Charo Santos-Concio: ‘You learn more from your failures than your success’


At 61, Charo Santos-Concio is considered as one of the most powerful women in local media industry—surging from production assistant to now Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN.

The host of the longest-running television drama anthology “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” passes on new life lessons these days including aging gracefully and leaving a legacy based on values.

“Legacy is really more about values, a universal truth that you leave your children. Whatever role a person portrays because we wear different hats in life, I hope they were able to touch the lives of everyone they meet along the way and teach them lasting values,” Concio said.

The media executive teaches everyone to face their fears saying, “you learn more from your failures than you would ever learn from your success.”

She believes that having confidence allows people to take risks, learn from experience and reach their goals.

“It’s really courage and having the inner strength to face the truth and your fears and see how you can stretch yourself and see your capacity to excel, to love, to do good,” she said.

Now in her golden years, Concio starts to confront the next phase of her life— retirement. Nonetheless, she has become more adventurous and open.

“I knew that I’ll be going through some adjustments but I look forward to it because I’ve been working all my life. I’m enjoying this stage where I’m able to try things I have never done in my life. I’m still discovering myself. You reach the stage where you have gone through so much, you learned so many lessons. Maybe because I’m so open na to all the opportunities coming my way. That also speaks about my attitude ever since I was young. Surprises continue to come my way,” Concio shared.

She said that at her age, the only thing that has changed is her attitude towards life, she has now more desire to try different things.

The mother of two also shared what she’s doing to secure the future of her children, what with the early demise of her father, it taught her the importance of preparing for the future of the loved ones that individuals leave behind.

Concio is an award-winning actress who starred in critically-acclaimed films both local and international. She was appointed as the 5th President of ABS-CBN in 2008, 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. 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.

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