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Saturday, April 19, 2008


Manuel Conde (born Manuel Urbano/ October 9, 1915- August 11, 1985) was a Filipino actor, writer, director and producer. He was taking up geological engineering and entering the movies was farthest from his mind. It was just accidental. He was a bit player, stuntman, laboratory assistant and a ventriloquist (a puppet named Kiko). He made his first film, Mahiwagang Biyolin in 1935 then later signed a contract for LVN Pictures, where he made almost three dozen films, both as an actor and director. As an actor, he used the screen name Juan Urbano during the 1930s. His first directorial assignment was Sawing Gantingpala in 1939. After the war, Conde directed Orasang Ginto in 1946, considered the "first post-war Filipino picture before and after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor."

Conde made his mark in 1950, with the landmark movie, Genghis Khan, believed to be the best screen adaptation of the legendary Mongol conqueror. He directed other big-budgeted adventure movies --- Seite Infantes de Lara (1950), Sigfredo (1950) and Krus na Kawayan (1956). He was also known for his Juan Tamad series which he lambasted and made fun of the politicians and society’s ills and foibles. He was also best remembered on the several successful Nida Blanca- Nestor de Villa musical comedies he directed like Ikaw Kasi and Bahala Na.

Orasang Ginto (1946)- Stars Mila del Sol, Rodrigo 'Bimbo' Danao, Domingo Principe and introducing Elvira Reyes/ Directed by Manuel Conde

Si Juan Tamad (1947)- The first Juan Tamad- Stars Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Nabasag ang Banga (1947)- Stars Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Ben Rubio/ Story and direction by Manuel Rubio
Prinsipe Paris (1949)- Stars Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Luningning/ Directedby Manuel Conde

Siete Infantes de Lara (1950)- Stars Manuel Conde, Mario Montenegro, Johnny Monteiro, Eddie Garcia/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Genghis Khan (1950)- Stars Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Inday Jalandoni, Jose Villafranca/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Apat na Alas (1950)- Stars Manuel Conde, Johnny Monteiro, Mario Montenegro, Johnny Reyes/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Sigfredo (1951) Stars Manuel Conde, Eriinda Cortez, Elvira Reyes, Fernando Royo, Gil de Leon, Johnny Monteiro/ Directed by Manuel Conde
Satur (1951)- Stars Jaime de la Rosa, Delia Razon and Manuel Conde in the title role/ Directed by Lamberto Avellana

Krus na Kawayan (1956) Stars Manuel Conde, Aida Carino, Ding Tello, Myrna Mirasol, Bruno Punzalan/ Directed by Manuel Conde

Selected Filmography:
Sawing Gantimpala (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Ely Ramos
Maginoong Takas (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Precioso Palma
Binatillo (1939) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Narding Anzures
Villa Hermosa (1940) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Fred Cortez, Precioso Palma, Lirio del Valle
Ararong Ginto (1940) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo, Carlos Padilla, Sr., Deanna Prieto
Caviteño (1949) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Hiyas ng Dagat (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Prinsipe Teñoso (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Leopoldo Salcedo
Ang Ibong Adarna (1941) LVN Mila del Sol, Fred Cortez, Deanna Prieto, Ester Magalona, Vicente Oliver, Ben Rubio, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Vicente Salumbides
Orasang Ginto (1946) LVN Mila del Sol, Bimbo Danao, Elvira Reyes
Alaala Kita (1946) LVN Mila del Sol, Bimbo Danao
Prinsipeng Hindi Tumatawa (1946) LVN Rogelio de la Rosa, Mila del Sol
Doon Po Sa Amin (1946) Mabuhay Pictures Leopoldo Salcedo, Carlos Padilla, Sr., Fernando Royo, Elvira Reyes, Tolindoy
Nabasag ang Banga (1947) Oriental Pictures Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Ben Rubio
Si Juan Tamad (1947) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes
Si Juan Daldal (Anak ni Juan Tamad) (1948) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Lirio del Valle
Vende Cristo (1948) Manuel C Conde, Linda Estrella, Lirio del Valle, Gil de Leon
Prinsipe Paris (1949) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Horace C. Curry
Apat na Alas (1950) LVN Manuet Conde, Delia Razon, Mario Montenegro, Johnny Reyes, Juan Monteiro, Lou Salvador, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Prudencio Mariano
Siete Infantes de Lara (1950) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Mario Montenegro, Eddi&Garcia, Johnny Monteiro, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Manuel Urbano Jr. Genghis Khan (1950) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Lou Salvador, Sr., ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Lou Salvador Sr.
Sigfredo (1951) Lebran Manuel Conde, Eriinda Cortez, Elvira Reyes, Fernando Royo, Gil de Leon, Johnny Monteiro
Señorito (1953) LVN Manuel Conde, Delia Razon, ipinailalim sa pangalan ni Vie Nayve
Pilipino Kustom - No Touch (1955) LVN Mario Montenegro, Emma Alegre, Leroy Salvador
Ang Ibong Adarna (1955) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
Ikaw Kasi (1955) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Nenita Vidal, Manding Claro
Handang Matodas (1956) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
Krus na Kawayan (1956) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Aida Carino
Bahala Na (1956) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Leroy Salvador
Tingnan Natin (1957) LVN Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa
El Robo (1957) LVN Armando Goyena, Delia Razon
Basta Ikaw (1957) LVN Carlos Padilla Jr., Emma Alegre
Casa Grande (1958) LVN "Heredero" episode – Armando Goyena, Mario Montenegro
Venganza (1958) LVN Mario Montenegro, Carmencita Abad, Peria Bautista
Juan Tamad Goes To Congress (1959) Manuel Conde Productions Manuel Conde, Adorable Liwanag, Tessie Quintana
Juan Tamad Goes to Society (1960) LVN Manuel Conde Tessie Quintana
Bayanihan (1960) LVN Nestor de Villa, Carmencita Abad
Molave (1961) Manuel Conde Pictures Manuel Conde, Rosita Noble, Leroy Salvador
Si Juan Tamad at si Juan Masipag sa Pulitikang Walang Hanggan (1963) Manuel Conde Productions, Manuel Conde Tessie Quintana
Tadhana: Ito ang Lahing Pilipino (1977) NMPC pre-spanish episode
Source: Urian Natatanging Gawad 1979


James DR said...

