Maitituturing na malaking tagumpay para kay Iya Villania ang kanyang pagtatapos ng kolehiyo mula sa De La Salle University noong Sabado, February 7. Proud na proud ang kanyang boyfriend, ang TV host-model na si Drew Arellano, na nagtapos din sa La Salle.
"It was awesome because she was able to sing the national anthem and our alma mater song. It feels pretty good. Lasalista na talaga," pahayag ni Drew nang tanungin siya sa graduation party ni Iya last Sunday sa Edsa Shangri-La.
Dagdag ni Drew, "It was just a fabulous moment looking at her, getting the diploma and everything. Big achievement for everyone actually. We're talking about the mother here. We're talking about the siblings. We're talking about all the support groups.
"A lot of people don't know, pero probably some know already, she's been juggling school and work. She's just pulling it not just satisfactorily but she's been doing it extraordinarily. That's why I call her a freak. She's crazy," sabi ni Drew.
Ikinuwento rin ni Iya sa hiwalay na interview ng Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) kung gaano katatag ang suporta ni Drew sa kanya:
"In fact, sobrang hanga siya sa akin kasi I was able to work and do school at the same time. He's been so understanding. In fact during the times na may free time ako pero I had to give it sa pag-aaral ko like work on a paper or study, he understands."
WEDDING PLANS? Marami ang nagsasabi ngayon na dahil graduate na si Iya, di kaya susunod na ang wedding ng magkasintahan? Halos apat na taon na rin sila.
"It's not about me graduating and being allowed to get married. Before you get into marriage, you have to see the state of your relationship first. And we're not there," natatawang sabi ni Iya.
"I mean, with the four years that we've been together, I've been putting off a lot of things. He knows that I've been putting a lot of things before him, like school and work. We haven't been able to do so many things together. For a relationship to grow, we really need time together."
Wala naman daw problema para kay Mommy Elena ang kanilang pagsasama.
"Siya pa yung nagbibigay ng time for me when we go on our dates. Originally, kasama si Mommy. 'Ay sige, anak, kayong dalawa na.' Whenever I want to visit Drew, Mom doesn't stop me," kuwento ni Iya.
Dagdag pa ni Iya, boto din naman ang pamilya ni Drew para sa kanila. "They're good. In fact, right after my graduation Drew's mom treated my family. Like a graduation gift.
Para kay Drew, naniniwala siya na mas magiging matatag na ang kanilang relationship, "That is our goal for this year. That goal will be achieved. That goal will be achieved. We're that type of people naman. When we say it, we do it. We're very determined people.
"You know marriage will come," sagot ni Drew sa mga tanong tungkol sa pagpapakasal nila ni Iya.