Iya Villania

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Iya Villania
Born Raelene Elaine Ebaler Villania
(1986-06-29) June 29, 1986 (age 31)
Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Filipino Australian
Occupation Actress, television presenter, singer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Drew Arellano (m. 2014)
Children 1

Raelene Elaine Ebaler Villania-Arellano (born June 29, 1986),[1] better known as Iya Villania, is a Filipino Australian television presenter, actress, and host.[2] She has been widely known for her work as a VJ in the music channel MYX.

Early and personal life[edit]

Villania was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Her parents, Ray and Elena Villania, are of Filipino descent. The youngest of three siblings, she has two older sisters named Rhoda and Sheila. Villania's interest in music started when her father sang karaoke when she was a child. She used to be a member of a Missionary touring band in Australia that address issues in schools and churches such bullying, drink driving, self-esteem . The motivational band is called IRON AND CLAY Www.ironandclay.com.au then she returned to the Philippines and went to high school in Colegio San Agustin in Makati, graduating in March 2004.[3] She attended college at De La Salle University – Manila majoring in psychology and graduated on December 16, 2008.[4]

On January 31, 2014, she married her boyfriend of ten years, television host Drew Arellano, in Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas.[5] In March 2016, the couple announced through Instagram that they were expecting their first child.[6] The couple's son, Antonio Primo, was born on August 30, 2016.[7]

Villania is an advocate of abstaining from sex before marriage. She has disclosed that she had not had sexual intercourse prior to her marriage to Arellano, who himself was supportive of her decision. Notwithstanding, Villania has also said that she does not necessarily condemn women who practice otherwise; she, however, remarked that virginity is "something that a girl can be proud of".[8]


Beginnings in Game Channel and GMA-7[edit]

Villania's first television appearance in the Philippines was in 2003 on the IBC interactive program "Game Channel." After she gained a "cult" following, the management team of GMA Network took notice and cast her in the daytime drama Walang Hanggan. She then played the role of Sydney Torres in the third and fourth seasons of the iconic teen series Click.

Move to ABS-CBN and MYX VJ career[edit]

In 2004, she moved to GMA's rival network ABS-CBN and was announced as one of the new VJ's for their subsidiary music channel Myx. She would remain in the job for 10 years. Subsequently, she was regularly featured in the variety show ASAP. Villania's feature film debut was in the 2004 drama "A Beautiful Life" alongside acclaimed actresses Gloria Romero, Dina Bonnevie and Amy Austria. In the same year, Villania appeared in the critically acclaimed historical film Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita. Her run as host on ABS-CBN included briefly co-hosting the noontime game show Wowowee in 2005, the two seasons of the reality dance competition show U Can Dance in 2006 and 2007, the reality show I Dare You in 2011 and her two-year stint on ABS-CBN's morning show Umagang Kay Ganda. Villania also hosted the Studio 23 lifestyle program Us Girls from 2006 to 2012.

Return to GMA-7 and present career[edit]

After finishing her supporting stint in the short-lived primetime series Apoy Sa Dagat, Villania took the rest of 2013 as a break. In early 2014, she announced her return to GMA Network and then appeared on the weekend musical variety show Sunday All Stars. She was initially rumored to have been considered to be the new host for the reality talent competition StarStruck but these reports were proven false when Megan Young was announced by the network to be the new host. On June 11, 2015, the top-rating nightly news program 24 Oras announced that Villania is taking over the showbiz anchor slot taking over for the show's entertainment correspondent of 11 years Pia Guanio.



Year Title Role Network
2017 All Star Videoke Herself / Host GMA Network
2017–2018 My Korean Jagiya Kennedy Santos
2017 Sunday PinaSaya Herself / Guest
People vs. the Stars Host GMA Network
2016 Lip Sync Battle Philippines Host
Yan Ang Morning! Guest
2015–2016 Because of You Rebecca Reyes
2015 Sunday PinaSaya Herself / Guest
2015–present 24 Oras Chika Minute segment host
Home Foodie Host
2015 Ang Pinaka Guest host GMA News TV
2015 Mundo ni Juan Host GMA Network
2014–2016 Taste Buddies GMA News TV
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Herself / Guest GMA Network
Startalk Guest
Sunday All Stars Herself / Host / Performer
2013 Apoy Sa Dagat Helena Redentor ABS-CBN
2011–2013 Umagang Kay Ganda Herself / Host
2011 I Dare You
2011–2012 It's Showtime Guest
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Scarlett Saavedra
2009 Only You Trixie Gonzales
2008 OMG! Host TV5
Palmolive Shining Circle of 10: Batch 2008 ABS-CBN
2007 Mars Ravelo's Lastikman Yellena White
Love Spell Presents: Ellay Enchanted Cast Member
U Can Dance Ver. 2 Host
Your Song Presents: Never Knew Love Like This Before Becca
2006–2012 Us Girls Host Studio 23
2006 Your Song Presents: Narda Lea ABS-CBN
Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Budlis
U Can Dance Host
2005–2006 Wowowee Co-Host
2004–2014 ASAP
2004 Seasons of Love Alex ABS-CBN
ASAP Fanatic Host
SOP Gigsters GMA Network
Gamechannel Extreme Game Jock ABC
2003 Gamechannel IBC
Click Sydney Torres GMA Network
Walang Hanggan Rachelle


Year Title Role Studio
2009 Flores De Mara
Shake, Rattle & Roll 11 Lia † Regal Entertainment
When I Met U Tracy GMA Films, Regal Entertainment
2007 Paano Kita Iibigin Tessa Star Cinema, Viva Films
2006 Pamahiin Eileen Regal Entertainment
2005 Exodus: Tales from the Enchanted Kingdom Lin-Ay Enchanted Kingdom, Ignite Media, Imus Productions
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Julia Regal Entertainment
A Beautiful Life Janice

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album
2009 "I Never Cry" Finally!
2008 "My First Broken Heart" Finally!
2006 "Good To Be Me" Rose Online Original Soundtrack
2005 "Almost Paradise" Footloose: The Musicale Original Soundtrack


Year Brand Company
2014 Kopiko Blanca Kopiko Coffee
2013 WeChat Tencent Holdings, P&G


  1. ^ "Iya Villania: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ Iya Villania wants to marry Drew Arellano "MANILA, Philippines -- Iya Villania is confident that her 9-year relationship with Drew Arellano will eventually lead to marriage. In an interview on late-night newscast "Bandila" aired Friday, the Kapamilya singer-host belied rumors that she and Arellano have already secretly married."
  3. ^ Lo, Ricky (29 October 2008). "So who broke Iya's heart?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (4 March 2008). "RP showbiz personalities who excel academically". GMA News Online. GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "WATCH: Drew Arellano and Iya Villania's wedding film". Rappler. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Iya Villania, Drew Arellano expecting first child". Rappler. 27 March 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "LOOK: Iya Villania gives birth to baby boy". ABS-CBN.com. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Iya: I was a virgin until wedding to Drew". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. January 15, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2017.