Charo Santos-Concio turned 63 today.
The former president and chief executive officer of ABS-CBN may have retired from the daily grind back in 2015, but she did not retire from life.
“I felt very good that I didn’t have to wake up at 8 in the morning and I didn’t have my ‘to-do’ list for the day,” Charo recounts her first thoughts on her first day as a “retiree.”
A New Role
The award-winning actress credits her family, specially her grandkids, for bringing newfound joy into her life. “When I became a grandma, it changed my perspective about life. It’s like rediscovering life all over again from the eyes of a child.”
Charo has taken to traveling and other activities now that she has all the time for herself and her family. “I want to discover other parts of the world. I read a lot… I started taking up painting lessons,” she tells The Good Life.
“I’m doing this for me. I really want to enjoy life,” she adds.
A New Partner
Charo was recently launched as the newest beauty ambassador of Ultherapy, alongside former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.
Ultherapy is a non-invasive lift using ultrasound energy developed by Merz Aesthetics.
Charo, who has undergone Ultherapy, admits that she has always been curious about the treatment. She reveals, “My sense of curiosity doesn’t end with just reading about it… Ultherapy boosts my confidence. One should always believe in yourself , love yourself, no matter what age you are.”
The mother of two also considers it a “mortal sin” to neglect one’s self. “Looking good is part of feeling good! If you love yourself then you would always want to feel good… I think women should stop playing coy about staying beautiful and taking care of one’s self,” she explains further.
Admired for being one of the first female leaders in the entertainment and network industries, Charo has this advice for those who want to follow in her footsteps: “Never allow your mind to rot. Keep learning. Stay curious. Take care of your physical wellbeing and make sure you exercise and eat a balanced diet. Ang hirap kung magkasakit ka, how can you pursue your dreams?”
From a young movie fan, to an actress, producer and eventually to a network executive, Charo’s success story is by itself worthy of its own movie. She has played many roles but the ones that she’s most proud of are her real-life roles of being a wife, a mom, and a grandmom.
“I am most thankful for the opportunities and blessings the entertainment industry has given me. I am known to be a career woman but I’m also a wife, a mother and I am very proud to say, a grandmother to three beautiful children, two girls and a boy,” shares Charo.