Bernardo

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Bernardo as former Japayuki Female Impersonator/
Landlady in TONG TATLONG TATAY KONG PAKITONG-KITONG
EfrenJarlego, Director

SPRIKITIK, WALASTIK KUNG PUMITIK
as Uptight Boss
EfrenJarlego, Director

TAR-SONS
as Finishing School Expert
EfrenJarlego, director

HONEY, MY SWEET, MY LOVE
as Pugnacious Beautician Uncle
Boots Plata, Director

BIYAGRA BROTHERS
as Haughty Ambulance Chaser
Paquito Diaz, Director

BITAG
as Ruthless Drug Lord
Dante Javier, Director

FATHER & SON
as Film Director Capatas
Rodolfo V. Quizon (Dolphy), Director

HOME ALONG DA RILES, PART 1
as Steve Carpio, Office Manager
EfrenJarlego, Director

HOME ALONG DA RILES, PART 2
as Steve Carpio, Office Manager
EfrenJarlego, Director

ABANDONADO
as Gay Rebel
ErastheoNavoa, Director

PABLING
as Ditzy Coutourier
Ishmael Bernal, Director

BLUE JEANS
as MassCom Professor
Joey Gosiengfiao, Director

DEATH MACHINE
as Undercover Investigator
Cirio H. Santiago, Director

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Bernardo as the finicky landlord Ernie is convinced that "the way to a man’s heart
is through his stomach," however, iconic action star Fernando Poe, Jr as the undercover cop
Berting remains unconvinced. A scene from FPJ’s hit action film 
ISANG BALA KA LANG Part II, directed by Ronwaldo Reyes (FPJ’s pseudonym)
with script by komiks legend PABLO S. GOMEZ.

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Bernardo was awarded Urian Best Actor for his portrayal of Manay Sharon, film director Ishmael Bernal’s alter ego, in the critically acclaimed MANILA BY NIGHT. Bernardo was Mastroianni to Bernal’s Fellini.

REVIEWS OF MANILA BY NIGHT:

"When you consider the greatest male performances in Philippine cinema, the following names should come to mind: LeopoldoSalcedo in Gerry de Leon and Manuel Silos opuses; Christopher de Leon in Tinimbang Ka NgunitKulang and Rafael “Bembol” Roco Jr. in Maynila: Sa MgaKuko Ng Liwanag; Vic Silayan as the monster father in Kisapmata; and even Fernando Poe Jr. at his laconic best as the patriarch in Eddie Romero’s Agila. All of them, macho portrayals, and all of them striving to be portraits of the Filipino Everyman.

"That list would be woefully inadequate if it doesn’t include the finest, roundest, deepest interpretation of the Filipino Everyman – that just happens to be through the character of a screaming faggot of a couturier. Bernardo Bernardo in the performance of two lifetimes as Manay Sharon in director Ishmael Bernal’s masterpiece Manila By Night.

"With the long-overdue DVD release (Regal Films Platinum Series) of the 1980 film (originally released in Philippine theaters in a martial-law version called City After Dark), today’s audiences can finally see what caused all the fuss a quarter century ago and still be shocked by its freshness and its potency.

"They can also get to appreciate Bernardo’s many-hued, delicately-limned performance which won him the highly-regarded Urian (the Philippine national critic’s association) Award for Best Actor…. But now, fans in both sides of the world can savor the essential “BB” in Manila By Night – up there as the best performance by an actor in Philippine cinema, bar none, in the past 25 years."

-Raffy Reyes
"Bernardo Bernardo: ACTOR’S ACTOR"
PHILIPINE NEWS, (November 2005)

"ISHMAEL BERNAL’S MANILA BY NIGHT is the most shocking, the most daring, and the most mind-boggling Filipino film I’ve ever seen…It is Bernardo Bernardo who easily stands out, lending conviction to his role as the gay designer and delivering an unforgettably trenchant performance filled with much vitality and passion."

