The Reef

This upscale, multi-storey hotel+residences along the famous beach of Mactan, Cebu, Philippines offers a transformational way of living a vibrant, sophisticated lifestyle.

This required a Total Design Approach to optimize the harmonious relationship between existing environments, people, lifestyle, the project vision and brand identity. A truly effective design solution understands the core of a project. The creation of a desired Brand Image + Identity became a guiding principle in design.

Located on a 4,447 square meter lot, the development is composed of two (2) Towers; namely REEF RESIDENCES and SOUTH REEF.

REEF RESIDENCES has 24 floors with a Total Floor Area of 29, 129 square meters.  The REEF RESIDENCES offers 4 room types: Studio, 1-bedroom, and the 2 or 3-bedroom suites.  Each energy-efficient unit is equipped with world-class amenities.

SOUTH REEF, an 18 –storey building beside Reef Residences, has a Total Floor Area of 14, 911 square meters. This is a condominium-condotel mixed project, where condotel rooms of 34 or 40 square meters are available for short-term residents.  The home-grown, high-end Abaca Hotel is integrated into the development, providing the luxurious, boutique hotel experience renowned globally.   Two prime front units are available as residences only; an Executive Studio and a 1-bedroom unit with about 70 and 90 square meters respectively inclusive of the wrap-around balcony.

The Artists Behind The  Reef

Kenneth Cobonpue

Lobby Design Consultant

Kenneth Cobonpue is a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines. His passage to design began in 1987, studying Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York. While completing his studies, he apprenticed for a leather and wood workshop near Florence, Italy. He went on to study Furniture Marketing and Production at the Export-Akademie Baden-Württemberg in Reutlingen, Germany, under a private and state scholarship program, and subsequently worked in Bielefeld and Munich.

With his masterful way of integrating nature, traditional craft and innovative technologies, designer and creative director Kenneth Cobonpue has earned international awards and recognition for his creative, organic, and expressive pieces. Working closely with some of the world’s leading designers, from household names to emerging talents, Kenneth has been pushing the envelope for design in the Philippines and sharing his vision to a global audience.

Awards to his credit include five (5) Japan Good Design Awards, the grand prize at Singapore International Design Competition, the Design for Asia Award of Hong Kong, the American Society of Interior Design Top Pick selection and the French Coup de Coeur award. Several of his designs were selected for several editions of the International Design Yearbook published in London and New York. In 2007, TIME magazine called him “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was named the Designer of the Year in the first edition of Maison et Objet Asia held in March 2014 in Singapore.

Budji Layug

Interior Designer

Antonio “Budji” Layug is an international designer of furniture and interiors and a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design. Budji spent years travelling the world, expanding his understanding of foreign culture, art and design. Upon his return to the Philippines, Budji began to explore his native country’s landscape. Budji began to design furniture that incorporated traditional techniques and indigenous organic materials such as pandan, bamboo and Philippine hardwoods to create sleek, elegant and thoroughly post- colonial pieces. His background as space planner and interior designer has given him a highly developed sense of interior and exterior space. He insists each design fits into both.

Budji’s reputation as an extraordinary artist stems from his holistic approach to design. He combines both state of the art technologies and his own contemporary furniture designs with an eclectic mix of art and antiques from all over the world.

His fame as a furniture designer largely stemmed from his commitment to organic forms and materials, especially those found in his native Philippines. His fresh interpretation of those forms into uniquely modern designs. In designing furniture, Budji is as devoted to craftsmanship and detailing as he is to function and design.

Royal Pineda


A product from a family of academia, Royal Christopher Lopez Pineda completed his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Polytechnic University of the Philippines under the Japan-Philippines cooperation university program. From 1997 to 2002, he acquired his professional training exposure from the firm of Philippine’s National Artist for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin and Partners. Exposed to designing challenging and creative structures commissioned to the firm, Royal learned the trade in both the structure of its science and its art.

He is the Principal Architect+CEO at BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design. His architecture is modern, monastic and tropical in style. Royal is disciplined to envision and create Total Design that the company is known for: from master planning, architecture, interior design, to furniture and landscape design. Since partnering with Budji Layug, he has designed different projects in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, United States of America, France, Germany, Thailand and Israel.