Cindy Kurleto

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Cindy Kurleto
Cynthia Kristina Kurleto

21 April 1979 {age 43}
Years active2003–present
Modeling information
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown

Cynthia Kristina Kurleto is an Austrian model, actress, and a former MTV VJ in the Philippines. She is known for being a commercial model and an FHM model in the Philippines and also for playing the role of Cassiopea in the hit series Encantadia[1] and its prequel/sequel Etheria. She was born to an Austrian father and Filipino mother.


The daughter of Faustina Verdillo and Friedrich Kurleto, following her parents' divorce, she was raised by her mother in Austria where she grew up. Cindy finished her education from elementary to college and took a Hotel and Restaurant Management course. She later became a waitress. In 2001, she left her job and decided to take a vacation in her other home country, the Philippines. She sold her car and apartment, quit her job, bought a ticket, packed one suitcase and left for the Philippines. Long after arriving, she decided to settle in Legazpi City, Albay for good. It was during her hosting stint at a local ABS-CBN show in Legazpi that she was spotted by a talent scout and offered to do modelling jobs in Manila.

She shot into stardom as one of the Palmolive girls. Her first crack at showbiz was when she became a co-host to ABS-CBN's Masayang Tanghali Bayan for more than a year. When it went off the air, she was taken in as MTV video jockey.[2]

Her first movie was Jerry Lopez Sineneng's Ngayong Nandito Ka (2003) with Kristine Hermosa, Jericho Rosales and Onemig Bondoc.

Kurleto was declared FHM's "Sexiest Woman of the World" in 2004 after she appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines in April 2004.[3]

She became a co-host in the longest noontime variety show "Eat Bulaga!" and mainstay in Sundays' comedy show "Daddy Di Do Du". She left Eat Bulaga! in November 2007. Her co-hosts at Eat Bulaga! supported her decision.

She returned to Eat Bulaga! on March 9, 2019 as a guest player in Boom!

Kurleto is now married to Barbadian British businessman, Daniel Joseph Navalia.[4]


Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2020 Make It with You Raquel Villarica ABS-CBN
2019 Eat Bulaga! Guest Player in Boom! (Comeback) GMA Network
2006-2007 Co - Host
Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Cassiopea
2005 Etheria
2004 Forever In My Heart Elaine
Daddy Di Do Du Greta
2004-2006 ASAP Co-Host / Herself / Performer ABS-CBN
2003-2004 Masayang Tanghali Bayan Co-Host


Year Title Role Studio
2005 Ispiritista: Itay, may moomoo! Lalaine Regal Films
APT Entertainment
2003 Ngayong Nandito Ka Angela Star Cinema


  • Ranked # 3 - FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2003
  • Ranked # 2 (# 1 Philippines' Finest) - FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2004
  • Ranked # 5 - FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005
  • Ranked # 7 - FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006


  1. ^ "Cindy Kurleto recalls thinking about Encantadia inclusion: "It must be a mistake!"". Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  2. ^ "Cindy Kurleto: Moving out, moving in".
  3. ^ "Cindy Kurleto". 2008-06-28. Archived from the original on 2008-06-28. Retrieved 2021-05-26.
  4. ^ "Cindy Kurleto Makes Revelations About Vic Sotto, Jericho Rosales". 29 January 2021.

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