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Salvador F. Bernal

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Salvador F. Bernal was born on January 7, 1945 in Dagupan City. Bernal was the fifth of 10 children of Santiago Bernal, a dentist, and Ubalda Flor, a clothes designer. He studied and earned a philosophy degree in 1966 from the Ateneo de Manila.


Salvador F. Bernal designed more than 300 productions distinguished for their originality.
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Stage Design for "Lapu-Lapu"
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Stage design for the zarzuela "Sa Bunganga ng Pating."
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As one of the known and acknowledged guru of contemporary Filipino theater design, Bernal shared his skills with younger designers through his classes at the University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University.

In 1995, Bernal organized the PATDAT (Philippine Association of Theatre Designers and Technicians) to promote and professionalize theater design. And in 1995, by way of Philippine Center of OISTAT (Organization Internationale des Scenographes, Techniciens et Architectes du Theatre), he introduced Philippine theater design to the world.


Bernal was named National Artist on May 26, 2003. The award citation notes that “sensitive to the budget limitations of local productions, he harnessed the design potential of inexpensive local materials, pioneering or maximizing the use of bamboo, raw abaca and abaca fiber, hemp twine, rattan chain links and gauze cacha. In doing this he exemplified the versatility of Filipino materials for design and proved that the poverty of a production need not imply a poverty of the imagination.”
Salvador F. Bernal died at the age of 66 on October 26, 2011.


 

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