Our beloved school mentor, and revered camera club colleague, Dr Amado Castro, PhD, First Dean of the UP School of Economics (UPSE), Diliman, QC, passed away last June 10, 2017.
Last October 2016, the UPSE put up a simple exhibit, spearheaded by our Camera Club of the Philippines (CCP) colleague Leo Riingen, Batch ’84, with photos taken by our beloved Doc Amado Castro, also as a gesture of honor and tribute to the founding Dean of the UPSE. Here’s sharing the title board with the write-up Leo and TG Serrano, Batch ’82, made to introduce the photo exhibit at UPSE.
“Ibang Clase si Doc”
An Exhibit of Class Pictures taken by Doc Amado Castro
What do typical parents do when their children earn their first medals in sports or in school, or attend their prom night, or perhaps graduate from school? Take their pictures proudly, what else?
At the UP School of Economics, our second home, we alumni certainly have had our own father and mother figures who have mentored and guided us through our most opportune time in this grand learning institution, in their own profound and caring ways.
But among those mentors we have had at the UPSE is someone who is a standout of sorts, thanks to his traditional ritual mostly at the end of each completed semester – and that person is the one and only Dr AMADO A. CASTRO. Doc Castro, as most of his students fondly call him, probably would land a distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records, for being the only teacher on record who has taken the most number of class pictures under his wing, over the greatest number of years, all by himself.
More profoundly though, we, UPSE alumni, all know by this time that Dr Castro is one of the greatest pillars of our alma mater, being the founding Dean of the UPSE from 1965-1973, during which time he spearheaded the building of the strongest faculty team in Southeast Asia.
Doc Castro is a lifetime member of the Camera Club of the Philippines, the oldest and most prestigious photo society in Asia. This writer and some of UPSE’s alumni who are now his younger colleagues at the Camera Club of the Philippines, all respect and adore him not only because of his artistic talents being a photographer par excellence of ballets at the CCP, but for his gentle, fatherly and generous ways promoting camaraderie and humility in the Camera Club.
This exhibit showcases a collection of Doc Castro’s photos taken with his analog Nikon, Contax or Leica in film. For decades, Doc Castro, like a father, has enthusiastically taken pictures of his students. Now, fast forward to this digital age, many of his subjects may have bloomed, gained some weight, grown a mustache, lost some hair, or may have been elected or appointed by an incumbent President to lead this country. Regardless, these students will sure enjoy their exhibited college photos and reminisce their photo sessions at the UPSE grounds.
Doc Castro is probably the only bachelor in the world who has the biggest number of babies, so to speak, and who had been photographed by him, like a true loving Father to his children.