Rising Tigers: Nation Builders

Grace Bondad Nicolas spearheads Rising Tigers Magazine with the launching of the Top 50 Nation Builders


Asia Leaders Awards Board Member Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas—the woman behind successful shows, marketing adviser to billionaires, and serial entrepreneur—spearheads the launch of business and lifestyle magazine Rising Tigers Magazine to recognize the “Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific”.

This milestone, another brainchild of the Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) Committee will be held on March 22, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Manila at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

“Asia Leaders Awards presents the Top 50 Rising Tigers: Nation Builders in the Asia Pacific to motivate us all despite the challenges, we will emerge triumphantly. These are the top leaders with the very new vision of the world now,”

shared billionaire Robert Laurel Yupangco, an esteemed member of the ALA Board.

Recognizing Inspiration through Action

Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas has indeed emerged triumphant amidst the limitations of the lockdown, proving that no challenge is big enough to dampen her spirit of achievement, tireless action, and continuous inspiration to all her constituents as a civic leader and her partners as a business leader.

“We have so many challenges already. What we need right now, to acknowledge these people who are giving us inspirations and motivations. It’s like they are our mentors, who keep on telling us to push upward and fight for the best. That also in Unity, we can do more,”

shared Engineer Nicolas.

She was recently elected Vice President for External Affairs by the Los Baños Chamber of Commerce & Industries (LBCCI), while also serving as the first female President of the American Association of the Philippines (AAP), Lieutenant Governor-Elect of the Kiwanis Philippine Luzon District’s Division 3A (Metro Manila), Vice President of the Makati Tourism Foundation, and certified mentor of Go Negosyo.

Even before all of these top posts, she was the co-founder as well as the face and energy behind her three flagship companies: AG Builders and Developer, TAG Media and Public Relations, the power behind the Philippines and Southeast Asia’s largest business awards event, the Asia Leaders Awards, and AAA Cosmetics and Trading Company.

Producing Successful Shows, Balancing Success and Family

With her overflowing entrepreneurial mind, ALA isn’t the only blockbuster production that TAG Media Group has produced and launched.

She has produced the music industry’s ALIW@40 Concert and the Best of ALIW Concert in partnership with ALIW Awards, and recently launched Asia’s Best Singing Competition—Season 3 and Pandemic Heroes—CEOs Series online with The Manila Times, where she writes a regularly for business and lifestyle.

TAG Media’s signature event, however, remains the annual Asia Leaders Awards, whose fourth-year recognitions were held at the Embassy of Singapore. The recognition body acknowledges leaders who continue to make a difference in the Philippines and beyond.


Despite wearing multiple hats for multiple organizations, this empowered engineer remains grounded.

She has taken up her father’s legacy by founding and managing Laguna’s newest eco-tourism destination, Hidden Hills Farm by Josefino, named after her father who was also her inspiration and mentor.

“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.

Combining Brave Strength and New Happiness

Being the epitome of strength and positivity, Engineer Nicolas opens 2022—The Year of the Water Tiger, with Asia Leaders Awards’ take on the theme of Very Peri, “the happiest and warmest of all the blue hues,” Pantone’s Color of the Year.

“This combination of bravery, strength, newness, and happiness is what symbolizes the changes and the difference the world is experiencing as we look to move beyond the isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic,”

explained Engineer Nicolas, the moving force behind the ALA Board.

By taking on this “empowering mix of newness” with a “carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates the creative spirit that in result helps a bigger community or the world,” 2022 will be an auspicious year for both leaders and constituents, businesses and customers!

Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow with Rising Tiger: Nation Builders Magazine

This latest publication of Rising Tigers Magazine will feature the best and the brightest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia who never fail to balance commitment to growth with corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.

Continuing the Asia Leaders Awards Legacy

Asia Leaders Awards is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different chambers, organizations, and embassies such as the Embassy of Singapore, Embassy of Poland, and Korean Council among others.

Its main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in

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