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A biopic on National Artist Ishmael Bernal in the works

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BERNAL (in dark shirt) on the set of “Himala” with his star, Nora Aunor (center). FROM THE BOOK, “SA PUSO NG HIMALA”

A biopic on the late National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal is in the pipeline, to be written by Ricky Lee, produced by Joji Alonso and directed by Chris Martinez.

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Filipino film masterpieces retrieved, restored–and remembered

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Film buffs are happy that Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” has been restored and will be reissued again this December. In their excitement, however, they yearn to see other film classics rescued from oblivion and shown to a new generation of film lovers.   At recent fora and other interactions, we polled movie lovers for the titles [...]

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‘Himala’ the book, docu, restored film unveiled Dec. 4

“SA PUSO ng Himala” cover

Hot off the press, “Sa Puso ng Himala,” a coffee-table book on the Ishmael Bernal film “Himala,” will be launched on December 4, 4 p.m., at Shang Cineplex lobby, Shangri-La Plaza Mall Edsa.

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Enlightened move

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“HIMALA.” Its restored version will be screened in December.

Nitz Melicor, film enthusiast: “ABS-CBN should be commended for restoring Ishmael Bernal’s ‘Himala’—an enlightened move! The 30-year-old movie is one of the most talked about films in the local industry. Its commercial screening in December will surely delight film buffs!

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Ama Quiambao scores first best actress win at age 65

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AMA QUIAMBAO considers Cinemalaya citation a “miracle.”
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She tried to be anonymous, but her strikingly silver hair shimmered in the darkened movie house.   Veteran actress Ama Quiambao sat unobtrusively in one corner to watch the digitally restored version of Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala (Miracle),” which was screened for a select audience at SM North Edsa recently.   Just as quietly as she [...]

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A miracle for ‘Himala’

NORA Aunor

Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” has been digitally restored. “We just finished the process,” said Manet Dayrit, who worked on the project spearheaded by ABS-CBN, which now holds the rights to the 1982 film. “We digitized the film and removed scratches, dirt and other damages.” Topbilled by Nora Aunor, “Himala” was voted best Asia-Pacific film of all time in an online poll conducted by CNN in 2008.

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‘Manoy’ for all seasons

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ACTOR as director in Ishmael Bernal’s “Pagdating sa Dulo”      photo:Cesar Hernando

He is 83 and proud of it. According to show biz lore, Eddie Garcia is irreversibly tight-lipped about his age, which thus assumed the preeminence of a state secret.

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Jorge Arago; 68

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Screenwriter and journalist Jorge Arago passed away during the holidays apparently due to heart attack. His body was found on Dec. 27 in a condo unit where he was working on a project. He was 68. Arago was a freshman at the University of the Philippines in Diliman when he met another student, Ishmael Bernal, [...]

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Ishmael Bernal’s life was his ‘performance’

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Some film students recently asked us to talk to them about the filmmaking career of National Artist Ishmael Bernal. We obliged, because we knew and/or worked with “Ishma” from his very first attempts at movie-making, to the abrupt conclusion of his career more than 25 years and 50 films later. We first met him when [...]

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