Judy Ann Santos prays for the box-office success of "Ploning"

Judy Ann Santos says of her month-long European vacation: "Pinag-iipunan ko talaga yun!" She will star in the movie Ploning, which was shot in the picturesque island of Cuyo, Palawan. It will open in cinemas on April 30.


In the year 1982, an unmarried woman captivates the sleepy town of Cuyo, Palawan with her mysterious ways. This is the story of the movie Ploning, which stars Judy Ann Santos as the town belle who waits patiently for her first love Tomas.

In the grand press conference of Ploning held last night, April 16, at Café Ysabel in Greenhills, Judy Ann expressed her feelings about sharing the same playdate as the movie When Love Begins of Star Cinema, the film arm of her mother studio, ABS-CBN.

"Hindi naman ako nagulat," confided Judy Ann to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal). "Pero siyempre as a co-producer, inisip ko that it's part of the business, you know? Negosyo ito. I'm sure they have their own reasons, pero tao lang ako, alam mo yun? Hindi mo maiiwasang hindi magtanong. Pero yung tanong ko, siyempre, hindi ko na pinaabot sa kanila kasi sarili nilang diskarte yun, ‘di ba?

"Ang sa ‘kin lang, parang, this is a very important movie for me. It's a special date and month for me. Pero come to think of it, they have their own reasons, so I'll just let it pass. Magdadasal na lang ako na sana panoorin na lang pareho ng mga tao kasi pareho naman kaming nagtrabaho."

The dramatic actress clarified that she has nothing against the people behind When Love Begins.

"Kami ni Direk Joey [Reyes, director of When Love Begins], just to clear things, we're very okay. He even called Ryan [Agoncillo, her boyfriend] to ask if I'm okay, and I really appreciate that. Walang problema sa ‘min ni Direk Joey. I mean, ano lang, we're just actors and he's the director of the film na katapat namin so nagkataon lang talaga pero other than that, we're very, very okay."

Some say that a company wanted to distribute the movie if they agreed to move the screening date of Ploning. Is this true?

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"Yeah, may mga offers na ganun, pero kasi even before kami nag-start mag-shoot ng pelikula, naka-set na talaga yung date namin," says Judy Ann. "You can even ask the bookers ng mga sinehan. Kumbaga, months ago naka-book na kami ng April 30 kasi alam nga namin na ‘pag nag-book kami ng late, mahihirapan kami. So as early as December nga ata or November nakapagpa-book na kami."

EUROPEAN VACATION. Judy Ann is planning to go to Europe for a month-long vacation with her boyfriend Ryan Agoncillo. What are the countries that she plans to visit?

"Hindi ko pa naiisip pero kasi ang plano ko dun, pagdating ko dun, bahala na si Batman kung sa'n ako pulutin! Ayoko kasi yung trip na ngarag. Kung ano lang yung mapag-tripan sa araw na yun, sa oras na yun, e, di go! Ayoko ng may plano."

Will she be bringing her daughter Yohan? "Hindi pa kasi ‘di pa approved yung papers niya, kaya hindi pa namin siya makuhanan ng passport and everything. Pero ‘pag naayos na yung papers niya, panigurado yun na kasama siya sa mga lakad ko talaga."

She adds: "Treat ko muna ito sa sarili ko kasi ang tagal ko nang nagtatrabaho 'tapos wala naman talaga akong bakasyon na matagalan. Most of the time, pupunta ako sa ibang bansa pero trabaho pa rin. So this is the first time after so many years na pupunta ako sa ibang bansa, pero pleasure lang talaga. Sightseeing lang; walang make-up, walang ganito. Bakasyon lang."

HUMILING KA MAN SA LANGIT. PEP took this opportunity to ask about her upcoming TV series where she is paired with Derek Ramsey.

"Naka-three taping days na kami dito sa Manila, 'tapos three taping days sa San Francisco. Okay naman. It's always a pleasure working with Mark Meily and Andoy Ranay, so masaya yung taping namin. Nakakapanibago lang kasi bago lahat ng kasama ko maliban kay Derek."

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In Humiling Ka Man Sa Langit, Judy Ann plays a nurse. What are the preparations that she did for this role?

"Pinag-workshop nila kami tapos may nurse na naka-standby sa set namin always para sa mga medical terms and proper handling of the patient. ‘Yon din naman yung binilin ko, kasi ang pangit naman kung mapapahiya tayo sa mga viewers natin, specially na mayroon tayong mga viewers na doktor at nurses. Alam nila lahat 'yan, so mas maganda kung yung ipapalabas natin, may matututunan din yung mga tao."

Judy Ann's dramatic movie Ploning will open in theaters nationwide starting April 30. It will also have screenings in Cuyo, Palawan; New York; London; Singapore; and Dubai.


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