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.

Oct 2019
MOVIES 05:30pm, Oct 22, 2019
FAST FACTS: The big 4 of Philippine Cinema's 'Golden Era'

MANILA, Philippines – Before the likes of Viva Films, Regal Films, and Star Cinema dominated the Philippines box office, there existed the movie companies that started it all. Here's a quick look ...


PHILIPPINES 03:26pm, Oct 20, 2019
LOOK: Indian President Ram Nath Kovind unveils Mahatma Gandhi bust in Miriam College

MANILA, Philippines — Indian president Ram Nath Kovind arrived at the Miriam College on Sunday, October 20 to unveil the Mahatma Gandhi bust, a gift from the Indian government, in celebration of the ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 07:41pm, Oct 11, 2019
Pia Wurtzbach: 'It's okay not to be okay sometimes'

MANILA, Philippines — It's okay not to be okay. Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach said there was nothing to be worried about after she opened up about her personal struggles and not feeling ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:32pm, Oct 10, 2019
Pia Wurtzbach is writing a novel inspired by her own pageant experience

MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is going to be a published author. The beauty queen and actress announced that she will be releasing a book under ABS-CBN Publishing. Speaking ...


FASHION 05:11pm, Oct 09, 2019
Why fashion designer Chico Estiva ‘took the risk’ with Leren Bautista's national costume

MANILA, Philippines — Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Bautista's Maranao princess-inspired national costume for the Miss Globe 2019 pageant made headlines — but did you know that they almost ...


BINIBINING PILIPINAS 02:00pm, Oct 08, 2019
Leren Bautista is ready to bring home another Miss Globe crown for the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines —Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Bautista is now in Albania to compete in the Miss Globe pageant happening in Montenegro on October 21. But before she left, the media got a ...


BINIBINING PILIPINAS 07:00pm, Oct 06, 2019
Gazini Ganados hopes for more attention to elderly care in the country

MANILA, Philippines — Even as Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados continues to train for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant, she's been keeping herself busy working for charities supported ...


BINIBINING PILIPINAS 06:27pm, Oct 03, 2019
Samantha Lo on Miss Grand International 2019 pageant: I'm going to bring that crown home

MANILA, Philippines — With all the issues and controversies surrounding the staging of the Miss Grand International in Venezuela on October 25, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha ...


Sep 2019
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 04:30pm, Sep 29, 2019
Angel Locsin will take a short break after 'The General's Daughter'

MANILA, Philippines — Angel Locsin said she'll be taking time off once The General's Daugther wraps – before she buckles down to work again and preparare for her wedding to fiance Neil ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:46am, Sep 29, 2019
Sharon Cuneta on showbiz slowdown: More time for the kids and Kiko

MANILA, Philippines — Sharon Cuneta said that slowing down from showbiz doesn't mean she's going to stop accepting projects. During the press conference of Iconic, her concert with Regine ...