Manilyn Reynes

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Manilyn Reynes
Manilyn Reynes

(1972-04-27) April 27, 1972 (age 46)
Other namesStar of the New Decade
Years active1982–present
Aljon Jimenez (m. 1996)

Manilyn Manaloto Reynes-Jimenez (born April 27, 1972, in Cebu, Philippines), also known as "Elsa", is a multi-talented, multi-platinum recording artist, one of the best actresses and a multi-awarded Filipina actress, singer, talented TV Host, teen idol, commercial model, horror queen, multi-media superstar, and dubbed as Star Of The New Decade of Philippine showbiz industry. She is also a mother of three boys, and a wife to Aljon Jimenez.

Reynes is also considered an original Philippine pop culture icon from the '80s, even up to this present and also reaching her peak in the music world as an O.P.M Icon with many jukebox artists and female divas in the '90s in her status her songs have been also covered by many Filipino artists including fellow Cebuana-Visayan native and fan herself Sheryn Regis who revived the song "Sayang Na Sayang" in 2008 to pay homage to her fellow Visayan and was part of her final album as Regis took hiatus from the entertainment industry.

She appeared more than 40 movies as an actress.


Manilyn Reynes started as a child actress in 1982. She first appeared in the movie To Mama with Love. A year after, she won her first best child actress award for the movie Minsan May Isang Ina where she portrayed the role of a child with epilepsy. As a child actress, she did movies with big stars like Nora Aunor, Dolphy, and Maricel Soriano. She was also gifted with a golden voice, which served as her passport to fame. She was first contracted with Ivory Records where she had two albums: Apple Thoughts and Manilyn.. Christmas.

In 1986, she became one of the pioneers of That's Entertainment (A musical youth oriented show hosted by German Moreno). Together with Kristina Paner and Sheryl Cruz, they were introduced as the new Regal Babies and were baptized as "The Triplets". The trio guested together in different shows and appeared in movies like Batang Quiapo, I Have Three Hands, Mga Kuwento Ni Lola Basyang, and When I Fall In Love.

During her teenage years, she was first paired up with Janno Gibbs who became her boyfriend in real life. She was also linked to singer-actors Keempee de Leon, Billy Joe Crawford and Ogie Alcasid but she ended up with her co-That's Entertainment actor Aljon Jimenez.

Timely after her break-up, she was contracted with OctoArts Records. Her debut album titled Manilyn earned a platinum award. The album includes the viral hit "Sayang Na Sayang" which topped the Philippine billboards in the year 1988. She was the youngest recording artist to have a major concert in the Bigdome in 1990. She also appeared in numerous episodes of Kuya Germs' Young Love, Sweet Love. Her fame continued to shine and she was given the title "Star of the New Decade" by the press. She also had her own television show titled Manilyn Live, which was co-hosted by Ariel Rivera and Francis Magalona, and Dear Manilyn.

In the year 1996, she left GMA and transferred to its rival network (ABS-CBN). She became a host of Sang Linggo Napo Sila and had her series of dramatic episodes in Maalaala Mo Kaya and Star Drama Theater Presents: Manilyn. The same year, she got married to her longtime boyfriend Aljon Jimenez who proposed for marriage in the national television. She became inactive in showbiz after the birth of her first child but she occasionally appears as a guest star in some shows.

In the year 2005, her career was revived. She became a host of MOM's and portrayed the role of Corazon in Marimar.

25th showbiz anniversary[edit]

On October 27, 2007, Manilyn Reynes celebrated her 25th year in showbiz. Her silver anniversary October 27 concert at Aliw Theatre with special guests Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, and Keempee de Leon.[1]

The year 2009 was a highlight in her career as she won an acting award for her prolific portrayal as a lesbian named Butch in the ensemble-comedy MMFF 2008 Entry One Night Only and another movie Ded na Si lolo is one of the finalist for best foreign film in a recently concluded Oscar award 2009.

In 2010, marked her comeback to ABS-CBN to guest star in the longest running drama anthology MMK (Maalaala Mo Kaya) in a role in which she played a mother who must sacrifice her soul in order to give her a family a better life after being unhappy for quite sometime. This gave her a chance to reunite with '80-'90s heartthrob and award-winning actor Romnick Sarmenta. The episode also re-aired its second time due to public demand.

