At a very young age, her parents noticed her interests in music, encouraging her to join in various singing contests in Cebu. It wasn't long before Bobit Avila saw her perform, and convinced her and her parents to go to Manila to try their luck.
In Manila, Bobit presented Manilyn, then only eleven, to Mother Lily, owner and producer of Regal Films. After the meeting she was offered a contract. For her first film, she worked with film actress Charito Solis in Dear Mama. That same year, her first album Apple Thoughts was released, followed by a Christmas album entitled Manilyn Christmas. Due to her popularity, she was given the title Star of the New Decade given by the press and the fans.Her achievements as a young star are still unbeaten. All of her albums are certified gold and platinum awards. She was the youngest recording artist to had a major concert at the Bigdome in 1990. In that same year she also had a major concert at the Ultra. she had movies and television shows left and right. She was the last actress to had a musical variety show entitled Manilyn live!.
She was a cast of the hit television show That's Entertainment and had her own show named after her. Manilyn's singing voice is often compared to Sheryn Regis, a fellow Cebuana singer in the Philippines.
She is married to former actor Aljon Jimenez.
25th showbiz anniversary
On September 20, 2007, Manilyn Reynes celebrated her 25th year in showbiz. Her silver anniversary October 27 concert at Aliw Theatre will include special guests Ogie Alcasid, Janno Gibbs, and Keempee de Leon.