the town. When he wrote the screenplay for the film with Benjamin Lingan, he decided to use his native tongue, Cuyonon.[3] He had stated that the inspiration for the character Judy Ann Santos played in the film is based on a Cuyonon folk song about a girl's hidden feelings, originally sung by a male but was first recorded by a female. This led him to think of a story of a woman singing the song while remembering her lover.[4]

Shooting of the film was done in various locales of the town. This includes the pier, the waiting place of Ploning; and Intigan beach. The basketball court, meanwhile, provided for a setting for the first meeting between Digo and Celeste, while Emilod was the location for the esposada (bridal shower), which took three nights to shoot. A cemetery was purposely built for the film and the locals decided to preserve it as a tourist attraction.[3] The film was produced by Panoramamanila Pictures Co.,[5] which, despite its fledgeling status, tried its best to authenticate the production of the film. Cashew nut brittle, the town's delicacy, as well as the harvesting of salt in an asinan was showcased in the film. Cuyo's Pagdayao Festival, an Ati-atihan-like celebration usually celebrated on August 27, was also featured as the town fiesta.[3]


The cast of Ploning is played by veteran actors as well as newcomers to show business.[3] Veteran actress Judy Ann Santos got the title role. Compared to her other roles, which are very dramatic (particularly that of Mara in Mara Clara),[6] her character in the film is seen as mellow and reserved. Numerous comediannes are also cast in the film, such as Gina Pareño (as Intang), Eugene Domingo (as Juaning), Ces Quesada (as Nieves), and Tessie Tomas (as Seling), whose dramatic performances seems weird in contrast to Santos'. The role of Celeste is supposed to have been given to Iza Calzado but Mylene Dizon took the role instead when scheduling conflicts between the film and Joaquin Bordado were not resolved.[3][7] Other cast members include newcomers Lukas Agustin (as Siloy), Ogoy Agustin (as Veiling), Cedric Amit (as Digo), and Bodjong Fernandez (as Mou Sei) as well as established actors Ketchup Eusebio (as Badocdoc), Ronnie Lazaro (as Old Veiling), Jojit Lorenzo (as Basit), Tony Mabesa (as Susing), Spanky Manikan (as Tsuy), Crispin Piñeda (as Toting), Meryl Soriano (as Alma), Beth Tamayo (as Divina), and Joel Torre (as Mayor Siloy).[2]


The inspiration for the film came from the folk song "Ploning."[4] A fragment is shown below:[8]

Cuyonon Filipino English

Ploning, nga labing maleban
Ang guegma mo Ploning
Nga ing kandaduan
Lisensia ko Ploning
Kung sarang tugutan
Mapamasyar ako
Sa marayeng lugar

Ploning, puro kabutihan
Ang irog mo Ploning
Na 'yong kandaduhan
Pasensya na Ploning
Kung iyong payagan
Mamamasyal ako
Sa malayong lugar

Ploning, full of goodness
Your love, Ploning
Which you have locked in
Pardon, Ploning
If you would allow
I'd like to take a break
In a faraway place


Ploning premiered in limited release from April 30 to May 6, 2008 with Filipino subtitles in the Philippines before going to wider release and subsequent worldwide screenings with English subtitles.[9] The film was shown during the 6th Paris Cinema International Film Festival on July 5, 2008, as part of a showcase which featured Filipino films such as Himala and Kubrador.[10] It was then seen in the Hong Kong Asian Independent Film Festival on November 16 and 21 and the 39th International Film Festival of India on November 28 and 30, 2008.[11][12] Before 2008 ended, Ploning premiered at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore on December 9, where it received a Best Director award and a Best Screenplay/Script nomination.[13]

In the United States, Ploning was shown during the 20th Palm Springs International Film Festival held in Palm Springs, California on January 12 and 13, 2009, with lead star Judy Ann Santos and director Dante Nico Garcia in attendance.[14] It was part of the For Your Consideration program at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in Rafael, California, where it was screened on January 18, 2009 with director Garcia in attendance.[15] It was then seen at the 10th Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach, California on April 26, 2009.[16]

DVDs and VCDs of the film were released during the Christmas season by GMA Records and Home Video.[17] These contain the film as well as bonus features such as the trailer and behind the scenes productions. There are Tagalog/Filipino subtitles but no English subtitles.


The Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB) graded Ploning with an "A" evaluation, entitling it to a 100% tax rebate on its earnings.[9] Meanwhile, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) gave it a "General Patronage" rating. After it was officially selected for the Academy Awards, it was reported that the Philippine government had given one million pesos (twenty thousand US dollars) in support of the film.[18] Various celebrities were also noted to have supported the film.[19][20] The film gained critical praise after Dante Nico Garcia won the Best Director award while he and Benjamin Lingan were nominated for the Best Screenplay award during the Asian Festival of First Film Awards in Singapore.[21][22]

Judy Ann Santos, the film's star, was involved in a minor controversy when her home network, ABS-CBN, refused to promote Ploning and instead chose to promote the film When Love Begins.[23] This led to disputes between her manager, Alfie Lorenzo, and the network though both parties have since reconciled.[24] On August 2008, she returned to Cuyo to grace the screenings and was awarded as the town's "adopted daughter."[21]

