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.

Sep 2018
MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 10:15am, Sep 12, 2018
IN PHOTOS: Meet the 40 Miss World Philippines 2018 candidates

MANILA, Philippines – The 40 candidates of the Miss World Philippines 2018 were presented to the media on Tuesday, September 11 at the Vestibule of Newport Theatre, Resorts World Manila. The 2017 ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:00am, Sep 10, 2018
Why Pepe Herrera chooses to be a 'hopeful' romantic

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Pepe Herrera said that his new movie The Hopeful Romantic will show the "positive" side of choosing to love. "Kasi sinabi na hopeless romantic, wala na, for eternity I'm ...


MUSIC 06:38pm, Sep 07, 2018
Manila Sound: The Hotdog classics

MANILA, Philippines – On Sunday, September 2, the Philppine music industry mourned the death of Hotdog band member Rene Garcia, who died at the age of 65 due to cardiac arrest. Rene was a member of ...


SPECIALS 10:07pm, Sep 03, 2018
IN PHOTOS: The 50 candidates of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Pageant season is officiailly in full swing. On Monday, September 3, the 50 candidates of the Mutya ng Pilipinas were presented to the media during an event at the Ascott Hotel ...


Aug 2018
MOVIES 05:44pm, Aug 29, 2018
Never Forget Film Festival lineup announced

MANILA, Philippines – Cinema Centenario, together with the Commission on Human Rights, announced on Tuesday, August 28, the month-long Never Forget Film Festival to commemorate the 46th year of the ...


ARTS & CULTURE 02:14pm, Aug 29, 2018
'Side Show' the Musical: How the Hilton twins' story is relevant to today's generation

MANILA, Philippines – The musical Side Show is set to open on August 31 at the Carlos P Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza on Friday, August 31. Based on a book by Bill Russell and music by Henry ...


MUSIC 01:00pm, Aug 28, 2018
IN PHOTOS: Boyzone in Manila for farewell tour

MANILA, Philippines – Three years after their last concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Irish boyband Boyzone returned to the Philippines as part of their 25th anniversary and farewell tour at the ...


MOVIES 01:00pm, Aug 27, 2018
'Brother of the Year': What happens when a brother gets in the way of romance?

MANILA, Philippines – The stars of the Thai movie Brother of the Year were in town last August 16 to promote the movie – which, unlike most romantic comedy films, zooms in on the relationship of an ...


MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 03:00pm, Aug 26, 2018
Meet the 2 showbiz personalities joining Miss World Philippines 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Katarina Rodriguez is not the only candidate everyone is watching out for in this year's Miss World Philippines. Aside from the crossover candidates and pageant repeaters, two ...


MOVIES 12:30pm, Aug 20, 2018
'Madilim Ang Gabi' tells the 'other side' of Duterte's 'drug war'

MANILA, Philippines – Madilim Ang Gabi (Dark is the Night), one of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 movies, is about Sara (Gina Alajar) and Lando (Phillip Salvador), who peddle shabu. Directed ...