By Abner Galino
ARTISTS, performers, community leaders and fans, whose lives were touched by the art and empathy of Bernardo Bernardo are paying him tribute at the Filipino Cultural Center next Saturday.
The April 21 event is dubbed as “A tribute to Bernardo Bernardo: a musical, cultural and creative arts extravaganza.”
The occasion is being spearheaded by the Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), the Philippine Institute of Language, Arts and Culture (PILAC) and the Filipino American Press Club of California (FAPCA). Reception will start at noon.
FACLA is the organization that operates the Filipino Cultural Center at 1740 Temple Street, Los Angeles.
Bernardo recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. His sister, Rosalinda, will be the guest of honor.
Artist and Beyond Deadlines writer Vics Magsaysay said the tribute is meant to highlight the contributions of Bernardo both as an artist and as a distinguished member of the Filipino American community in LA.
“At the same time, this tribute is also meant to highlight the unity, the strength and the sense of brotherhood among Filipino American artists here in Los Angeles,” Magsaysay added.
At the moment, 11 visual artists have pledged to put up at least one piece of their works on the FCC wall as their way of honoring Bernardo.
The visual artists who have confirmed their participation are (in random order) Bienvenido “Boi” Sibug, Magoo Valencia, Rodolfo Samonte, Mon Concepcion, Luz Balbin Spanks, Johnny Esj. Otilano, Cesar Devera, Natins Villanera, Matt Relox, Sal Budz G. Floriano and Vics Magsaysay.
Fe Koons will read her poems in remembrance of Bernardo.
Distinguished performers, led by Joseph Gelito, Joni Villamil, Lou Sabas and Mon Concepcion, will remember Bernardo through songs, dance and poems.
Other performers are Maya, Imelda Wood, Aaron Concepcion, DJ Jen, Maryann Samadi, Jigger Gaza, Gabe Real, Victor Lelis, Jack Campano, Luz Balbin Spanks and Mat Relox.
Journalists Lydia Solis and singer Mon Concepcion will help Gelito in hosting the show.
There will also be a video presentation of Bernardo’s moments in Los Angeles, both as a performer and as an active member of the Filipino American community.
Already, generous donors have pledged to contribute for food and refreshments during the show, among them: the Fiesta Fastfood, Island Pacific, Monique and Terre Villonco, Rose Sarreal, Maryann Samadi, DJ Aljess Bernardo and Thelma Calabio.