Iya, Drew 'preparing for their future'

By Reyma Buan-Deveza, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 17 2013 05:08 PM | Updated as of May 18 2013 01:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Actress Iya Villania happily shared that she and her boyfriend, television host Drew Arellano, celebrated their ninth anniversary last May 9.

Actress Iya Villania

Villania was quick to deny rumors that they are engaged, but she admitted that they are already "preparing for our future."

"Let's just wait for it (ring), it will come. We are getting there," she said in an interview during the launch of the WeChat smartphone application, her endorsement with Arellano.

"Basta, we are definitely preparing for our future," added the actress, who shared that she received a Garmin sports watch from her boyfriend as an anniversary gift.

Villania believes that keeping their love life private is one of the reasons behind their strong relationship.

"We are really just a private couple and I would like to think that it's something  that has helped us in becoming strong so far," she said.

The actress went on to share her thoughts about her first ever commercial with her real-life boyfriend.

"Masaya kasi first time namin ever after nine years. I think after nine years, na-realize ng tao na 'ay, sila pa rin pala talaga.' Nakakatuwa kasi natutuwa rin ang mga tao," she said.

"Kasi kami ni Drew, we are not a very public couple. So for people to see us out there, nakakatuwa na natutuwa rin sila na kinikilig sila for us," she added.

"Nakakatuwa kasi nagkataon noong anniversary namin, nilabas 'yung behind the scenes [ng commercial], so that was a nice celebration for us."

On 'UKG' exit

Villania is part of the Sunday variety show "ASAP," and is one of the VJs on the MYX music channel.

She is also busy with the shows "Apoy Sa Dagat" and "Gag U."

Just recently, she left ABS-CBN's morning show, "Umagang Kay Ganda."

When asked about her exit from the show, Villania said: "It was easy for me to accept having to leave. Because honestly, I wasn't doing much for the show anyway, 'cause hindi ko na ginagawa 'yung fitness segment ko."

"So okay na rin sa akin that I was able to explore and get back into acting again," she added.

The actress then made it clear that she does not feel hurt after leaving "Umagang Kay Ganda."

"I was not hurt because I needed to leave because of 'Apoy Sa Dagat.' Alam niyo ang taping, inuumaga yan, tapos, 'ano, segue?' Hindi na ako matutulog, morning show. So hindi pwede na lutang ako doon. So perfect timing, perfect timing that 'Apoy' arrives 'cause I leave na din," she said.