ABS-CBN Corporation President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio graces the cover of Working Mom’s special Mother’s Day issue and opens up about her excitement in her role as a mother figure to her two granddaughters.
Santos-Concio, an influential figure in the media industry and a working mom herself, admits that she always looks forward to spending time with her two granddaughters, Julia and Talia, who join her in the cover of Working Mom’s Mother’s Day issue. She tells Working Mom that whenever she is with her two girls, she experiences the joys of being a mother and loves being a doting mother figure to them.
She also shares her parenting role as a co-discerner, saying that she pushes her sons to man up in making difficult choices in life. “Difficult choices come with pain. You have to man up to that pain. I always say, I will be here to support you, but I will not be the one to make that choice for you. It’s your journey, not mine,” she says.
On juggling work and family, Santos-Concio admits that whenever she has her share of tough times, she calls for help. She also explains that she empowers the people around her to help when the going gets tough, to the point of making the people around her – her executive assistants and even the executive team of ABS-CBN – aware that she is going through challenging times. “It takes a lot of humility to put aside your ego, admit that you could be vulnerable, that you have the same dose of human frailty as everyone else. It is the only way to grow,” she tells Working Mom. Meanwhile in StarStudio’s May issue, Santos-Concio looks back on her upbringing and gives credit to her mother for shaping her to become the woman that she is today.
She happily tells StarStudio that it was her obedience to her mother that led her to land major projects. “When she said ‘join this contest,’ I would obey because I wanted to see her happy,” she says. It was through the Baron Travel Girl competition that Santos-Concio got the attention of esteemed filmmaker Lino Brocka who invited her to audition for the female lead role in Itim, the film that catapulted Charo to stardom.
Santos-Concio, who is also known for her elegance, tells StarStudio that she learned to dress well and carry herself properly from her mother. “My mother had a regal bearing, and yet she did all this housework. She taught us girls how to sit in a way that it doesn’t crumple the pleats of the skirt. She’s quite strict when it came to etiquette, good manners, and how to conduct yourself in public. But she respected our own points of view,” she shares.
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