Exquisite home in paradise
It was one exquisite preview that rightfully placed it in a league of its own.
While one usually expects nothing short of exceptional from a brand like Rockwell Land, that afternoon fete to welcome guests in the newly opened Aruga Pavilion in Cebu easily took everyone’s breath away.
Picture this: you step inside this pavilion and you’ll find a one-bedroom model unit of the Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan that is, as expected, stylish, sophisticated and tastefully done, easily swaying one to get into that relaxing tropical vibe with its warm wood furnishings, tiled flooring with accent mosaics, a soothing palette of colors of the sea, and local rattan furniture balanced with more modern pieces.
But Mactan’s sunny shores, its glistening blue water and gentle waves, as well as the stunning panoramic vistas of the bright sky and the bay added that perfect touch of rustic to this sophisticated model home.
If you step out to breathe some fresh air, you’ll find yourself at the outdoor lounge of the Aruga Pavilion, overlooking a wide expanse of the beach and the sea with its varying shades of blue. And if you venture a little further down, you’ll be enjoying the natural fine white sand of the 270-meter wide beachfront, offering a picturesque yet serene ambience that had put guests at ease as they enjoyed an afternoon of refreshments, canapes and great company amid a lush landscape.
Rockwell Land president Nestor Padilla called it as their “little piece of paradise.” And he has every right to call it so.
It’s clear that everyone who gathered that Saturday afternoon had an impressive glimpse of the sophisticated yet refreshingly laidback lifestyle you can have at Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan, a private escape turned into a luxurious piece of real estate in Cebu. Rockwell Land brings to this famed island its same signature lifestyle, as seen in its upscale developments in Metro Manila, but within a more easygoing, unhurried pace and a quaint setting.
To think that it will take four more years before you get to see the towers welcoming its first batch of residents and hotel guests, and yet the Aruga Pavilion has essentially captured that distinct lifestyle for the well-heeled market and for which Rockwell has long been known for. A taste of the fine life that awaits at the Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan was more than enough to lure one to this exclusive paradise in Cebu.
So it comes as no surprise that this 5-hectare enclave, located along the leisure strip of Punta Engaño, has already sold 54 percent of the 276 units at the first residential tower of Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan. This, despite a price tag of P311,000 per sqm on the average, which would be comparable to the prices of upscale condominium units in the Makati central business district and Bonifacio Global City.
Units with a beachfront view command the highest price in Mactan at an average of P357,000 per sqm. Rockwell Land offers here one- to four-bedroom units with sizes ranging from 67 to 292 sqm.
A total three high rise towers will be put up, while beachfront villas will be offered as well. Apart from these, Aruga will put up a hotel where guests can expect top notch facilities for wellness and leisure, such as a private gym, chapel, swimming pool and an expansive function room perfect for celebrations.
Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan, whose units are targeted for turnover by 2023, is Rockwell Land’s first residential-resort development. It combines beautiful hotel and residential spaces that are surrounded by amazing panoramic views of the Magellan Bay and Hilutungan Channel, all well suited for the discerning few.
This, however, is the upscale developer’s second project in Cebu, the first being the four-tower 32 Sanson, which enjoyed warm reception and brisk sales.
Indeed, there is more to Mactan than a sweet travel escape, with its gorgeous beaches and lush tropic scenery. While this destination has offered an idyllic respite for countless travelers, this famed island in Cebu is proving to be a premium catch for those wanting to invest in valuable property—especially with Rockwell Land now on board, and clearly, in a league of its own.
Rockwell’s Mactan resort project posts ‘bullish’ sales take-up
NEW PROJECT. Rockwell Land Corp. shows a scale model of its pioneer resort development, the P6.2 billion Aruga Resort and Residences Mactan. The 5.5 hectare project is eyed to be completed by July 2023.
Property developer Rockwell Land Corp. is seeing a bullish sales take-up for its P6.2 billion premier development, Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan, in just 15 months.
Weelisa Ang, sales manager at the Lopez Group company, told SunStar Cebu the project’s residential units are already 54 percent sold.
“This is the first cluster. We have 276 units. We started offering it to the market last August,” she said.
