Alpha Villanea was born and raised in Iligan City, Philippines, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Iligan Medical Center College. In 2009, she immigrated to Pemberton, British Columbia where she met her loving husband, Rene Long. They are happily married and blessed with three wonderful children. Alpha currently works as a visitor services representative at Audain Art Museum and as a sales associate at a BC liquor store.
The story of Prince Juan, which originated from the imagination of Alpha’s great great grandfather, was passed down to her by her grandmother, Linda Sabayle. With the publication of Prince Juan, Alpha wanted to preserve the legacy of the storytellers before her and to honor the memory of her beloved grandmother, who passed away two years before her story was published. She hopes that the story of Prince Juan will be enjoyed by children all over the world and passed on from one generation to the next.