Filipino People Grieve with the Passing of Celso Ad. Castillo

Celso Ad. Castillo died early morning of November 26 after complaining of severe chest pains.

People who love Filipino films must be grieving now with the passing of the filmmaker, who was 69.

Direk Celso was called Celso Kid by his peers, the Messiah of Philippine Movies by his friends from the press, and The Enfant Terrible by his critics.

Some of his unforgettable films were Asedillo (1971), Nympha (1971), Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat Ng Lupa (1974), Patayin Mo Sa Sindak Si Barbara (1974), Burlesk Queen (1977), Pagputi Ng Uwak Pag-itim ng Tagak (1978), Virgin People (1984), at Paradise Inn (1985).

He also wrote and directed Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw, Snake Sisters, Perfumed Garden, Totoy Boogie, Kailan Tama ang Mali, Julian Makabayan, Ang Mahiwagang Daigdig ni Pedro Penduko, among others.

He played character roles in some of his own films and in the comedy series, Pikoy produced by Vivian Velez’s Amazaldy Films.

He also acted on TV and was seen in ABS-CBN’s Reputasyon and TV5’s Babaeng Hampaslupa.

His last project as a director was the TV movie, Medical Center with Gloria Diaz, Ara Mina, Zoren Legaspi, Ryan Eigenmann, Denise Laurel, and Mat Ranillo III in the cast.

He always wanted to penetrate the international market.