The project is targeted to be completed by July 2023. “We hope to finish at least the residential phase by that time,” she said.
Ang said Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan is their pioneer resort project so far.
“We’re really in the ultra luxury segment. We do have 40 percent of the local Cebu clients, 40 percent from Manila and a good number of 20 percent are international clients,” Ang said, citing foreign buyers including Japanese, Americans, Singaporeans and Europeans.
The 5-hectare property in Punta Engaño will boast of residential units, a hotel and an unannounced project.
The Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan has recorded P360,000 per square meter sold for a one-bedroom beachfront unit, the highest as of March 2019. Prices of its units range from P16 million to P23 million.
Ang said their edge against other developments in Mactan is their 270-meter beachfront.
“What we were proud of is the beachfront that we have and what we will develop. It’s the longest in Punta Engaño. I don’t think there are any developments here that are able to do that yet at least at the moment and second is the quality and what we will deliver. You do know that what we show you and what we will promise, we will deliver and we will never shortchange our clients,” she said.
“The Rockwell lifestyle, which we are very proud of, I think it’s still our signature. Peace of mind, security, back-up power and water supply. The little things that somehow we take for granted,” she said.
The developer launched Aruga’s model units on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019.
Rockwell’s Aruga leads new ‘Battle Of Mactan’ for luxury market
If you look at Mactan island on the map, there is a part of its 65 square kilometers that juts out — a sliver of land on the water. On one side is Magellan Bay, on the other side is Hilutungan Channel. Mactan figures in our history in that it was a rare battle won — one in many losses throughout hundreds of years of resistance.
Today, there is another emerging battle on the island, if you will. And it’s one of development in Mactan between the country’s biggest players in real estate.
Rockwell Land, whose Rockwell Center and Power Plant Mall in Makati have some of the most loyal residents and shoppers in the country, is claiming its stake with a luxury beachfront development called Aruga Resort and Residences.
Located in Punta Engaño, which hosts Mactan’s most upscale resorts, Aruga last Saturday launched its onsite showroom, Aruga Pavilion, with Rockwell executives led by Nestor “Tong” Padilla, their buyers from Manila and Cebu, and Lapu Lapu Mayor Junard “Ahong” Ang.
It was an afternoon of Cebuano food — ever had danggit and cream cheese in turones? grilled seafood and cocktails — cruising the Hilutungan Channel and Magellan Bay and checking out the model unit.
Aruga Pavilion features a scale model of the entire five-hectare development and a bright, airy 67-sqm. one-bedroom model unit.
Tong Padilla explains that the property is shaped like a fan, hence Aruga Resort is flanked by Aruga Residences with the three buildings spread out to maximize sea views.
As with any Rockwell development, the finishings are top-grade, from the backsplash in the kitchen to the mirrored cabinets in the bathroom, and the textured doors of the cupboards and closets.
The interiors of the model unit reflect Aruga’s location — a refreshing seaside palette of mosaics and earth colors that are calming to the eye and spirit.
If you had a unit here, you wouldn’t need to go on vacation anywhere else because right in front of you is a 300-meter private beach. So when you tell your family, “Let’s go to the beach,” you just step out of your unit and walk down to the shore.
Aruga Residences have one to four-bedroom units, 19 villas that are located nearest the beach, and three penthouse units. The villas are 450 sqm. each and the penthouses 350 sqm. each.
One-bedroom units range from 67 to 69 sqm. and go from P16 to P24.6 million; the two-bedrooms on this reputation. We want to build projects that set the standard. We want to do a better condo, provide a better retail experience — it’s different projects that cater to new experiences.”
Rockwell’s loyal homeowners and investors know exactly the kind of quality and experiences they can expect from the brand. Now, they can add “tropical bliss” to the list.
Aruga Resort and Residences Mactan’s residential and hotel towers are set to turnover in 2023.
Rockwell Land reports strong demand for beachfront condo project in Cebu
Upscale property developer Rockwell Land Corp. has reported brisk sales take-up for its inaugural beachfront residential condominium offering in Mactan, Cebu.
