Celso Ad Castillo

  • Birth Name: Celso Adolfo Castillo
  • Birth Place: Laguna, Philippines
  • Died: November 26, 2012
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Started out as a comic series writer; eventually got a chance to write his first screenplay, which was a spoof on James Bond.
  • Made his directorial debut with the black-and-white film Misyong Mapanganib (1966).
  • Achieved nationwide recognition for his eighth movie Nympha (1971).
  • Burlesk Queen (1977) won him the Best Director and Best Screenplay Awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival.
  • Received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
  • Taught at the Asia Pacific Film Institute. 
  • Was one of the 12 veteran directors selected by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for 2013 Sineng Pambansa: Master Directors Film Festival.
  • Was working on his autobiography when he passed away. His family helped complete the book and released it under the name Celso Ad. Castillo, an Autobiography & His Craft.


  • John Ad Castillo — Brother
  • Monique Castillo — Son
  • Christopher Ad. Castillo — Son
  • Ofelia Lopez-Castillo — Wife
  • Roxanne Ad Castillo — Daughter
  • Patrick Ad Castillo — Son


  • Manuel L. Quezon University, Manila, Philippines

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