MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN CEO and president 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.
Charo, 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 with Working Mom 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, Charo 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 secretaries 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.
Charo Santos talks about her upbringing in StarStudio’s May issue
Meanwhile in StarStudio’s May issue, Charo looks back on her upbringing and gives credit to her mother for shaping her to become the woman that she is today.
Charo happily tells StarStudio that it was her obedience to her mother that led her to land major projects.
“Kapag sinabi niyang ‘join this contest,’ I would obey because I wanted to see her happy,” she says.
It was through the Baron Travel Girl competition that 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.
Charo, 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. Tinuruan niya ang mga girls how to sit na ‘yung pleats ng skirt, hindi magugusot. 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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