ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio wants for Filipino shows will be recognized by the global community.
ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio shared with ABS-CBN News’ Mario Dumaual that she felt honored for being chosen as one of the Gala Chair in the 43rd International Emmy Awards on November 23 in New York City. The awards night will consist of more than 500 broadcast and internet companies from 60 different countries around the world.
“I’m so honored I felt like I was floating parang ‘Wow! Do you know how to be recognized by the board of [International] Emmys to host a gathering of the creatives and the production people and the talents from all over the world’?”
Ms. Charo also shared that she didn’t expect to achieve this kind of success. She revealed that her first job at the Kapamilya network was as a production assistant. She also went to work for the UN, but decided to go back to the Philippines because she missed her father.
“Hindi ko akalain na mabibigyan ako ng opportunity to be really of service to our Kapamilya, to our kababayans. To be able to represent our country and my company with pride and honor.”
She also expressed her gratitude to the ABS-CBN employees and the Kapamilyas who have touched her heart.
“A leader can only be as good as the team he/she is working with. Hindi puwedeng mabuo ka ng sarili mo lang. I’ve been so blessed my heart is filled with gratitude for every single employee who has touched me and for every single Kapamilya who has brought me love and inspiration,” she said.
Ms. Charo also strongly believes in the creativity of the Filipinos and she’s hoping that one day Filipino shows would also cater to the international community.
“Sana naman ano sa kaunting paraan ay nakapagbigay ako ng inspirasyon sa mga kasamahan natin. A lot of Filipinos have great stories to tell about our Filipino spirit of strength and resilience. And I really hope more of our shows would be recognized by the international community. Yes [that’s the ultimate challenge] and I’m sure na isang araw na five to ten years from now Filipino content will be as big as content from other parts of the world.
“I believe in Filipino genius, I believe in Filipino creativity. Our teleseryes have been bought in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Central Asia, Africa so you know that’s great recognition for our talent as creative people.”