For over 20 years, we at Design HQ have been passionate about creating spaces reflecting the individuality of our client. Imagination and knowledge are the core values that drive us.  We strive to push our imagination for a fresh look  injected with design savvy and an eye for detail in the modern and eclectic styles we predominantly design in.  We continually expand our knowledge from the experience each project gives us and keenly watching and learning market innovations.  Working together with an emphasis on listening, the result is truly a collaboration between Design HQ and the client.
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Principal

Frenjick Quesada, PIID, CPA

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Frenjick draws from over 19 years of interior design experience and 6 years of corporate finance and business consultancy as a Certified Public Accountant with Sycip, Gorres and Velayo (SGV) and Procter & Gamble. Clients welcome his perspective that balances creativity with business aspects of a project. He apprenticed for Naomi “Shoko” Matsumoto, a world renowned theater and interior lighting designer. He enjoys sharing his experiences with the design community through speaking engagements. These include talks by the Ayala Museum, the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers and the University of the Philippines among others. In 2015 Philippine Katha Awards, he was part of the board of judges.

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Hisako Hirayama

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Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Hisako, or Chako as she is known, received her degree in Interior Design from the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). Having worked as a producer in the field of theater & performing arts for several years in Tokyo prior to her move to the Philippines in 1997, her background in the arts has provided a natural transition to the world of interior design. Since co-founding Design HQ with Frenjick, she has designed both residential and commercial spaces in a variety of styles, from modern to transitional to eclectic. She has a particular interest in lighting design, and has attended French lighting guru Louis Clair’s workshop in Manila, among others.

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Senior Design Manager
Jobele Tee

Jobs graduated from UST with a BS Interior Design degree. She likes the number “2” and loves anything dark chocolate. Some things she would love to cross off her bucket list include watching U2 live in concert, having her own letterpress studio and riding the tallest, fastest, oldest, most looped roller coasters in the world.

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Senior Design Manager

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Denille Teh

Den graduated from UP Diliman with a degree in Interior Design. As a WELL Accredited Professional, Den believes that advocating for healthier interior spaces adds a whole other dimension to interior design. She is passionate about deepening her understanding of the design practice, and part of this is learning how creative fields like interior design can play a positive role in nurturing people’s health and well-being.

During her free time, she enjoys reading books, watching TV series, attending workshops and experimenting in digital art.

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Interior Design Manager
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Macon Davila

Macon is an Interior Design graduate from UP Diliman. She takes inspiration from human experiences, culture, and the human psyche and strives to translate them into well-designed spaces. Her thought process is always paired with a fresh glass of iced coffee or milk tea, and some of her brightest ideas can come from a good stretch during yoga.

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Interior Designer
Terence Yu

Terence is a graduate of the Philippine School of Interior Design. He is someone who finds all facets of design fascinating. A true car nut, his hobby is collecting die-cast automobiles. He can also always be found reading articles about cars or playing car-related games. He also loves to sleep, which he finds makes him very creative, with ideas emerging as he wakes up.

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Interior Designer
Tina Guintos

Tina is a graduate of the University of San Agustin-Iloilo. She has an aptitude for manual and technical drawing with a good color sense and an eye for detail. She is a good leader and supervisor in handling projects and can develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing. She is an outgoing person and likes to express herself through mural and portrait art. Her design mantra revolves around modern contemporary design but is open to expanding her aesthetics.

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Interior Designer
Patricia Gamboa

Patricia graduated BS Interior Design from UP Diliman. She loves travelling and getting lost in new places where she often finds her design inspirations. She is always excited by the culture, architecture, and beautiful interiors of the different countries she visits.  In her free time, she likes to sketch and design Filipino inspired furniture pieces and accessories, her creative outlet in expressing her love for the arts, crafts, and culture of the Philippines.

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Architect
Jonica Caasi

Jonica is a graduate of P.U.P. Sta Mesa with a BS degree in Architecture.  She is a coffee lover with a sweet tooth.  She is also a music enthusiast.  She used to play guitar and the drums in a band during her high school years. She believes that through any form of work you serve and you learn, and she is passionate and determined in everything that she does, especially in the field of design and construction. Her dream is to build a house with a music room and a great view where she can sit and enjoy coffee.

