Our Team

Kristine Fonacier

Kristine Fonacier

Editor-at-Large

Kristine Fonacier is a widely published magazine writer and editor, whose byline is often found 30,000 to 40,000 feet above sea level, while the author herself likes to be found at least 60 feet underwater. She lives in Metro Manila, and currently owns 0 motorcycles.

Miguel Nacianceno

Miguel Nacianceno

President

Fondly called Mignac by his friends, Miguel Nacianceno was born, bred, and raised in Manila. He once tried to entertain his personal delusion of becoming a filmmaker by taking a film course in New York. In 2008 he wrote and directed a short film which he thinks people on the Internet will one day see. Aside from being an editorial and commercial photographer, he likes to ride his bicycle in his free time.

Nachi Ugarte

Nachi Ugarte

Creative Director

Since the first issue of GRID, there has always been a "Tisoy" reference dedicated to our Creative Director. After living for more than 20 years abroad and working for several advertising agencies in San Francisco, New York and Barcelona, Nachi decided to move back to the Philippines. Not having any experience in magazine publication, Nachi joined GRID to travel and rediscover the Philippines. So far his farthest trip has been down the street for a long black.

Paco Guerrero

Paco Guerrero

Executive Editor

Francisco, or Paco, Guerrero isn't just a stellar photographer. He holds a degree in Anthropology and Communications from Goldsmiths College, London. He has been shooting travel and lifestyle images for a number of international clients while based in Spain and the Philippines. And as it turns out, this seemingly Spanish-bred Tito also possesses a surprising familiarity with Feng Shui—so much so that he is responsible for a recent overhaul in the GRID office. Thanks for the good juju, Paco.

Sonny Thakur

Sonny Thakur

Photo Editor

Sonny's images have appeared in Rogue, Esquire, Elle Decoration, Smile, Travel + Leisure SEA, Harpers Bazar Korea, Mind Food; his commercial work includes Hershey's, Aboitiz Group and BBDO Guerrero. He has attended The Angkor Photo Workshop and the Delhi Photo Workshop, and is currently represented by Getty Global Assignments. He also fixes up a mean cocktail, and a great cup of coffee. His travel essentials include an aeropress and portable grinder.

Chiara de Castro

Chiara de Castro

Managing Editor

Chiara cut her teeth in non-profits and global development until she found that her writing led her to more places (like cities, mountain summits and gutters). She has spent the last decade writing for various platforms, in various cities—as a scriptwriter for a travel channel, a content strategist for mobile apps, and an editor for online publications overseas. She found her calling in cracking whips and crunching deadlines as GRID’s Managing Editor.

Kimi Villa-Real

Kimi Villa-Real

General Manager

An advertising graduate with a passion for travel. Kimi spends her free time researching about new places to go, promising to visit at least one new place a year. This dog-lover spends her weekends exploring hole in the wall cafes and restaurants around the city. Her go-to playlist includes Jeff Buckley's Last Goodbye and Destiny by Zero 7 on repeat.

Chaz Requina

Chaz Requina

Digital Director

Chaz Requina is a designer of many mediums print and digital, with a focus on digital storytelling. He has built a specific repertoire working with artists and photographers in New York and London; and helped debut the New York Photo Festival in 2008. He currently oversees all things digital for GRID Magazine since his return to the Philippines in 2014.

Mike Dee

Mike Dee

Art Director

Mike Dee is an art director by day, and a traveler by, well, other days. He is also a photographer at heart, scouring the streets of various destinations just to take photos of people and places. He fumbles around for good food and fruitful conversations with locals as he wanders down unfamiliar roads with his girlfriend. And oh, he is very passionate about his pets—especially dogs and fishes!

Samantha Zarandin

Samantha Zarandin

Sales and Marketing Executive

Jether Dane

Jether Dane

Junior Art Director

This curious visual thinker traveled from his hometown, Tacurong City in Mindanao, to Metro Manila to be with GRID. Working on videos, photos, and graphics for both digital and print aren’t enough to keep him glued to his desk; he constantly finds a good excuse to move and explore.

Katrina Doromal

Katrina Doromal

Sales and Marketing Associate

Kat hails from Iloilo City and a family of mountaineers. Her recipe for navigating the demands of her job—which often entails gallivanting through time and traffic in the urban jungle—include a love for travel and the outdoors.

Denise Gonsalves

Denise Gonsalves

Editorial Assistant

Denise has a penchant for getting lost—whether in the city, under the sea, or deep within a story. She prefers to keep on her feet, flitting from one place to another, and loves to have meaningful conversations with people. A fresh Broadcast Communication graduate, she's tried her hand at a lot of media-related things, though GRID has brought her back to doing what she's always loved the most: writing.

Claudine Lanzona

Claudine Lanzona

Staff Writer

When she's not spacing out watching the world turn, Claud enjoys reading books and going on little journeys to the sea. She is fueled by craft beer and donuts, and is always playing some kind of sport somewhere. Currently boogieing onto the next big Grid adventure.