BERNARDO BERNARDO received the LAFACE 2012 Filipino-American Heritage Achievement Award for Entertainment, along with Certificates of Recognition from the State of California, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Los Angeles for "outstanding contributions to the Filipino-American community through Music and Entertainment."
For the first time ever this national award was given to 20 recipients from diverse fields selected from nominations received from all over the United States.This national recognition honors Filipino Americans who, in the estimation of the Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees (LAFACE), "helped shape the last 425 years of Fil-Ams in United States."
Previously, Bernardo was awarded the L.A. WEEKLY THEATER AWARD for Best Direction 2012 for THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO/ANG ROMANSA NI MAGNO RUBIO (See photo below). The two plays ran in repertory at Inside the Ford Theatre, from November 4 through December 11, 2011. Based on Lonnie Carter’s play with translation and direction by BERNARDO BERNARDO– inspired by Carlos Bulosan’s short story on the trials and triumphs of the Filipino Spirit in the Migrant Fields of 1930′s California.
BERNARDO BERNARDO received the 2005 FILIPINAS MAGAZINE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (For Entertainment). Citing Bernardo as "an actor par excellence," the nationally-circulated US monthly glossy gave the prestigious award to Bernardo as one of the top ten Filipino Achievers of the Year, in "recognition of the accomplishments of the advocates, role models, and movers and shakers in the Filipino-American community."
Previous Fil-Am Awardees for Entertainment include actors Lou Diamond Phillips , Tia Carrere, and Rob Schneider; film director Gene Cajayon and scriptwriter John Manal Castro ("The Debut"); David Maquiling ("Too Much Sleep"), the only Fil-Am in the Directors Guild of America; Hollywood producer Dean Devlin ("Independence Day," "The Patriot," and "Stargate"); and singer Jocelyn Enriquez.
During the 24th Philippine-American Exposition 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Bernardo was given the TRI-MEDIA AWARD for outstanding accomplishments and invaluable contributions to the Filipino-American community in the field of the performing arts.
Bernardo was also named one of the five distinguished recipients of the 2006 THOMASIANS USA NOBILITY AWARD, given to outstanding alumni of the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas for their"outstanding achievements and contributions in their field of specialization and in the service of society."
As a triple treat HOST, SINGER and STAND-UP COMEDIAN, Bernardo continues to wow audiences in a series of concerts in Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Juneau, Las Vegas and New York. His wit and wicked repartee sends up the wackier quirks of Pinoy Ghetto Glam USA. For his tongue-in-cheek efforts, he received the GAWAD PARANGAL 2005 BEST STAND-UP COMEDIAN AWARD in Sacramento; and the 2004 BEST ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD in the Via Times Hall of Fame Awards in Chicago.
The First Annual IMAGE AWARDS chose BERNARDO to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in Theater on January 4, 2013 at the famed Hollywood landmark Florentine Gardens.
The IMAGE AWARDS honors the Legends, Icons, Leaders and Luminaries of the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles. The organizers announced that Bernardo was unanimously chosen by the Selection Committee as a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award as a veritable "LEGEND" in the Performing Arts for the last 30 years.
In Manila, Bernardo was an URIAN BEST ACTOR Awardee for Ishmael Bernal’s much-acclaimed film "MANILA BY NIGHT." Also known as "CITY AFTER DARK," Bernal’s seminal film was chosen by the elite Manunuri (the Philippines’ National Society of Film Critics) as one of the 10 Best Films in the last 25 years in Philippine Cinema.
Bernardo has an M.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara; he was also a recipient of various scholarships from the Inner City Cultural Center of Los Angeles, the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco (Summer Workshop) and the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art under a British Council grant.
Bernardo graduated from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas where he received the degree of Bachelor of Literature in Journalism from the Faculty of Arts and Letters.
He was Editor-in Chief of the University paper, THE VARSITARIAN. He is also a graduate of the historic Manila High School in Intramuros, alma mater of distinguished statesmen such as Carlos P. Romulo (Pulitzer Prize winner and Ambassador Extraordinaire) and former Presidents of the Philippine Republic: Jose P. Laurel, Manuel A. Roxas and ElpidioQuirino.