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Junior Design Manager
Julia Bawi

Julia is an interior design graduate from the University of Santo Tomas. She is also a self-taught artist and calligrapher. One thing notable about Julia is her goal-oriented personality. She takes her dreams seriously and she strives hard to achieve them. When not at work, she stays all day in bed, takes care of her five dogs, or goes to a coffee shop to write or read a book.

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3D Specialist
Yuri Ishida

Yuri started Civil Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology and then shifted to Architecture to pursue her dreams since a child. Her inspirations comes from these Iconic Architects, Kenzo Tange, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid. Aside from her passion in Architecture, she enjoys hiking and travelling across the Philippines to find and explore different wonders of nature.

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Junior Designer
Mari Alyssa Loreto

Alyssa graduated BS Interior Design from the University of San Carlos. Growing up in a small town beside the shore of a vast sea and in front of a majestic mountain range, she adores the beauty of nature. At home, she finds time to appreciate the view of the sunset at the beach with her guitar and her music as a companion. She has always had a passion for the arts: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Literary Arts. She believes that this passion is what will help her to leave her mark in this world.

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Junior Designer
Audrey Gaffud

Audrey fell in love with art and design at a young age. Her dad spoiled her with blank canvases to fill with colors and creative imagination. This simple activity developed her innate passion for design. Every summer she traveled to Shanghai with her family and visited places such as the World Expo exposing her to different international architecture and interiors. This gave her the additional push to take up Interior Design at the University of Santo Tomas.

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Junior Architect
Nerrissa Lea Escalante

Nerrissa Lea, a BS Architecture graduate from the University of San Carlos, has a deep appreciation for any form of art, be it architecture, interior design, music,  painting, or fashion. She believes art can be found everywhere. Recently,  she has been diving into fashion design during her free time, where she has discovered the joy of repurposing / upcycling her clothes. One of her big goals in life is to have explored every form of art, from every place possible. And she hopes that one day, she  can make a positive impact on people’s lives with the art she creates.

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Junior Technical Designer
Sheda Manota

Sheda is an Interior Design graduate from College of the Holy Spirit Manila. She loves reading everything about history, philosophy, cats and zodiac signs. Shes  also a fast learner, competitive, and best at solving problems. When it comes to design, she likes to tackle space saving solutions, planning small spaces and incorporating bold ideas.

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Junior Technical Designer
Eunice Galat

Growing up, Eunice saw blueprints from her dad’s work all over their home, which sparked her interest in the field of construction and design. She eventually got her degree in Interior Design from the University of Santo Tomas. She is also fascinated by furniture design and aspires to create and produce her own furniture collection someday. Aside from this, she is a curious learner and is passionate about the things she does and believes in. In her spare time, she likes listening to podcasts, spending time with friends, and playing with her nephews.

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Junior Technical Designer
Bianca Mico

Bianca is an Interior Design graduate from P.U.P. Sta. Mesa. She enjoys learning new facts and acquiring new skills. She is fascinated with astronomy and one of her dreams is to visit NASA. In her free time, she enjoys watching anime, playing music and making music. Music helps in a big way to spark her creativity.

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Junior Technical Designer
Alexa Geronimo
Alexa graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Interior Design. She loves making and drinking coffee, and spends her free time going to coffee shops that pique her interests. With this, she dreams to open her own coffee shop in collaboration with her friends and set up a furniture studio as well. A fan of sunsets in front of the sea. She is also often caught binge watching shows on the weekends.
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Junior Technical Designer
Celine Cruz

Celine is an alumna of the University of Santo Tomas. She is an Interior Design graduate with a knack for art. She loves to paint and sketch during her spare time to de-stress. She also takes interest in creating various crafting projects. She aspires to be a furniture designer and have her own design studio someday.

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Junior Technical Designer
Mikko Marcelo

With a background in the fine arts and corporate banking, Michael eventually studied ID at the Philippine School of Interior Design, finding a great balance for creativity and discipline. He treats any given space as a canvas to create an aesthetically functional design while meeting requirements. In his free time, he’s listening to records, playing 18 holes and video games, and most of the time watching his dog wreck things. One day he aspires to be a National Artist and make his mark in the world.

