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Imbisibol (2015)

Ingrata (2006)

Manila by Night (1980)

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Don Alvaro
ANG LARAWAN
Loy Arcenas, Director
2017

 

Violet
PURGATORYO
Pylon Award Best Picture
Roderick Cabrido, Director
2016

Purgatoryo tells the story of Ilyong, a recently-dead man killed by the police, after he was caught stealing. This is the beginning of his story – his death.

 

Lilit
SINGING IN GRAVEYARDS
Bradley Liew, Director
2016

 


WHISTLEBLOWER

Adolfo Alix, Jr., Director
2016

 

Lalake / Tikbalang
HELE SA HIWAGANG HAPIS
Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear
Lav Diaz, Director
2016

A 2016 Philippine-Singaporean independent historical fantasy drama film directed by Lav Diaz. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. At the film festival, it won the Alfred Bauer Prize.

 


Benjie
IMBISIBOL
2015
Best Supporting Actor, Gawad Urian Awards
Lawrence Fajardo, Director

A 2015 Philippine drama film directed by Lawrence Fajardo. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

 

Amang Frank
CHAIN MAIL
Adolfo Alix, Jr., Director
2015

 

Mindy
RONDA
Nick Olanka, Director
2014

 

Uncle Bernardo
BROWN SOUP THING
Edward J. Mallillin
2008

 

Game Show Host
PISAY
Auraeus Solito, Director
2007

 


Hermie
INGRATA, aka BEA SA AMERIKA
Bernardo Bernardo, co-director
2006
Bernardo and Nora Aunor appeared as siblings in INGRATA, a film written by Bernardo loosely based on the life of his sister in America. Bernardo wrote the script, co-directed and co-stars with NORA AUNOR in this digital film produced by Demo Productions on the life of a downtrodden immigrant in the ghettoes of Los Angeles.

 


Maria (Tranny-Mafia head)
CHATEAU DE ROSES
Hideki Yamasaki, Director
2005

 

Emcee
SANGGANO’T ‘SANGGAGO
Al Tantay, Director
2001

 

Diday (Former Japayuki Female Impersonator/Landlady)
TONG TATLONG TATAY KONG PAKITONG-KITONG
Efren Jarlego, Director
1999

 

Uptight Boss
ISPRIKITIK, WALASTIK KUNG PUMITIK
EfrenJarlego, Director
1999

 

Professor T-Bak (Finishing School Expert)
TAR-SAN
EfrenJarlego, Director
1999

 

Adonis (Pugnacious Beautician Uncle)
HONEY, MY LOVE, SO SWEET
Boots Plata, Director
1999

 

Haughty Ambulance Chaser
BAYADRA BROTHERS
Paquito Diaz, Director
1999

 

Steve Carpio, Office Manager
HOME ALONG DA RILES, PART 2
Efren Jarlego, Director
1997

 

Mr. Villafuerte (Ruthless Drug Lord)
BITAG
Dante Javier, Director
1996

 

Film Director Capatas
FATHER & SON
Rodolfo V. Quizon (Dolphy), Director
1995

 

Reluctant Alien Fighter
MAGKASANGGA 2000
Phillip Koh, Director
1995

 


Ernie
ISANG BALA KA LANG Part II
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.
Fernando Poe, Jr., Director
1993

 

Steve Carpio, Office Manager
HOME ALONG DA RILES, PART 1
as Steve Carpio, Office Manager
Efren Jarlego, Director
1992

 

Aaron (Rebel Leader)
FATAL VACATION (Hongkong Film)
Eric Tsang, Director
1989

 

KONTRA BANDIDO
Erastheo Navoa, Director
1986

 

Gay Rebel
ABANDONADO
Erastheo Navoa, Director
1985

 

Gerry (Rich Bitch)
MGA PARU-PARONG BUKING
Erastheo Navoa, Director
1985

 

Artemio (Lecherous gigolo)
LAURE, aka Forever Emmanuelle (French-Italian Film)
Emmanuelle Arsan, Director
1982

 

Ditzy Coutourier
PABLING
Ishmael Bernal, Director
1981

 

MassCom Professor
BLUE JEANS
Joey Gosiengfiao, Director
1981

 


Manay (Jaded gay coutourier)
MANILA BY NIGHT, aka City After Dark
Ishmael Bernal, Director
Best Actor, Gawad Urian Awards
1980

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.”

-Bayani Santos, 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)

 

Matanglawin (Abduction Specialist)
SINTA! ANG BITUING BAGONG GISING (Fantasticks in Tagalog)
Dindo Angeles, Director
1976

 

General Malvar
KAPITAN KULAS
Lamberto Avellana, Director
1975

 

Julius (Scheming Rich Suitor)
LORELEI
Danilo H. Santiago, Director
1975

 

Thieving Lover
CARNIVAL SONG
Cirio H. Santiago, Director
1974

 

Undercover Investigator
DEATH MACHINE
Cirio H. Santiago, Director