About 54 percent of the 276 units at the first residential tower of Aruga Resort and Residences in Punta Engaño have been taken up.
This project brought to Mactan’s property market some P8.5 billion worth of fresh residential inventory. The units are expected to be turned over to buyers by 2023.
The beachfront units facing east are currently selling for P357,000 per square meter, the highest price in Mactan to date. This is also at par with the pricing of some recently launched residential offerings by other developers in the Makati central business district.
The units facing the west, with a panoramic view of the Magellan Bay, are selling for as much as P270,000 per square meter.
Average price per square meter is P311,000. Unit sizes range from 67 to 292 square meters.
Aruga Resort and Residences will have three towers, the first of which is the residential tower whose units Rockwell is now preselling.
“It’s our little piece of paradise,” Rockwell Land president Nestor Padilla said.
There will also be a limited number of villas, which Rockwell has yet to launch to the market.
Even ahead of the completion of the 5.2-hectare development, this enclave with a 270-meter beachfront appealed to discerning buyers, not just from Cebu but also from Metro Manila, company officials said. Half of the buyers so far are Cebuanos while half are from Metro Manila.
In a cocktail event at the project site on Oct. 26, Rockwell offered preview of the future beachfront community. Some buyers from Metro Manila flew in.
To date, the proiect site functions as a showroom and a tropical events venue, with the Aruga Pavilion overlooking the waters with yachts in the horizon.
Before sunset, guests were taken on a cruise along the Hilutungan channel.
Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan, Rockwell Land’s first residential-resort development, seeks to combine beautiful hotel and residential space surrounded by panoramic views of the Magellan Bay and Hilutungan Channel.
This marks Rockwell’s second residential foray in Cebu after an earlier enclave in the city center, 32 Sanson in Lahug, which now has a thriving community. The 3.2-hectare urban residential cluster offers low- to mid-rise units surrounded by landscaped space.
On The Rise: Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan
Rockwell Land makes a move to the bright blue shores of Punta Engaño with its new beachside development in Mactan, Cebu
Bright, airy, and relaxing—these are often said of moments spent on the beach, while one finds respite by the shore. To bring the serenity of the sea together with the comforts of a home, Rockwell Land introduces its first residential resort development, Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan.
Launched in 2014, Aruga was Rockwell’s premiere hotel and leisure venture. It has since then found success in offering guests their signature brand of luxury, with well-appointed apartments and top-notch service. This lifestyle will now soon find itself in Mactan, with a spacious five-hectare enclave that covers a wide expanse of the Punta Engaño beachside.
By seamlessly blending its hotel and residential areas, residents and guests are afforded the perks of resort living coupled with Rockwell’s signature touch. Rooms range from one- to four-bedroom units that offer patrons up to 292 square metres of their own private space. Beachfront villas are likewise available for the taking, and each come with its own private pool. Apart from these comfortable abodes, one also has access to a wealth of amenities: gym and yoga studios, function rooms, glistening pools, and a chapel by the coast.
The property is conveniently located alongside well-known hotel and leisure establishments in Mactan, but boasts of its own private stretch of the white beach and panoramic views of both the Magellan Bay and Hilutungan Channel. It also brings guests and residents easy access to popular sailing and snorkelling destinations.
Fusing Rockwell’s discerning taste and the tranquility that seaside living brings has created a haven unlike any other. Its well-curated dwellings and facilities will leave guests and residents not wanting for more, yet allows them the perfect opportunity to create one-of-a-kind experiences. With Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan, the stage is set for memories to be made in a paradise of their own.
Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan is set for turnover in 2023.
Distinct lifestyle in island paradise
It can easily be assumed that when one speaks of premium residential developments, these can mostly be found within the bustling districts in Metro Manila or, at the very least, in key urban cities in the provinces. Add to that the usual assumption that when you look out your window from these upscale high rises, you would only get to see similar structures gazing back.
But Aruga Resorts and Residences-Mactan gives you a unique and distinct take on what an unparalleled lifestyle on the lap of luxury is all about. This P6.2-billion property is tucked along a 200-meter-long white beachfront in the province of Cebu that would give its future residents and hotel guests priceless, breathtaking views of the beach, Magellan Bay or Hilutungan Channel. So instead of being surrounded by busy streets, guests and locals instantly get the much-needed vacation vibe without having to step outside their rooms.
