Send Love

We have collected some messages directed to BB from friends on Facebook, Instagram, and the blogosphere:

Joel David wrote:
Attempting to draft an appreciation of the late Bernardo Bernardo, I wound up editing & posting our exchanges on my blog. His fullness and complexity in retrospect took me by surprise. I keep reminding myself never to take friends for granted, but I always get too busy to follow my own advice to myself. And going over some of our correspondences, I was overwhelmed by guilt: if he never left behind the memoir he kept saying he wanted to finish, it would have been partly my fault. So please … let there be a BB manuscript somewhere.
March 14, 2018


K de Leon-Rieth wrote:
To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiates 3:1

We love Tito Bernardo Bernardo a lot but God loves him more!

The empty seat.. I miss eating with you Tito, I miss all your stories! Kaloka ka! Yung mga mata sa mata na usap natin.. I still can’t believe that you’re gone Tito Bernardo Bernardo
March 11, 2018


Ruben V. Nepales wrote:
Bernardo Bernardo left a void in the Philippines and Fil-Am entertainment scene. And in our personal lives as well.

He was fun, delightfully raunchy and very witty, unbeatable in word puns and double entendres. When the news about BB’s passing broke out, Sthanlee B. Mirador sent me photos that made me smile, and sad at the same time about our loss.

BB was being risque as usual in these photos as I signed his copy of my book, “My Filipino Connection: The Philippines in Hollywood,” where he was one of my featured subjects. He graced this book launch, organized by Ted Benito, Prosy Delacruz and Rocio Nuyda, at the CBS Studios Center in Studio City in May 2012.

The all-around entertainer also emceed, with Bessie Badilla (BB East), my New York book launch (organized by Elton Lugay) in June 2012. Can you imagine what fun that launch was, with BB West (Bernardo) and BB East as hosts at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue? My column on that event:…/when-bb-east-meets-bb-w…

In January last year, I made sure to be the first to greet BB West on his birthday via Facebook PM. BB, who returned to Manila after many years in LA, replied, “Una ka talaga sa pagbati (linawin ang pagbigkas!) sa buong mundo. Kasi madaling araw dito kaya ang unang pumasok (choice of words talaga) sa isip ko: ‘Early worm gets the bird!’ LOL.”

Last January, I greeted BB again as his health was deteriorating. I wrote how Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales and I love him very much. He replied with a grateful emoji. Rest in peace now, our BB.
March 9, 2018


Epee R Rafanan wrote:
BERNIE – I first met Bernardo Bernardo when we worked together in the musical play WEST SIDE STORY (In Rock) shown at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in the early 70s. He played Ice of the Jets and I was one of the Sharks. He used to make fun of Leandro Mercado (Ding, who played Baby John) and I during rehearsals. We also had a lot of times together when he moved to the US in the early 2000s. Later, I was one of his friends who was very happy for his comeback success in the Philippines. Last year, I contacted him to be the host of the first-ever MsTisang Bangus Gay Beauty Pageant for Bangus Festival. He wanted to do it but schedules did not match. At one time in the US, we had planned to do a series of acting workshops with him and Nora Aunor. I saw him last at the Sampaguita Gardens during the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Nora Aunor in showbiz. To me, he looked a little frail then. On the following days, I was surprised when he was soliciting love and prayers from his friends for his medical condition and yesterday, the inevitable. REST IN PEACE dear Bernie. WE LOVE YOU!
March 9, 2018


