Manilyn Reynes

Manilyn Reynes Jimenez (born April 27, 1972) also known as "Elsa" is a Filipina actress, singer, TV host and commercial model.

Manilyn Reynes
Manilyn Manaloto Reynes

(1972-04-27) April 27, 1972
Cebu City, Philippines
Other namesStar of all Decades, Mani, Mane, Manilyn, Elsa
OccupationActress, singer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
Aljon Jimenez (m. 1996)

Since the 1980s into the 1990s, Reynes' songs have been covered by many Filipino artists including fellow Cebuana Sheryn Regis who revived the song "Sayang Na Sayang" in 2008 to pay homage to her fellow Visayan which was part of her final album as Regis took hiatus from the entertainment industry.

She appeared more than 40 films as an actress.


She is now considered as The Star of all Decades for her numerous projects on television acting and singing as well. 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 married 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

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

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]

Personal life

Reynes is the wife of Aljon Jimenez, and mother to three boys.



1983To Mama With Love
Minsan May Ina
1984Dear Mama
Daddy Knows Best
1985Ride on Baby
I Have Three Hands
Mga Kwento Ni Lola Basyang
1986When I Fall In Love
Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha
Batang Quiapo
1987Jack en Poy: Hale-Hale Hoy
Family Tree
Bunsong Kerubin
1988Stupid Cupid
Twinkle, Twinkle Magic Star
Super Inday and The Golden Bibe
Love Letters
Petrang Kabayo at ang Pilyang Kuting
Me and Ninja Liit
1989Magic to Love
Isang Araw Walang Diyos
Super Mouse and the Roborats
1990Ganda Babae, Ganda Lalake
Michael and Madonna
Feel na feel
Shake, Rattle & Roll II
1991Kung Sino Pang Minamahal
Luv ko si Ma'am
The Adventures of Gary Leon at Kuting
Small en Terrible
Shake, Rattle & Roll III
1992Daddy Goon
Shake, Rattle & Roll IV
1993Michael and Madonna 2
Ligaw-ligawan, Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan
Bulag, Pipi at Bingi
Ulong Pugot Naglalagot
1994Multo in the City
Ging Gang Gooly Giddiyap
Shake, Rattle & Roll V
1995Boy Gising
Ober Da Bakod 2
1996Milyonaryong Mini
1997Wang Wang, Buhay Bombero
Ibulong mo sa Diyos 2
1999Sa Piling Ng Aswang
2000Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin
2001Super Idol
Super Lola
2006Shake, Rattle and Roll 8
2008One Night Only
2009Ded Na Si Lolo
Love on Line (LOL)
2014My Big Bossing
2020"Mang Jose"


2019 MadrastaGrace SegundoGMA Network
2018Inday Will Always Love YouMarta Magtibay
2017 Dear Uge: Aso't PusaKaren
Meant To BeAmelia Altamirano-Bendiola
2016 Poor Señorita Madame Ligaya "Aya" De Beauvoir
Sinungaling Mong PusoAngelica Robles
Magpakailanman: Zumba Dancing Boy - Balang Mary Jane Bughaw
2015-2016Destiny RoseDaisy Flores-Vergara
2015Sabado BadooCameo Footage Featured
Once Upon a KissAurora Servando-Rodrigo
2014Sunday All StarsHerself / Performer
My BFFLynette "Lyn" Garcia
2013–2014 Got To BelieveElizabeth "Betchay/Mama Bear" Lagro-TampipiABS-CBN
2013 ASAP 18Herself / Guest Performer with Sheryl Cruz & Tina Paner as Triplets
Wansapanataym: Ang Nawawalang Ngipin Ni TootsieDiwaTeeth
Magpakailanman: Rolando Niangar StorySheryl NiangarGMA Network
Party PilipinasHerself
2012 Magpakailanman: The Ryzza Mae Dizon StoryRizza Dizon
Maalaala Mo Kaya: KandilaAnnaABS-CBN
2011 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Internet ShopNora
2011 Pidol's Wonderland: Goata Believe in MagicVariousTV5
Untold Stories Face to Face
DaldalitaKatrina De LeonGMA Network
Magic PalayokOld Magic Palayok
2010 First TimeLaura Luna
2010–presentPepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na KwentoElsa Dela Cruz-Manaloto
2009 SRO Cinema Serye: Eva Castillo StoryEva Castillo
All My LifeSally Estrella
2008 The Singing Bee (Season 2)Celebrity Player / MillionaireABS-CBN
2007 MariMarCorazonGMA Network
2006Mga Kuwento ni Lola BasyangTita Herbie
Carlo J. Caparas' BakekangMartha
MagpakailanmanVarious Roles
2004Maid in HeavenFilomenaABS-CBN
2002K! The 1 Million Peso Videoke ChallengeCelebrity PlayerGMA Network
2001Da Boy En Da GuardVarious RolesABS-CBN
1999/2001Sarap TVHost
1999/2003WansapanataymVarious Roles
1997Onli En Da Pelepens
Hapi Kung HealthyHostIBC
Ober Da BakodKasoyGMA Network
Spotlight Presents: ManilynVarious Roles
1996Star Drama Theater Presents: ManilynABS-CBN
Maalaala Mo Kaya
1995/1998'Sang Linggo nAPO SilaHerself / Co-Host
1995/1997Okay Ka Fairy KoPrinsesa LavenderGMA Network
1994Manilyn LiveHostRPN
Dear Manilyn
1994Ryan Ryan MusikahanHerselfABS-CBN
1993Lunch DateHostGMA Network
1991Young Love Sweet LoveVarious RolesRPN
1988Gintong Kristal
1985-1990Eat Bulaga!HostRPN
1986-1992 That's EntertainmentHerselfGMA Network
1984-1987 HerederoRPN



  • Apple Thoughts (1983)
  • Manilyn... Christmas (1985)
  • Triplets (1986)
  • Manilyn Reynes (1988)
  • Heartbeat (1989)
  • Gugma (1990)
  • High Energy (1990)
  • Still in Love with You (1992)
  • Mula sa Puso (1993)
  • Voices (1995)
  • True Love Ways (1996)
  • Manilyn Reynes Ultimate Collection (2000)
  • Once More (2002)
  • Meant to Be (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (June 15, 2017) (GMA Records)
  • Inday Will Always Love You Theme Song (June 5, 2018) (GMA Records)
  • Apple Thoughts - debut album, on Ivory Records
  • Manilyn... Christmas - first Christmas album which includes traditional Christmas songs, on Ivory Records
  • Manilyn - first album under OctoArts International, includes "Sayang Na Sayang"
  • Heartbeat - includes "Ikaw Pa Rin"
  • High Energy - includes "Pangako" (a duet with Ogie Alcasid) and "Kung Sino Pang Minamahal"
  • Still in Love - includes "Shake It Baby"
  • Mula sa Puso - includes "Mula sa Puso" and "Nandito Pa Rin Ako"
  • Gugma - compilation of Filipino songs translated in Cebuano
  • Voices - duet album under OctoArts International, featuring Ogie Alcasid, Jamie Rivera, Rico J. Puno, Joselito Pascual, Rannie Raymundo, Keempee de Leon, Dingdong Avanzado and Lloyd Umali
  • True Love Ways - last album under the label OctoArts-EMI, includes "Sabik Na Sabik"
  • Once More - includes remakes of classic songs and the song "Kulang Pa Ba?" composed by Ogie Alcasid, on Ivory Records


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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