Alpha Villanea was born and raised in the Philippines, where she finished her Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Iligan Medical Center College. She immigrated to Pemberton, British Columbia in 2009, and is currently working in the Audain Art Museum, as well as at a BC liquor store, as a sales associate. She and her husband, Rene Long, have three wonderful children.

​This story originally came from the imagination of Alpha’s beloved grandmother, Linda Sabayle, who passed away two years ago. With Prince Juan, her first published story, Alpha wanted to bring her grandmother’s creation to life, in honour of her memory. She hopes that it will be enjoyed and passed on to many children around the world.