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Ploning, is a story of one mans search for the enigmatic woman who has deeply wounded him in the past. Having grown up in an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel, Rodrigo (30 years old) returns... See full synopsis »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Ann Santos ... Ploning
Gina Pareño ... Intang
Mylene Dizon ... Celeste
Meryll Soriano ... Alma
Ces Quesada ... Nieves
Tony Mabesa ... Susing
Crispin Pineda ... Toting
Eugene Domingo ... Juaning
Tessie Tomas ... Seling / Old Celeste
Ketchup Eusebio ... Badocdoc
Ronnie Lazaro ... Old Veling
Joel Torre ... Old Siloy
Beth Tamayo Beth Tamayo ... Divina
Jojit Lorenzo ... Basit
Spanky Manikan ... Tsuy


Ploning, is a story of one mans search for the enigmatic woman who has deeply wounded him in the past. Having grown up in an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel, Rodrigo (30 years old) returns to the beautiful island of Cuyo and is given from sunrise to sunset to look for his Ploning. In his search, he discovers that the woman he loved and adored as a boy is not the woman he thought he knew. Ploning has displayed her maternal love for Digo ( the 6-year old Rodrigo) but is shrouded in her mysterious love and devotion for Tomas, her childhood sweetheart who left her when she was 16. This 30-year-old spinster who has held a special place amongst the people as a dutiful daughter, a devoted friend, a caring sister and a loving maternal figure is slowly unveiled through Rodrigos memory and an emotional meeting with Plonings confidante, Seling. Through his search, Ploning will be revealed as the islands most bittersweet source of selfless love.

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Pag-ibig (Love). Paghinhintay (Waiting). Pag-asa (Hope).


Drama | Romance



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Tagalog | Filipino

Release Date:

30 April 2008 (Philippines) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuyo, Palawan, Philippines


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Ploning (2008) is the Philippine's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2009 Academy Awards. A special FAP (Film Academy of the Philippines) committee, headed by National Artist for Film Eddie Romero, voted Ploning (2008) over Caregiver (2008), three votes to two. The two movies were part of a six-film shortlist that included the Cinemalaya festival winner Tribu (2007) and Endo (2007). Committee members included Jose N. Carreon, secretary of the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association; Johnny Delgado, chairman of the Actors' Workshop Foundation; Pablo S. Gomez, president of the Screenwriters' Guild of the Philippines; and Manny Morfe, president of the Productions Designers Guild of the Philippines. See more »

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Ploning is unconventional
20 September 2009 | by apled2001See all my reviews

I have been so hesitant to watch Filipino movies because they are very predictable but Ploning is different. Its brilliant and certainly a masterpiece for me. The story depends on the characters not the plot. Its back and forth of the scenes make it really exciting. The cinematography is excellent, a new beginning for Philippine movie industry which changes the style and mood from the conventional way of movie making to a more advance story telling. I am so amazed how those characters carry themselves in a way that you will understand what they feel and what they really want. Ploning (brittle) is instrumental for Digo to find his past. everything is surrounded by stories to which everyone should at least remember not to forget. Simple things make sense. I give a two thumbs up to the designers and scouts who really did their homework to make the movie realistic . The panoramic view of the place adds excitement and calmness to which everyone feels every angles of the camera works. Its a story of love, sadness and hope. I love it!

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