To realize any dream, belief and desire are just the starting points. Courage, connection, determination, expertise, passion, and timing are also essential elements needed to bring a it to fruition.

These factors and more are eloquently depicted in Jenny Pearl Ninalga’s first commercial film, “When the World Met Miss Probinsyana.”

“Miss Probinsyana” unfolds as a heartfelt drama, chronicling the courageous journey of Marge, brought to life by actress Rhian Ramos, a resolute young woman from the province, alongside her supportive partner Wil, portrayed by actor Sid Lucero, a seafarer turned web developer. Together, they navigate the trials and triumphs of entrepreneurship, love, and personal growth in the face of adversity.

Drawing from her personal experiences as the daughter of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), Marge embarks on a transformative mission to enact change in her province. Set against the backdrop of a swiftly evolving digital landscape, the film delves into Marge’s pursuit of empowering her fellow Filipinos through Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

With unwavering determination, Marge established her own Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in the province, challenging the notion that success is exclusive to urban hubs. As her venture flourishes, she becomes a beacon of hope for her community, demonstrating that meaningful employment and career opportunities can thrive beyond metropolitan boundaries.

Marge’s narrative intertwines with parallel stories of Sarah (Kristel Luistro), a young girl yearning for education and a brighter future, and Jade (Kristine Abbey), a reluctant daughter pressured to follow a predetermined path. Together, they symbolize the struggles and aspirations inherent in their respective journeys.

Amidst financial setbacks, self-doubt, and the stigma associated with female entrepreneurship, Marge encounters various obstacles. Yet, with steadfast determination and the unwavering support of her loved ones, she perseveres and ultimately triumphs, underscoring the resilience and tenacity that can overcome even the most formidable challenges.

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Director Jenny Pearl Bautista-Ninalga describes “Miss Probinsyana” as more than just a film; it’s a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Filipina women and a testament to the transformative power of education, technology, and community empowerment. Through Marge’s inspiring journey, audiences are encouraged to reflect on the significance of equal opportunities, women’s empowerment, and the transformative impact of education and innovation in shaping a brighter future for all.

The real-life inspiration behind the film, Miss Marjorie Aviso, reflects: “It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles, especially when pursuing dreams against all odds. But seeing my life portrayed on screen offers a profound perspective. I’ve learned to appreciate that everything happens for a reason, and that even the most ordinary stories can make a difference in the world. I’m immensely grateful to Direk JP, the cast, and crew for bringing this masterpiece to life.”

The artistic and production team behind “Miss Probinsyana” includes screenplay writers Eligio Ninalga Jr. and JP Ninalga, Director of Photography Logie Ninalga, Executive Producers Marjorie Aviso and Lyn Baynosa, and Production by Impact Media Convergence Inc. Presented by Global Impact Productions Inc., with music by Jonaf Del Fierro and M2arje.

Lead stars include Kapuso actress Rhian Ramos and award-winning actor Sid Lucero, with Lance Raymundo, James Marco, Joshua Zamora, Camille Rose, Jyra De Guzman, Kristine Abbey, Kristal Luistro, Ayah Sarmiento, Rowie Cardona, Drago Cruz Munoz, Mabel Reyes, Janina Lorelei, Julien Antonuccio, Sarah Ansari, Stephan Anderson, Aaron Hewson, and Hamsa Omar completing the cast.

The film, rated Triple F Gold Standard by the F-Rated Organization, will have a special screening on March 6th at the historic Metropolitan Theater as part of the International Women’s Month celebration. Nationwide public screenings are scheduled for late April 2024.

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