CCP holds retrospective tribute to national artist for theatrical design ‘Badong’ Bernal



“Lapu Lapu”
Costume studies for “Diablos”

National theatrical design artist Salvador “Badong” Bernal will be honored with a retrospective exhibition highlighting his various design projects in the fields of theater, ballet, opera and film.

Organized by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” will occupy three galleries: Bulwagang Juan Luna, Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino and Pasilyo Juan Luna.

PORTRAIT of Rafael del Casal

“Recognized as the father of theatrical design in the Philippines, Bernal has been instrumental in elevating theatrical design and production as an art and profession in the country,” said project coordinator Ricardo Cruz, Head of the Production Design and Technical Services Division of CCP.

Bernal began professionally designing in 1969 and participated in over 300 productions until his death in 2011. He received the National Artist Award in 2003.

Bernal headed the Performing Arts Department at CCP from 1981 to 1994 and helped establish the Production Design Center, a three-story building opened in 1993 that houses facilities for constructing and fabricating large-scale stage pieces. ladder, and for running and storing costumes.

Bernal also initiated the founding of Kapisanan sa Pilipinas ng Mga Production Designer, which later became the Philippine Association of Theater Designers and Technicians.

Highlights of the exhibition

“PELLEAS and Malisande”

The main exhibition features scale models, costumes and digital images of Bernal’s many projects, primarily for Ballet Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino, two resident performing companies of CCP where he was resident designer.

Detailed sketches and drawings of sets and costumes provide insight into his process. A chronological exhibition highlights his personal and professional life, and includes a comprehensive list of his various projects.



Cruz trained with Bernal and helped him in many projects from the 80s to the 90s. Since taking over Bernal’s post, Cruz has continued Bernal’s advocacy to promote and professionalize the practice of theatrical design.

The exhibition is curated by Nicanor Tiongson and Gino Gonzales, both close friends and collaborators of Bernal.

Tiongson is a former artistic director of CCP and is the author of a book on Bernal, “Salvador F. Bernal: Designing the Stage”.

COSTUME studies for “Worship”

Gonzales was a student and apprentice of Bernal, who encouraged him to pursue his Masters of Fine Arts in Theater Design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Gonzales has since designed sets and costumes for productions in Manila, Singapore, Japan and New York.

“Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” will take place from July 19 to October. 27. Call tel. 8321125 loc. 1504/1505 or 8323702. Guided group tours available, call tel. 8321125 loc. 1804.



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