Sabado, Agosto 6, 2022

First woman president of American Association of the Philippines also in Kiwanis as Lieutenant Governor


Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas—the woman behind successful shows, an unparalleled civic and multiplatform leader, and adviser to billionaires—assumed the top post in the Philippine Luzon District Division 3A as the 2022-2023 Lieutenant Governor. 

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 at the recently concluded and super successful, 2022 Asia Pacific Convention (ASPAC) last April, she gave the direction, made the script of the online event which attended by the whole Kiwanians globally. 

The woman leader is also the Publisher and Managing Director of the most distributed magazine in National Bookstores—Rising Tigers magazine that features  the best and the brightest in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia, even in the whole of the Asia Pacific Region. 

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 quarterly magazine of business leaders is not enough, Engineer Nicolas, also a business writer for The Manila Times, recently launched the #MWWM awards last June at Hilton Manila’s Grand Ballroom. 

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

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  NobodyButGrace 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 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.

Kiwanis International was established in 1915 in US and is a non-profit, civic organization serving the children of the world. They are advocating to help the indigent children and is existing in the Philippines for more than 50 years. For it to continue its advocacy, it needs people with genuine concern for others.

Huwebes, Hulyo 14, 2022

You can still score a Samsung Galaxy S22 by joining this Tiktok challenge


Samsung Philippines recently launched a Tiktok challenge, “Make City Nights Epic” that highlights Samsung’s latest innovation in camera technology, Nightography. Powered by the biggest sensor in Galaxy’s line of smartphones, the Galaxy S22 lets users capture videos with more light, motion, and  detail, even at night.


The Tiktok challenge encourages everyone to film their epic adventures at night around the city, with the allure of a brand new Galaxy S22 up for grabs as the contest’s prize.

#TeamGalaxy Ambassador, LA Aguinaldo with his #MakeNightsEpic challenge entry


A number of influencers have already shared their videos online, showing their unique city adventures, from new restaurant discoveries to having fun around town with their closest friends. There’s no limit to the fun adventures one can capture at night, with the help of Nightography.

#TeamGalaxy Ambassador Roselle Vytiaco with her #MakeNightsEpic video


To qualify for the challenge, participants must film their epic adventures in the city at night. Entries must be uploaded on Tiktok with the hashtags #MakeNightsEpic and #[Your City] (for example, #MakeNightsEpic in #Manila). Entries should then  be uploaded on to count. Each entry will be evaluated based on its creativity and  originality. The TikTok challenge will end on July 17, 2022 (Sunday).

The Galaxy S22 Series is now available in stores at the following prices:


      Galaxy S22 Ultra: PHP 68,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 72,990 SRP (256 GB) / PHP 80,990 SRP (512 GB)

      Galaxy S22+: PHP 56,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 60,990 SRP (256GB)

      Galaxy S22: PHP 45,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 49,990 SRP (256GB)


Users can also take home the Galaxy S22 Series for as low as PHP 1,916.25/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months via Samsung Authorized Dealers Nationwide and Samsung Authorized Online Store. Citibank card holders can get up to 36 months installment at 0% interest for as low as PHP 1,277.50/mo.[1] On the other hand, PNB card holders can get their first installment month for FREE and pay 0% interest for up to 24 months in select Samsung Experience stores and Abenson Stores.[2]


For more information about the Galaxy S22 Series, visit

Safe Samsung Shopping


Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.


Samsung Experience Stores also have unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.


To find the nearest Samsung Experience store, visit



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[1] DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-136353 Series of 2022

[2] DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-133888 Series of 2021

Lunes, Hulyo 4, 2022

Asia Digital Marketing Awards to highlight the best campaigns and the CEOs behind the best brands

The most effective campaign right now because of the reach not just in the Philippines but globally is through digital. In the Philippines, almost 75% in the population is using social media. Our organization launched in 2012 the Laguna Blogging Summit for 4 years and eventually transformed into Asia Leaders Forum series, Asia Digital Marketing Expo and Asia HR Expo. 

From the organisers who brought Twitter and Facebook speakers for the first time in the Philippines in 2016, here comes Asia Digital Marketing Awards 2022. 

We invited the best in media also to be part of the awards committee to check the nominations and endorsed  to be part of this FIRST prestigious awards ONLY about the people behind these successful brands and effective campaigns. 

