From left, Dr. Linda Pelayo (wife of the late Bert Pelayo, Filipino Reporter publisher and editor-in-chief), Eleanor de Leon, Dr. Prospero Lim (president of the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc.), Charo Santos-Concio (ABS-CBN president and CEO), Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. and Juliet Payabyab (president of United Mindoro International, Inc.) at the Astoria World Manor in Queens, N.Y. on Nov. 21, 2015.  (Photo by YetBo/LoveRita)

Contributed to the Filipino Reporter

“Lunchtime with Ms. Charo,” a private Welcome Lunch Reception, was recently organized by the United Mindoro International, Inc.

Charo Santos-Concio, the president and chief executive officer of ABS-CBN, is the pride of Mindoro.

On Nov. 21, 2015, she was received by Consul General of the Philippines in New York, Ambassador Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr., and his wife Eleanor; by her fellow Mindoreños, most especially by her classmates in elementary and high school in Calapan City where she grew up; selected community leaders; entrepreneurs; and friends in the entertainment industry and media.

Santos-Concio was chosen to preside over this year’s Gala for the 43rd International Emmy Awards held at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan Hotel on Nov. 23.

She has experience, beauty and good heart — the right person for the job as president and CEO of ABS-CBN Corporation in the Philippines.

Santos-Concio is best remembered for her “Maalaala Mo Kaya” (“MMK”) TV show which is now on its 24th year.

She will always be the “pinakamagandang babae sa balat ng Mindoro” as mentioned in my speech at the Astoria World Manor in Queens, N.Y. on Nov. 21.

I come from the same district and Catholic school where Santos-Concio grew up, along with her five siblings.

(Editor’s note: Juliet Payabyab is the president of United Mindoro International, Inc.)


Some members of United Mindoro International, Inc., as well as some of the other welcoming group, in a photo with Charo Santos-Concio (center) after the reception at the Astoria World Manor in Queens, N.Y. on Nov. 21.  (Photo by YetBo/LoveRita)


Charo Santos-Concio (right), ABS-CBN president and chief executive officer; and Juliet Payabyab, president of United Mindoro International, Inc., at the Astoria World Manor.  (Photo by YetBo/LoveRita)


Reception for Charo Santos-Concio and Piolo Pascual (both at right) at the official residence of the Philippine Consulate General in New York on Nov. 21. Also in photo are Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr.  (Photo by Edwin Josue)


With the Fil-Am Press Club of NY and some community leaders.  (Photo courtesy of Edwin Josue)

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