A Modern Filipino Townhouse in Quezon City

An updated Pinoy-inspired look for an accountant's four-bedroom, three-storey house

Original Article: Mabel David Pilar Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Gwyn Guanzon Design Consultant: Gwyn Guanzon

When homeowner Paul Camangian bought this Quezon City townhouse, he knew that he wanted it to have a Filipino-inspired style. However, he also knew that he didn’t want a traditional Philippine style with dark wood and tribal touches. In order to create a more modern look for his four-bedroom, three-storey property, Paul turned to former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon for design help.

Gwyn rose to the challenge by using classic Pinoy details in new and unexpected ways. For example, he used the solihiya pattern in different parts of the home. The wall by the stairs is adorned with white solihiya-inspired details made from plywood sheets. The fabrics used for the throw pillows and cushions in the living area also have solihiya-like prints. Even the customized dining chairs have solihiya seats made from leather. 

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While the home has a predominantly modern contemporary feel, it is filled with Filipino touches. Instead of a capiz lamp or a capiz window, the foyer has a capiz-inlaid console.

Living Area

The living area wall is adorned with three hand-colored and signed Salvador Dali pieces from New York. The potted plants in one corner are paired with tree sculptures by Mike Aguas.

Living Area

Gwyn placed an opium bed and table to separate the living area from the main entrance. Capiz accents line the canopy and the wall around the opium bed. 

Dining Area

The dining area has beige traventine walls and custom-made chairs with woven leather strips inspired by the classic solihiya pattern.


The old kitchen was torn down to make way for a modern Filipino space. The banggera-inspired glass window over the sink provides a view of the small araal pocket garden beside the living area.

The backsplash is made up of Machuka tiles of different patterns which provide color in the neutral-dominated area. The kitchen is completed with three Bernie Sason bar stools and antique banga placed on top of overhead cabinets.


In order to create an updated Pinoy feel in this townhouse, Gwyn decorated the wall with solihiya-inspired patterns made from plywood boards. 


Instead of a pinukpok wooden chest of drawers, the second floor landing has a metal one from a11. The space also has framed photos of Paul’s maternal grandmother Lola Petra Camangian and his mom Letty.


The walls are lined with whitewashed shelves filled with books, decor, and other belongings. 

Guest Bedroom

The wall before the guest bedroom is adorned with a damask-printed wallpaper and a sculpted bust placed above the pedestal.

Guest Bedroom

Another guest bedroom is defined by leaf-patterned wallpaper and mood lighting. These design elements create a sophisticated feel in the space.

Rembrandt print

One of the bedroom walls is defined with a framed Rembrandt print.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is filled with gray pieces, including the curtains, tufted headboard, and the bed bench. 

Master Bathroom

With its black brocade-patterned tiles, the master bathroom is the only dark space in the house. It is completed with a beautiful claw foot tub with lion’s paw feet, a custom-made vanity sink countertop and cabinet with mirrored panels, and a pair of crystal chandeliers. 


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