•Edwin Sallan- Business Mirror 

•Blanca Mercado- The Manila Times 

•Jojo Silvestre- The Daily Tribune 

•Andrew Nicolas- Rising Tigers Magazine 

•Janette Toral- I Metrics Asia (The mother of E Commerce) 

•Robert Laurel Yupangco- Yupangco Group

•Tanyu III- E Hotels & Resorts 

•Dr. Elton See Tan- Asiaworld Internationale 





Best Digital Campaign

Best in Content 

Brand of the year 

CEO of the year 

Young CEO of the year 

Brand Manager of the year 

Poster of the year 

Brand Ambassador/Endorser of the year  

Best Advertising or Marketing on Mobile

Best Display Campaign

Best Search Marketing Campaign

Best Viral Marketing Campaign

Best Email Marketing Campaign

Best Social Media Marketing Campaign 

Best Mobile Marketing Campaign

Nominate by sending the following to 

1. Company profile 

2. Category 

3. Campaign 

4. CEO, Company or profile of the nominated in the category 

Gala night will be on September 22, 2022 at Hilton Manila and will be well attended by the credible media in the industry. By invite only.

Lunes, Hunyo 27, 2022

Asia Digital Marketing Awards 2022: Nomination Is Now Open

Celebrate the best digital marketing work and talent in Asia. Let’s recognized these companies and people behind these magnificent campaigns online who have delivered unique and original digital media projects. 

From the organizers  of Asia Digital Marketing Expo that brought speakers from Facebook and Twitter in the Philippines in 2016 comes Asia Digital Marketing Awards. Presenting the list of Companies, Brands and People. 

From new approaches to digital subscriptions, to impactful native advertising campaigns – projects that inspire us all.

Highlighting also the CEOs behind these brands who built patronage and loyalty among their distributors and customers globally. 

Nominated Companies;




Skin Magical

Fredley Group of Companies 

Mondelez International 

Brilliant Skin

JC Premier 


Frontrow Philippines 


Best Digital Campaign

Best in Content 

Brand of the year 

CEO of the year 

Young CEO of the year 

Brand Manager of the year 

Poster of the year 

Brand Ambassador/Endorser of the year  

Best Advertising or Marketing on Mobile

Best Display Campaign

Best Search Marketing Campaign

Best Viral Marketing Campaign

Best Email Marketing Campaign

Best Social Media Marketing Campaign 

Best Mobile Marketing Campaign

Nominate by sending the following to 

1. Company profile 

2. Category 

3. Campaign 

4. CEO, Company or profile of the nominated in the category 

Awards committee is composed of the media from different credible publications like Business Mirror (Edwin Sallan),  Daily Tribune (Jojo Silvestre)  and The Manila Times (Blanca Mercado) with business titans like Robert Laurel Yupangco, Janette Toral, Tanyu III, Andrew Troy Nicolas and Dr. Elton See Tan. 

September 22, 2022


Hilton Manila

Asia Leaders Awards Unfolds SME Circle Awards


                                       RJ Ledesma

On June 20, 2022 at Hilton Manila hold SME Circle Awards to highlight the innovation and leaders who are promoting inclusiveness and more jobs for the Filipino people.

In the Philippines, Small and Medium Enterprise of SMEs are defined as any enterprise with 10 to 199 employees and with assets valued from P3 million to P100 million. SMEs and micro enterprises combined make up 99.6% of establishments in the country this making them as the modern day heroes for helping the economy.

Tag Media Group with advisers like Dr. Elton See Tan and Robert Laurel Yupangco of Yupangco Group nominated 4 outstanding individuals and these are Rene (RJ) Ledesma Jr of Mercato Centrale, Marjorey Rubio of Becxs Logistic Solution, Gerry Santos of Mr. Freeze Tube Ice and special award for Elisha Pontanares for her achievement in music.

The event is the first under Tag Media Group for SMEs since during pandemic, these emerging and young leaders are the one shining more by hiring displaced employees and innovating to help the economy. The event was sponsored by Yupangco Group of Companies and Aqua Skin Philippines.

Teen Vocalist Elisha Pontanares
Dr Elton See Tan, Celebrity Host RJ Ledesma, and Tan Yu III
MerNels’ Merle Mendoza Balicao and Pocholo “The Voice Master” Gonzalez
Russel Dionisio

Linggo, Hunyo 26, 2022

Makati Tourism Foundation Inc. and Asia Leaders Awards 2022 once again in partnership


   Robert Laurel Yupangco, Dr. Elton See Tan with wife, Ms. Korea Carlyn Tan and son Tan

The largest and biggest in Asia Pacific, Asia Leaders Awards with multiple events for the whole year; Asia Leaders Forum, SME Circle Awards, Men and Women Who Matter List, Asia Digital Marketing Awards and People & Company of the year highlighting the leaders who are making a difference not just in their own organization but beyond welcomed once again MTFI or Makati Tourism Foundation Inc as it’s partner. 

