Ishmael Bernal

Ishmael Bernal (1938-1996) was an acclaimed Filipino film, stage and television director. He is also an actor and scriptwriter. Noted for his melodramas particularly with feminist and moral issues his 1985 film about the justification of abortion Hinugot sa Langit is often cited as one of the greatest Filipino films of all time.

Ishmael Bernal (1938-1996) was an acclaimed Filipino film, stage and television director. He is also an actor and scriptwriter. Noted for his melodramas particularly with feminist and moral issues his 1985 film about the justification of abortion Hinugot sa Langit is often cited as one of the greatest Filipino films of all time.

Ishmael Bernal is one person who truly loved the arts. He nurtured his passion for literature and theater by actively participating in the U.P. Dramatic Club while finishing a college degree. He is also an avid fan of classical music and the operas. During the 1960s, Bernal put up When It's A Grey November In Your Soul, in Malate which became one of the favorite watering holes of Manila's artists and intellectuals. Unfazed by its short live-success, Bernal put up Kasalo in Quezon City three decades later, which became the hang-out of students, journalists, poets, bands, theater and film artists.