Yasmien Kurdi

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Yasmien Kurdi-Soldevilla
Yasmien Kurdi at INC Laoag, December 2011.jpg
Kurdi in December 2011
Background information
Birth nameYasmien Kurdi
Born (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 30)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
GenresOPM, pop
Occupation(s)Actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter, commercial model
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2003–2012, 2013–present
LabelsGMA Records

Yasmien Kurdi-Soldevilla (née Yuson, born January 25, 1989[1][2] in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina singer-songwriter, actress 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 as first runner-up. She was awarded the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart. Yasmien Kurdi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arellano University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

She is 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 and Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, a role originally played by Maricel Soriano. She was also known in Rhodora X as Angela, Dolores in the hit afternoon drama series Yagit and Ysabel in the hit Sa Piling ni Nanay which extended many times due to high ratings.

As a singer, Kurdi released two studio albums. Her first album, In the Name of Love was released in 2006 and attained platinum status while in 2007, her second album, Love Is All I Need, reached gold status.

Early life[edit]

Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mohammad Kurdi,[3] and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.[4] She is of Lebanese and Chinese Filipino (maternal) descent. She spent most of her early life in Kuwait because of her father's work there, and was there with her family during the Gulf War.[5] She was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School, high school in Angelicum College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree of Political Science in Arellano University[6].

Career[edit]

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 one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search, but lost to the Jaboom twins.

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

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

The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita.[7] The series crushed its rival My Girl. In the last quarter of 2008, Kurdi led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga?[7] which garnered prime time ratings, though it aired in the afternoon. The Sine Novela is a top rater and the all-time highest in national TV ratings, never beaten by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? which held the Mega Manila only.

Kurdi then appeared on Dear Friend: Madrasta,[7] which topped the weekend daytime ratings. She then starred in SRO Cinemaserye's suspense drama Suspetsa.

In 2010, Kurdi was cast in her first role as a villain, on the GMA Network fairy tale television series Grazilda.[7]

2011-2017: Rising Popularity[edit]

In 2011, Kurdi joined the epic series Amaya for a multi-episode guest arc playing Apila, she then quit show business to concentrate on her college education and raising a family, coming back in 2013 after a two-year hiatus. Recently, she starred in the hit afternoon drama series Sa Piling ni Nanay where she played a surrogate mother.

2018: Critical Acclaim[edit]

In 2018, after 1 year of being hiatus, she made her TV comeback in Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka. It became a big-hit in the country and bagged the Best Drama Actress in the 32nd PMPC Star Awards for TV.


Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to Rey Soldevilla, who is a pilot. On November 22, 2012, she gave birth to a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name Ayesha means "she who lives" or "womanly" in the Arabic language, and name Zara means "beautiful, bright, shining and brilliant" or "flower, blossom, or beauty" in the Arabic language.[8]

Health[edit]

In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal folds, which explained the recent hoarseness in her voice. She was scheduled for surgery in July 2014 to remove the cyst. According to her doctor, there was no guarantee that her voice would fully recover after the operation.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Television performances
Year Title Role Network
2003 ASAP Mania/ASAP '03 Herself/Finalist; Pond's Soft Skin Search ABS-CBN
StarStruck Herself GMA Network
2004 Stage 1: Live! Herself
Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse Herself
2004-2010 SOP Rules Herself
2004 SOP Gigsters Herself
Joyride Rene / Irene
Click Leilani
Click: Barkada Hunt! Leilani
2005-2007 Hokus Pokus Jackie
2005 Encantadia Mira†
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar Neneng
2006 Bleach Rukia Kuchiki
Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Charming / Lukring / Karisma
Now and Forever: Tinig Victoria / Ikay
2007 Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe Velez
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Jenna
2008 Bleach: Season 2 Rukia Kuchiki
Sine Novela: Saan Darating Ang Umaga? Shayne Rodrigo
Tasya Fantasya Tasya
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Dizon de Leon
2009 SRO Cinermaserye: Suspetsa Leonor
Dear Friend: Madrasta Princess / Shiela Gomez
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Hannah
2010-2011 Grazilda [7] Cindy
2011-2012 Amaya Apila
2013 One Day, Isang Araw Various
Anna Karenina Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
2014 Rhodora X Angela Ferrer
2014-2015 Yagit Dolores Macabuhay
2015 Magpakailanman: Nuno Sa Punso Flor
2016 Wagas Mitch
2016-2017 Sa Piling ni Nanay Ysabel Salvacion-de Guzman / Zeny
2017 Dear Uge Mylene
Tadhana Connie
Magpakailanman: Anak Mo, Anak Ko, Anak Natin Mary Jane
2018 Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka Thea Balagtas
Dear Uge: Beki Boyfie Mina
Magpakailanman: The Haunted Wife Inday
2019 Hiram na Anak Miren Alonta
Beautiful Justice Alicia "Alice" Santos-Vida

Films[edit]

Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Senyang
2004 So Happy Together Raphie
2005 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 Laila
2005 Lovestruck Jojo
2005 Happily Ever After Jenny
2006 Pitong Dalagita Mayo
2007 Bahay Kubo Dahlia
2008 Loving You Lane Cruz
2009 Bleach: Memories of Nobody Rukia Kuchiki Provided voice only

Discography[edit]

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

Studio albums

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004 Click 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Nominated
2005 Yasmien Kurdi 36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award Most Promising Female Singer[11] Won
2006 Myx Music Awards 2006 Best New Artist[11] Won
"In the Name of Love" IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Song of the Year[11] Won
Yasmien Kurdi IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Breakthrough Singer of the Year[11] Won
In the Name of Love Platinum Record Award[11] Won
2007 Love Is All I Need Gold Record Award[11] Won
2014 Magpakailanman: Nalunod na Pag-asa: The Cebu Ship Collision 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress[12] Nominated
2018 Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actress[13] Won
2019 Tadhana 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Won
Hiram na Anak 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actress Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates birthday with women from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 29, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates 27th birthday at Cribs Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 24, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Solis, Lolit (December 28, 2014). "Mother Lily nagpasalamat sa 'power' ni Gov. Vi". Pilipino Star Ngayon (in Tagalog). Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  4. ^ Solis, Lolit (January 25, 2013). "Yasmien Kurdi, naayos na ang gusot sa kanyang ina". Pinoy Parazzi (in Tagalog). Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi music, videos, stats, and photos". Last.fm.
  6. ^ "LOOK: Yasmien Kurdi graduates magna cum laude from Arellano University". Rappler. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): Showbiz and Beyond". PEP.ph.
  8. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi and Rey Soldevilla Jr.'s Baby Ayesha turns 1". PEP.ph.
  9. ^ Blanco, Eunice (April 15, 2014). "Yasmien Kurdi has cyst on her vocal chords". The Philippine Star. Philippines: STAR Group of Publications. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Tunay na Buhay (Yasmien Kurdi) - April 23, 2014 on YouTube (in Tagalog)
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Yasmien Kurdi Awards & Recognition". Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "FULL LIST: Winners, 28th Star Awards for Television". Rappler.
  13. ^ "32nd Star Awards for TV winners revealed; ASAP joins MMK, Eat Bulaga, Bubble Gang in Hall of Fame". PEP.ph.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
New
StarStruck
Runner-up

2003 (season 1)
Succeeded by
LJ Reyes