Robin Padilla wrote:
Isang malalim na pagpupugay sa aking kasama sa industriya ginoong Bernardo Bernado, siya ay pumanaw na sa edad na 73..Hindi man kami nagkasama sa pelikula o telebisyon akin naman ipinagmamalaki at aking pagyayamanin ang aming pagsasama at pagkakaisa sa paniwala kay Mayor Rodrigo Duterte bago pa lamang ito tumakbo. Kami ni tito bernie ang nagpapalitan sa facebook ng mga mungkahi para ipaliwanag sa social media ang mga katangian ni Digong katunayan ay walang tigil si tito bernie sa social media sa paghihikayat kay mayor Duterte na tumakbo bilang Pangulo. Lumipas ang panahon at nanalo ang aming kandidato nagsulputan ang mga sipsip ! kaliwat kanan ang agawan sa puwesto at kapangyarihan may mga dati pang mga nang aapi kay mayor sa social media ang bigla na lamang nasa sa tv na nakadikit na kay mayor at nauna pang nakapasok sa malacañang pero wala akong narinig na pumiyok si tito bernie o humingi man lamang ng posisyon na kung tutuusin sa lahat ng mga na appoint na may kinalaman sa Pelikula si tito bernie ang may pinakamataas na qualification. Nagpapasalamat ako kay atty Glen Pangapalan ng Davao city at bago man lang humantong sa kapayapaan si tito bernie ay naihatid nya ang malalim na pasasalamat ng aming Kandidato at Pangulo. Isa kang tunay na rebolusyonaryo tito bernie!! Isa kang tunay na maka Bonifacio!! Isa kang tunay na katipunero. Hanggang sa muling pagkikita sa dako pa roon 👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻
March 9, 2018


Queenie Salazar wrote:
Farewell my dear friend Bernardo Bernardo ..I will never forget the time when I needed a friend and confided in you. After cheering me up, I will never forget what your advice was..on a serious, calming and manly tone you said….”you always watch and listen to what God shows to you..He will give you the signs and follow the messages”…and there was silence. I was in tears but I can’t help telling you “I can’t see those messages mama I don’t have my glasses”. And you’re other side came out and said “Bruha ka talaga forever Queenie! Haha”. I wish I can visit you but I know you’re happy where you’re at. You’re such a wonderful person inside and out. Rest In Peace my dear friend. We will all miss you.
March 9, 2018


Nonilon V. Queano wrote:
Bernardo Bernardo played lead as Bino in my 1976 Palanca First Prize- winning play (Pilipino full-length play category) — with my AB English classmate, Pacita “Punch” Gavino, playing female lead as his wife, Mana, — in the UP Manila’s Anak Tibawan production directed by the late Jonas Sebastian.

That year marked the first staging of the Palanca contest in the Pilipino Full-length play category. I remember, Nick Joaquin taking the First Prize trophy for the Full-length Play in English, the title of his entry I can’t recall right now.

It was also my biggest year at the Carlos Palanca Memorial LIterary Contest as I also won First Prize in the Pilipino one-act play for my “Nang Pista sa Aming Bayan.” I brought home 15 K pesos that night — 10K for Alipato, and 5K for Nang Pista sa Aming Bayan.

The only other winner in that first staging of the Palanca Memorial Literary Contest for the Filipino Full-length play was the late Bienvenido Noriega (Honorable Mention) — no winners for second and third prizes — who would later shock us with his passing at a very young age in the eighties (?). (Boni Ilagan, Boy Noriega, and myself would later win First, Second, and Third Prize , respectively, in the 1989 CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines) Literary Contest — Boni for his “Pagsambang Bayan,” Noriega for his “Bayan-Bayanan” (?) and mysef for my play on the Tinguians and the Northern tribes, “Ang Katutubo.”) Those years were most memorable for me.

Alipato was originally chosen as one of the five (?) best plays — along with Manny Pambid’s “Bangkang Papel,” the late Uro de la Cruz’s “Hermano Pule,” and the late Lito Tiongson’s “Ang Walang Kamatayang Buhay ni Juan de la Cruz Alias….” and others I can’t recall right now — in the First Palihang Aurelio Tolentino Playwriting Workshops (UP Diliman). Obet (what’s his surname now?) played Bino in the world premiere of Alipato at the UP Abelardo Hall, before Bernardo Bernardo played the role in the Anak Tibawan production, all directed by the great Director-UP Math Faculty member, Jonas Sebastian.

So long, Bernie. Mapayapa at maligayang paglalakbay sa kawalang-hanggan.
March 9, 2018


Obed de la Cruz wrote:
So sad to read that comedian Bernardo Bernardo passed away yesterday. Since 2016, when I saw him the second time, I was hoping to get an autograph. He was part of the Home Along the Riles and Ang Larawan movie. Aside from that, I have heard of him teaching and mentoring other artists. I don’t remember any joke he said to others that degraded another. In fact, when a friend of his cracked a joke that sounded offensive, he tried to make peace.

I remember him endorsing Greco Belgica and even said he’s willing to help after the elections. I first saw him in the protest rally against Pork Barrel, and that time I thought he was just an activist. Later, I found out that he is an award-winning actor and even had a film with a Hollywood celebrity.

