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Pocket of paradise: Vito Selma weighs in on how to design a tropical home

Written by: Mac Fabella

Highlighting the boundless joys of living beachside, Vito Selma and Rockwell Land invite you to create a home in paradise at Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan

Multi-awarded, Cebu-based creative Vito Selma has finely crafted his voice and identity in the sphere of furniture design. The pieces under his namesake brand reveal a love affair with nature, augmented by the visionary’s keen attention to detail and passion for Filipino craftsmanship. “I’ve always been inspired by the things that surround me and I think that’s very evident in my work,” he remarks of his personal style. “I enjoy bringing everything I see outside into a home, mimicking textures, colours and forms of what’s naturally abundant around us.”

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Inspirations for his work thus come easily in his hometown, where urban living lies just a stone’s throw away from countless arresting landscapes. Living by the resplendent coast is also an opportunity to create and decorate a beachside escape, a subject that Selma expertly weighs in on. “I always take the view from my window as my inspiration,” he speaks of his approach, adding how all the fabrics in his home mirror the calming hues outside from sunrise to sunset. Comfort is likewise an invaluable quality, so Selma has always incorporated pieces that are neutral, natural and serene.

ABOVE Aruga Mactan units look out onto idyllic coastal views (Photo: Courtesy of Rockwell Land)

Conversant with his mastery of tropical design, Rockwell Land has worked closely with the Cebuano creative on residential projects in the city as well as curated furniture sets for units at Aruga Resort and Residences – Mactan, the developer’s stunning crown jewel on the island. Located in Punta Engano, Aruga Mactan boasts an expansive 270-metre beachfront that is exclusive to the property, and offers spacious one- to three-bedroom units with views of either Magellan Bay or the Hilutungan channel. Premium unit finishes like natural stone countertops and durable, wood-like floors perfectly set the scene for Selma’s pieces.

“I can’t imagine another space that complements our collections better than those at Aruga Mactan,” the designer enthuses. Attuned to his own preference for excellent craftsmanship and timeless materials, the packages that he put together for the property feature beautiful items that are made in Cebu and can blend easily into anyone’s home in a tropical setting.

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ABOVE One can expect premium unit finishes from their beach home at Aruga Mactan (Photo: Courtesy of Rockwell Land)

Selma equally invites clients to partake in the design process to ensure that every piece resonates with them. It is likewise through delivering such a wholly gorgeous backdrop to the unparalleled beachside life that Rockwell brings its refined signature to the shores of Cebu. Truly proving that the property is a pocket of paradise you cannot go wrong with, Selma avers, “Trust me when I say that waking up to the sunrise in your beachfront home will make your mornings extraordinary. The units at Aruga Mactan give you that opportunity.”

Aruga Mactan has partnered with Vito Selma for special curated furniture sets to complement your unit. Learn more at

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