MANILA, Philippines – Celso Advento Castillo, the veteran film director credited for creating such classics as “Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa,” “Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara,” and “Burlesk Queen” among others, died of heart attack early Monday morning in his hometown of Siniloan, Laguna. He was 69.
Before his death, Castillo was working on his book, “Celso Ad. Castillo: An Autobiography and His Craft.”
An English Literature graduate from the Manuel L. Quezon University, Castillo started his career as a writer, publishing his own works via a magazine funded by his father.
His foray into films began two years after graduating from college, when he wrote and directed his first movie, “Misyong Mapanganib” at 21 years old.
In 1971, he established himself as a writer-director of note when his opus "Nympha" became a huge critical success, with the film screened at the Venice Film Festival that year -- only the second Filipino film to have earned such a recognition after "Gengis Khan" in 1950.
Castillo went on to helm over 60 films encompassing a variety of genre including horror, drama, erotica, suspense, comedy, fantasy, and action -- along the way allowing actors such as Fernando Poe Jr. and Vilma Santos to carve their own niche in the movie industry.
CASTILLO, Celso Advento
Born: 9/12/1943, Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines
Died: 11/26/2012, Siniloan, Laguna, Philippines
Celso Advento Castillo’s western – screenwriter:
Omar Cassidy and the Sandalyas Kid – 1970 [screenwriter]