Iya Villania

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

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

Early life[edit]

Villania was born in Camperdown, Australia, but was raised in Sydney. 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. As a teenager, she returned to the Philippines and went to high school in Colegio San Agustin in Makati, graduating in March 2004. She went to college in De La Salle University-Manila majoring in psychology and graduated February 2009. On January 31, 2014, she married her boyfriend of 10 years, Drew Arellano, in Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas.


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
2015 Because of You Rebecca Reyes GMA Network
Sunday PinaSaya Herself/Guest
24 Oras Chika Minute segment host
Ang Pinaka Guest host GMA News TV
Mundo Ni Juan Host GMA Network
2014–present Taste Buddies Host GMA News TV
2014 The Ryzza Mae Show Herself/Guest GMA Network
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 Herself/Host
2011-2012 It's Showtime Guest
2010 Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Scarlett Saavedra
2009 Only You Trixie Gonzales
2008 OMG! Host TV5
Mysmatch Host
Palmolive Shining Circle of 10: Batch 2008 Host 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
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Budlis
U Can Dance Host
2005-2006 Wowowee Co-Host
2004–2014 ASAP Co-Host
2004–2014 MYX VJ MYX
2004 Seasons of Love Alex ABS-CBN
ASAP Fanatic Host
SOP Gigsters Host GMA Network
Gamechannel Extreme Game Jock ABC
2003 Gamechannel Game Jock IBC
Click Sydney Torres GMA Network
Walang Hanggan Rachelle


Year Title Role Studio
2009 Flores De Mara
Shake, Rattle & Roll 11 Lia † Regal Entertainment, Inc./Regal Multimedia, Inc.
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 Films
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 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."