In 2012, she guested in a Halloween special of Maalaala Mo Kaya as a woman who is haunted and must use her third eye to unravel a secret that only she can uncover.As of 2013 she is back on ABS-CBN, she had guest stints on Kapamilya shows like ASAP and Wansapanataym, and starred on the series Got to Believe starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla with her co generation actresses Carmina Villaroel and Isabel Granada, and actors Benjie Paras and Ian Veneracion.

In July 17, 2016, Regine Velasquez's cookbook "Bongga sa Kusina" was launched and it featured "Manilyn Reynes' Tinu-Om" in one of its collections of delicacies when she guested in Regine Velasquez's T.V. show "Sarap Diva".

Today, she appears on TV every Sunday in the show Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay Na Kwento.In the 30th recent PMPC(Philippine Movie Press Club) Star awards for TV and Music she won as Best Comedy Actress for her funny character as Elsa Manaloto the other half of Pepito Manaloto played by the ace comedian Michael V.

Back to GMA Network[edit]

Reynes is now officially back as a Kapuso actress as she inked a three-year exclusive contract with GMA Network on Wednesday, March 12, at the GMA Network Center Building. Present at the event were GMA Chairman and CEO Atty, Felipe L. Gozon, SVP for Entertainment TV, Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable, VP for Drama, Ms. Redgie Acuña-Magno, and Program Managers Charles Koo and Bang Arespacochaga. Reynes became a free lancer actress since in 2010 after her contract was expired. While she became a freelance actress she appeared several shows on GMA's rival network ABS-CBN as a major roles including the hit series Got To Believe which served as her last project in the said network. She also appeared in several episodes of ASAP, Maalala Mo Kaya and an Episode of Wansapanataym.[2]



  • To Mama with Love (1983)
  • Minsan May Isang Ina (Best Child Actress - FAMAS) (1983)
  • Dear Mama (1984)(Best Child Actress - FAMAS)
  • Daddy Knows Best (1984)
  • Ride on Baby (1985)
  • I Have Three Hands (1985)
  • Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang (1985)
  • When I Fall in Love (1986)
  • Horsey-Horsey:Tigidig-Tigidig (1986)
  • Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha (1986)
  • Batang Quiapo (1986)
  • Payaso (1986)
  • Jack en Poy: Hale-Hale Hoy (1987)
  • Family Tree (1987)
  • Bunsong Kerubin (1987)
  • Stupid Cupid (1988) Babygirl (segment "Hahabul-Habol")
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Magic Star (1988)
  • Super Inday and The Golden Bibe (1988)
  • Love Letters (1988) Melody (segment "Eternally")
  • Petrang Kabayo at ang Pilyang Kuting (1988)
  • Me and Ninja Liit (1988)
  • Magic to Love (1989)
  • Isang Araw Walang Diyos (1989)
  • Super Mouse and the Roborats (1989)
  • Ganda Babae, Ganda Lalake (1990)
  • Michael and Madonna (1990)
  • Feel na feel (1990)
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll II (1990) Portia (segment "Aswang")
  • Kung Sino Pang Minamahal (1991)
  • Luv ko si Ma'am (1991)
  • The Adventures of Gary Leon at Kuting (1991)
  • Small en Terrible (1991)
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll III (1991) Maloy (segment "Nanay")
  • Daddy Goon (1992)
  • Aswang (1992)
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll IV (1992) Jodie (segment "Ang Guro")
  • Michael and Madonna 2 (1993)
  • Ligaw-ligawan, Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan (1993)
  • Builag, Pipi at Bingi (1993)
  • Ulong Pugot Naglalagot (1993)
  • Multo in the City (1994)
  • Ging Gang Gooly Giddiyap (1994)
  • Shake, Rattle & Roll V (1994) Lizbeth (segment "Impakto")
  • Boy Gising (1995)
  • Ober da bakod 2 (1995)
  • Milyonaryong Mini (1996)
  • Kailanman (1996)
  • Wang Wang, Buhay Bombero (1997)
  • Ibulong mo sa Diyos 2 (1997)
  • Sa Piling ng Aswang (1999)
  • Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin (2000)
  • Super Idol (2001)
  • Bahay ni Lola (2001)
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll 8 (2006) Jean (segment "LRT")
  • One Night Only (Best Supporting Actress - MMFF 2008)
  • Ded na Si Lolo (Finalist for Oscar's Best Foreign Film 2009)(Best Supporting Actress FAMAS nominees 2010)
  • Love on Line (LOL) (2009)
  • My Big Bossing (2014) (segment "Sirena")


