“I feel like I’m starting all over again. I’ve come full circle.”
This is what Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN’s Chief Content Officer and Maalaala Mo Kaya host, said in an interview with TV Patrol, to describe her life at the moment. With Maalaala Mo Kaya celebrating its 25th year, she has been active in campaigning the drama anthology’s silver anniversary through Kwentuhang Kapamilya, a series of tours where she visited OFWs from Spain, Hong Kong, and Canada, along with Filipinos in Davao, to listen to their stories.
In addition to Kwentuhang Kapamilya, she's also busy with the promotion of the show's companion album MMK Life Songs, and the premiere of her comeback film Ang Babaeng Humayo, directed by Lav Diaz, which will be screened at this year's Venice Film Festival.
For the companion album, an impressive roster of OPM artists, including Aiza Seguerra, Gary Valenciano, KZ Tandingan, Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, and many more, contributed their voices to the 23-track set, 10 tracks of which involve Santos' reflections on Maalaala Mo Kaya through the years. Making the album even more special is the participation of her granddaughter Julia in the song “Sana,” where Santos herself sang a few lines.
The English version of “Desiderata”, originally written by American writer Max Ehrmann, is the album’s current single:
As for her acting comeback in Ang Babaeng Humayo, we've got three teaser photos to give you a glimpse of what to expect from Santos' portrayal of the title character Horacia Somorostro:
This early, the Cinema One Originals-produced movie has been making waves as the only Asian entry in the Venice Film Festival, happening from August 31 to September 10. With Direk Lav's brilliant vision that helped him bring home awards for his previous works (which include Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan; Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon; and Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis, to name a few), Santos playing the lead and other award-winning actors like John Lloyd Cruz as part of the cast, it will be no surprise if Ang Babaeng Humayo will rake in accolades.
With these projects currently on Santos-Concio’s plate, along with endorsements [related: Beauty Inspo: Charo Santos-Concio, Ultimate Peg for #BestBeautiful], she is living proof that age is nothing but a number because even if she's going to turn 61 soon, she still can go head-to-head with the artists of this generation.
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