While Rockwell developments in Metro Manila already exude a luxurious vibe that affords residents their own sanctuary within the city, Aruga Resorts and Residences-Mactan will be an absolute treat for vacationers and families looking for long pauses from work with nothing to think about but their next exciting activity for the week.
Guests of all ages can find their inner peace in this residential development along Punta Engano, with its premium amenities. Parents, titos and titas can enjoy a relaxing day at the spa or sweat it out at the gym while not having to worry about their children who can spend their hours at the kids’ play area. Or you can simply laze around within your units, whose prices range anywhere from P15.9 million to P146.3 million, depending on the type of room sought.
Families who prefer to bond together, meanwhile, have the option to cool down at the pool, all while the adults sneak a few drinks at the bar. They can opt to have quick drinks at the executive lounge’s sky bar, too. Guests need not scout for restaurants as the Aruga Resorts and Residences-Mactan has all-day dining and a specialty restaurant.
Vacationing alone or as a couple won’t be a problem, as this upscale project offers cozy one-bedroom units complete with a master’s bedroom, dining room, kitchen and balcony. Big families on a summer break can enjoy the full Aruga experience through their 214-sqm to 292-sqm four-bedroom units with a terrace perfect for board games with the cousins or chill drinks with the barkada.
First-time visitors to Cebu won’t have trouble finding Aruga Resorts and Residences-Mactan as it’s near the Mactan-Cebu International Airport for easy access.
While upscale and premium developments continue to rise in many major cities in the country, property developers have made it a point to consider the charm of provinces outside bustling areas. Investing in one of the high-end, quality units at Aruga Resorts and Residences-Mactan means giving in to the luxury of peace and quiet at one of Cebu’s illustrious islands.
Rockwell Land makes Makati truly premium
It could well be one of the main reasons why Makati continues to command a premium.
Just a few kilometers outside the Makati central business district is the 15.5-ha Rockwell Center, a highly exclusive, upscale community known for having created that distinct signature lifestyle and spaces that are now sought by many of the country’s most affluent.
What creates that distinction is the fact that its shopping mall, dining areas, and more importantly its residential towers have remained just as sophisticated and tasteful, relevant and highly attuned to the needs of its well-heeled market, as they were more than two decades ago. And this is aptly reflected on Rockwell Center’s current land values and leasing rates.
Data from Colliers International Philippines showed that Rockwell Center commands one of the highest average leasing rates for a three-bedroom luxury unit at P744 per sqm to P1,042 per sqm as of the fourth quarter of 2018. Capital values continue to increase as well with the average prices of prime three-bedroom units in the secondary market ranging from P222,000 per sqm to P267,000 per sqm.
And these values are poised to continue its bullish run with an estimated year-on-year increase of 4.6 percent for 2019, according to data from Colliers.
And this really comes as no surprise considering the impressive display of design and architectural prowess across all structures within the Rockwell Center. Case in point would be The Proscenium, a 3.6-ha enclave that has started to deliver a new, refined standard of living for its residents since late last year.
Units at the 55-storey Kirov and the 50-storey Sakura—two of the five residential towers at The Proscenium—were turned over in October last year, giving residents a taste of Rockwell Land’s greatest creation yet.
Kirov evoked more of the traditional European vibe in the generous expanse of its lobby, while Japanese influences created a different ambience for the lobby of Sakura. And while each tower is unique in character, Kirov and Sakura are similar, as with the three other towers (Lorraine, Lincoln and The Proscenium Residences) in terms of offering a new standard of living in an urban space.
The Proscenium, as a complex, exudes artistic sophistication while providing a hectare-expanse of topnotch amenities that include pools, a jogging path, outdoor courts and gyms; the Performing Arts Theater that will be the proud venue of musicals, plays, operas and orchestra performances; an expansive retail center featuring a well curated selection of shopping and dining options.
Residents will, no doubt, live in the vibrance offered by The Proscenium, giving Makati City another reason to remain the most enviable and most sought address in the country today.
