Abel Romeo Castillo: Biography, Works and Contributions - science - 2023



Abel Romeo Castillo was an Ecuadorian historian, journalist, writer and poet born in Guayaquil on January 22, 1904. He is one of the most famous characters in Ecuadorian literature of the early 20th century, standing out for his essays, poems and songs.

Castillo is the author of Romance of my destiny, a popular Ecuadorian aisle played by singer Julio Jaramillo. This song has become one of the popular songs in Ecuador.

Throughout his life he worked as a journalist for the newspaper El Telégrafo, which his father owned.


Son of José Abel Castillo and Betsabé Castillo Martiz, his father was at that time the owner and manager of the newspaper El Telégrafo, so Abel from an early age was related to the world of writing and journalism.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, he traveled to the United States, where he studied English and briefly took medicine classes.

Before finally deciding on lyrics, he also attended Culver Military School, where he was boxing champion at featherweight, however, he never decided to pursue a sports career.

He obtained the title of Doctor of Historical Sciences at the faculty of philosophy and letters of the Central University of Madrid in 1931, then he went to the universities of Columbia in the United States, and La Plata in Argentina, where he took journalism classes. He married Giannina Echeverría Espinoza in 1946.


In 1933 he returned to Ecuador where he became an important figure in the cultural and social sphere of his time.

He was one of the founders of the Guayaquil Society of Independent Artists and WritersLikewise, he was involved in the creation of the Guayaquil and Quito journalism schools.

During the years after his return to Ecuador, he held very important public and private positions such as Deputy to the National Assembly, Member of the Ecuadorian Delegation to the United Nations, Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Guayaquil and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters.


He made several historical essays where he touched on political and social issues, as well as the effect of journalism in Ecuador (specifically in Guayaquil) and its impact on people.

Some of these trials were The independent Guayaquil printing company, The governors of Guayaquil in the 18th century, Bolívar in Ecuadorian thought Y New discovery of Guayaquil.


Apart from his great contributions to the development of education, journalism and writing in Ecuador, Abel Romeo Castillo is well remembered for his songs and musical poems, among which stand out Creole romance of the Guayaquil girl, Tremor romance Y Romance of my destiny.

Romance of my destiny it is perhaps his most famous song, published as a poem in 1936 and massively popularized in 1940 thanks to the musicalization by Gonzalo Vera Santos.


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