Celso Ad. Castillo

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Celso Ad. Castillo
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Born
Celso Advento Castillo

(1943-09-12)September 12, 1943
Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines
DiedNovember 26, 2012(2012-11-26) (aged 69)
Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Alma materManuel L. Quezon University
Occupation
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
Years active1965-2011
Spouse(s)Ofelia Lopez-Castillo
Children4

Celso Advento Castillo (September 12, 1943 – November 26, 2012) was a Filipino film director and screenwriter.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Castillo was born in Siniloan, Laguna on September 12, 1943. He became a movie director, scriptwriter and actor. He was the son of lawyer-writer Dominador Ad Castillo, and Marta Adolfo.

Celso Castillo studied at Manuel L. Quezon University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature in 1964.

Career[edit]

Castillo started as a writer for a comic magazine. With the help of his father, he published his own magazine where he wrote all the stories from cover to cover, using different names as authors. A movie producer commissioned him to write a script on the character of "James Bandong", named after Britain's superspy. The film made money and it was followed by a sequel, Dr. Yes, 1965, a spoof on the British film, Dr. No. He wrote and directed his first movie, Misyong Mapanganib (Dangerous Mission), in 1966.

The most memorable of his earlier films is Asedillo, 1971, based on a Filipino rebel of the 1920s who was hunted down as a bandit by the American colonial government. With this film, Fernando Poe, Jr. acquired the image that was to set him off as a legendary gunslinger, a defender of the poor and oppressed. Castillo also made Ang Alamat (The Legend), 1972, with Poe as a reluctant hero who battle a whole private army all by himself to defend his townfolks.

Succeeding Castillo films aspired towards thematic originality: small-town perversion in Ang Madugong Daigdig ni Salvacion (The Bloody World of Salvacion), 1975; incest in Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw (Rainy Days in Summer), 1975; political and period gangsterism in Daluyong at Habagat (Tall Waves, Wild Wind), 1976. Even his sex films had a to message to tell. One finds spiritual undertones in the story of an oversexed girl in Nympha (Nymph), 1971; a struggle of conscience in a stripteaser who laughed on the outside but cried on the inside in Burlesk Queen (Burlesque Queen), 1977; tribal conflict in Aliw-iw, 1979; a conflict of family values in Snake Sisters, 1983; and the politics of domination in Isla (Island), 1983.

Other notable Castillo films are Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko (The Wonderful World of Pedro Penduko), 1973; Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (The Most Beautiful Animal on the Face of the Earth), 1975; Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan (The Legend of Julian Makabayan), 1979; Totoy Boogie, 1980; Uhaw na Dagat (Thirsty Sea), 1981; Pedro Tunasan, 1983; Virgin People, 1983; and Payaso (Clown), 1986. It was Castillo who started a trend in Philippine movies known as the wet look which later helped establish bomba film as a definite genre.

Castillo won the Filpino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards for best director and best story for Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak (When the Crow Turns White, When the Heron Turns Black), 1978, and also won the Urian awards for best director and best screenplay for the same picture. He shared the story credits with Ruben Nicdao, and the screenplay credits with Lando jacob, Ishko Lopez and Ruben Nicdao. He won the FAMAS best director trophy again in 1985 for Paradise Inn, a Lolita Rodriguez-Vivian Velez starrer. He also has a FAMAS best supporting actor award, for Sampung Ahas ni Eba (Ten Snakes of Eve), in 1984.

Castillo's last directing role was Medical Center in 2011, while his last acting career on TV was Reputasyon in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Castillo was married 3 times and his last wife was Ofelia Lopez-Castillo. He had many children: Christopher (deceased), Catherine, John, Amerjapil, Patrick, Monique and Roxanne Ad Castillo.