Simon, again, thanks very much for this Manuel Conde movie ads! As always, hindi mo ako binibigo sa mga requests ko! God bless!


Video 48 said...

Welcome, James!

neto/malikot said...

thx sa mga movie posters....nabibigyan mo ako ng idea kung anong movies ang bibilhin ko sa LVN...


Jinky Winky said...

Hi! I'm one of Manuel Conde's grandkids and according to my Mom, my Lolo was born on October 9, 1915 and he died on August 11, 1985. Just a minor detail that my mom noticed... LOL. My mom greatly appreciates the recognition you give my Lolo. We would also like to inform you that on July 16, 2008 at the CCP Dream Theatre (also aptly named Manuel Conde Theatre), my late Lolo's coffee table book, commemorating his great contribution to the movie industry, would be launched... We could only wish to be there to partake in the said event but we couldn't since me and my family live here in the US now. My mom and my dad were also with us. Anyway, just letting you know... Thanks for everything! You're the best!

Video 48 said...

Thanks, Janice!

Anonymous said...

does anyone no where i can get a copy of krus na kawayan? my grandfather was solano guadite. if you know where i could get any of the movies he directed please let me know as well. secretariot4@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

Simon...gud day!i'm Manuel Noel Urbano...the last son of Manuel Conde...i'm very thankful 4 your efforts...now people will know more about "Manuel Conde"...Well...fyi lng po...maybe people wonders kung may iba pa bang anak c "Juan Tamad" na nasa showbiz bukod kay "Mr. Shooli"...well meron pa po...I'm also working in d showbisness...behind d scene nga lang...minsan lang mag "on cam"...i'm a voice talent...mga telenovela and tsinovelas...and like my father...i'm also d voice behind so many cute puppets like "kokey" of abs-cbn..."imaw" of encantadia...dilawan,elahe and a lot more!Salamat sa Talent ng Tatay namin...medyo naambunan pa ako ng konting Talent Nya!!!he he!

Thanks again!!!

Anonymous said...

to mr. Manuel Noel,
napa tira ba ang father mo sa LIM AN st. PASAY CITY?


Unknown said...

to anonymous...sa Baclaran,P'que po kami nakatira...doon nakatira mother ko...

Anonymous said...

maraming maraming salamat po sa mga alaala ng nakaraan.dahil sa inyo, lumipad ang isipan ko sa nakalipas na panahon.konting puna lang po na palagay ko ay kailangan. si genghis khan po ay mongol at di chinese..salamat po and GOD BLESS.

Janice Anne said...

National Artist na si Lolo... finally!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

to janice ann:
Sino ba mga parents mo.kasi ang father ko ay si julian yulo sa screen name nya.driver sya ni tiyo naning(manuel conde)tawag namin sa kanya.sino d2 parents mo?ke kuyatofee,kuya to,kuya jun,ding,chito?wala naman asawa si ate nene aT kuya eman.

Janice said...

to Anonymous:

Mother ko po yung daughter ni Manuel Conde kay Elvira Reyes, yung madalas naging leading lady niya sa mga movies niya (including Genghis Khan)...

Rodolfo Samonte said...

I just saw this posting. Are there any Manuel Conde movies in existence that one can buy? Ka-Birthday ko pala siya, October 9, also with John Lennon. Malapit na, hahaha. Tumantanda.

Anonymous said...

chitoTo a noel; si kuya chito ito.ano ang E-mail mo?

Mr. JimmyUy said...

I'm Mr. Jimmy Uy, HS Teacher, I'm interested pagdating sa films ni Manuel Conde.
ask ko lang video 48 if kung saan ako pwede makabili o makapanood ng films ni Manuel Conde???
Pls... Reply po... tnx...

fnayve said...

to Mr Jimmy Uy, Sir You can buy a Manuel Conde Films sa LVN, Kung LVN Production po. Naka bili po ako sa kanila last year ng "Badjao". My father work with Manuel Conde, My Father is Vicente (Vic)Urbano Nayve.
I know ABS CBN is planning to buy LVN, is ever mabili nila ang LVN hindi ka na tayo makakabili.

Student at UST said...

To MR. MANUEL NOEL CONDE, I am a journalism student at UST and is currently doing a documentary project of your father, Manuel Conde for my Art Appreciation Class, and was wondering if it would be possible to interview you. Thank you for your time.. Hopefully you'll be able to oblige to my request.

Faye Bustamante said...

Hi! anak po ako ni Ric Bustamante founder of S.O.S DAREDEVILS, I was so happy ng makita ko mga old movies ng papa ko. I hope I can buy some of old movies na kasama sya....Thank you po and I hope u don't mind kung copy ko yun mga movie ads nya..God bless !

Unknown said...

Hi video 48 mahilig ako magbasa about history,at kasama na dun ang mga old movies n movie stars,sana mdagdagan pa ang mga collection mo,dati me naging stunt boy nung panahon ni wengweng thanks!keep up d gud work!


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