Ploning's road to the Oscars ended when the Top 9 shortlisted entries (later narrowed to the Final 5) for the Best Foreign Language Film category was announced but the team behind Ploning remained positive and appreciative of the experience. [25] On January 18, 2009, ABS-CBN aired the primetime television special Pangarap ni Ploning (Dream of Ploning), which chronicled the fundraising events mounted to finance the lobbying efforts for the film's Oscar bid.[26] Then, on February 22, 2009, lead star Judy Ann Santos and director Dante Nico Garcia launched the Ploning Foundation to help future filmmakers raise funds for the promotion of the chosen Philippine entry similar to what they did for Ploning.[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Asian Festival of First Film Awards (Singapore)[21]
    Best Director: Dante Nico Garcia — Win
    Best Screenplay/Script: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan — Nominees
  • 7th Gawad Tanglaw [29]
    Best Film — Win
    Best Director: Dante Nico Garcia — Win
    Best Actress: Judy Ann Santos — Win
    Best Screenplay: — Win
    Best Story: — Win
    Best Cinematography — Win
    Best Editing — Win
  • 6th ENPRESS Golden Screen Awards [30]
    Best Motion Picture—Drama
    Best Direction: Dante Nico Garcia
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role—Drama: Judy Ann Santos
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role—Drama, Musical or Comedy: Mylene Dizon
    Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Cedric Amit, Bojong Fernandez
    Best Original Screenplay: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan
    Best Cinematography: Charlie Peralta
    Best Editing: Danny Añonuevo — Win [31]
    Best Production Design: Raymund George Fernandez
    Best Sound: Mike Idioma — Win [31]
    Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten
  • 11th Gawad Pasado Awards [32]
    Pinakapasadong Pelikula (Best Film) — Win [33]
    Pinakapasadong Direktor (Best Director): Dante Nico Garcia — Win [33]
    Pinakapasadong Aktres (Best Actress): Judy Ann Santos — Win [33]
    Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres (Best Supporting Actress): Ces Quesada
    Pinakapasadong Katuwang na Aktres (Best Supporting Actress): Mylene Dizon
    Pinakapasadong Dulang Pampelikula (Best Screenplay): Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan — Win [33]
    Pinakapasadong Istorya (Best Story): Dante Nico Garcia
    Pinakapasadong Sinematograpiya (Best Cinematography): Charlie Peralta — Win [33]
    Pinakapasadong Editing (Best Editing): Danny Anonuevo
    Pinakapasadong Musika (Best Musical Score): Jessie Lasaten
    Pinakapasadong Tunog (Best Sound): Albert Michael Idioma
    Pinakapasadong Pelikula sa Pag-gamit ng Wika — Win [34]
  • 25th PMPC Star Awards for Movies [35]
    Movie of the Year
    Movie Director of the Year: Dante Nico Garcia
    New Movie Actor of the Year: Bojong Fernandez
    Original Movie Screenplay of the Year: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan
    Movie Cinematographer of the Year: Charlie S. Peralta
    Movie Editor of the Year: Danny Añonuevo
    Movie Production Designer of the Year: Raymund Jorge Fernandez
    Movie Musical Scorer of the Year: Jessie Lasaten — Win [36]
    Movie Sound Engineer of the Year: Mike Idioma
  • 32nd Gawad Urian Awards [37]
    Best Actress: Judy Ann Santos
    Best Cinematography: Charlie S. Peralta
    Best Editing: Danny Añonuevo
    Best Production Design: Raymund Jorge Fernandez
    Best Music: Jessie Lasaten
    Best Sound: Mike Idioma
  • 57th FAMAS Awards [38]
    Best Picture
    Best Director: Dante Nico Garcia
    Best Actress: Judy Ann Santos
    Best Supporting Actor: Boyong Fernandez
    Best Supporting Actress: Gina Pareño
    Best Story: Dante Nico Garcia
    Best Screenplay: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan
    Best Cinematography: Charlie S. Peralta
    Best Art Direction: Raymond Fernandez
    Best Musical Score: Jesse Lasaten Win
    Best Sound: Albert Michael Idioma
    Best Editing: Danilo Añonuevo
    Best Visual Effects: Optima Digital Win
  • 3rd Gawad GENIO Awards
    Best Film
    Best Film Director: Dante Nico Garcia
    Best Film Actress: Judy Ann Santos
    Best Film Cinematographer: Charlie S. Peralta
    Best Film Editor: Danilo Añonuevo
    Best Film Musical Scorer: Jesse Lasaten Win
    Best Film Screenwriter: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan
    Best Film Sound Engineer: Albert Michael Idioma
    Best Film Story: Dante Nico Garcia
    Best Film Visual Effects: Optima Digital
  • 27th FAP Luna Awards [39] all nominations; winners have yet to be awarded
    Best Picture
    Best Actress: Judy Ann Santos
    Best Screenplay: Dante Nico Garcia & Benjamin Lingan
    Best Cinematography: Charlie S. Peralta
    Best Production Design: Raymond George Fernandez
    Best Musical Scoring: Jesse Lasaten
    Best Sound: Albert Michael Idioma


The soundtrack used composes only of Cuyonon folk songs arranged and performed by the musical group SINIKA.

  1. "Esmeralda"
  2. "Pondo, Pondo"
  3. "Konsomisyon"
  4. "Ploning"

Media Release[edit]

The series was released onto DVD-format and VCD-format by GMA Records. The DVD contained the movie the full-length trailer of the movie. The DVD/VCD was released in 2008.


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