Iya Villania (MNS Photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — TYING the knot with boyfriend Drew Arellano is an event that actress Iya Villania is eyeing to happen soon.

Iya clarified rumors that she’s already engaged to be married to Drew, her boyfriend of nine years.

She said she still doesn’t wear any engagement ring, but “according to my senses, I’m sure malapit na. Hello nagugulat pa ba kayo?”

Drew also didn’t pop the question during their simple Valentine dinner.

“It was sweet. It was something we needed to celebrate early kasi may work ako ng (February) 14 and si Drew may out-of-town,” she said.

Keeping the relationship intact for the past nine years has always been a challenge, Iya said, citing the couple’s differences over some stuff.

The experiences, however, taught them to compromise.

Drew also allowed her to chase her showbiz dreams.

“What so sweet is that the further we go, the stronger we get. A lot of people have always been afraid na you’ll never make it through the seven-year itch. We also went through that,” she said.

Iya added that they still learn new things about each other despite being together for a long time.

“So, there’s still so many things for us to enjoy doing together. Kasi kung tumagal kami ng ganito, na eto lang yung mga puwede namin gawin, paano pa kaya pag naging one na kami,” she said.

Iya will soon join Diether Ocampo, Angelica Panganiban, and Piolo Pascual in the primetime series “Apoy Sa Dagat” on ABS-CBN. (MNS)