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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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Chiara started her career in non-profits and research with a background in international relations and development. Her work across various mediums include writing for documentaries on heritage conservation and producing apps as a content strategist in Singapore. After a three-year hiatus from media production (whilst teaching yoga), Chiara fell in love with an issue of Grid and returned to publishing as Grid's resident whip-cracker. She currently co-runs a soap company, obsesses over salt, and shares an apartment with two cats.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
Kyleen is a recovering idealist fresh out of nomadic freelancing. What eight years of graphic and web design consultancy taught her is that life isn't just about what you create, but more on what you discover. It's this appetite for risk-taking and refinement through fire that has lead her to work for humanitarian non-profits, tech startups here and in Singapore, churches, and solopreneurs. In real life, she likes to surf and make good wipeouts, fish for typography in the wild, and feed on ideas (vicariously through movies) that make human life comprehensible. On most days, that's enough.