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Asia's Best Actress Charo Santos returns to acting via Lav Diaz film


Charo Santos, former President of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and an accomplished actress in her own right, reveals that she has just returned to acting with a film directed by internationally renowned filmmaker Lav Diaz. The film, entitled Ang Babaeng Humayo, was shot in Mindoro this year and Santos-Concio told the press today that she immediately responded to the script that was sent to her because she adored the material.

After screening his film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis at the Berlin International Film Festival, Diaz was set up with a talk with Santos-Concio, who also served as one of the film’s executive producers. After two days, Diaz sent the MMK host the script to which she reacted positively.

The film is said to be Diaz's entry to the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and will be produced by Cinema One, ABS-CBN's cable and independent film channel. Other cast include John Lloyd Cruz, Shamaine Buencamino, and Noni Buencamino.

A former Baron Travel Girl, Santos-Concio started as a production assistant at the old ABS-CBN. She immediately rose from the ranks and started producing films for the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, Vanguard/Vision Films, and eventually at Regal Films. She rejoined ABS-CBN as a production manager in 1987. She is said to be instrumental in the creation of the channel’s film production, Star Cinema. As an actress, Santos- Concio was dubbed Asia’s Best Actress for her leading performance in Mike De Leon’s seminal classic, Itim (1976). One of her last films before going full time as a TV executive was Miss Dolora X for which she was nominated for Best Actress at FAMAS, her fourth time. She was also memorable for her role as the Imelda Marcos-reminiscent in Lino Brocka’s Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak (1991).

Santos currently holds the esteemed position of Chief Content Officer at ABSCBN and president of ABS-CBN University. Incidentally, Santos-Concio was born in Mindoro – the setting of the Lav Diaz film she just finished shooting. Film critic Richard Bolisay on Twitter shared his excitement over the news of the TV matriarch’s acting comeback.


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