Charo Santos-Concio

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Charo Santos-Concio
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President, ABS-CBN Corporation
Assumed office
March 3, 2008
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez III
Chief Executive Officer, ABS-CBN Corporation
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded by Eugenio Lopez III
Personal details
Born (1955-10-27) October 27, 1955 (age 59)
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Spouse(s) Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr.
Children Francis and Martin Concio
Parents Dr. Winifredo Santos and Nora Navarro-Santos
Education Harvard Business School
Occupation Maalaala Mo Kaya (host)
President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation
Film and television producer

Maria Rosario Santos known as Charo Santos-Concio or Charo Santos (born October 27, 1955) is a Filipina television executive, host, occasional actress, and film producer who hosts the network's longest-running drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. She is the President of ABS-CBN Corporation, and plays a powerful role in TV and film production in the Philippines.[1] On March 3, 2008, she was promoted as 5th president of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and in charge of the company's total business portfolio, taking over from interim president Eugenio Lopez III.[2]

Personal life[edit]

María Rosario is the second of six children born to Winifredo Santos, a physician, and Nora Navarro. She followed eldest sister Suzanne, and preceded Malou, head of Star Cinema; Joey, their only brother; Mae, who is an executive producer for ABS-CBN; and Millette Mortiz, the wife of actor, writer, and director Edgar Mortiz. She is married to businessman Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr. and together they have two sons, Francis and Martin, and two granddaughters.

She graduated cum laude from St. Paul’s College in Manila with a Communications Arts degree. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.


Charo was first noticed by the media as Baron Travel Girl in 1976. She also worked as a production assistant with a pre-martial law ABS-CBN.

In the 1980s, Charo produced a number of films such as Oro Plata Mata and Himala under the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines. She also served as the creative force behind the productions of Vanguard Films and Vision Films before moving to Regal Films.

She established herself as an award-winning dramatic actress early in her career, winning the trophy for her performance in Mike de Leon’s Itim during the 1977 Asian Film Festival. She was critically acclaimed for her performance in Lino Brocka’s 1990 film Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak which won several awards including a Best Director FAMAS for Brocka. Santos has also won four FAMAS Award nominations. She obtained two Best Actress nominations for Pag-Ibig na Walang Dangal (1980) and Kontrobersiyal (1981) and Best Supporting Actress nominations for Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak (1990) and Ms. Dolora X (1993). She also earned two Gawad Urian nominations for Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak and Itim.

In 1987, while working for Regal Films, she was invited to join the new ABS-CBN, which had re-opened in September 1986. Santos-Concio was promoted from Production Manager, to Program Director to Executive Vice-President. She was credited in the production of several of ABS-CBN’s films including Home Along the Riles, Esperanza and Pangako Sa ‘Yo during this period. Her film background played an important role in the creation of Star Cinema. She is also behind the longest-running Philippine TV drama anthology program Maalaala Mo Kaya, which she has hosted since it premiered in 1991.

On December 26, 2007, the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) awarded Charo Santos-Concio with the Manuel de Leon Award for her work in the industry.[3] On March 1, 2008, she was appointed as the 5th President of ABS-CBN, making her the first woman president of the media conglomerate and the Lopez Group of Companies.


  • 2015 Fleur-de-lis Award, St. Paul University Manila
  • 2014 Female Makabata Star, Anak TV Awards
  • 2014 Gold Stevie Award in the Female Executive of the Year in Asia, Australia, or New Zealand category, Stevie Awards for Women in Business
  • 2014 Asian Media Woman of the Year, ContentAsia
  • 2014 Woman Achiever for Tourism and International Understanding, 24th SKAL Tourism Personality Awards
  • 2014 Woman of the Year for the Philippines, 1st Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards
  • 2014 FitzGerald Belfry Lifetime Achievement of The Year, 94th Las Familias Unidas FitzGerald Awards
  • 2013 OFW Gawad Parangal, Kapisanan ng mga Kamag-anak ng Migranteng Manggagawang Pilipino, Inc. (KAKAMMPI)
  • 2013 Anak TV Seal Award, Anak TV Awards
  • 2013 Golden Wheel Award for Corporate Media Management, Rotary International District 3780 and the Quezon City government's The Rotary Golden Wheel Awards
  • 2013 Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Lifetime Achievement Award, 21st Golden Dove Awards
  • 2013 25-year Service Award, ABS-CBN Corporation’s Kapamilya Awards, 2013 Tourism Award (For Media Broadcast), Rotary Club of Manila’s 9th Tourism Awards
  • 2012 Gawad Tanglaw Sa Sining ng Telebisyon, 10th Gawad Tanglaw Awards
  • 2012 Outstanding Paulinian, St. Paul University Manila
  • 2011 Female Makabata Star, Anak TV Awards
  • 2011 Woman Super Achiever Award, CMO Asia’s Woman Super Achiever Awards
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Screen TV Awards
  • 2011 Gawad Parangal, Quezon City Government’s Gawad Parangal
  • 2010 CEO Communication Excellence in Organizations Award, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) CEO Excel Awards
  • 2010 Anak TV Seal Award, Anak TV Awards
  • 2007 Manuel de Leon Award, Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) Awards
  • 2007 Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award, 21st Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television
  • 1978 Best Actress for the film “Itim,” Asian Film Festival


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  2. ^ She will take over as ABS-CBN CEO after the current CEO retires on December 31, 2012.[2]
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