Charo Santos imparts lessons learned from her modeling days

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ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos imparts words of wisdom to her Instagram followers: "Go, just walk! If I didn’t take that one step 50 years ago, I wouldn’t be here giving you these #CharosTips." Charo has committed to her memory a piece of advice she got during her modeling days that has served her well in her long years in showbiz. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the ABS-CBN executive wrote, "I often catch myself asking - "kaya ko ba yan?"

"On my first ever modeling stint on TV, when I was about to walk, I couldn’t move my body. I got nervous. I got scared... I thought 'Kaya ko ba to?' Until one of the models told me, 'Go Charo, just walk.'" Those words have kept Charo going, especially when the going gets tough.

She continued, "That stuck with me until now - in times of uncertainties and doubts, I just tell myself, 'Go Charo... just walk!' And was it all a smooth walk? Of course not, but I learned these things: It will never be a walk in the park all the time. But that’s what makes it exciting. You might fall and sometimes it's going to be a really hard fall, but as the saying goes, it's not how you fall but how you stand up. The harder the fall, the greater the lesson. And that’s what makes life worth living."

In few simple words, Charo offered her own piece of advice to her followers about getting ahead. She wrote, "If you don’t take that first step... you won’t get to where you want to be. It always has to start somewhere. Sometimes you have to walk with others. It’s never fun to walk alone."

Toward the end of her post, knowing from her experience that even the best-laid plans can be thrown into disarray, she urged her followers not to be afraid to take risks.

She said, "Of course you can honor the fear and the uncertainties but don’t stay too long on that route. Rest a bit and then walk again. Always look around and enjoy the view. Learn to appreciate. Learn to be grateful. It will make the walk meaningful. Are you stuck and scared to move? Go, just walk! If I didn’t take that one step 50 years ago, I wouldn’t be here giving you these #CharosTips."

Charo was the chief executive officer of ABS-CBN Corporation from 2012 to 2016. Currently, she simultaneously holds the positions of ABS-CBN's chief content officer and president of ABS-CBN University.

Charo also remains the host of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the longest-running drama anthology on Philippine television which she started hosting in May 1991.


Tetchie Agbayani returns to ABS-CBN via Init Sa Magdamag. She left the network in 2018 after 10 years and did two drama series for GMA-7. She will be part of the upcoming Kapamilya prime-time series Init Sa Magdamag, top-billed by Yam Concepcion, JM De Guzman, and Gerald Anderson.

Tetchie was seen in one of the scenes in the trailer released yesterday, March 18, 2021. She will portray the role of JM’s mother in the series. Upon the release of the trailer, the official Instagram account of talent management agency Celebrity Connection, headed by Shirley Kuan, posted a photo of Tetchie announcing her inclusion in the series.

On October 20, 2020, Celebrity Connection also posted a photo of Tetchie on the set of the show. The caption read: “On the set, new Teleserye coming soon... Good Morning.”

Init Sa Magdamag, a production of ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Star Creatives unit, is set to air in April 2021 on Kapamilya Channel on cable, Kapamilya Online Live on YouTube and Facebook, A2Z Channel 11 and TV5 on free TV.

Tetchie’s last two teleseryes with GMA-7 were the afternoon teleseryes Contessa (2018) and Dahil sa Pag-ibig (2019), in which she played kontrabida roles. Contessa was Tetchie’s comeback project with GMA-7 after doing teleseryes with ABS-CBN for 10 years until 2018.

Some of Tetchie’s projects with ABS-CBN were Ligaw na Bulaklak (2008), Habang May Buhay (2010), Dahil sa Pag-ibig (2012, different from the 2019 GMA-7 show), Aryana (2012), A Beautiful Affair (2012), Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw (2013), My Little Juan (2013), Pure Love (2014), Flordeliza (2015), Dolce Amore (2016), and The Greatest Love (2016).


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