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Junior Technical Designer
Andrea Mae Ortiz

Andrea enjoys going to different countries and exploring new places. She believes that traveling is important as it exposes us to different cultures and gives us a chance to meet new people. Her fascination for the arts and design grew from her travels, which led her to pursue Interior Design. She earned her degree in BS – Interior Design from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. Apart from this, Andrea is also very fond of her dogs, enjoys listening to music, trying out new recipes , and re-watching her favorite TV series .

 

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Junior Architectural Designer
Villgates Pua

“Each new situation requires a new architecture.” This statement, by French architect Jean Nouvel, inspired Villgates to believe that architecture and design had to be considered as unique solutions to a particular set of circumstances resulting in new innovation. Villgates earned his Architectural degree at New Era University. He is very fond of drawing and painting, leading him to regularly participate in art-related competitions. He also likes playing basketball and online games to relieve stress.

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Junior Architectural Designer
Azalea Mercado

An Architecture graduate from Holy Angel University, Azalea has been into design since she was young. Instead of playing with dolls and toys, she’d often be happy just having a pencil and paper to draw with and creating her own floor plans. During her free time, her hobbies are cross stitching, crocheting, and sewing which are on the artsy side too. As a foodie, she is also into cooking and baking, and she experiments with different recipes she finds online.

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Junior Architectural Designer
John Christian Angeles
Christian is an Architecture graduate from TIP Manila. He pursued this field because he wanted to be a part of something big that matters to a lot of people. He is into woodworking and loves to create DIY things. He is creative in a practical way. When not working, he likes to watch anime. He used to ride his fixed gear bike alone or play basketball with friends, which he thinks made him both a lone wolf and a team player. He aspires to have his own construction firm.
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Junior Architectural Designer
Jayvee Francisco

Jayvee began his Architectural journey at Bulacan State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and Certifications in Building Technology & Architectural Interiors. For him, design is experiential rather than visual. Spending time with his family consumes his spare time. He also finds relaxation through sketching and doing watercolor drawings.

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Junior Technical Designer
Mae Rosales

Mae found her interest and love for design and construction when she was nine years old. Being exposed to their family business, she learned the ropes of the industry which later on inspired her to take BS Interior Design from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Her passion fuels her to go the extra mile in everything she does. In her spare time, she likes watching movies and hanging out.

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Junior Technical Designer
Angel De Guzman

Angel’s passion for colors, fabrics, furniture, floor plans, and all things “design” started at a very young age and has grown into a lifelong fascination with interior design. During her time in the interior design program at the University of Santo Tomas, her artistic and creative skills have grown immensely, and each project has allowed her to explore new ideas, respond to new challenges, and build design skills and knowledge. She wants to be known for her interior works and she wants to inspire people through her designs. Aside from all things design, in her spare time, she plays mobile games and cooks food for her family.

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Junior Technical Designer
Mary Joice Ligas

Mary Joice received her BS in Interior Design from Philippine Women’s University Manila. She grew up with a love for making miniature models from recycled material with her father.  This has led to an awareness and respect for the environment, and to pursue a career in design. Growing up in a rural area, she dreamed of building her firm next to the rice field and enjoying a simple and abundant life. She spends her spare time with her nephews and nieces, watches k-drama, and listens to classical music.

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Office Manager
Joluz Mijares

Joluz graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan. She loves the color green and leopard prints, and she is an adventurous cook. In her free time, she finds peace and relaxation when sewing and crafting various things, which she often gives away to people she cares about. She dreams of owning a craft store someday and sharing her creations with the world.

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Accounting Officer
Vanessa Gabon

“Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
This verse inspires Vanessa and has been etched in her heart. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Internal Auditing from Far Eastern University. Being a working mother with two kids has changed her life’s attitude. Hard work and determination is her strength and her children’s success is her happiness.

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Project Designer
Lejeune Dela Cruz
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Project Designer
Archie Marquez
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Project Designer
Rod Lascano
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Project Designer
Heidi Samson
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Design Support
Elle Celajes
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Design Support
Aleisa Lamboloto
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Accountant
Jean Alcantara
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Project Manager Consultant
Daday Ang