In 2004, he joined and won the ABS-CBN noontime show MTB: Ang Saya-Saya’s talent search called TV Idol Ur D’Man. Since then, he has appeared in local television dramas and several TV anthologies and movies.
In 2010, he moved from ABS CBN's rival station GMA Network to join the Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown. He currently serves as a Sangguniang Kabataan's Chairman in Brgy. San Jose Sico, Batangas City. Villena attends the Trinity University of Asia School in Quezon City with fellow actors Megan Young, Alfred Navarro, Che Tolentino, Charles Christianson, Kontin Roque, Sugar Mercado, Sophia Montecarlo, Erich Gonzales, Alvin Aragon, Eslove Briones, Shey Bustamante, Joe Vargas and Marco Aytona. After Survivor Philippines, he went back to ABS-CBN.