Category: ishmael bernal

ishmael bernal’s dream film on the luna brothers

on this the national artist’s 77th birthday, as the film Heneral Luna continues to drive a rare national conversation on philippine history and heroes, here are some notes of jorge arago on a film that ishmael, until his last days, dreamed of … Continue reading

adam, ishmael, BBL

had to make a trip to tiaong to pay ameliar — medyo late, so merong penalty, but also got to pay 3 years in advance with a nice discount — and stayed on in the elias house for some days. it’s … Continue reading

why i am against a department of culture

ishmael bernal died in june 1996, sick and broke and disheartened.  there were many more films he wanted to make.  top of the list were feature films on antonio luna and gregorio del pilar, but producers were never interested, not … Continue reading

mooning over ishmael

have been reading up on ishmael bernal‘s filmography, encoding clippings from jorge‘s files of movie reviews and interviews through the years since pagdating sa dulo.  last night when i got to his days as “detergent queen,” then as stage actor … Continue reading

ISHMAEL BERNAL (1938-1996)

Pro Bernal, Anti Bio By Jorge Arago When Ishmael Bernal died in 1996, his coffin had to wait an hour or so, unattended, back of the domed chapel of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. A mutual friend of … Continue reading


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