She was born in Utah, USA on November 5, 1974 and moved to the Philippines when she was five years old. She is the eldest daughter of an American father and a Filipino mother from Pangasinan but migrated to Angeles City in Pampanga Donita has three siblings.
Donita Rose was FHM's 2001 Sexiest of the Philippines. Donita married Eric Villarama in June 2003, the couple having lived in Singapore since 2002. The couple's son, Joshua Paul Villarama, born in 2004, is named after her two younger brothers. Donita and Eric are born-again Christians. In the summer of 2007, they moved to Manila.
Active member and contributor of the church-related charity organization Shining Light in the Philippines and Singapore.Spokesperson for Fila, endorsed Globe GenText, Pepsi, and Lux Super Rich Shampoo in commercials and print adverts.