Carrillo was born in Kalibo, Aklan,
Philippines, the site of the local Mardi Gras
known as the Ati-Atihan.
Fred showed promise at an artist at an early
age, delighting his teachers in grade school
when he would sketch pictures in his
textbooks. When World War 2 broke out, the
young Carrillo drew propaganda materials for the
guerilla movement in Panay.
The war-time experience led to a job doing
illustrations for komiks after the war. His
first strip was Pompi, followed by Karias for
the Bayani Weekly Magazine. He divided his
time doing komiks and freelancing in animation
with a friend who worked as a cameraman from LVN
Studios. He moved back and forth from
animation to stage design unti he finally
settled with komiks illustration.
Komiks #199 May 23, 1960His first assignment was
Adbentura ni Marko Polo that was supposed to
appear in the pages of Aliwan Komiks, to be
published by Liwayway Publications. The company,
however, stopped publication of Aliwan and
Carrillo was not paid for his artworks.
Pedrito Reyes, author of Kulafu, did not want to
see Carrillo's talents wasted so he brought the
young artist to Tony Velasquez, head of ACE
Publications, for a possible stint. This was the
start of a beautiful relationship to last more
than three decades.
Carrillo was eventually made an exclusive
illustrator for ACE Publications, where he
initially did Daluyong, folowed by Daryo ang
Mahiwagang Bata, in semi-cartoon style. Often
besieged by deadlines, Carrillo soon gave up
writing to devote his entirely to illustration.
Teaming up with Clodualdo Del Mundo, he
illustrated Hercules, Prinsipe Paris Walang
Kaparis, Misteryso, Paladin and Kayumangging
Krisantemo. With Romy Lachica, a
police reporter from the Manila Times, Carrillo
did a daily mini series entitled "Ronnie Belo,
It was at this time that Carrillo was made art
director as well as editor of Espesyal Komiks.
When ACE Publications closed down in 1962, he
went freelancing with yet another company, this
time for Graphic Arts Service, Inc.
In 1972, Carrillo's work started to appear
abroad, specially in the United States for DC
Comic,s Vincent Fago Productions and
Pendulum Press where he adapted classics like
William Shakespeare's MIdsummer Night's Dream,
The Taming of the Shrew, Swiss Family Robinson
For DC, he illustrated stories for Phantom
Stranger, Black Orchid, Weird War Tales and
House of Mystery.
Fred passed away August, 2005