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.

Nov 2018
LIFE AND STYLE 10:57am, Nov 12, 2018
Q and A: Matt Carroll on 'Spotlight' the movie, future of data journalism

HONG KONG – Years before the movie Spotlight won the Oscar for Best Movie in 2016, Matt Carroll and members of the Boston Globe's team of the same name were just ordinary journalists doing their ...

BLOG 01:00pm, Nov 11, 2018
Lessons from Pulitzer Prize winners

From October 22 to 26, I and 8 other fellows from Asia had the privilege of meeting 8 Pulitzer Prize winners during a week-long seminar conducted at the Hong Kong Baptist University. The seminar ...

MISS EARTH 05:29pm, Nov 08, 2018
LOOK BACK: The Miss Earth controversies

HONG KONG – The Miss Earth Organization found itself in the headlines this week, after 3 candidates took to social media to call out one of the sponsors of the pageant for alleged inappropriate ...

GLOBAL AFFAIRS 06:00pm, Nov 03, 2018
Q and A: Frederik Obermaier, behind and beyond the 'Panama Papers'

HONG KONG – German journalist Frederik Obermaier is not used to the attention he's received since the publication of the Panama Papers in 2016. During the Pulitzer Prize workshop hosted by the Hong ...

Oct 2018
MUSIC 09:12am, Oct 24, 2018
LISTEN: 8 popular Ryan Cayabyab songs

HONG KONG – Who does not know Ryan Cayabyab? Mr C, as he's known, is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known songwriters in the Philippines. His songs have also been performed by ...

ARTS & CULTURE 09:30am, Oct 17, 2018
IN PHOTOS: Mickey Mouse through the years

HONG KONG – Mickey Mouse is turning 90! The beloved character created by Walt Disney is set to celebrate his birthday on November 18. In anticipation of his special day, Time Square in Causeway Bay, ...

ARTS & CULTURE 01:15pm, Oct 12, 2018
LOOK: Gender issues, discrimination as told through this OFW photog's lense

HONG KONG – The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is cliche but it's a powerful one. And it's precisely how the likes of Joan Pabona and a group of budding photographers based in Hong ...

MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 01:32pm, Oct 09, 2018
Katarina Rodriguez: From Top Model to Miss World PH representative

HONG KONG – Katarina Rodriguez has been given a second shot in pageantry – and oh, did she hit the target. On Sunday, October 7, she was crowned as the new Miss World Philippines at the Mall of Asia ...

MISS WORLD PHILIPPINES 07:15am, Oct 07, 2018
Miss World Philippines representatives: Where are they now?

HONG KONG – The Miss World pageant is among the world's most prestigious beauty contests. True to form, the Philippines has sent some of its most beautiful to participate in the competition – many ...

Sep 2018
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 03:03pm, Sep 25, 2018
IN PHOTOS: The Star Magic Ball looks of Julia Barretto

MANILA, Philippines – Julia Barretto's famous last name is something that typically precedes her. But in the recent years, she's proven to many that she has what is takes to make it on her own in ...