Wala silang palatandaan sa kung ano ang eksaktong dahilan kung bakit ang tao ay dapat maniwala sa Diyos o kung ano ba talaga ang Diyos.Kung alam lamang ng tao na sumampalataya at sumunod sa Diyos, ngunit hindi kung ano ang Diyos, ni hindi nila nauunawaan ang Diyos, kung gayon hindi ba ito ang pinakamalaking katatawanan sa mundo?He was also hailed as Director of the Decade by the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA).Bernal also won the CMMA Best Director Award (1983), the Bronze Hugo Award in the Chicago International Film Festival (1983) for the movie Himala.Bernal considered himself a feminist director and admitted that it was part of his interest to tackle issues affecting women.A significant part of his work is stories about and for women.
From that time on, Bernal was established as an innovative and intelligent filmmaker who would not be content with conventional formulas of local film making.Ishmael Bernal (30 September 1938 – 2 June 1996) was a Filipino film, stage and television director, actor and screenwriter.Noted for his melodramas, particularly with feminist and moral issues, he directed many landmark Filipino films such as Nunal sa Tubig (1975), City After Dark (1980), Relasyon (1982), Himala (1982), and Hinugot sa Langit (1985).Aside from film, Bernal also directed television shows like the long-time drama series Ang Makulay Na Daigdig ni Nora (The Colorful World of Nora) for which he was named Outstanding Director in a Drama Series by the Patas Awards in 1979; Metro Magazine, Isip Pinoy, Dear Teacher and episodes for PETABISYON and Lorna.As an actor, he played lead roles in stage plays like Kamatayan Sa Isang Anyo Ng Rosas (Death in the Form of a Rose) in 1991 and Bacchae in 1992. He taught film direction to film students of the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines.An active pariticipant in the struggle for artist's rights and welfare, Bernal was also a board member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines and the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc. He was also an avid fan of classical music including opera.Until his demise, he remained part of DGPI, an organization that studies the role of film as an instrument of entertainment, education and development. He nurtured his passion for literature and theater by actively participating in the U. 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.Among the 10 best films chosen by the critics, five were his.These include Pagdating Sa Dulo, Nunal sa Tubig, Manila By Night, Himala and Hinugot sa Langit.His film Pagdating Sa Dulo, won for him the FAMAS for best screenplay award while Himala (Miracle), 1982, garnered nine major awards in the Metro Manila Film Festival.In that same year, Bernal was chosen by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino as the Most Outstanding Filmmaker of the Decade 1971-1980.