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Filmmaker Celso Ad Castillo dies at 69

Posted on November 26, 2012 10:23:42 AM | BREAKING NEWS

AWARD-WINNING filmmaker, actor and scriptwriter Celso Ad Castillo died on Monday due to a heart attack, his wife Ofelia Lopez-Castillo said in a statement released to reporters. He was 69.

Mr. Castillo, who directed more than 60 movies including “Asedillo” in 1971 and “Burlesk Queen” in 1977, died in his home in Siniloan, Laguna.
In 2007, Mr. Castillo was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer.

Born in Siniloan in Sept. 12, 1943, Mr. Castillo is the son of lawyer Dominador Ad Castillo and Marta Adolfo. He graduated in 1964 from the Manuel L. Quezon University with a degree in English Literature.

Mr. Castillo started as a writer for a komiks magazine, until he was commissioned to write a script for a spoof of the British superspy James Bond in 1965.

He directed his first movie, Misyong Mapanganib in 1966. But it was the film Asedillo in 1971 that made Mr. Castillo popular.

Based on the story of a Filipino rebel of the 1920s who was hunted down as a bandit by the American colonial government, the movie gave its lead actor, Fernando Poe, Jr. his second Best Actor trophy from the Film Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

Other notable movies made by Mr. Castillo are Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw in 1975, Nympha in 1971, Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa in 1975, Burlesk Queen in 1977 and Pagputi ng Uwak, Pag-itim ng Tagak in 1978, among others.

Before he died, he has just launched his tell-all book Celso Ad Castillo: An Autobiography and His Craft.