The iconic image of the Filipino fiesta is one of celebration - imagine the residents dancing in a swirl of colors and beats, a host of parades lining the streets. Everyone is in action. However, the grand festive display is not the only way to celebrate - take for example, Tin Espinosa who brings fiesta to her work in different ways.
On a typical work day, Tin gets started by spending a few quiet moments in prayer and reviewing the plan for the day ahead. This helps her stay grounded, organized, and on top of her game—after all, working as an IT Manager in a multinational consumer goods company is a fast-paced job given her industry. Once she arrives at work, she leads a team who ensures operations run smoothly for employees' digital tools. It is a fun and challenging experience—they throw ideas at each other and brainstorm solutions that can improve productivity, efficiency, and user experience in her space. What helps her enjoy the daily grind with her teammates is the dynamic environment and how it forces her to think constantly outside the box.
“I’d say my style is classic, comfortable, and confident. I normally go for solid-colored staples for easy mix-and-match, and throw in bright and patterned pieces and accessories to liven up my ensemble,”
Being grounded and disciplined definitely helps her, but it doesn’t mean that she has to be too rigid. Tin nurtures her creative side, and she makes it a priority to be colorful, fun, and expressive when it comes to what she wears to work. “I’d say my style is classic, comfortable, and confident. I normally go for solid-colored staples for easy mix-and-match, and throw in bright and patterned pieces and accessories to liven up my ensemble,” she says. She cherishes that extra boost you get from feeling confident and relaxed in the clothes you’re wearing, and enjoys the inspiration it can give people she encounters at work, especially when surrounded and occupied by seemingly endless stream of critical and urgent deliverables, back-to-back meetings, and all that stress.
Additionally, her creativity finds other ways to manifest. Tin is also the head designer and mastermind behind Worth the Wait Creative Studio, a passion project born out of a hobby which eventually became an entrepreneurial pursuit. Here she celebrates the Filipino resourcefulness and curiosity. She adds, “I integrate pieces of this Filipino identity in the materials I use, the styles I capture in photos and artworks, and the artists I collaborate with.”
Passion keeps us going, and positivity keeps us afloat. When Tin was asked on how she brings fiesta to her work, she says “I really identify with the Filipino identity. I take pride in our innate warmth and positivity even in the midst of problems, and our sense of community. I encourage this behavior and celebrate it in my work organization here in the Philippines and globally! Our Filipino team has always been recognized for this strength”.
“I really identify with the Filipino identity. I take pride in our innate warmth and positivity even in the midst of problems, and our sense of community. I encourage this behavior and celebrate it in my work organization here in the Philippines and globally!”
For Tin, the pursuit of Filipino creativity is something she can manifest in her everyday life. Whether she’s working with her global team or ideating with a client on a design project, the key is to view every day as a chance not only to work, but more importantly, to celebrate.