Running Time: 106 min.
Release Date: August 22, 2008 (limited)
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Cast: Judy Ann Santos, Gina Pareno, Mylene Dizon, Meryl Soriano, Ces Quesada, Tony Mabesa
On the picturesque island of Cuyo, Palawan, an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel, docks carrying a fisherman named Muo Sei, a man looking for something or someone with the name Ploning. He has from sunrise to sundown to look for this "Ploning".
In his search, Ploning is revealed to be the island's town belle of the year 1982. A dutiful daughter to patriarch Susing, a committed supporter to grieving Intang, an honorary sister to extended family Nieves and Toting a wise ally to simpleton Alma, a supporter to broken-hearted Siloy and a co-mother to half-paralyzed Juaning. A woman so important that the town barely notices the absence of rain because of her presence in their lives.
Despite her renowned beauty, everyone is puzzled why this 30-year-old spinster refuses to get married and still hopefully waits for her beau, Tomas, to come back. Tomas left for Manila when Ploning was 16 years old and there has been no sign of him coming back any time soon. Ploning's silent demeanor adds to the mystery and depth of love that no one seems to understand.. In the center of this, is a 6-year-old boy named Digo who has built his world around the affection and care of Ploning, his foster mother. But his entire world crashes as he learns that Ploning has plans of going to Manila to look for Tomas. Thus, leaving the boy with his bed-ridden mother, Juaning and his strict older brother, Veling. Digo tries everything to stop Ploning from leaving and finds an ally in the town's visitor, the beautiful town nurse, Celeste. Celeste claims to have known and fallen in love with a man named Tomas and tried to follow him in Cuyo to find out if he loved him back. Ploning, with security and so much faith, denies that her Tomas and the man Celeste fell in love with are the same man. On the day of the fiesta, the rain comes and Ploning seems to be missing. Digo's feeling of abandonment leads to a tragedy that grieves the town. But no one was prepared for the secret that Ploning has kept all these years. A secret that exemplifies the selfless love that withstands blood, pain and even time.
Did Ploning choose closure with the man she has been waiting for half her life or the future of young boy whose life is not her own?
Will Muo Sei find his Ploning, accept the love revealed to him or continue to walk in hate?
Dante Nico Garcia
Studio: Panoramanila Pictures
Producer(s): Jourdan Sebastian, Guia Gonzales
Screenplay: Dante Nico Garcia, Benjamin Lingan
Official Site: www.ploningthemovie.com