I remember him being respectful and wishing to see others grow. When I last met him, it was a forum advocating the rights of cultural workers. He even promoted Lumad culture.

I wish I met him again for an interview. But since it cannot happen now, I’ll just honor hom through this post.

I am glad to have appreciated him in my classes when he was still alive.
March 9, 2018


Myra Manibog wrote:
I met him twice, once during my taping of chicks to chicks and the second one was when he visited me on one of my live shows. It was such an honor to receive compliments from a very good artist like him. Rest in peace Bernardo Bernardo. My condolences to his love ones.
March 9, 2018


Wilfredo Pascual wrote:
“Naisip ko tuloy, yun lang talaga ang naiiwan natin: mga mumunting haplos at kirot sa puso at diwa. At sa ngayon, sa palagay ko lang–sapat na (at kay sarap) ang maala-ala.” – BERNARDO BERNARDO (1945-2018)

Kailan lang noong kumulog sa langit
Tumakbo ka at ako’y yinakap
Bata at musmos sa aking isip
Kailan ka di natakot sa sigaw ng langit
Kailan lang lumuha ka ng matindi
Madapa at ika’y nasugatan
At sa yakap ko sakit ay napawi
Hanggang kailan mo ako kailangan?
Tingnan mo nga naman ano
Kaybilis umikot ng mundo
Ang dating batang takot sa kulog
Ngayon ay hinahamon pa ito.

– Inawit ni Bernie sa musical na Katy, musika ni Ryan Cayabyab
March 9, 2018


Kara V Salleza wrote:
May you rest in peace Tito Bernardo Bernardo. I love you more than words can say and hope you are resting now.
March 8, 2018


Bobby M. Reyes wrote:
Farewell, Bernardo Bernardo, and Godspeed to the Great Beyond. I’ll eventually write a eulogy for you. Here is part of that tribute: It is a pity that you will not be around when we finish the script and music scoring for three Broadway-type musicals (that I said you would be the star and/or direct): 1.) “Imeldita” (BB would play the Apo); 2.) “Same-Ex Marriage” (of an ex-priest and an ex-nun) and 3.) “Romeo and Julio” — a modern version of the “West Side Story,” which would make Republicans upset and angry but the LGBT community so happy. When we are able to produce them, we will dedicate the shows partly to you, dear Friend BB.
March 8, 2018


Christine Antonio wrote:
Thank God, he gave me a chance to meet you. This is all sudden, I don’t even know what to say, to write. Will I ever gonna see you before your interment? Can I? I want to remember you with your smile, your laugh, your loud voice. Your sadistic and realistic type of giving advices. I never see you as my prof or a teacher but more of a mentor. Your the one that I will never forget. The one who believes in every person’s potentials. A very encouraging and lovely person. Hope your okay now there in heaven, no more pain. Know that there are people who loves you so much down here. You will always have a special place in my heart. Goodbye and till we meet again Bernardo Bernardo.
March 8, 2018


Lorna Lardizabal Dietz wrote:
My sister, Noemi, just informed me that my dearest dharma friend, Bernardo Bernardo, has just passed away. We will meet again, BB! May you have a glorious journey to God…

As a celebration of Bernardo’s life, I will share a prayer he wrote for me many years ago. What a precious gift!

I know many of you are beneficiaries of Bernardo’s gift of healing through his artistic endeavors.

May we all hold Bernardo close to our hearts as we pray for his eternal repose. And so it is. 🙏🏼😇
March 8, 2018


K de Leon-Rieth wrote:
Tito Bernardo Bernardo thank you for all the happy moments. I’m lost for words and I’m gonna miss you so much! I love you forever and I will always be your adopted POKNAT! Goodbye our superstar!

I will forever miss you my Tito Bernardo Bernardo….
March 8, 2018


Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr wrote:
I write this short tribute with deep sadness, in honor of a consummate actor, a community leader, a dear friend, as a matter of fact, a loyal rah-rah friend of FACINE who until his last visit here in San Francisco at FACINE 24 in October last year, on the occasion of his film, Lawrence Fajardo’s IMBISIBOL was the festival’s Opening Film, he would advise me to steer head on the festival because the community needs it. Little did I know, it would be the last time I was ever gonna see him. Bernardo Bernardo passed away this morning in Manila. He was 73.

