Yasmien Kurdi

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Yasmien Kurdi
Yasmien Kurdi at the Kapuso Olympics (23 June 2007).jpg
Kurdi at the Kapuso Olympics, June 2007
Background information
Birth name Yasmien Yuson Kurdi
Born (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 25)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, pop
Occupations Actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels GMA Records

Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla (born 25 January 1989 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines), popularly known as Yasmien Kurdi, is an award-winning Filipina actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model. She was one of the Final Four in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show by GMA Network in the Philippines where she finished first runner up. She bagged the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart and known for the roles of Mira in the hit fantasy series Encantadia, Salve Dizon de Leon in the remake of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, a role originated by Maricel Soriano.

Early life[edit]

Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mike Kurdi, and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.[1] She is of French-Lebanese (paternal) and Chinese-Filipino (maternal) descent. She spent most of her early life in Kuwait because of her father's work there and was in fact there with her family during the Gulf War.[2] She was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School; and finished high school and Nursing at New Era University.[3]

Career[edit]

Yasmien Kurdi in 2011

2003-2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of Love[edit]

Her early career included modeling for Candy, Seventeen, and MOD magazine. She was also one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search wherein she lost over the Jaboom Twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC.[4][5]

2007-2011: Breakthrough, villain role, and Love Is All I Need[edit]

In May 2007, after her success in Bakekang series as "Charming", Yasmien starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. Yasmien plays as Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. On its press conference, GMA Network crown her as its GMA Drama Princess.[6] On September 10, 2007, Yasmien will star again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally stars Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA trusted them both to star in Sine Novela.[7]

The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie entitled Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita.[8] The series crushed its rival My Girl. On the last quarter of 2008, she led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga?[9] which garnered primetime ratings though it is on afternoon. The Sine Novela is a top rater and the all-time highest Sine Novela in National TV Ratings, never beaten by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? which held the Mega Manila only.

She then appeared on Dear Friend: Madrasta[10] which topped the week-end daytime ratings. After the said stint, she starred on SRO Cinemaserye for the suspense drama Suspetsa.

On November 9, 2007, Kurdi posed inside a cage while holding a sign that said: "Liberate your diet. Go vegetarian."[11]

In 2010, Kurdi was cast, in her first role as a villain, on the GMA Network fairy tale television series Grazilda.[12]

2011-2013: Hiatus and comeback[edit]

In 2011, Yasmien joined the epic series Amaya for a multi-episode guest arc playing Apila. Except for a guest appearance as Consuelo Madrigal in Legacy, she would go on to quit showbusiness to concentrate on her college education and raising a family of her own, coming back in 2013 after a two-year hiatus.

Activism[edit]

Kurdi is a supporter of PETA and has helped with a number of campaigns. "Through PETA, I am able to speak up for animals and help them be heard. That's why I jumped at the chance to climb into a cage and urge people to 'liberate' their diet and give vegetarianism a try," Kurdi explained.[13] Recently Kurdi has joined the call to 'Free Mali' from the Manila Zoo, where she has spent 39 years alone, in a tiny enclosure and without adequate medical care.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to Rey Soldevilla, a former flight attendant. Together, they have a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name means "bright flower" in the Hindu language.[15][16]

Conversion to Catholicism[edit]

Raised in the Iglesia ni Cristo faith, Kurdi converted to her husband's Roman Catholic faith upon their marriage in 2012. This is because the Iglesia ni Cristo strictly forbids its members from getting married to a person from another faith unless the latter converts to the Iglesia ni Cristo faith, and any member violating such doctrine would merit an automatic expulsion. Her relationship with Soldevilla and eventual conversion initially became a sore issue with her family, which wasn't resolved until her mother Miriam attended Ayesha's first birthday party in 2013.[1][16][17][18][19]

Health[edit]

In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal chords, which explained the recent hoarseness in her voice. She is scheduled for surgery on July 2014 to remove the cyst. According to her doctor, there is no guarantee that her voice will fully recover after the operation.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Yagit GMA Network
Rhodora X Angela Ferrer
2013 One Day, Isang Araw Various
Sunday All Stars Guest Host
Anna Karenina Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
Indio Concordia Sanreal
2012 Legacy Consuelo Madrigal
2011 Amaya Apila
2010 Grazilda [12] Cindy
2009 SRO Cinermaserye: Suspetsa Leonor
Dear Friend: Madrasta Princess / Shiela Gomez
2008 Bleach: Season 2 Rukia Kuchiki (voice only)
Sine Novela:Saan Darating Ang Umaga? Shayne Rodrigo
Dear Friend Cathy Gonzales
2007 Tasya Fantasya Tasya
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Dizon de Leon
Sine Novela:Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe Velez
2006 Sine Novela:Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso Jenna
Bitoy's Funniest Videos Kikay Yasmien (Herself)
Bleach Rukia Kuchiki (voice only)
Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Charming / Lukring / Karisma
2005/2007 Hokus Pokus Jackie
2005 Now and Forever: Tinig Victoria / Ikay
Encantadia Mira
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar Neneng
2004 Joyride Rene / Irene
Click: Barkada Hunt! Leilani
Click
SOP Gigsters Herself / Performer
2004/2010 SOP Rules
2004 Stage 1: Live!
Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse
2003 StarStruck Survivor / First Princess