LOOK: Exquisite Design Elements from Around the World Converge at Rockwell’s Most Luxurious Property Yet
Piercing through the Makati skyline are stark white sails situated in the lofty neighborhood of Rockwell Center. Those architectural protrusions belong to Proscenium at Rockwell, a 3.6-hectare enclave identified as Rockwell’s most coveted and talked about address to date. The residential property consists of five towers, each telling a story of fine art and architecture, dedicated to the homeowner who appreciates art. As the Sakura and Kirov towers have already been turned over, we take you on a virtual tour around their dedicated spaces, as well as of the towers Lincoln, Lorraine, and The Proscenium Residences:
The Exteriors: Award-winning Canada-based architect Carlos Ott helmed the project driven by a vision to create an extraordinary community. He thought of incorporating Proscenium’s signature “sails” onto the residential towers. On the outside, the glossy structures may look identical, but inside, each tower transports its residents to a welcoming space. Based on Ott’s concept, the towers’ names are inspired by iconic theaters from around the world.
The Interiors: The timeless interiors boast of the signature touch of United States-based Filipino interior designer Butch Valdez. Fit for a well-traveled resident, the interiors are styled with a collection of fine art, precious antiques, and well-crafted furniture sourced both locally and internationally.
Recently turned over, the 50-story Sakura tower is marked by Japanese influence.
Japanese elements dot the common spaces. Bonsai trees housed in antique stone plant holders, the framed Japanese monk’s robes in the hallway, and the traditional Japanese artwork that hangs in the reception area all catch the eye.
The tasteful flooring features four kinds of marble, subdued by the muted blues and grays on the walls.
The function room, which can comfortably accommodate 65 guests, features wallpaper flown in from the U.S. and made from capiz shells.
The serene library is a space for leisurely reading and working. It’s characterized by a matching set of Chinese antique tables and traditional Japanese Noguchi lamps.
Next door, the Kirov tower takes its name from the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre—once known as the Kirov Theatre—in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where people from all over the world gather to watch operas and ballets.
That said, the interiors of the 55-story Kirov tower take cues from design elements associated with European culture.
The palette is decidedly warmer than Sakura’s, making use of brown marble from Italy for the flooring, sleek wooden panels on the walls, and a comfortable pair of lounge chairs clad in Hermès fabric.
Mexican antique plates from Guadalajara act as an accent in the reception area.
Despite the European theme, a few Asian details shine through, like the pattern on the drapes in the 20-seater private dining room.
The Lincoln tower is named after the historic Lincoln Center in New York, which is home to the prestigious company the American Ballet Theatre.
The tower takes a more contemporary approach, as it was inspired by a newer theater built in the 1950s. This is seen in the choice of art and artifacts displayed in the common spaces.
The white spaces and bright lighting add to the elegance of the lobby, which uses heavy gold accents on the pillars and the fixtures.
The function room is also well-lit and features a palette of neutrals and clean geometric lines.
Each function room comes with a dedicated pantry for event preparations.
The lounge is brought to life by carpets inspired by Native American art.
These, along with silky green and orange throws, instantly brighten up the space characterized by solid colors.
The Lorraine tower features a more whimsical vibe.
The design intent was to marry color with gold elements.
The tall sliding doors that lead to the lounge give an Old World air.
The cushioned bergère-style chairs and golden uplight chandeliers lend the library its needed European touch.
The Proscenium Residences: A 59-story, three-pronged structure set to tower over the rest, the Proscenium Residences will flaunt its stately sails, evidencing the community’s value for culture and dynamism.
The Amenities: Within walking distance from the residential community is Proscenium’s soon-to-rise performing arts theater. Meanwhile, guests may soon enjoy the Amenity Deck, which links each tower’s fifth-floor lobbies. Almost a hectare in size, the deck is equipped with three main pools, including a child-friendly one. Another exciting development is a multi-purpose indoor court, where residents can play tennis or basketball. Each tower is also equipped with its own fitness center, which offers guests ways to engage the body as the other spaces in the community stimulate the mind and soothe the spirit.
