Ploning, The Movie

Ploning is movie slated for Summer 2008. It is set in Cuyo, Palawan.

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Ms. Judy Ann Santos plays the role of Ploning. The movie tells of the "story of one woman's promise, her hope and love from the point of view of a young boy."

Here is a part of the Cuyonon folksong Ploning, as sung by a Joey, a Cuyunon who recently "aligned (herself) with (her) Cuyunon ethnicity and went back to (her) dear ol province which is Palawan, Philippines."

It's a beautifully soothing and tranquil song. I can almost imagine whoever composed this was staring at the sea while writing this.


I've added the chords for you (got the lyrics from Joey):

C C# C/G
Ploning, nga labing maleban (Ploning, who's very kind)
Dm G
ang guegma mo, Ploning (your love, Ploning)
C - C7
nga ing kandaduan (which have been locked in)
lisensya ko Ploning (may I ask, Ploning)
Em Am
kung sarang tugutan (if you would allow)
Dm G
mapamasyar ako (I'd like to take a vacation)
C [then strum G7 if you want to repeat the song]
sa marayeng lugar (in a far place).

(The language sounds Bisaya, although the letter "e" in the word "marayeng" sounds like Ilocano.)

First-time Director Dante Nico Garcia has more Ploning lyrics in his Friendster site.

I'm looking forward to watching Ploning: The Movie (an indie film by Panoramanila Pictures Co.), not because I'm a fan of Juday (or Meryl Soriano or Iza Calzado), but because I'm intrigued by and drawn to the wonderful photography that reveals the beauty of Palawan:


Who knows? When I go visit Palawan, I might even get to meet the Timbancaya sisters of Cuyo Island:


Check out mMaTinLo and dantenicogarcia in YouTube and learn more about Palawan and the Cuyunons. :-)

[ First posted on 03/06/2008 by Manuel Viloria ]

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