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina At Mga Anak Bianca
2009 Bleach: Memories of Nobody Rukia Kuchiki (voice)
2008 Loving You Lane Cruz
2007 Bahay Kubo Dahlia
2006 Pitong Dalagita Mayo
2005 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 Laila
2005 Lovestruck Jojo
2005 Happily Ever After Jenny
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Senyang
2004 So Happy Together Raphie

Discography[edit]

In 2005, Kurdi released her first album titled In the Name of Love under GMA Records. She released her first single "I Know" (which was used as a Filipino soundtrack of Korean teledrama "Sweet 18", aired of course by GMA) followed by "In the Name of Love" and "Umaambisyon" in the same year. In 2007 she released her second album called Love Is All I Need with her singles "Candlelight Romance", "Goodbye", "Kisapmata", "One Day", "Take It or Leave It", "Even If" and "Love Is All I Need".

Studio albums

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Film Award/Critics Award
2009 PEP Forum Awards Best Afternoon Drama Actress
2009 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 53
2009 Kapuso Tag Awards Kapuso Fan-Fave Female Nominee
2008 Belo Awards Best in Costume
2008 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 33
2008 Kapuso Poll Question Prettiest Female Kapuso
2008 PEP Forum Awards Most Promising Young Actress
2008 Yes! Magazine Most Curvilicious
2007 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 26
2007 SOP Music Video Awards 2007 Best Editing for "Candlelight Romance"
2007 SOP Music Video Awards 2007 Best Texter’s Choice Award for "Candlelight Romance"
2007 GMA Records Gold Record Award Love Is All I Need
2007 Ang PINAKA-idol kong StarStruck survivor Rank 3
2006 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 75
2006 36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award Most Promising Female Singer
2006 Myx Music Awards 2006 Best New Artist
2006 IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Song of the Year for "In the Name of Love"
2006 IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Breakthrough Singer of the Year
2006 GMA Records Platinum Record Award From the album In the Name of Love
2005 SOP Music Awards Song of the Year for "I Know"
2005 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 48
2004 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 10
2003 StarStruck Experts Choice For Acting

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yasmien Kurdi, naayos na ang gusot sa kanyang ina - Pinoy Parazzi (Tagalog)
  2. ^ Yasmien Kurdi – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at Last.fm
  3. ^ "Call her Nurse Yasmien". The Freeman (Philippines: STAR Group of Publications). 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.yehey.com/lifestyle/default.aspx?artid=32738
  5. ^ http://www.petaasiapacific.com/feature-yasmien-kurdi.asp
  6. ^ GMA7 crowns Yasmien Kurdi as its new Drama Princess
  7. ^ Yasmien Kurdi and JC de Vera brave the slums in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig
  8. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/1718/Babangon-Ako%E2%80%99t-Dudurugin-Kita-premieres-on-March-24
  9. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/2874/Saan-Darating-ang-Umaga?-premieres-on-Nov-10
  10. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/4014/Family-war-escalates-in-Dear-Friend_
  11. ^ Yasmien caged to promote vegetarianism
  12. ^ a b http://www.pep.ph/news/26550/Glaiza-de-Castro-gets-her-star-turn-in-primetime-Grazilda
  13. ^ http://www.petaasiapacific.com/feature-yasmien-kurdi.asp
  14. ^ http://storify.com/maypearl02/mali
  15. ^ http://www.pep.ph/news/36984/starstruck-alumna-yasmien-kurdi-is-now-a-wife-and-a-mother-yasmien39s-mom-is-against-her-marriage-because-of-religion-conflict
  16. ^ a b Yasmien Kurdi and Rey Soldevilla Jr.'s Baby Ayesha turns 1
  17. ^ Yasmien, nakatipid sa b-day ng anak; Jennylyn, naudlot sa Tacloban (Tagalog)
  18. ^ Mommy Divine ipinagtanggol ni Sarah, tampo kay Gerald malalim pa! (Tagalog)
  19. ^ Kathryn, Daniel talk about fidelity, religion in relationship
  20. ^ Blanco, Eunice (2014-04-15). "Yasmien Kurdi has cyst on her vocal chords". The Philippine Star (Philippines: STAR Group of Publications). Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  21. ^ Tunay na Buhay (Yasmien Kurdi) - 23 April 2014 on YouTube (Tagalog)

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