A Day of Experiential Learning with Triplewell Construction Corporation


One of the more well-known construction companies from Luzon and the Visayas made their way to Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network. Known as the Triplewell Construction Corporation, they are currently based in Escario Central, Cebu City, and was composed of more than seventy participants, including a sister company from the same address, the LMP Construction—mostly construction workers and engineers. Now, this organization had had many previous experiences in events such as “team outings” and “themed parties,” the kinds that cost hundreds of thousands of pesos and although they can definitely be fun, the learning, is more often than not, optional.
And sadly, this had been one of the long-time struggles of CTFN: to communicate to businesses how to distinguish what is merely ‘outing’ from ‘training.’


Team Building is Training—Training is What We Do

Facilitators are not entertainers; so more than just fun and games, Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network provides experiential play-based training where Learning is not optional but mandatory.  We never teach, because as what our very own facilitator, Nicolo Nasol had said “The best lessons in life cannot be taught—they are learned.” Likewise, we’ve heard the old and worn-out saying that goes, “Experience is the best teacher.” And that’s exactly what CTFN does: we facilitate experiences, we structure playful activities so that they are thrust toward a specific outcome, toward a specific set of learning for whichever skill, knowledge, aptitude, or attitude was required by our clients from our expertise. Are you still following? Good.
Question: How does CTFN make sure the learning really gets assimilated into the participants?


Triplewell and LMP Construction workers team building event in Boljoon Cebu Philippines 2017
Triplewell Construction workers do the ball ring

It’s all About Asking the Right Questions

Every experience can be a learning experience, but this learning becomes real and almost tangible if we talk about it, give it a name, and then give it a purpose in life situations.


Triplewell and LMP Construction workers team building event in Boljoon Cebu Philippines 2017
Triplewell Construction workers do the helium ring
Triplewell Construction Corporation experienced this during their collaboration with Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network for a Leadership and Communication Enhancement Workshop held in Cebu Club Fortmed, Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines last 24-25 June 2017.



After each and every fun and exciting game and ice breaker, facilitator Nathaniel Arong always take quick time to discuss the activity, share in the groups’ insight of what they had just experienced, and skilfully ask them on what they had learned, and most importantly, how these lessons applies to their day to day work back at the construction site. This part is called the “debriefing” or sometimes known as the "processing" part. This is where the heart of facilitating beats a genuine rhythm—this is training.
Triplewell and LMP Construction workers team building event in Boljoon Cebu Philippines 2017
CTFN facilitator Nathaniel Arong on board

The Climactic Activity


The final activity, which will have closed the whole program ceremoniously, was a simple activity called Random Hugs. It’s a serious and intense activity wherein everyone is called to give everybody a nice, warm hug. In the case of Triplewell and LMP, seventy-six rowdy construction workers and engineers, a feat which would otherwise be ambitious to the untrained host. Yet with how everything was structured well from the preliminary activities to the anti-climactic, it happened. Everyone did embrace, and smiled, and laughed, and acknowledged and encouraged each other through silent gestures—and it was beautiful.

Note: This article was written by CTFN team development consultant Nathaniel John Arong who was lead facilitator during the Triplewell Construction and LMP Construction workers team building event at Cebu Club Fortmed, Boljoon, Cebu, Philippines last 24-25 June 2017. He was ably assisted by CTFN intern Gay Bongcawil and CTFN affiliates Marty Sentina, Marc Julius Rizada, Tiffany Manabat, Paulo Frangelyco Magallon, and Glenda Manzo.



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