When asked about the most expensive item she has bought, Iya Villania quickly answered, “A bag.”
What is the tag price?
She paused before replying, “Six digits. The lowest, six digits.”
Since she’s not exactly maluho, we asked, “Do you regret buying it?”
Smiling, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during her pictorial for Watsons Switch and Save campaign, “Hindi naman, kasi dun ko na-discover na hindi ko pala kailangan ng ganyan kasi hindi ko talaga hilig.
“So, huwag na akong magpanggap, yun ang na-realize ko.
“Napaka-low maintenance ko talaga.
“Suwerte niya talaga,” referring to her husband, Drew Arellano.
But she wouldn’t dilly-dally if it's “anything sports-related.”
Iya continued, “I would rather that, than spending on a luho, or something else na hindi ikakaganda pala sa katawan or sa amin.”
MONEY-SAVING TIPS. She is not exactly kuripot, but this Kapuso host believes in getting the best value for money.
She shares advice on how to do this:
1. "Have a budget. Be aware of how much you make, and how much you spend.”
2. “Spend appropriately.”
3. “Don't spend unless, you know, you have the money. Minsan, you get too excited. Minsan wala pa nga yung pera pero parang ginagastos na, knowing na may papasok naman. Mga gano'n, parang I find na medyo delikado mga gano'n.”
4. Iya also believes in spending on something you really, really need.
She and Drew “don't spend so much really as long as we eat.”
At present, a chunk of their earnings goes to the renovation of their place.
She reiterated, “Hindi kami magarbo na mga tao."
INSIDE THE ARELLANO HOUSEHOLD. It's been a year since they got married, and according to Iya, she didn’t really have a hard time adjusting.
“Wala na akong na-discover sa kanya na nakakagulat because before we got married, kita ko na e, kung pa'no siya sa bahay, kasi wala naman siyang maid, wala naman siyang driver.
“E, siyempre we've been together for 10 years, pero he’s been living on his own for three years before we got married.
“So dun ko nakita kung pa'no siya and what kind of person I would be living with when we got married.”
They still don’t have a maid.
However, her mom's helper comes “once a week para maglinis, para mag-general cleaning.”
What are the usual causes of their LQs (Lovers’ Quarrels)?
“Konti, pero mga nakakatawa na bagay na, 'Honey, hindi na naman sinara yung toothpaste.'
“'Honey, yung tsinelas mo na naman, saan-saan ko nakita, nasa ilalim pa ng lamesa.’
“Yung mga ganyan lang or ‘Honey, yung kape mo, iniwan mo na naman sa banyo.’"
But she has learned to accept the fact that “pagdating sa pag-o-organize, ako talaga 'yon.
“Pero pagdating sa cooking, si Drew na 'yon.
“Sa paglilinis, pag-o-organize, ako 'yon.
“Pagluluto at pampagulo, si Drew.”