Iya Villania takes flight

Posted at 02/19/13 6:08 PM

'ASAP' mainstay shares passion for aerial silk

MANILA, Philippines -- For TV host Iya Villania, taking flight has become a lifestyle of sorts.

Aside from her daily hosting stint on the early-morning program "Umagang Kay Ganda," the 26-year-old Kapamilya star has found a new passion in aerial silk, a type of performance art that features aerial acrobatics while hanging from a special fabric.

"I love it. Flying has always been a frustration, kaya ito na 'yung pinakamalapit, it's the closest I can get to flying," Villania told ABS-CBN News at the sidelines of a press conference held Monday launching her latest endorsement.

Only recently, the MYX VJ took to Dubai her acrobatic skills for a performance before a Filipino audience to celebrate Valentine's Day (seen above, courtesy of officialiyavillania YouTube page). Dubbed "Love Is In The Air," the show highlighted Villania's death-defying number.

This was preceded by a number of other aerial silk performances from the "ASAP" mainstay, notably on the ABS-CBN concert variety program last year (seen below, courtesy of frederickproduction YouTube page). The production number, which was a way of celebrating Villania's birthday, was the first time a celebrity performed the stunt on the program.

The well-applauded performance saw the TV host meters up in the air, doing a variety of tricks identified with aerial silk -- climbs, wraps and drops.

"Wala akong takot sa heights eh," she said. "Malakas ang loob ko, pero hindi naman ako eng-eng para gumawa ng mga delikado na stunts sa ere na hindi ako sigurado."

"So before I do any of that, inaaral ko. I train for that naman, kaya ganoon ako ka-confident na umakyat nang ganoon kataas," she said.

Learning, loving

Villania, who has also starred in a number of TV series, said she had not intended for aerial silk to become a highlight of her nine-year career in showbiz.

"I am thankful [people have noticed it]. It's not something that I had intended to do, but it's something that has worked out for me, kaya masaya naman ako," she said.

The "Kristine" actress also said she intends to explore further opportunities in the art overseas, citing the limited avenues locally. "I really wouldn't mind, although I do find na baka kailangan ko pa mag-aral abroad, kasi limitado tayo sa mga nagtuturo ng aerial dito eh," she said.

On her growing popularity as an aerial silk performer in the country, Villania credited her seeing the art as a form of lifestyle and exercise, as opposed to merely training for it for singular performances.

"It's really something that I learn, inaaral ko talaga. Hindi ko ginagawa para sa isang sayaw lang sa 'ASAP,' hindi ko ginagawa para lang sa isang event. Ginagawa ko talaga siya because it's really something I enjoy," she said.