3rd CES Club sparks creativity in the workplace

August 31, 2017


“For innovation to flourish, organizations must create an environment that fosters creativity; bringing together multi-talented groups of people who work in close collaboration together — exchanging knowledge, ideas and shaping the direction of the future.”

—Linda Naiman



In the presence of an awe-inspiring talent while surrounded by environmental resplendence, public managers and career executives had a breath of fresh air during the 3rd conduct of the CES Club for 2017 with the theme “How Art Thou?: Unleashing Creativity in the Workplace” at the Green Canyon Eco Art Resort, Tarlac City, on August 25.



“I’m here because of you, because you all came. Now, I want to know why you’re here.” During her opening remarks, CESB Executive Director Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones urged everyone to share the reason why they decided to attend the learning session. For Department of Budget and Management Undersecretary Luz M. Cantor, this was the perfect opportunity to bond more with fellow members of the CES community. On the other hand, some officials shared that they were attracted to the theme, while others wanted to de-stress from the day-to-day demands of the workplace through the art workshop.

ED Allones stressed that during the conceptualizing stage of the club’s topic, she wanted to infuse at least three concepts that are close to the advocacy of the CES, which are; love for environment; desire to unleash inner creative spirits; and to harness both qualities in a career officer’s role as a leader.

Embodying these qualities is resource speaker Niccolo José, a Filipino-born visual artist, sculptor, and furniture designer known for his organic crafts, dramatic art pieces, and contemporary furniture pieces made from reclaimed and up-cycled wood.

He started the session by giving a brief history of their family-owned resort, explaining what was once a volcanic desert is now a thriving eco-system with help from local communities and traditional Earthwork methods. Then, he led the walking tour from the hotel facilities with art installations to his art gallery and Studio 10.10 workshop



“Some of the biggest ideas come from small things,” says Niccolo as he made simple lines that transformed into an intricate image on wood using a blowtorch during the Pyrography demonstration.

In the last workshop, the participants were divided into five groups with the goal of building DaVinci’s bridge from chopped Ipil ipil wood, which are considered invasive species in Philippine forests. They were all in a buoyant mood after successfully working together to create their bridges.



“His passion in integrating arts and environmental advocacy with very unique style is truly inspiring,” remarks Department of Environment and Natural Resources Director III Lormelyn E. Claudio.

While Department of Education OIC-Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes D. Sevito suggests that “one day is not enough. Three days will be better - to have ample time for reflection, communion with nature, and actual workshops.”

Finally, Securities and Exchange Commission Assistant Director Nolivienne C. Ermitano says, “I got a freehand encounter with the improvisational, can-do mindset of an artist.”