Filipinos redefine themselves as innovative leaders who have the talent to generate positive change and advance their community to the next level.


TORONTO, ON (July 16, 2015) – NextDayBetter, hosts its second annual leadership and networking event for the growing Toronto Filipino community. The event will take place at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education in Toronto on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

“The inaugural event exceeded all expectations with close to 200 people in attendance that shared and celebrated amazing achievements of Toronto’s Filipino community” said Leon Aureus, Toronto City Curator for NextDayBetter. “This year’s event will be an empowering opportunity for young professional Filipinos to learn, network, and be inspired by over 15 speakers, performers, and chefs that represent a new Filipino spirit”.

The theme for this year is LEVEL UP. It is a call to action for community members to tap into their potential and progress their careers to the next level. Speakers such as entrepreneur and artistic visionary, Jodinand Aguillon, dance performers HATAW, and chef Yana Gilbuena will inspire attendees to challenge the status quo. Len Cervantes of the CBC will also facilitate a panel entitled, Action Figures, with Toronto Filipino leaders in various fields such as technology (Facebook), media (Warner Music), and finance (TD). They will discuss ideas that address community issues, as well as inspire attendees to take action and make connections.

“Relative to other migrant groups, the Filipino community is disconnected. Our goal is to begin building connections between young Filipino professionals from various fields, and more importantly, create a supportive community network that facilitates upward social mobility.” adds Aureus.

Filipinos are Toronto’s fourth largest visible minority group, and the Philippines is one of the city’s leading source countries for new immigrants. Yet, a 2014 study by York University’s Professor of Geography, Philip Kelly, found that unlike other immigrant groups, the 1.5 and 2nd generations of Filipino immigrants have greater struggles with upward social mobility. The study was also the inspiration for this year’s event as one of Kelly’s recommendations is to support role-modelling and mentoring – the goal of NextDayBetter Toronto.

About NextDayBetter

NextDayBetter is a speaker and food series for diaspora communities. Its global events in nine cities celebrate the stories of change-makers from untapped global communities and call them to action. It believes that diasporas like the Filipino global community are hubs and inspirations for world changing ideas. Learn more at


Interviews can be arranged with any of the following:

Representative from NextDayBetter
NextDayBetter Toronto City Curator, Leon Aureus
NextDayBetter Toronto attendees
Panel Facilitator, Leonard Cervantes


Food Presenters:

Community Partners:

For further information, media requests, and interviews, contact: Charmaine Mauricio at or 416 254 9080.

Toronto’s Young Filipinos Level Up at NextDayBetter was originally published on NextDayBetter

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