Bernardo Bernardo, I call him Bernie. we both celebrated our joint birthdays twice in Los Angeles years ago – his birthday falls on January 28, mine on the 30th – was always supportive of the festival, at one point, suggested just before he returned to the Philippines which we thought would be a temporary visit, to organize a FACINE-LA with him as the main point person. It would never materialize because he decided to stay in the Philippines for good.

Bernie must belong to a rare breed of artist whose works encompassed performance in all media forms – theater, live entertainment, film and television, skilled in both English and Filipino, in both comedy, drama, musical – academe (he taught at UST and UP, University of San Francisco and UC Riverside and writing, a memoirist in particular, whose memoir – parts of it he posted in his fb page periodically – has been truly anticipated.
His critically-acclaimed performance as Manay Sharon in Ishmael Bernal’s MANILA BY NIGHT (1981) remains iconic, now memorialized in the West, with a full-length interview of him by critic-academic Joel David in a recently-released book, MANILA BY NIGHT, A QUEER FILM CLASSIC, now available on Amazon. His much-lauded performance as Benjie, the older undocumented Filipino worker in Japan in Lawrence Fajardo’s IMBISIBOL (2015) brought to a close a much-respected career.

Photos below give a capsule look at Bernardo Bernardo’s colorful life in performance: Bernie wears the FACINE 24 t-shirt shot inside the Roxie Theater; as Manay Sharon in MANILA BY NIGHT; as Benjie in IMBISIBOL; a scene in The Romance of Magno Rubio, adapted by Lonnie Carter from a short story of Carlos Bulosan, staged in Chicago; Bernie as Haring Lear in PETA’s HARING LEAR; with Chanda Romero in a dinner theater show, THE GOODBYE GIRL.

Bernie, you will always be in my heart, thank you for your friendship and support, you will surely be missed. May you rest in eternal peace.

– Mauro Feria Tumbocon Jr, Director, FACINE
March 8, 2018


Tina DeZuniga wrote:
Sad to know a dear friend , Bernardo Bernardo passed away today. When we are opening the restaurant in 2013 I talked to him and he said he wanted to see me coming back to the US, and I decided , let’s just do a show since you’re coming. The eventually, he left for the Philippines to live . And he was very happy for going back. We will miss you B.B.
March 8, 2018


Diego Aranda wrote:
To one of my mentors who steered me into my path of acting and performing, I am at a loss for words upon hearing this.

I send my deepest condolences to Sir BB’s family and relatives.

I wish I had more time to learn, and I wish I had more time to be called a poknat for being late in class.

I’ll surely miss you Sir Bernardo Bernardo.
March 8, 2018


Annie Bernardo-Lara wrote:
Too early to leave us too…
Let’s all say a prayer for our dear Bernardo Bernardo who left us this morning. THANK YOU for the great artistic contributions you have given our country and the talent you have shared and inspired many. Our heartfelt condolences to his family. You make us all so proud … love you
March 8, 2018


John Aries Alcayaga wrote:
Paalam sa aming Mint’s Theater Arts Department Head, Sir Bernardo Bernardo.

Ito po ang ilang larawan na nakasama ko po siya.

Salamat po sa pagtitiwala at pagtanggap nyo po sa akin sa Mint College.

Siya po ay nakaburol sa Saint Peter’s Chapel, Araneta Avenue, Quezon City.

Ang cremation po ay sa Martes.
March 8, 2018


Bee Conde wrote:
Goodbye dear Bernardo Bernardo…..hugs!!!
Heaven is a much happier place today, you’ve joined the Angels! Love you Bernie!
March 8, 2018


VK Larena wrote:
“You have a gift, don’t waste it.”

Maraming salamat po, Tito Bernardo Bernardo. You changed so many lives with your work, kindness and encouragement. Hanggang sa muli.
March 8, 2018


Joe Bernardo wrote:
So sad to hear this news. Glad to have known you, Bernardo Bernardo.
March 8, 2018


Karlo Jose Pineda wrote:
Many will hark back and allude to his legacy in Home Along Da Riles, but let’s not forget he’s also a man of letters, a fellow UST Journ alumnus and former Varsitarian Editor-in-Chief.

