Meet the awesome NextDayBetter + Toronto Team on July 30!


Leon ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: The Ritz

Spirit animal: Bing. Bong. (The imaginary friend in the film ‘Inside Out’, but my version is a part lion, dragon, tiger and Batman – with eyes of a hawk, strength of bear and speed of a puma…oh and he has a great sense of humour, loves to dance and has an affinity for comic books, rom coms, Lynch, Wong Kar Wai, Gene Kelly and Bruce Lee films)

Go-to karaoke song: “Always” by Atlantic Starr (as a duet)

I make the next day better by: Continuing to dream, believe, and work hard to build community and to create art through my efforts as City Curator for NextDayBetter + TO and Artistic Producer of Carlos Bulosan Theatre.


Isa ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: The County General Riverside

Spirit animal: Turtle – graceful, wise, seen life, and lived life

Go-to karaoke song: “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child

I make the next day better by: Leading with kindness and being grateful. So much more gets accomplished when people feel they are valued for who they are and what they bring, not to mention how things become exponentially great because we feed what’s good in the world.


CM ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: Barrio Coreano

Spirit animal: Owl – wise, intuitive, touch of attitude, and nerd

Go-to karaoke song: “Holiday” by Madonna

I make the next day better by: Reminding myself that the world doesn’t revolve around me.


Pam ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: Enoteca Sociale’s cheese cave

Spirit animal: Narwhal or polar bear – I prefer the cold

Go-to karaoke song: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston

I make the next day better by: Making the conscious effort in my day-to-day to choose to be a part of the solution, and not the problem.


Miguel ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: Enoteca Sociale’s cheese cave

Spirit animal: Polar Bear – large, omnivorous, lovable yet deadly 🙂

Go-to karaoke song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

I make the next day better by: Accepting compromise, while keeping an open mind, challenging norms, and striving for improvement.


Merv ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: Lee

Spirit animal: Raccoon with wings – practical on land and dazzling in flight

Go-to karaoke song: “Bed of Roses” by Bon Jovi

I make the next day better by: Organizing NextDayBetter + Toronto and highlighting our community to shine.


Renjie ndbTO 2015

Fave Restaurant: Café Polonez

Spirit animal: The Honey Badger – totally bad ass and fearless

Go-to karaoke song: “Hotel California” by The Eagles

I make the next day better by: Doing what I can to highlight and share the stories of the Filipino diaspora on a global scale.




NextDayBetter is coming back to Toronto for Year 2 and we’re looking for You!

Volunteer on Thursday, July 30th from 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm at 918 Bathurst and be there for the 2nd year of #ndbTO! This year, we’re working off the theme ‘Level Up’ and calling our networks to think about what they can do to level up as individuals and as members of the Filipino-Canadian Diaspora in Toronto.

Similar to last year, we’re looking for Volunteers for the following work streams:

– Load In, Set Up and Strike
– Ushers and Hospitality (including food and beverage set up)
– AV and Tech
– Registration
– Runners

What’s in it for you? You get to:
– Attend the second-ever NextDayBetter + TO event!
– Get a discounted ticket (we’re asking that you make a small investment in the event, beyond your time which is your most valuable investment. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy the food and drinks that come with your admission. Of course, let us know if you have any concerns.)
– Meet amazing people (Read: Professionals, Mentors and Possibility Models)
– Build your network (It’s like LinkedIn, but in person.)
– Contribute your time to a platform for social innovation and inspiration.
– Be inspired and LEVEL UP in your own way!

To respond to this callout, contact any one of us:
Isa Palanca (
Celeste Palanca (


NextDayBetter + Toronto
July 30, 2015 | 6PM – 9PM
Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
918 Bathurst St.

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