Alexa Villano

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 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.

May 2019
BLOG 05:00pm, May 18, 2019
I voted for my nephew's future but I felt I failed him

May 13 was like a do-or-die day for me. After my election day duties in the office, I went to my precinct near my house to vote. Like millions of Filipinos, I was one of those eager to exercise my ...

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 08:19pm, May 14, 2019
Kapampangan inmates helped make this Binibining Pilipinas candidate's national costume

MANILA, Philippines – The national costumes photos of the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates were unveiled last week, and as expected, it made a big impact among pageant fans. While each costume ...

LIFESTYLE 11:28pm, May 12, 2019
IN PHOTOS: Pia Wurtzbach, Martin Nievera lead star-studded Love Gala 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Love Gala, Asia's Premier Charity and Awards for HIV/AIDS was held on Saturday, May 11 at the Vertis Tent in Quezon City, with Love Gala ambassador Pia Wurtzbach ...

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:00pm, May 11, 2019
Mother knows best: PH stars, Binibining Pilipinas candidates on what they learned from their moms

In celebration of Mother's Day on May 12, we asked several Philippine celebrities and Binibining Pilipinas candidates on the lessons they've learned from their own moms. Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe ...

MISS UNIVERSE 03:15pm, May 10, 2019
Pia Wurtzbach leads benefit gala 'The Universe Gives Back'

MANILA, Philippines – A special fashion show and benefit gala will be held on June 4 at the Marriott Hotel, with no less than Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach as one of the co-chairpersons of the ...

LIFESTYLE 04:57pm, May 05, 2019
Araneta Center and CARA Welfare Phillippines team up for 'Palengcats'

MANILA, Philippines – The Araneta Center, Inc and CARA Welfare Philippines joined forces for a trap/neuter/return (TNR) program for the stray cat population at the Center, starting with the ...

Apr 2019
ARTS & CULTURE 07:30pm, Apr 27, 2019
5 women who pioneered Filipino folk and modern dance

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino dance has always been in spotlight, thanks to various awards and recognitions given to various dance troupes. There are the likes of the Ramon Obusan Dance Troup and ...

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:26pm, Apr 17, 2019
Why Gabbi Garcia was initially worried to work with Khalil Ramos in 'LSS'

MANILA, Philippines – GMA 7 actress Gabbi Garcia said that she got a bit nervous about working with boyfriend Khalil Ramos on the movie LSS (Last Song Syndrome), which is part of the Pista ng ...

BINIBINING PILIPINAS 08:00am, Apr 04, 2019
What you need to know about Binibining Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines – Pageant season in the Philippines would not be complete without Binibining Pilipinas, the annual search which has produced numerous titleholders in the last 5 decades. With ...

Mar 2019
MOVIES 12:19pm, Mar 29, 2019
First 3 films announced for Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The first 3 films for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino were announced at a press conference in Quezon City on Thursday, March 28. The 3 films are: LSS (Last Song Syndrome) The ...