Charo Santos-Concio

María Rosario Santos y Navarro de Concio,Note popularly known as Charo Santos Concio or simply Charo Santos (born October 27, 1955), is a Filipina media executive and actress. She is the host of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running television drama anthology in Asia. From 2012 to 2016, she was the Chief Executive Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines. Currently she serves as Chief Content Officer and President of ABS-CBN University. Santos-Concio plays a powerful role in TV and film production in the Philippines.[1]

Charo Santos-Concio
Charo Santos Concio - President of ABS-CBN Corporation.JPG
Charo Santos-Concio
President, ABS-CBN Corporation
In office
March 3, 2008 – December 31, 2015
Preceded byEugenio Lopez III
Succeeded byCarlo Katigbak
Personal details
María Rosario Santos y NavarroNote

(1955-10-27) October 27, 1955 (age 65)
Legazpi, Albay, Philippines
Spouse(s)Cesar Rafael Concio Jr.
ChildrenCesar Francis S. Concio
Martin S. Concio
Alma materSt. Paul University Manila
OccupationChief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation
President of ABS-CBN University
Host for Maalaala Mo Kaya
Film and television producer

On March 3, 2008, she was promoted as the fifth president of ABS-CBN Corporation and in charge of the company's total business portfolio, taking over from interim president Eugenio López III. She took over as CEO after López retired on December 31, 2012.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Santos-Concio was born the second of six children of Winifredo Santos, a physician, and Nora Navarro. One of her siblings is Malou, the head of Star Cinema.

She is married to businessman Cesar Rafael Concio Jr. on November 9, 1982 and together they have two sons, Francis and Martin, and two granddaughters. She is also the aunt of Bryan Santos, M.O.R. disc jockey and actor.

She graduated cum laude from St. Paul University Manila with a communication arts degree. She also completed a short program in Advanced Management 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, Santos-Concio 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 three Gawad Urian nominations for The Woman Who Left, 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 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 stepped down as President and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation and was succeeded by Carlo Katigbak, the Chief Operating Officer of the company at that time. She's currently the Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation and the President of ABS-CBN University.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

  • 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



Year Title Role Network
1991–present Maalaala Mo Kaya Herself / Narrator ABS-CBN
1997 Esperanza Isabel Illustre-Salgado
2010 May Bukas Pa Virgin Mary
2018 Since I Found You Elvie Capistrano
2019 Starla Lola Tala


Title Year Role Ref.
The Rites of May 1976 Charo Santos
Tisoy! 1977
Camerino 1978
High School Circa '65 1979
Boy Kodyak 1979
Sino'ng pipigil sa pagpatak ng ulan? 1979 Ikuko Susuki
Ang alamat ni Julian Makabayan 1979
Durugin si Totoy Bato 1979
4 na Maria 1980
Aguila 1980 Atty. Monica Salvación "Sally" Llamas de Águila [4]
Disco Madhouse 1980 Maya
Kakabakaba Ka Ba? 1980 Melanie
Pag-ibig na walang dangal 1980
Brutal 1980 Clara
Kontrobersyal 1981 Mers Madsen
Dakpin si pusa 1981
Lukso ng dugo 1981 Aklang
Kisapmata 1981 Milagros Carandang
Ermitaño 1981
My Juan and Only 1982 Aklang
Hindi mo ako kayang tapakan 1984 Anna
Mga Batang Yagit 1984
Hindi mo ako kayang tapakan 1984 Doña Anastacia "Anna" Hernandez vda. de Tuazon
Uhaw Na Uhaw 1985
Batas sa aking kamay 1987
Paano kung wala ka na? 1987 Doris
Vigilante 1987
Wanted: Pamilya Banal 1989 Lorena Banal
Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak 1990 Rowena Guatlo [5]
Island of Desire 1990
Kapag langit ang humatol 1990 Dorina
Dinampot Ka Lang sa Putik 1991
Kailan Ka Magiging Akin 1991 Leila [6]
Alyas Ninong: Huling kilabot ng Tondo 1992
Lakay 1992
Ms. Dolora X 1993 [7]
Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie 1994 Narrator [8]
Esperanza: The Movie 1999 Isabel Salgado [9]
The Woman Who Left 2016 Horacia Somorostro / Renata [10]
Eerie 2018 Mother Superior Alice [11]
The Mall, The Merrier 2019 Herself


^ ^ 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.[12]


  1. ^ "ABS-CBN". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Charo Santos-Concio appointed CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation". Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ Abellon, Bam V. (November 12, 2019). "The drama behind Aguila: Walkouts, diva turns and confrontation on the set of FPJ's best film". ABS-CBN News. ANCX. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Charo Santos-Concio becomes CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation".
  6. ^ "Charo Santos-Concio Reunites With Judy Ann Santos on a TV Project".
  7. ^ "Filipina Hero, Charo Santos-Concio: The Superwoman".
  8. ^ "Santos-Concio is new ABS-CBN president". The Philippine Star.
  9. ^ "Charo Santos-Concio reunites with Judy Ann Santos for this TV project". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  10. ^ "Charo Santos deserves Oscar nod for 'Ang Babaeng Humayo,' US film critic says". ABS-CBN News.
  11. ^ "LOOK: 'Eerie' starring Bea, Charo makes world premiere in Singapore". ABS-CBN News.
  12. ^

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