Year Title Role Network
2018 Inday Will Always Love You Marta Magtibay GMA Network
2017 Dear Uge: Aso't Pusa Karen
Meant To Be Amelia Altamirano-Bendiola
2016 Poor Señorita Madame Ligaya "Aya" De Beauvoir
Sinungaling Mong Puso Angelica Robles
Magpakailanman: Zumba Dancing Boy - Balang Mary Jane Bughaw
2015-2016 Destiny Rose Daisy Flores-Vergara
2015 Sabado Badoo Cameo Footage Featured
Once Upon a Kiss Aurora Servando-Rodrigo
2014 Sunday All Stars Herself / Performer
My BFF Lynette "Lyn" Garcia
2013–2014 Got To Believe Elizabeth "Betchay/Mama Bear" Lagro-Tampipi ABS-CBN
2013 ASAP 18 Herself / Guest Performer with Sheryl Cruz & Tina Paner as Triplets
Wansapanataym: Ang Nawawalang Ngipin Ni Tootsie DiwaTeeth
Magpakailanman: Rolando Niangar Story Sheryl Niangar GMA Network
Party Pilipinas Herself
2012 Magpakailanman: The Ryzza Mae Dizon Story Rizza Dizon
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Kandila Anna ABS-CBN
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Internet Shop Nora
2011 Pidol's Wonderland: Goata Believe in Magic Various TV5
Untold Stories Face to Face
Daldalita Katrina De Leon GMA Network
Magic Palayok Old Magic Palayok
2010 First Time Laura Luna
2010–present Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento Elsa Dela Cruz-Manaloto
2009 SRO Cinema Serye: Eva Castillo Story Eva Castillo
All My Life Sally Estrella
2008 The Singing Bee (Season 2) Celebrity Player / Millionaire ABS-CBN
2007 MariMar Corazon GMA Network
2006 Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang Tita Herbie
Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Martha
Magpakailanman Various Roles
2005 Moms Host QTV
2002 K! The 1 Million Peso Videoke Challenge Celebrity Player GMA Network
2001 Da Boy En Da Guard Various Roles ABS-CBN
1999/2001 Sarap TV Host
1999/2003 Wansapanataym Various Roles
1997 Onli En Da Pelepens
Hapi Kung Healthy Host IBC
Ober Da Bakod Kasoy GMA Network
Spotlight Presents: Manilyn Various Roles
1996 Star Drama Theater Presents: Manilyn ABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya
1995/1998 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila Herself / Co-Host
1995/1997 Okay Ka Fairy Ko Prinsesa Lavender GMA Network
1994 Manilyn Live Host RPN
Dear Manilyn
1994 Ryan Ryan Musikahan Herself ABS-CBN
1993 Lunch Date Host GMA Network
1991 Young Love Sweet Love Various Roles RPN
1988 Gintong Kristal
1987/1994 Eat Bulaga! Host RPN
1986-1992 That's Entertainment Herself GMA Network
1984-1987 Heredero RPN


Apple Thoughts (1983)

  • A Child's Dream
  • Apple Thoughts

Manilyn... Christmas (1985)

  • Merry Christmas, Darling!
  • Give Love On Christmas Day
  • Christmas Alphabet
  • The Lord's Prayer
  • O Holy Night
  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
  • Twelve Days Of Christmas
  • Fairy Queen
  • The Christmas Story
  • The Miracle Of Christmas
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Triplets (1986)

  • Must Be Heaven
  • Mine, Mine, Mine
  • The Greatest Love Of All
  • Must Be Heaven

Manilyn Reynes (1988)

  • Sayang na Sayang
  • Somewhere Along The Way
  • Sad Song
  • Asahan Mo
  • I'll Always Love You
  • Don't You Know
  • Ingat Ka, Mahal Kita
  • Baby, Baby

Heartbeat (1989)

  • Feel Na Feel
  • Ikaw Pa Rin
  • Maaasahan Mo
  • Maybe This Time
  • Isang Pag-ibig
  • Mixed Emotions
  • Show Me
  • If We Hold On Together

Gugma (1990)

High Energy (1990)

