Ink, a leading travel media company, announced the appointment of Kristine Fonacier as editor-in-chief of Smile magazine for Cebu Pacific Air.
Fonacier joins Smile magazine from Esquire Philippines where she was editor-in-chief. She is also one of the founding editors of the travel magazine Grid. Prior to that, she has led teams in a wide range of magazines, including Entrepreneur Philippines, Pulp, MTV Ink and Pen & Ink.
“Cebu Pacific has been part of my traveling life from the very beginning. As an eager young traveller on a budget, their promise to be the airline where ‘Every Juan Flies’ broke open new horizons for me. Over the years, I’ve known Cebu Pacific as a passenger, and then as a reader and contributor to Smile magazine, so it’s an honor for me to join the talented team now as editor,” Fonacier said.
Fonacier replaces Tara FT Sering, who is departing after seven years in the role and 17 years in the publishing industry. “It’s been a wonderful journey with Smile through the years. We’ve grown as a brand, ventured out into digital, and have picked up some awards along the way,” said Sering.
Ric Stockfis, managing director of Ink in Asia Pacific, said: “I am delighted that Kristine has joined Smile magazine as she brings with her a wealth of experience in the media world and a passion for travel. Kristine is perfectly placed to lead our award-winning team as we continue to take the magazine to new heights as more and more people fly with Cebu Pacific each year.”
Cebu Pacific Air vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog said: “We are grateful to Tara for the great collaboration and wish her well on her new journey. We look forward to continuing the fruitful relationship with Ink and Smile magazine now with Kristine at the helm.”