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 2017
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:16pm, Oct 17, 2017
5 times Baron Geisler made headlines

MANILA, Philippines – Another day, another Baron Geisler controversy. The actor was arrested on October 16 for making a scene at a bar – but is anyone even surprised anymore? He of the public ...


MISS EARTH 09:30pm, Oct 16, 2017
Katherine Espin on her reign as Miss Earth 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Earth 2016 Katherine Espin has been one busy queen bee. After winning the Miss Earth crown last year, she has been traveling non-stop around the Philippines and other ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 08:00pm, Oct 15, 2017
Why Sandara Park, Mario Maurer love coming back to PH

MANILA, Philippines – Everywhere they go, Sandara Park and Mario Maurer get loud cheers and screams from fans. After all, they are two of Asia's top stars, with Sandara formerly part of the now ...


MISS EARTH 02:15pm, Oct 14, 2017
IN PHOTOS: Miss Earth 2017 welcome dinner

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Earth 2017 formally kicked off on Monday, October 9, with a welcome dinner at Carousel Productions in Mandaluyong City. The candidates took time to mingle with the guests ...


WELLNESS 02:45pm, Oct 09, 2017
The fairest of them all: What you need to know about skin whitening

MANILA, Philippines – When a celebrity comes out with soft and fair skin, everyone pays attention. After all, who doesn't want to be thought of as beautiful? In a country where dark brown skin is ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 08:00pm, Oct 06, 2017
Jake Zyrus' first concert is tonight!

MANILA, Philippines – Jake Zyrus has been in the headlines for a few months now – coming out as a trans man, his new relationship, and the misunderstanding with his mom. But tonight, Friday, October ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 10:25am, Oct 05, 2017
Martin Nievera says Las Vegas shooting 'a true tragedy'

MANILA, Philippines – Martin Nievera said that he was saddened by the Las Vegas shooting, which killed at least 59 people during an open air concert on Monday, October 2. Known as the concert king ...


BINIBINING PILIPINAS 09:01pm, Oct 04, 2017
8 fun facts: Bb Pilipinas 2017 Grand International Elizabeth Clenci

MANILA, Philippines – Elizabeth Durado Clenci was not on every pageant watcher's list to win a crown, but the Filipino-Australian from Mandaue, Cebu surprised everyone during coronation night on ...


Sep 2017
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 11:48am, Sep 29, 2017
Gwendoline Ruais files complaint against wives, girlfriends of TNT KaTropa players

MANILA, Philippines – TV host and former Miss World Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais said that she has filed a complaint of oral defamation and unjust vexation last month against several wives and ...


ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 06:35pm, Sep 27, 2017
5 things to know about the Piolo-Toni movie 'Last Night'

MANILA, Philippines – After doing Starting Over Again in 2014, Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga team up again in a dark romantic comedy called Last Night, directed by Joyce Bernal. (WATCH: Piolo ...