Queen of events – Grace Bondad Nicolas; Publisher and Managing Director of Business Magazine “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders” – the woman behind successful shows, an unparalleled civic and multiplatform leader, and adviser to billionaires—assumed the top post as Publisher and Managing Director of business and lifestyle magazine “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders.”
Grace Bondad Nicolas and Bounty Agro Ventures Inc President Ronald Daniel Mascariñas
This new publishing milestone, another brainchild of the Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) Committee and TAG Media Group, will be launched on March 22, 20221 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig with the banner story, “Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific.”
The magazine will feature the best and the brightest in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, even in the whole of the Asia Pacific region, who never fail to balance commitment to growth and corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.
In November 2021, she launched ALA’s first coffee-table book, Profiles of Excellence, at the Embassy of Singapore in the Philippines during the ultra-exclusive awarding ceremonies.
Rocking Metro Manila’s Events Landscape
As if publishing a triannual magazine of business leaders is not enough, Engineer Nicolas, also a business writer for The Manila Times, recently launched the Beauty Industry Awards, to recognize and award the Philippines’ top beauty companies, leaders, and movers and shakers.
This would serve as the third diamond on her crown of mega-events for 2022, on top of Rising Tigers: Nation Builders and Asia Leaders Awards.
Indeed, the tireless supporter of all things productive, helpful, and socially responsible, Engineer Nicolas not only founded and judged Asia Leaders Awards, she was also the brains behind TAG Media Group—composed of TAG Media and Public Relations, AG Builders and Developers, and AAA Cosmetics and Trading Company—the team behind ALA and other successful shows.
TAG Media and Public Relations is the force behind Asia Leaders Forum, Asia’s Best Singing Competition, Asia Digital Marketing Expo, Asia HR Expo, Asia E-commerce Expo, Dwelo, and Pandemic Heroes Online Series in partnership with The Manila Times.
Making Waves Among Sociocivic Circles
Engineer Nicolas, a tireless achiever with a vast network of influence and organizational magic, has also recently been tapped by Kiwanis International to be its Events Director for its upcoming Asia Pacific Convention in April, while concurrently serving as the Lieutenant-Governor-Elect for Division 3A (Metro Manila) of the Kiwanis Philippine Luzon District.
She had likewise recently been elected Vice President for External Affairs by the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LBCCI) and is Vice President of the Makati Tourism Foundation.
Famously, Engineer Nicolas is recognized among business circles for making history as the first lady head honcho of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP) since its establishment 73 years ago to help Americans, Filipino Americans, and indigent Filipinos.
Chilling Out with Multimillion Peso Plants
Engineer Nicolas, fondly known as Gorgeous Grace by the HappeningPH community, however, has a more laid-back side to her very public high-society life as founder and proprietor of eco-tourism destination Hidden Hills Farm by Josefino.
Now a certified plantpreneur who recently completed her wishlist of million-peso-worth rare plants, she honors the memory and inspiration of her father, Josefino Bondad, by running their fruit and ornamentals farm and food destination in Calauan, Laguna.
“In this crisis, it’s your time to prove your worth and make a difference. Even while in lockdown, you can still do something productive and be of help to others by sharing your blessings,” she said, encouraging everyone to follow her lead.
Nicolas, who holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and took an MM in Engineering Management from Colegio de San Juan de Letran attended also programs in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at Asian Institute of Management and Ateneo with a Social Media Management training in Malaysia.