Makati Tourism Foundation Inc President, Dr. Elton See Tan wishes to highlight not as many companies as possible but just the few that exemplified what real leadership is all about. Leadership might not be for everybody based on our differences and foundations but real leaders keeps on shining with their characters and success speaks for themselves. 

MTFI is encouraging the companies to nominate the people and companies that provide exemplary service and encourages Asia wide based organizations to submit their nominees at 

The companies and people nominated must have accomplishments that demonstrate the organization providing high service level standards, global best practices, with corporate social responsibilities, and that the majority of these demonstrable results, major new activities to be highlighted , or initiatives have occurred within two years. 

Nominations will be accepted until August 15, 2022. Grand gala on November 22, 2022.

Huwebes, Hunyo 23, 2022

Triumphant Leaders grace Asia Leaders Awards


June 22, 2022 – The country’s top leaders and innovators were in attendance for the prestigious Asia Leaders Awards with an objective to highlight the success of these leaders who in spite of challenges still have time to help the marginalized and rise even during the pandemic.

The 13 honorees in attendance include:

  1. Jeffrey Amurao Geronimo – Founder and General Manager, Aqua Skin Philippines
  2. Archie G. Carrasco – Chairman, AGC Power Holdings Corp.
  3. Ronald Daniel Mascariñas – President, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.
  4. Francisco “Paco” Magsaysay – Founder, Carmen’s Best Ice Cream
  5. Ian R. Garcia – Chief Executive Officer, TSM Group
  6. Silliman Sy – Chief Operations Officer- Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc.
  7. Salvador Panelo – Lawyer and Public Servant
  8. Marjorey Rubio – Co-Founder, Bexcs Logistic Solutions Inc.
  9. Joel Ferdinand SJ Lopez, MD, CNS, DABAARM – President and Medical Director, JLopezMD Medical Group, Inc.
  10. Ms. Lotis Ramin – President, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Phil.), Inc.
  11. Jin Zhichao – Vice President, ZTE Philippines Inc.
  12. ZTE Philippines Inc. – Telecom Vendor of the Year
  13. Jessa Macaraig – Founder, The Pretty You

The other two honorees who didn’t make it to the event were:

  1. George Barcelon – Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries
  2. Joel Cruz – Aficionado and Tako Ya Tea – represented by Roy Redondo

Among the night’s distinguished honorees was the Chairman and CEO of AGC Power Holdings Corp., Mr. Archie G. Carrasco, who was named one of the 15 Rising Tigers and Nation Builders under the Men and Women Who Matter List 2022.

In his acceptance speech, Carrasco made clear his guiding principle of “purpose over profit” and his mission of reigniting Philippine media with the introduction of Vogue Philippines.

Different ambassadors from different countries are also in full support like H.E. Claudio Rojas of Chile who, together with his wife, stayed in the event till the end.

Keynote was made by Israeli Ambassador H.E. Ilan Fluss who shared also the long friendship between the Philippines and Israel.

Ambassadors from Sri Lanka, Greece, and Romania were also in attendance.

The Awards Committee, composed of Robert Laurel Yupangco, Dr. Elton See Tan, Tan Yu III, and Grace Bondad Nicolas, thank partners and sponsors including Mernels, Makati Tourism Foundation, and TAG Media Group.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka H.E. Shobini Gunasekera and husband

Roy Redondo of Aficionado

Maria Odessa Escaler of Villa Teresita Resort and Hidden Hills Farm By Josefino

H.E. Ilan Fluss of Israel

Dr. Elton See Tan, Ronald Mascariñas of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc, and Greece Ambassador Ioannis Pediotis

Francisco “Paco” Magsaysay and Carolyn Lee Tan

Robert Laurel Yupangco, Dr. Elton See Tan, Carolyn Lee Tan, and Tan Yu III

Merle Balicao of Mernels and Marjorey Rubio of Bexcs Logistic Solutions Inc

Dr. Joel Lopez of JLopez Medical Group

ZTE Philippines Team

Jeffrey Geronimo of Aqua Skin Philippines, Jessa Macaraig of The Pretty You, and Silliman Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics

Ian Garcia of TSM Maritime Group

Connie Guanzon Garcia and Becky Garcia

Randolf Palanca, Archie Carrasco of AGC Power Holdings Corp, Jeffrey Geronimo, and Silliman Sy

Andrew Troy Nicolas of Tag Media Group

Lotis Ramin of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals