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.

Jul 2019
BINIBINING PILIPINAS 03:07pm, Jul 14, 2019
Controversial questions? The Binibining Pilipinas 2019 queens say they're 'getting there'

MANILA, Philippines — It's been a month since the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 queens were crowned at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. They've done corporate visits and media interviews – and of course, ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 12:04pm, Jul 13, 2019
Alden Richards says onscreen chemistry with Kathryn Bernardo came naturally

MANILA, Philippines – Coming from different tandems and working together for the first time, how did Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards develop onscreen chemistry in Hello, Love, Goodbye, a film ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 01:30pm, Jul 11, 2019
Cathy Garcia-Molina still keen on directing a John Lloyd Cruz movie

MANILA, Philippines — Director Cathy Garcia-Molina said she'll be working on two more films before taking a break. At a press conference for the movie Hello Love, Goodbye on Tuesday, July 9, the ...


MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH 10:25am, Jul 11, 2019
Who is Janelle Tee, Miss Philippines Earth 2019?

MANILA, Philippines — On Wednesday, July 10, Janelle Tee of Pasig City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2019. She will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Miss Earth pageant scheduled ...


LIFESTYLE 10:29am, Jul 09, 2019
Mutya Pilipinas adds World Top Model as title in competition

MANILA, Philippines — After rebranding as Mutya Pilipinas, the organization led by its president Cory Quirino and chairperson Fred Yuson announced on Monday, July 8 that they have acquired another ...


MOVIES 09:32am, Jul 07, 2019
Forgiveness takes on a new meaning for Cherry Pie Picache in 'Radical Love'

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Cherry Pie Picache said the word forgiveness has taken on a different meaning for her since the death of her mother Zenaida Sison in September 2014. In 2014, the ...


TV 02:22pm, Jul 06, 2019
Lea Salonga on Season 4 of 'The Voice Kids': We have a good crop

MANILA, Philippines — The Voice Kids Philippines season 4 is returning this year and all 3 mentors — Lea Salonga, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo – are looking forward to the show after a two year ...


Jun 2019
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:56am, Jun 20, 2019
Gloria Sevilla urges Duterte: Help Philippine cinema, movie workers

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran actress Gloria Sevilla called on President Rodrigo Duterte to help the Philippine movie industry and its workers in a speech during the Gawad Urian awards. Sevilla, ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 12:43pm, Jun 19, 2019
Cherie Gil wins first Gawad Urian for role in 'Citizen Jake'

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Cherie Gil was emotional on Tuesday, June 18 after she won her first Gawad Urian for Best Supporting Actress for the movie Citizen Jake. In her speech, the Starstruck ...


BINIBINING PILIPINAS 05:48pm, Jun 13, 2019
LOOK: Binibining Pilipinas International 2019 Patch Magtanong takes oath as lawyer

MANILA, Philippines — Days after winning the Binibining Pilipinas International 2019 crown, Bea Patricia "Patch" Magtanong joined her fellow bar passers in taking their oaths as lawyers at the ...