  • Kung Sino Pang Minamahal
  • Mr. Disco
  • Our Last Goodbye
  • Biro Lang
  • Kabadong kabado
  • Bakit Siya, Bakit Hindi Ako
  • Pangako (duet with Ogie Alcasid)
  • Isang Tulog Na Lang (duet with Janno Gibbs)

Still In Love With You (1992)

  • Still In Love With You
  • Pabago-bagong Isip
  • Shake It Baby
  • Sana ay tunay na
  • Mismo
  • Yakapin Mo Ako
  • Munting Pangarap
  • Isabel

Mula Sa Puso (1993)

  • Nandito Pa Rin Ako
  • Mula Sa Puso
  • Nais Ko Ay Iyong Pag ibig
  • Give Me Your Love
  • You Are Mine
  • Kaibigan

Voices (1995)

  • Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang? (duet with Ogie Alcasid)
  • Sana Kahit Minsan (duet with Lloyd Umali)
  • Why Can't It be? (duet with Rannie Raymundo)
  • Points of View (duet with Jamie Rivera)
  • Nais Kong Malaman mo (duet with Kempee de Leon)
  • Yakapin Mo Ako
  • Together Forever (duet with Rico J. Puno)
  • Bakit Ba Ganyan (duet with Dingdong Avanzado)

True Love Ways (1996)

  • How Long?
  • Nagbubulag-bulagan
  • Sabik Na Sabik
  • Pagkat Mahal Kita
  • Babalik Pa Ba?
  • I'll Never Forget
  • True Love Ways
  • Lagi Kang Alaala

Manilyn Reynes Ultimate Collection (2000)

  • Sayang Na Sayang
  • Ikaw Pa Rin
  • Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang
  • Feel Na Feel
  • Sabik Na Sabik
  • Yakapin Mo Ako
  • Still in Love With You
  • Mula Sa Puso Ko
  • Mr. Disco
  • Somewhere Along the Way
  • Together Forever
  • Shake It Baby
  • Nagbubulag-Bulagan
  • Give Me Your Love
  • Nandito Pa Rin Ako
  • Isang Pag-Ibig

Once More (2002)

  • Sinusuyo, Niyayakap
  • Minsan Minsan
  • My World Keeps Getting Smaller
  • Saka Mo Sabihin
  • What's Forever For
  • You to Me Are Everything
  • Mula sa Sandaling Ito
  • Love Me Like the First Time
  • Where Did Our Love Go
  • Kulang Pa Ba

Meant to Be (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (June 15, 2017) (GMA Records) (available in iTunes, Spotify, and MP3 Music format)

  • Dear Friend
  • Kaibigan

Inday Will Always Love You Theme Song (June 5, 2018) (GMA Records) (available in iTunes, Spotify, and MP3 Music format)

  • Malay Mo Maging Tayo


  • Apple thoughts. Very first albums by Ivory Records
  • Manilyn... Christmas* A Very first Christmas album included traditional and Christmas love songs by Ivory.
  • Manilyn. The first album under OctoArts International, includes big hits such as Sayang Na Sayang.
  • Heartbeat. This album includes hits such as Ikaw Pa Rin.
  • High energy. This album includes the immortal hits Pangako a duet w/ Ogie alcasid; Kung Sino Pang Minamahal.
  • Still in love. Hits including Shake It Baby.
  • Mula sa puso. Hits include Nandito Pa Rin Ako.
  • Gugma. Compilation of beautiful Filipino songs translated in Cebuano.
  • Mula Sa Puso. Includes the song Mula Sa Puso, an original.
  • Voices. This albums includes a duet with big recording artist under OctoArts International. Also Manilyn sings with Ogie Alcasid, Jamie Rivera, Rico J. Puno, Joselito Pascual, Rannie Raymundo, Keempee de Leon, Dingdong Avanzado & Lloyd Umali.
  • True Love Ways. The last album done under this label OctoArts-EMI includes hits such as Sabik Na sabik.
  • Once More (Ivory Records). Includes remakes of classic songs and the song composed by her longtime friend Ogie Alcasid "Kulang Pa Ba?"


Manilyn Reynes has received a lot of awards not mentioned below both acting and singing.

Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2008 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Supporting Actress One Night Only[3] Won
Year Award-Giving Body Category Work Result
2016 30th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Comedy Actress Pepito Manaloto Won

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