ONSTAGE, Bernardo has essayed lead roles under the direction of renowned directors such as Tony Petito (Singapore Starz, The King and I), Chris Smith (The Magic Theatre, The Last of the Suns), Loy Arcenas (Aurora Berkeley Theatre,China Calls; Victory Gardens Theatre, The Romance of Magno Rubio), Peter DuBois (New York’s Public Theatre and Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre,The Long Season), PJ Papparelli (PT, Voyage), and Brooks Jones (Tanghalang Pilipino, The Balcony; EarthSavers,The Little Prince).
Bernardo appeared in acclaimed productions directed by Tanghalang Pilipino (National Theater) Artistic Director Nonon Padilla, BulwagangGantimpala’s Joel Lamangan, Musical Theater Philippines’ Nestor Torre, UP Theatre’s Tony Mabesa, Babaylan’s Anton Juan, AnakTibawan’s Jonas Sebastian, Philippine Educational Theater Association founder Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and PETA stalwart Nick Lizaso.
Apart from filmwork with National Artist Ishmael Bernal, Bernardo also did outstanding work with other Philippine National Artists such as LambertoAvellana of Barangay Theater Guild, Rolando Tinio of Teatro Pilipino, playwright Nick Joaquin and Haraya awardee Zeneida Amador of Repertory Philippines.
As a STAGE ACTOR, Bernardo and the cast of "VOYAGE" were featured on the front cover of AMERICAN THEATRE magazine (Cover Story —“FRONTIER DREAMS, The Alaskeros Tell Their Stories,” July/August Issue 2005. Bernardo appeared as lead in two successive Perseverance Theatre productions: as the despicable cannery foreman Conrado, in PT’s world premiere musical, "THE LONG SEASON"; and as Ben Cantil, the nostalgic Merchant Marine in its companion piece, "VOYAGE"– a play based on the lives of four generations of Filipino immigrants in Alaska,
In photo above,PAOLO MONTALBAN as Allos confronts BERNARDO (Conrado, the conflicted, despicable cannery foreman in THE LONG SEASON.Directed by Peter Dubois, Artistic Producer of New York’s Joseph Papp PUBLIC THEATER, script by Chay Yew, with music by Fabian Obispo.
Bernardo was Prudencio in the Midwest premiere of the award-winning play "THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO" at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. The outstanding production reaped standing ovations and garnered rave reviews. Out of more than 140 plays in Chicago, "MAGNO RUBIO" was chosen by the JEFF Awards (Chicago’s Tony’s) as one of the top five and was nominated for Best Production and Best Acting Ensemble. For Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s 2007 restaging of the Obie award-winning play at The Culture Project Theatre in New York, as part of the 1st National Asian American Theatre Festival, Bernardo reprised the role of Prudencio.
OFFSCREEN and offstage, Bernardo is the President and Artistic Director of STUDIO CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL, a media and performance outfit with a core group that has more than 40 years of combined experience and expertise in production, talent development, events and marketing.
He was a former Board Member of the Filipino American Library, and is currently actively involved with Historic Filipinotown Rotary of Los Angeles, FASGI, Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, FilAmArts, Asia Pacific Aids Intervention Team and the Filipina Women’s Network.
Bernardo is a contractual Tagalog interpreter (simultaneous/consecutive) for the U.S. Department of State and, recently, a Tagalog Language and Cultural Instructor at the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, Washington DC.
Bernardo also taught Intermediate and Advanced Tagalog at the University of San Francisco and at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of the American Translators Association (ATA) and the American Council for theTeaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Bernardo conducted Musical Theatre workshops at the Westlake School for the Performing Arts. Previously, Bernardo was a Speech and Drama instructor at the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University; a Human Resource Consultant/Trainer for Mercuri International in Singapore; Artistic Project Manager for Haw Par Villa Theme Park, Singapore; and, Acting for the Camera teacher at John Robert Powers, Makati.
He was also a teacher in Acting and Hosting Workshops for ABS-CBN Channel 2 and TFC, The Filipino Channel; Acting for Singers coach for Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM); and a mentor of spiritual studies at the Institute of Inner Studies (Pranic Healing and Meditation) under the tutelage of Grand Master ChoaKok Sui.
Of late, he has been very actively involved with the relief projects of the Artesia Sunrise Lodge No.377 in California where he was recently raised as a Master Mason.