Talent manager and songwriter
Wife to Francis; mom to Julia, 6, and Talia, 5; and seven months pregnant with her third child
She may not be a familiar face to many, but there's a big chance you've come across Carla Concio's work (or client) one time or another.
You've probably listened to a song she wrote for a teleserye, watched a talent she manages in a concert, or seen her beautiful kids conquer the stage.
Yes, the whole family is all about music—husband Francis is a musician, and her daughters are "The Concio Sisters," who are carving their own name in the music industry.
And, of course, we can't finish an introduction without mentioning her mother-in-law: none other than ABS-CBN's "Ma'am Charo." For someone who is in the showbiz fold, Carla has managed to keep a low profile, opting to remain on the sidelines instead.
Carla, who will give birth in March, welcomed SmartParenting.com.ph to her lovely family home for an afternoon of mommy chit-chat that, yes, includes finding out what it's like to have one of the most powerful women in showbiz as a mother-in-law.
Do the kids have an idea what your work is?
"Yes. I bring them to shows and concerts sometimes. We also make them listen to songs that we composed for movies or teleseryes, like the song "Crossroads," which was played during that scene in the boat in the Richard Gomez-Bea Alonzo-Dawn Zulueta movie, The Love Affair.
"Francis and I also co-wrote "Tangi Kong Kailangan" for Dyesebel, which Lea Salonga sang.
"I also wrote a few songs for Juris."
How is Charo Santos-Concio like as a lola?
"As a lola, she's not a spoiler, even if they're the first apo. Hindi siya yung tipo ng lola na tuwing bibisita may pasalubong. 'Pag may occasions lang, like birthday or Christmas. Hindi niya sila sinanay with material things.
"Also, pag may ginawang mali yung girls, sasabihan niya talaga, "Don't do that, don't say that."
"As an in-law, she's very welcoming. Alam daw kasi niya yung feeling na 'iba' ka in a household.
"When she married my father-in-law, he had six children already. She was the new one to join that family. That's why she's very welcoming, kasi alam niya yung pakiramdam.
"Personally, hindi kami nagka-clash kasi hindi siya yung tipo na nakikialam with the girls. She will make suggestions, but she will not push them. She gives us that respect.
"Kapag minsan may gustong kumuha sa mga girls for a show, tatanungin siya. Sasabihin niya, "Why are you asking me? Ask the parents." And I truly appreciate that.
"Noong una, parang hindi ako makapaniwala na siya yung magiging mother-in-law ko.
"For the longest time, I've been Juris's manager, and I've known her as Ma'am Charo, 'tapos ngayon biglang mom na.
"Pero nung nag-usap na kami, and we got to know each other, okay na.
"Pareho kami kasi: we both came from the province—she's from Mindoro, I'm from Cebu—and yung traits ng isang probinsiyana, meron pa din siya hanggang ngayon.
"Like, simple lang ang gusto niyang pagkain.
"Sa TV, ang nakikita ng mga tao palagi siyang glamorous, pero 'pag sa bahay ang suot niya yung mga libreng T-shirts lang na pambahay.
"Even with makeup, kahit anong brand ita-try niya. Kahit yung nabibili sa drugstore, susubukan niya. Hindi siya mapili.
"There was one Christmas naman na nag-Divisoria kami. Kaya lang medyo pinagkaguluhan siya, kaya wala kaming nagawa.
"Nanghihinayang siya, at sabi niya mahirap pala.
"Recently, may pinanood kaming show (Shopkins) with her sa SM. 'Pag lakad niya, natanggal yung buong suwelas ng isang sapatos niya.
"Sinubukan pa niyang ayusin yung sapatos.
"Sabi ko, ako na lang ang mag-aayos kasi nakakahiya sa mga tao. Nagtataka siya.
"Sabi niya, 'Why? It's normal na masiraan ng sapatos.'
"So ang nangyari, sabi niya, "O sige, dahan-dahan na lang yung lakad natin." Naglakad siya nang walang suwelas yung sapatos niya.
"Hindi siya bumili ng bago kasi puwede pa naman daw ipaayos yun. She's very down-to-earth."
What is Lola Charo's favorite activity to do with the kids?
"When the kids were smaller, they loved bath time and bubbles. So whenever they were at her house, and the girls played in the bathtub, siya yung taga-blow ng bubbles. 'Pag nag-stop siya, sasabihin ng girls, 'Kaka [which is how they call their lola], again!'
"The president of a big company, taga-blow lang bubbles para sa mga apo niya sa bahay."
Read the full interview on Smartparenting.com.ph
* Minor edits have been made by PEP.ph editors.