Death[edit]

Celso Ad Castillo, died early morning of November 26, 2012, due to a heart attack, according to the director’s brother John.[2] Castillo, who was working on his autobiography Celso Ad. Castillo: An Autobiography and His Craft, died at 1:45 a.m. at his home in Siniloan, Laguna. He was brought to Pakil General Hospital at around 3:00 AM where he was declared dead on arrival.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Director[edit]

Title Year
Zebra 1965
Misyong Mapanganib 1965
Mansanas sa Paraiso 1965
Barako 1967
Kapwa Walang Pinapanginoon 1968
Romantiko 1970
Usapang Lalake 1970
Romantika 1970
The Virgin 1971
Nympha 1971
Asedillo 1971
Ang Gangster At Ang Birhen 1972
Santo Domingo 1972
Ang Alamat 1972
Kung Bakit Dugo Ang Kulay ng Gabi 1973
Esteban 1973
Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko 1973
Ati Ti Bondying 1973
Return of the Dragon 1974
Patayin Mo Sa Sindak si Barbara 1974
Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa 1974
Isabel of the Islands 1975
Ang Madugong Daigdig ni Salvacion 1975
Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw 1975
Daluyong at Habagat 1976
Ihalik Mo Ako Sa Diyos! 1976
Sa Dulo ng Krus 1977
Maligno 1977
Burlesk Queen 1977
Pagputi ng Uwak... Pag-Itim ng Tagak 1978
Bakit May Pag-Ibig Na? 1979
Aliw-Iw 1979
Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan 1979
Totoy Boogie 1980
Uhaw na Dagat 1981
Brown Emmanuelle 1982
Dragon's Quest 1983
Pedro Tunasan 1983
Snake Sisters 1984
Sampung Ahas ni Eva 1984
Virgin People 1984
Perfumed Garden 1985
Isla 1985
Paradise Inn 1985
The Diary of Vietnam Rose 1986
Kailan Tama Ang Mali 1986
Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha 1986
Payaso 1986
Mga Lihim ng Kalapati 1987
Pikoy Goes to Malaysia 1988
Comfort Women: A Cry for Justice 1989
Tag-Araw, Tag-Ulan 1992
Kapag Iginuhit Ang Hatol ng Puso 1993
Virgin People 2 1996
Isla 2 1996
Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat ng Lupa 1996
Mananayaw 1997
Lihim ni Madonna 1997
Droga: Pagtatapat ng Mga Babaeng Addict 1999
Virgin People 3 2000
Nympha 2003
Sanib 2003
666 2010
Medical Center 2011

Actor[edit]

Title Role Year Network
Star Confessions: Blind Item: The Carmelito 'Shalala' Reyes Confession Shalala's father 2010 TV5
Babaeng Hampaslupa Master Ming 2011 TV5
Reputasyon Samuel Aragon 2011 ABS-CBN

Writer[edit]

Title Year
Asedillo 1971
Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko 1973
Return of the Dragon 1974
Bakit May Pag-Ibig Na? 1979
Snake Sisters 1984
Virgin People 1984

Story[edit]

Title Year
James Ban-dong 1964
Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid 1970
Agent Silencer at Ang Pitong Brassieres 1970
Usapang Lalake 1970
Dimasupil Brothers 1971
Asedillo 1971
Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa 1974
Patayin Mo Sa Sindak si Barbara 1974
Isabel of the Islands 1975
Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw 1975
Burlesk Queen 1977
Pagputi ng Uwak... Pag-Itim ng Tagak 1978
Totoy Boogie 1980
Uhaw na Dagat 1981
Pedro Tunasan 1983
Isla 1985
Paradise Inn 1985
Payaso 1986
Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara 1995
Virgin People 2 1996
Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat ng Lupa 1996
Sineserye Presents: Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara 2008
Sineserye Presents: Maligno 2008
666 2010

Screenplay[edit]

Title Year
James Ban-dong 1964
Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid 1970
Agent Silencer at Ang Pitong Brassieres 1970
Usapang Lalake 1970
The Virgin 1971
Dimasupil Brothers 1971
Asedillo 1971
Ang Gangster At Ang Birhen 1972
Kung Bakit Dugo Ang Kulay ng Gabi 1973
Isabel of the Islands 1975
Tag-Ulan sa Tag-Araw 1975
Maligno 1977
Burlesk Queen 1977
Pagputi ng Uwak... Pag-Itim ng Tagak 1978
Totoy Boogie 1980
Uhaw na Dagat 1981
Pedro Tunasan 1983
Payaso 1986
Mga Lihim na Kalapati 1987
Virgin People 2 1996
Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat ng Lupa 1996
Sanib 2003
666 2010

Awards[edit]

Year Award Given Body Category Work Result
1985 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Story Paradise Inn Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Director Celso Ad Castillo dies". ABS-CBN News. ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. November 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Acclaimed director Celso Ad. Castillo dies, 69 | Showbiz | GMA News Online | The Go-To Site for Filipinos Everywhere". Gmanetwork.com. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-12-06.

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