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October 27, 1955 |
Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
|Occupation||Maalaala Mo Kaya Host
President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation
Film and television producer
|Spouse(s)||Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr.|
|Children||Francis and Martin Concio|
|Parents||Dr. Winifredo Santos and Nora Navarro-Santos|
Maria Rosario Santos known as Charo Santos-Concio or Charo Santos (born October 27, 1955) is a Filipina television executive, host, 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. On March 3, 2008, Ms. Charo Santos-Concio 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.
Charo is the daughter of Dr. Winifredo Santos and Nora Navarro. She is the second of six children with eldest sister Suzanne, Malou (Head of Star Cinema), only brother Joey, Mae (ABS-CBN Executive Producer), and Millette (wife of comedian/actor/writer/director Edgar Mortiz). She is married to businessman Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr. and has two sons, Francis and Martin. She is now a grandmother to two little girls. She took up an advanced management course at Harvard University. She won also the Miss San Beda and became the muse of the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA.
Charo Santos 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. 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.
- 2013 OFW Gawad Parangal, Kapisanan ng mga Kamag-anak ng Migranteng Manggagawang Pilipino, Inc. (KAKAMMPI)
- 2013 Anak TV Seal Award, Anak TV Seal
- 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 Makabata Star (Most trusted and admired by the youth), Anak TV Seal
- 2011 Woman Super Achiever Award, CMO’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 Seal
- 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
- ABS-CBN website
- She will take over as ABS-CBN CEO after the current CEO retires on December 31, 2012.GMA NEWS.TV, Former actress Charo Santos-Concio is new ABS-CBN president
- "Charo Santos-Concio is new ABS-CBN President". Business World Online. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2009-02-11.[dead link]
- Almo, Nerisa (2008-01-02). ""Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" bags six out of 12 Luna Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2009-02-11.