Celebrity couple Iya Villania and Drew Arellano at the 2013 Star Magic Ball in May. Photo by Nimfa Chua for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA -- Celebrity couple Iya Villania and Drew Arellano are set to wed in January, according to entertainment columnist Ricky Lo.
In his column published on the Philippine Star Friday, Lo referred to the wedding as "a formality," noting that the TV hosts have been together for several years now.
"The sad note is that Drew’s father, Atty. Aga, won’t be around to witness his fair-haired boy march down the aisle," said the columnist.
Arellano's father, according to Lo, passed away due to colon cancer in June. The late lawyer's ashes, Lo added, were scattered around Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong "as per his wish." The senior Arellano used to live there.
Villania and Arellano celebrated their ninth anniversary last May 9.
At the time, the actress-host denied that she was already engaged to Arellano. She admitted, however, that "we are getting there."
"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... Basta, we are definitely preparing for our future," she said.