Danny Castillo Sillada
Danny C. Sillada in 2007
Danilo Castillones Sillada

(1963-04-27) 27 April 1963 (age 60)
Cateel, Davao, Philippines
Nationality Philippines (Davaoeño)
EducationAteneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, Queen of Apostles College Seminary, San Carlos Seminary, Philippines
Known forPainting, installation art, performance art, literature, philosophy, music, critical theory
Notable work“Menstrual Period in Political History”(2005)
MovementSurrealism, Existentialism

Danny C. Sillada (born April 27, 1963) is a Filipino artist, writer and cultural critic[1][2] from Mindanao. Sillada has contributed to various art forms, from painting, to music and performance art. He was a recipient of 2003 "Pasidungog Centennial Awards" for literary and visual arts,[3][4] a centennial event that was attended by the president of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in his hometown province in Davao Oriental.

In 2005, Sillada was controversial for his artwork titled Menstrual Period in Political History,[4] “a satirical take on the recurring political crisis in the Philippines. This controversial mixed media piece (an attempt was made to destroy it at the height of the “Hello Garcipolitical scandal) reflects the artist's critical stance toward the power struggles that “are putting our country into pit.””[5]

As a multi-talented artist,[6] Sillada also writes and publishes poetry and philosophical essays both on print and on-line, composes and performs ethnic songs, hip-hop and ethno-techno music at the local Metro Manila alternative venues. He was described in a research paper submitted to the University of Asia and the Pacific as “the embodiment of a Filipino who defies the existing trend. His multi-faceted attribute in the humanities, as a Renaissance man, is identical with those of well-rounded historical figures during the Renaissance period in Europe. Sillada is a visual artist recognized in the Philippine art scene for his paintings and installation artworks, a literary writer who is into prose and poetry, a philosopher, whose writings are akin with existentialism, a first-rate performance artist, and also an art-critic." An excerpt of the research paper on Danny Sillada submitted to the University of Asia and the Pacific by Michael Marlowe Uy and Katrina Kalaw[7] is available online.[8]

He studied priesthood (Roman Catholic) at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas[9] and San Carlos Seminary, Philippines, but left his vocation six months before his ordination to the Sacrament of Holy Orders to become a full-time artist.

Sillada obtained his BA Philosophy and Literature at the Queen of Apostles College Seminary, Davao (1986); his graduate and post graduate studies in Bachelor in Sacred Theology (1990) and Pastoral Theology (1991) at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and his MBA (units) at the Ateneo de Manila University (1993), Philippines.


  1. ^ Shar Matingka, “The Surrealistic Reality of Danny Sillada”, Illustrado Archived 2009-09-25 at the Wayback Machine, Dubai, November–December 2008, pp. 52-54. Last retrieved August 30, 2009.
  2. ^ one of Sillada's writings in Manila Bulletin Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. Last retrieved August 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Diansay, Dante Palmera. “Cateel Centennial Awardees”, Cateel Centennial Book 2003: Our Heritage, Our Legacy and Our Pride. Published by the Local Government Unit of Cateel, Tesoro Press, Southern Mindanao, Philippines (ISBN 978-971-9359-90-6), (2006), pp. 41-42, 55, 361.
  4. ^ a b "ABS-CBN Interactive". archive.org. Archived from the original on 6 August 2007.
  5. ^ "whatson-expat.com.ph".
  6. ^ Robert De Tagle (July 31, 2009). "Mindanaoan artist Sillada explores 'Uncharted Border' in New York" (PDF). asianjournal.com. p. 2. Retrieved August 30, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "DANNY SILLADA: A FILIPINO RENAISSANCE MAN (An excerpt from a Research Paper on the Life & Works of Danny C. Sillada submitted to the University of Asia and the Pacific by Michael Marlowe Uy & Katrina Kalaw)". Archived from the original on 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
  8. ^ "SPRACI - ASIA". spraci.net. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
  9. ^ "University of Santo Tomas - Pontifical and Royal - The Catholic University of the Philippines". ust.edu.ph.