‘Love begins with understanding,’ Charo Santos tells Thomasians

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ABS CBN University President Charo Santos-Concio shares her life experiences as she launch her memoir in UST last Aug. 18, Friday. Photo by Rhenwill James G. Santos.

ABS-CBN University President Charo Santos-Concio on Friday reminded Thomasians to have love for oneself as she launched her memoir and gave a “leadership lecture” in UST last Aug. 18.

“When you begin to understand yourself and love yourself, that’s the only [time] when you can love others—with no judgment,” Santos-Concio said.

The three-time winner of the USTv students’ choice award for drama anthology explained the importance of knowing oneself before leading others.

“When you have an idea to lead yourself, only then you can lead people. When you are authentic and honest to yourself, then you can be authentic and honest to people,” she added.

Santos-Concio, also the chief content officer of media giant ABS-CBN Corp., also warned Thomasians of the effects of bashing people in social media.

“Sometimes, we judge just for may masabi lang—bashing for the sake of bashing. But do we really know the person we just hurt by bashing?” she said.

“Sadly, the online world provides an illusion of anonymous courage. But how many bashers would stand for what is right, in person or face to face, or without being protected by the social media?” she added.

Santos-Concio is best known for hosting “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” the longest-running television drama anthology in Asia, on air for 25 years now.

The event, which also served as the external book launch of her memoir titled “My Journey: The Story of an Unexpected Leader,” was hosted by the UST Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies and ABS-CBN. E.B. Coldora

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