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R.I.P. Celso Ad. Castillo: 5 Most Memorable Movies

Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa director now in heaven
by Gelo Gonzales | Nov 27, 2012
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The “Messiah” of Philippine cinema, provoc-auteur Celso Ad. Castillo, passed away last November 26 due to a heart attack. A prolific director during the '70s and '80s, Castillo had a reputation for going beyond the norm and was even dubbed the “enfant terrible” of the local industry.

In honor of the late, great filmmaker who was responsible for introducing the Filipino audiences to a sexier Ate V, Gloria Diaz, and the sultry Vivian Velez, FHM has put together a list of some of his unforgettable work. Though he is gone, these films (and the other classics directed by Celso Ad.) will live forever in our hearts (and loins) as some of the most forward filmmaking (for its time) this country has ever seen. Rest in peace, direk!

Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa (1974)
Before this film was released, Gloria Diaz was still clinging on to her image as the 1969 Miss Universe titleholder. She shed that persona quite flawlessly as Isabel, a strange and alluring woman who is washed into a sleepy fishing village. But there’s more to Isabel than meets the eye. Despite her queenly and seductive nature, she’s rotten to the core. Causing turmoil and chaos for the lonely couple that takes her in.

Burlesk Queen

Ate V definitely ain’t no nun in this one. In the original version of the racy drama, Vilma Santos plays Chato, a woman forced into the seedy world of stripping to support her ailing father. But soon Chato learns that her infamy comes at a price. With a potent mixture of sinful innocence and charismatic grace, Ate V nails the role of virginal ambitious working girl, winning her that year’s Best Actress award at the Metro Manila Film Festival. Girls, we say learn from the Star For All Seasons: Going sexy can indeed get one far.

Patayin mo sa Sindak si Barbara (1974)
This blockbuster was such a hit during the time of bellbottoms that a 1995 remake was made by Chito Roño, starring Lorna Tolentino. But the original, which is a far superior version by the way, starred Susan Roces as Barbara, an over-loving sister to her brokenhearted sibling, Ruth. When they both fall for the same man, Ruth ends up committing suicide and her spirit longs for vengeance. This macabre and calculated supernatural love triangle was horror at its finest, showing that Castillo had more than skin flicks up his sleeve.


Before there was Kris Aquino, or Iza Calzado, or Lovi Poe, the elegant Susan Roces was the princess of the horror genre. In Castillo’s Maligno, highly influenced by such horror classics as The Exorcist and The Omen, Madam Susan showcased ultra-likeable appeal as the victim of a lamang-lupa-like demon. Her fear was so real it earned her the FAMAS award for Best Actress.

Paradise Inn

“Miss Body Beautiful” herself, Vivian Velez, starred in Celso Ad.'s bold and (often tagged as) exploitative film about the sins of the flesh. The daring and poignant look at the trappings of love and lust garnered five major awards at the Metro Manila Film Festival, namely Best Picture, Best Actress (Vivian Velez), Best Story (Celso Ad Castillo), Best Cinematography (Romeo Vitug), and Best Editing (Edgardo Vinarao), leaving audiences craving for a little slice of paradise for themselves.

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