Bert de Leon (May 28, 1947 – November 21, 2021) was a Filipino television director. De Leon was known for directing some of the longest-running shows in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga!, Bubble Gang and Pepito Manaloto.
Bert de Leon
|Born||May 28, 1947|
|Died||November 21, 2021 (aged 74)|
De Leon is known for directing various television series for GMA Network such as Bubble Gang, Pepito Manaloto, Eat Bulaga! and Okay Ka, Fairy Ko!. He also directed shows for other networks. He directed the ABC 5; Pops! of Pops Fernandez and Look Who’s Talking. De Leon also directed Iskul Bukol, TODAS, VIP with Vilma Santos, and The Sharon Cuneta Show.
De Leon inherited the directorial role for Bubble Gang when his predecessor Uro dela Cruz died in February 2016.
His last assignment would be the prequel Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kuwento and Bubble Gang which were in production as of 2021.
His health deteriorated in 2021; he suffered a heart attack in July which required him to undergo an angiogram and angioplasty, and contracted COVID-19 amidst a pandemic of the disease in October, which led to colleagues Michael V. and Ronnie Henares to host a fundraising for him. He died at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig on November 21, 2021.
De Leon had a partner, Annalyn Nakpil Jomeo, with whom he had one daughter.
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- Olivares, Rick (January 5, 2021). "Original members of Side A to reunite for special online benefit concert". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
- "'Pepito Manaloto' director Bert de Leon passes away". GMA News. November 21, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021.