- 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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