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Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas, the Queen of Events, is now a magazine publisher, launching Rising Tigers with National Bookstores.


Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas, the Queen of Events, is now a magazine publisher, launching Rising Tigers with National Bookstores.

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In a well-attended gala of the business industry’s who’s who of entrepreneurial giants, engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas—the woman behind successful shows, an unparalleled civic and multiplatform leader, adviser to billionaires, and media maven par excellence—successfully launched Rising Tigers Magazine.

The Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) Committee and TAG Media Group launched this new publishing milestone on March 22, 20221 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, with the banner story “Top 50 Rising Tigers, Nation Builders across Asia Pacific,” featuring Frontrow Enterprises’ dynamic duo, RS Francisco and Sam Verzosa, on the covers.

Engineer Nicolas, who is taking on new hats as Publisher and Managing Director of the latest business and lifestyle magazine to be exclusively distributed by National Book Store, the Philippines’ oldest and largest book store, said, “We keep on innovating, we’re already writing in broadsheets, event maven, concert producers, branding and pr experts, and adding the magazine is just to make our media excellence complete.”

Prestigious Editorial at Rising Tigers Magazine

The editorial board and content of Rising Tigers Magazine are packed with accomplished and ultra-successful tycoons and titans of Philippine business: Robert Laurel Yupangco, grandson of former President Jose P Laurel; Dr. Elton See Tan and Tan Yu III, father and son heirs to billionaire fortune; and Andrew Troy Nicolas, co-publisher of TAG Media Group.

Susan Afan of the Magsaysay Foundation and Elizabeth Timbol of the IELT Group, as well as Karren Cernal of the Zoomanity Group as Editor in Chief, are joining them as columnists for Rising Tigers Magazine.

Rising Tigers Magazine was conceptualized to feature the latest in Asian and Philippine business and society, with 80% of its pages dedicated to business and 20% to society lifestyle, with a special focus on the success stories of veteran and emerging business icons and personalities that move and shake various industry sectors.

Mernel’s CEO, Merle Balicao with Rising Tigers Magazine
Alexandra “Xandra” Ramos Padilla of National Bookstores The managing Director and her family own National Bookstores
Rocking Metro Manila’s Events Landscape

As if publishing a quarterly 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, but 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 Baños 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 President 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 NobodyButGrace in the social media 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 plantrepreneur 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 believes in continuous education, holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and took an MM in Engineering Management from Colegio de San Juan de Letran also attended programs in Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the Asian Institute of Management and the Ateneo de Manila University and trained in Social Media Management in Malaysia and now also a certified mentor and coach for Entrepreneurial mind-setting, Marketing, and Business Development.