Xyriel Manabat was born to Michael John Manabat and Dianne Bustamante Manabat, also has a brother named Xandrei John Manabat. She is also a member of Iglesia Ni Cristo. She began acting in 2009 after joining Star Circle Quest: Search for the Next Kiddie Idol, where she place 3rd Runner-Up in the talent competition. She appeared in several television programmes after that, but her breakthrough role was playing the young Agua and Bendita in the eponymous series. On December 26, 2010, Xyriel won Best Child Actress of the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival for her role in the comedy film, Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last na 'To!).