RIP, Bernardo Bernardo.
March 8, 2018


Ligaya Yadao wrote:
I still remember the days I auditioned for your show back in Alaska and saw you again here in SF a few years ago. I hope you RIP Mr. Bernardo Bernardo…
March 8, 2018


Ludy Bernardo Sebastian wrote:
May u rest in peace …..kuya bernie
March 8, 2018


Baylan Megino wrote:
So very sad to hear of Bernardo Bernardo passing today. As co-director, he was so encouraging and held the emotional line in that first FWN “Vagina Monologues” in San Francisco. A few years later, I asked him how he decided what to post as he built his following on social media. His tip? Share Good Content. Positive Content. Help Lift others. … Always gracious, understanding and kind with a great sense of humor. Deep appreciation for all you shared with us in your life and living, Bernardo. Many, many thanks for being that Light 🙂
March 8, 2018


Mell T. Navarro wrote:
Condolence 🙁 #RIP Tito Bernie (73 yrs old)
March 8, 2018


Mark Madrona wrote:
Rest in peace, Bernardo Bernardo! Thank you for the laughs.
March 8, 2018


Anne Prado-Magadia wrote:
I was in the middle of giving a lecture when I found out 😔 What an incredible loss. How poignant that I would receive it then, coz I remembered that you were worried about your students last January because you said you were too sick to continue. We deeply mourn your passing, you were such an amazing person, and always made Atom and I laugh our hardest even in our formals in the Awards night in Malaysia, you said “to let other people behave, and that you were determined to have some fun 😀” I was just thinking about you the other day … We were even planning to do a movie and a play together… Tito BB Bernardo Bernardo. You made the world a better place, simply by being in it.
March 8, 2018


Nel Z. Pascual wrote:
May the holy angels accompany you as you enter Gods kingdom, Tito Bernardo.
March 8, 2018


Dolly PS wrote:
Heartbroken on the passing of celebratedFilipino artist, Bernardo Bernardo. You leave a HUGE void, BB. Rest now. I can’t find my photo with you, so this’ll have to do. I’m sure you’d appreciate my humor!
March 8, 2018


MicioNero HijoLuna wrote:
My sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of +Bernardo Bernardo. Promised prayers for his eternal repose.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the resurrection, the life. Whoever believes in me shall live even in death and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).

As we raise our voices in prayer for +Bernardo Bernardo, may the God of mercy and love receive His faithful child, and welcome his noble soul into the glory and peace of the heavenly kingdom, there to rejoice in the communion of God and all the saints.

Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat ei:
Requiescat in pace.
March 8, 2018


Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales wrote:
Last time we saw our dear friend Bernardo Bernardo was when we went home to the Philippines to attend the Cinemalaya Film Festival on August 5, 2016. BB was his usual jovial, happy, funny self, always joking, full of life. He was happy he went back home. I was happy for him. Today, I can still hear him kidding around, laughing and being himself. Let us all celebrate that wonderful life of BB. Here’s to you BB! We love you and your love and laughter will always be in our hearts.
March 8, 2018


Charmie Morales wrote:
Truly down-to-earth, intelligent, a great artist and mentor, witty, funny… these are just some of the attributes we will miss from you, our dearest BB 💛

Fly with the angels, Bernardo Bernardo — till the day when you’ll make us all laugh again.
March 8, 2018


Jen Kho wrote:
Rest in peace my tito Bernie😢I love u.Thank u for the 33 years of guidance.
March 7, 2018

3 comments on “Send Love

  1. The Philippines will miss a great artist… Rest in peace Sir BB. you made me laugh during my younger years. Go home now Sir Steve Carpio…

  2. We lost you but we gained a lot from you. Pumanaw man ang guro pero ang talinong iniwan mo sa aming mga minahal mong istudyante ay nanatiling yaman namin na di mananakaw ninuman. Salamat po gurong BB

  3. The friendship we shared was brief but it was the most geniune. You have such a beautiful soul Bernie and you always light up the room. My kids, Dan and I will always have those memories of our friendship forever. We will truly miss you, the laughters, our rides together – rest in peace my very dear friend . I know you have touched so many lives and we are truly blessed to have met you and to be your friend. Thank you so much for being there for me when my Dad died ( you and Ate Babes – I willl never forget that. Love you ❌⭕️❌⭕️

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