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 2020
CAREER 07:00pm, Jun 30, 2020
Post-lockdown: Public relations, events sector eye digital promotions, new models

The public relations and events industry is one of many that's been badly hit by the pandemic. Even before lockdowns began, events had to be cancelled and suspended. Most, if not all events, are ...


ARTS & CULTURE 02:00pm, Jun 28, 2020
'Becky Nights' is all grown up

MANILA, Philippines – Back in 2011, the podcast Becky Nights hosted by makeup artist Jake Galvez, stylist Matt Gozun, hairstylist Buern Rodriguez, and model and socialite Divine Lee made waves in ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:00am, Jun 23, 2020
What you need to know about Sofia Andres

MANILA, Philippines – Sofia Andres surprised fans on Sunday, June 21, when she announced that she is now a mother to Zoe, her daughter with her boyfriend, race car driver Daniel Miranda. The ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:59pm, Jun 17, 2020
Megan Young joins eSports tournament to raise funds for Love Yourself

MANILA, Philippines – Miss World 2013 Megan Young will be joining an eSports event dubbed VersUs: The TaskUs Battles, scheduled on Friday, June 19. The even with be streamed on the TaskUsPH Facebook ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 02:00pm, Jun 17, 2020
LIST: Celebrities food businesses you should check out

MANILA, Philippines – Even the country's on-cam talents aren't exempt to innovation that's become a recurring theme during the months-long coronavirus pandemic. Business opportunities from home, ...


May 2020
LIFESTYLE 10:34am, May 06, 2020
Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant night moved to October

MANILA, Philippines – The Miss Universe Philippines Organization announced that the pageant's finals will happen on October 25. The news was confirmed in a post by organizers on the Miss Universe ...


Apr 2020
CAREER 11:00am, Apr 27, 2020
Adulting 101: Public speaking tips from Nicole Cordoves

Speaking before an audience can be nerve wracking, whether it's the Q and A in a beauty pageant, or a speech at a conference. Preparing to speak can be just as daunting if you do not know where to ...


LIFESTYLE 07:00pm, Apr 19, 2020
Nicole Cordoves isn't afraid of taking risks

The first time I met Nicole Cordoves, she was a candidate for Binibining Pilipinas in 2016. I interviewed her and was immediately impressed by the way she spoke. She went on to win the Bb Pilipinas ...


Mar 2020
BINIBINING PILIPINAS 07:30pm, Mar 31, 2020
WATCH: Binibining Pilipinas 2020 candidates talk about the women who inspire them

MANILA, Philippines – It certainly helps to have someone to look up to, especially when you're in the (often) cutthroat world of pageantry. Rappler talks to several candidates in this year's ...


LIFESTYLE 06:28pm, Mar 31, 2020
WATCH: Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates talk about the women who inspire them

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talked to 8 of the 51 candidates from the very first batch of Miss Universe Philippine hopefuls about the women who inspired them. As you can expect from a diverse ...