Alexa Villano

alexa.villano@rappler.com

Alexa started her career in journalism working with GMA News as part of the news monitor team in 2005. After two years, she moved to Philstar.com in 2007, where she trained as an online reporter. In 2009, she moved to the sister company Philippine Star, where she continued to train as an editorial assistant and reporter. After years in the newspaper business, Alexa tried her luck working for a health magazine, and also contributed to entertainment and lifestyle publications.

Alexa graduated in 2005 with a Communication Arts degree from Miriam College. She was a reporter and Features Editor for the school publication Chi-Rho for 3 years. She was also a student correspondent for ABS-CBN Publishing's Chalk Magazine.

In 2011, she flew to Korea as one of the fellows under the LG Sangnam Press Foundation, where she took part in learning about Korean media at Seoul National University.

As Rappler’s Lifestyle and Entertainment reporter, Alexa covers local entertainment news, spanning a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows. Alexa loves reading books and magazines and baking. As someone who loves the performing arts, Alexa is into dancing singing and writing songs when she has the time.

Jun 2017
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:00pm, Jun 29, 2017
Maureen Wroblewitz opens up about bullying on 'Asia's Next Top Model'

MANILA, Philippines – Maureen Wroblewitz was the first Filipino to win Asia’s Next Top Model, but she also faced a lot of criticism on her way to the top. In an interview with reporters at the ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 02:57pm, Jun 27, 2017
LIST: Nominees, Gawad Urian 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The films Women of the Weeping River and Paglipay lead this year’s Gawad Urian nominations, with 11 nominations each. The awards night is scheduled to be held on July 20 at ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 09:33pm, Jun 20, 2017
Kiko Matos talks working with Sharon Cuneta, rematch vs Baron Geisler

MANILA, Philippines – Kiko Matos has faced off with Baron Geisler in a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage and has worked with Nora Aunor in 2016's Kabisera. But now, the actor has another experience to ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:54pm, Jun 14, 2017
Joanna Ampil admits almost quitting 'Ang Larawan' movie

MANILA, Philippines – International theater actress Joanna Ampil returned to the Philippines to promote the upcoming movie adaptation of Ang Larawan, scheduled for release this year and to promote ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 05:11pm, Jun 08, 2017
Charo Santos-Concio to star in upcoming Lav Diaz film

MANILA, Philippines – Maalala Mo Kaya host and actress Charo Santos-Concio is working on another movie with director Lav Diaz. Lav, who directed films such as Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 01:24pm, Jun 08, 2017
WATCH: Sun Life's 3 sweet, tearjerking commercials

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On Wednesday, June 7, Sun Life Financial released the first in a series of 3 touching short films, and its heartbreaking love story will have you teary-eyed. "Waves" ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 08:28pm, Jun 07, 2017
IN PHOTOS: Meet the cast of 'La Luna Sangre'

MANILA, Philippines – The Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla tandem (aka KathNiel) is back with a new telserye, La Luna Sangre. The show is the 3rd installment in the fantasy franchise, which ...


MISS UNIVERSE 10:19pm, Jun 02, 2017
Maxine Medina on the pressures of being Miss Universe host delegate

MANILA, Philippines – Maxine Medina has given her two cents on the possibility of the Philippines hosting the Miss Universe pageant again. Maxine represented the Philippines in the 2016 pageant, ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:01pm, Jun 01, 2017
WATCH: Richard Gutierrez is a vampire in 'La Luna Sangre'

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Richard Gutierrez is now part of the cast of La Luna Sangre! A 46-second teaser about his character Sandrino, the king of the vampires, was released on Wednesday, May 31. ...


May 2017
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:19pm, May 29, 2017
Can you be friends with an ex? Gerald Anderson, Arci Muñoz weigh in

MANILA, Philippines – Can exes still be friends after a breakup? For stars Gerald Anderson and Arci Muñoz, it's possible, but it depends on the situation. Gerald and Arci spoke about the topic at a ...