Charo Santos-Concio

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Charo Santos-Concio
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Charo Santos-Concio
Born María Rosario Santos y NavarroNote
(1955-10-27) October 27, 1955 (age 60)
San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
Alma mater Harvard Business School
St. Paul University Manila
Occupation Board Member and Chief content officer of ABS-CBN Corporation
President of ABS-CBN University
Host for Maalaala Mo Kaya
Film and television producer
Years active 1970–present
Religion Catholic
Spouse(s) Cesar Rafael Concio, Jr.
Children Francis Concio
Martin Concio
Parent(s) Dr. Winifredo Santos
Nora Navarro-Santos

Maria Rosario Santos y Navarro de ConcioNote popularly known as Charo Santos-Concio or simply Charo Santos (born October 27, 1955) is a Filipina media executive, host, occasional actress, television and film producer, and host of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running television drama anthology in Asia. She is currently the Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines, President of ABS-CBN University. Santos-Concio plays a powerful role in TV and film production in the Philippines.[1] On March 3, 2008, she was promoted as the fifth 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, the 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 Communication Arts degree. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.


Santos-Concio was first noticed by the media as Baron Travel Girl in 1976. She also worked as a production assistant with the 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 reopened on September 14, 1986. Santos-Concio was promoted from Production Manager, to Program Director to Executive Vice-President. She is credited in the production of several phenomenal television series of ABS-CBN including Esperanza, Mula Sa Puso, Pangako Sa 'Yo, and Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay. 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.

On January 1, 2016, she retired as President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation and was succeeded by ABS-CBN's Chief Operating Officer Carlo L. Katigbak. She remains as the Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN while having an additional role as the President of ABS-CBN University and serves as the executive adviser to ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Eugenio Lopez III.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • 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


^ ^ Charo Santos-Concio's full name is unclear as her birth was registered prior to July 1956 birth registration where the middle name or maternal family name was implemented.[4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ She will take over as ABS-CBN CEO after the current CEO retires on December 31, 2012.[2]
  3. ^ "Charo Santos-Concio appointed CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation". 
  4. ^
    This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Santos and the second or maternal family name is Navarro.

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Preceded by
Eugenio Lopez III
ABS-CBN Chief Executive Officer
January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2015
Succeeded by
Carlo L. Katigbak
Preceded by
Eugenio Lopez III
ABS-CBN President
March 3, 2008 – December 31, 2015
Succeeded by
Carlo L. Katigbak