When in Rockwell: Here’s What You Can Do to Celebrate the New Year
We can all agree that the holiday season in the Philippines extends long after Christmas day itself, just as well as we know that it starts months prior. There is plenty to enjoy after all-including the relatively decongested city streets and the lively post-holiday glow that pervades our malls and parks.
One such place you can still feel the holiday spirit is the self-sustained community in Rockwell Center, which hosts a lot of activities and events that continue through the start of 2019. Here are a couple of reasons to spend time at Rockwell now:
The chance to win a Land Rover or a Jaguar.
Shopping at Power Plant Mall, Santolan Town Plaza, or The Grove until January 31, 2019 can get you into Rockwell’s Christmas Car Raffle, through which Rockwell Elite VIPs can win a Land Rover Discovery Sport S or a Jaguar F-PACE. And if the winner of this raffle happens to be present at the draw on February 1, they’ll also get a P50,000 shopping spree.
The incredible post-holiday spectacle.
Grand installations and decor are a Rockwell tradition that brings joy to the mall patrons, and this year’s no different. Power Plant Mall is the perfect place to unwind and still feel the holiday spirit. If it’s not enough to peep the multi-story Christmas tree, walk through the singing animals, beautiful garlands and poinsettias, and peppermint-scented walkways.
The Toy Factory, which is perfect for your godchildren.
Admit it: there’s that one godchild you missed last Christmas. But rather than letting the opportunity pass, you can take the little tyke to Santa’s Toy Factory at the R1 level of Power Plant instead, where loads of toys and activities can be found. Afterward, you can enjoy a family dinner at The Grid or Mary Grace Cafe.
Rockwell Center, which includes everything from Power Plant to 8 Rockwell and One Rockwell, has always been a great place to shop or de-stress while appreciating the sense of community and wonderful decorations, more so during the downtime season.
It’s part of why living in Rockwell Center is so great. Offering the most exclusive residence and poised to be the greatest Rockwell yet, Proscenium at Rockwell elevates the standard of living for its residents in its first two towers (Sakura and Kirov). With elegant finishes and a complete set of amenities per tower-including the expansive lobby, private dining area, tasteful meeting rooms, and a welcoming library-you can experience and enjoy the Rockwell lifestyle all year round.
Beachside living beyond ordinary
One of the reasons why people keep coming back to Cebu is because of its stunning natural wonders: the gorgeous landscapes, white sand beaches and expansive resorts.
Arriving on Mactan’s sunny shores is Rockwell Land’s second foray in the Queen City of the South, Aruga Resort and Residences-Mactan. Located along the famed Punta Engaño, this alluring 4.7-ha sanctuary will feature exquisite beachfront villas, residential spaces, and beautiful hotel rooms, all while bringing the signature Rockwell lifestyle to the quiet side of Cebu.
And since its launch last August, this prime residential-resort development has already sold nearly half of its residential units.
“With its unique property layout and design and an expansive 200-meter beachfront, the project is set to elevate the Mactan leisure and lifestyle experience,” said Christopher Gecha, Rockwell Land assistant vice president and Cebu project development head.
Rockwell is investing some P6.2 billion for its latest masterpiece, where future guests and residents will find the ultimate rest and relaxation while waking up to pristine ocean views and enjoying unparalleled exclusivity.
“Rockwell’s move to Mactan will undisputedly change the landscape of the shores for the better, bringing with it its expertise in comfort and leisure, with the luxurious lifestyle that Cebuano locals and guests will both experience. A mix of residential and hotel towers, Aruga, which is strategically facing Hilutungaan channel with its long beachfront, will be a pristine and undisputed star. Guests and locals will feel as if they have the beach all to themselves, and will have breathtaking, panoramic views of Cebu that no one has ever seen before,” Gecha claimed.
As a developer, Rockwell continuously pushes the envelope, further raising the bar with its bold expansion in Mactan, while offering unmatched innovation and unparalleled quality—something that the company has always been known for.
After launching its first low- to mid-rise exclusive community in Lahug, 32 Sanson by Rockwell, this is yet another milestone for Rockwell Land in the Queen City of the South.