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.

Feb 2019
RELATIONSHIPS 08:12pm, Feb 17, 2019
These stories will make you believe that love is real

MANILA, Philippines — It's a truth universally acknowledged that a good story will always be a welcome treat. In the Philippines, stories are especially welcome if it's of the romantic kind. Just ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 09:49am, Feb 08, 2019
Anne Curtis, Daphne Oseña-Paez on lowering age of criminal responsibility: Make current law work

MANILA, Philippines – Actress Anne Curtis and TV personality Daphne Oseña-Paez called on existing law on children in conflict with the law (CICLs) to be properly implemented instead, as Philippine ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 04:15pm, Feb 06, 2019
Why LizQuen said yes to 'Alone/Together' even before they knew the ending

MANILA, Philippines – When you're part of a love team that's as popular and as in-demand as LizQuen (Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil to the uninitiated), it's not unusual to get pitches left and ...


Jan 2019
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:30am, Jan 30, 2019
Ice Seguerra excited to start family with wife Liza Diño

MANILA, Philippines – Ice Seguerra said he's looking forward to having his own family very soon, after he underwent the process of retrieving healthy egg cells that will later undergo in vitro ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 01:59pm, Jan 29, 2019
Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez: Doing Reina Hispanoamericana taught me hard work

MANILA, Philippines – She may not have gotten a back-to-back crown during the Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 competition last November, but Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez said she has learned so much from the ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:55am, Jan 29, 2019
Piolo Pascual has no plans to endorse politicians in 2019 elections

MANILA, Philippines – Piolo Pascual said he has no plans of endorsing any candidate in the 2019 elections, despite some offers coming his way. When asked about endorsing any candidate before Spring ...


MOVIES 04:32pm, Jan 26, 2019
Things to know about the Enchong Dee-Janine Gutierrez movie 'Elise'

MANILA, Philippines – Ahead of Valentine's Day, Regal Films offers it's newest romantic-comedy film Elise, starring Enchong Dee and Janine Gutierrez. Directed by Joel Ferrer, Elise is based on ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 05:20pm, Jan 25, 2019
Robin Padilla almost did not make Bato movie

MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla said that he initially was not supposed to play the role of former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa in the biopic due to other ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 09:48am, Jan 25, 2019
Robin Padilla calls Bato dela Rosa's story a 'Cinderella Man' tale

MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla described the story of retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa as a "Cinderella Man" tale, something he said was similar to the ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:50am, Jan 24, 2019
Jessy Mendiola says she's okay after going through depression

MANILA, Philippines – The past years have been an emotional roller coaster for Jessy Mendiola. After enduring online criticism and bashing, and going through bouts of depression, the actress said ...