Director Celso Ad Castillo Dies

Renowned director and script writer Celso Ad Castillo passed away at around 2:00 a.m. on Monday morning in his hometown Siniloan, Laguna after suffering from heart attack.

He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Pakil General Hospital at around 3 in the morning.

Castillo was noted for his movie contributions in the Philippine cinema such as “Nympha” (Nymph), 1971; “Burlesk Queen” (Burlesque Queen), 1977; “Isla” (Island), 1983; “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; and “Virgin People”, 1983.

He was the son of Atty. Dominador Castillo, and his wife Marta Adolfo. Castillo graduated from the Manuel L. Quezon University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

While his remains lie in the family residence in Laguna, burial rites are yet to be announced.