-Mario Bautista 
MANUNURI NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO
The URIAN Anthology 1980-1989
Edited and Introduced by Nicanor G. Tiongson
Published by Antonio P. Tuviera
Manila (2001)

"The Urian Awards in 1980 honored a non-traditional actor for portraying a role that was unconventional. The country’s most prestigious acting award-giving body then – the elite Manila film critics’ circle – saw the masterful performance of an Actor’s Actor who stood out in a league that was mainly peopled by glamour talents.

"Bernardo, after Urian, formally entered the league of the country’s best actors —Christopher de Leon, Phillip Salvador, Eddie Garcia among a few of them. To that distinction he adds the many other facets that not all of these actors have: a brilliant presence in dance, even musicals; theater acting; and directing for stage and television."

-BayaniSantos,Jr
"BERNARDO: ACTOR’S ACTOR," Cover Story
MANILAOUT (August 1999)
"An Actor’s director, Bernal has succeeded in drawing the best from his actors… (Bernal) has discreetly refrained from creating characters with homosexual sensibility… the gay character of Bernardo Bernardo in City After Dark (Manila By Night) is something else. He is a multi-dimensional human being with a misleading feminine exterior but tough, masculine sensibility."

-Mario A. Hernando
MANUNURI NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO
The URIAN Anthology 1980-1989
Edited and Introduced by Nicanor G. Tiongson
Published by Antonio P. Tuviera
Manila (2001)

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Bernardo as tranny-Mafia head Maria with Emiko Muzuno as Mara in the Japanese magic reality film CHATEAU DE ROSES
Bernardo as FILM ACTOR:
MANILA BY NIGHT, aka City After Dark as Manay, a jaded gay coutourier; Ishmael Bernal, Director Best Actor, Urian Awards
CHATEAU DE ROSES (Japanese Production) as blind Madame, 90 year old leader of tranny Mafia; Hideki Yamasaki, Director
LAURE, aka Forever Emmanuelle (French-Italian Film) as Artemio, a lecherous gigolo; Emmanuelle Arsan, Director
INGRATA, aka BEA SA AMERIKA as Hermie, protective brother of Bea (Nora Aunor); Bernardo Bernardo, co-director
SINTA!, Musical (Fantasticks in Tagalog) as Matanglawin, Abduction Specialist (El Gallo); Dindo Angeles, Director
FATAL VACATION (Hongkong Film) as Aaron, a Rebel Leader; Eric Tsang, Director
MAGKASANGGA 2000 as a Reluctant Alien Fighter; Phillip Koh, Director
KAPITAN KULAS as General Malvar; LambertoAvellana, Director
LORELEI as Scheming Rich Suitor; Danilo H. Santiago, Director
PARU-PARONG BUKING as Rich Bitch; ErastheoNavoa, Director
ISANG BALA KA LANG, Part 2 as a Cowardly Landlord; Fernando Poe, Jr, Director
PISAY as Game Show Host, directed by AuraeusSolito
BROWN SOUP THING as Uncle Bernardo, directed by Edward J. Mallillin
CARNIVAL SONG as Thieving Lover; Cirio H. Santiago, Director

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Bernardo and Nora Aunor appeared as siblings in INGRATA, a film written by Bernardo
loosely based on the life of his sister in America. In the 1980 Urian Awards, both Bernardo 
and Aunor were awarded the coveted Urian Trophy for Best Actor
and Best actress, respectively. Both actors essayed trenchant
performances in two landmark films in Philipine Cinema: Bernardo 
as Manay in Ishmael Bernal’s "Manila by Night," 
and Aunor in the title role of "Bona" in LinoBrocka’s film.

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Bernardo wrote the script, co-directed and co-stars with NORA AUNOR in "INGRATA," a digital film produced by Demo Productions on the life of a downtrodden immigrant in the ghettoes of Los Angeles.

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