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‘Diplomat Hotel’ opening night is ‘bittersweet’ for director

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CASTILLO (WITH GRETCHEN BARRETTO, LEFT). His father’s son.

It will be “bittersweet” for Christopher Ad. Castillo on the opening night of his Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival entry, “The Diplomat Hotel,” on Wednesday, July 31, 9 p.m. at the CCP.

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Celso Ad. Castillo in the eyes of his son

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CHRISTOPHER Ad. Castillo (inset photo) when he was a young boy beside his late father, director Celso (right) on the set of “Return of the Dragon”

What will happen now to “Ang Lalaking Nangarap Na Maging Nora Aunor,” which would have been the late Celso Ad. Castillo’s swan song?

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Cinemanila pays tribute to late great filmmakers with special screenings

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“TAGLISH,” directed by Gym Lumbera in black and white for the 14th Cinemanila International Film Festival, is about “the infidelity between two languages.”

The Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012, which opens on Thursday till Dec. 11 at the Market! Market! in Taguig City, will pay tribute to great Filipino filmmakers who passed away this year.

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Did You Know: Celso Ad. Castillo, sculptor

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Beauty queen-actress Maria Isabel Lopez reveals a seldom-seen side of the late filmmaker Celso Ad. Castillo.

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Curtains close for Celso Ad. Castillo

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CASTILLO. In his films, bed and altar sometimes became one!

Before his death earlier this week, director Celso Ad. Castillo had been generally inactive for years, except for occasional outings as a character actor in indie productions. And yet, his demise was mourned by many in the Filipino movie industry as the loss of a major talent, unique in his career-long cinematic celebration of history, patriotism, religion and sex—what an idiosyncratic combination!

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