Broadcasting icon Castro was also an actor

Posted at 04/05/12 2:29 PM

Veteran broadcast journalist Angelo Castro Jr.
MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - Not many might know that veteran broadcast journalist Angelo Castro Jr., who passed on Thursday morning due to cancer, was also an actor.

He was even part of the 1987 foreign film "Sweet Revenge."

According to the website IMDb,  Castro was also in the films "Scorpio Nights (1985)," "Bakya Mo Neneng (1977), "Markadong Anghel (1976) and "Kumander Alibasbas" with former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada.

Castro was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Kumander Alibasbas" at the 1982 Famas Awards.

Erap: Angel a principled man

In an interview with ANC on Thursday, Estrada said his friend and colleague in the film industry was a committed man.

The two forged a friendship throughout the years even after Castro left acting for broadcasting.

“He has been a good friend of mine since way back. We have been together in so many movies,” Estrada told ANC on Thursday.

“He is a big loss to the movies, more especially to broadcast. Alam naman natin na si Angelo is a very well-respected broadcaster,” he added.

Estrada said he last saw Castro a month ago, when he visited the latter at the St. Luke’s Hospital in Quezon City.

The former president said Castro, despite his ailing condition, was in a good mood during his visit.

“He was in a good mood nung binisita ko siya. Nagbibiruan pa kami eh. Masiyahan naman si Angelo, we treat each other as the best of friends,” said Estrada.

Estrada had only good words for his friend Castro, whom he called “Angel.”

“He was a person of principle, may paninindigan. He was a gentleman all the way. Lagi niyang dala ‘yung anak niya, he was a good family man and a good father. He was a good friend, wala siyang kaaway, lahat kaibigan niya sa movies,” he said.

Estrada also said Castro never failed to attend his birthday parties in their many years of friendship.

“He is a big loss to me as a friend,” he said.

Aside from "Kumander Alibasbas", Castro also starred in the films "Scorpio Nights” and "Bakya Mo Neneng.”

Still looking good

In a recent exclusive interview with ANC's Tina Monzon Palma, Castro's wife June Keithley said she was surprised to see the 75-year-old Estrada still looking good and healthy when he went to the hospital to visit her husband.

Keithley said she asked Estrada why he was still in good health and he said, in jest, that he had many women still taking care of him while his friend, Angelo, only had one.

Estrada is married to Loi Ejercito but has relationships with several other women, including former actress Laarni Enriquez.

A prolific theater actor, Castro was also a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi at University of the Philippines.

He also had a flourishing TV career in the 70s. He played the role of "Bong" in "Baltic & Co."