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 27)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, pop
Occupation(s) 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[1][2] in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines), popularly known as Yasmien Kurdi, is a Filipina 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 as first runner-up. She was awarded the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart. 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.

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-Kurdish (paternal) 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, and finished high school and Nursing at New Era College.[6]

Career[edit]

Kurdi at INC Laoag in December 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 one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search, but lost to the Jaboom twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA Asia-Pacific.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita.[10] The series crushed its rival My Girl. In the last quarter of 2008, Kurdi led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga?[11] 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,[12] 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.[13]

2011-2013: Hiatus and comeback[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.

Activism[edit]

Kurdi is a supporter of PETA and has helped with a number of campaigns. On November 9, 2007, she posed inside a cage while holding a sign that said: "Liberate your diet. Go vegetarian."[14] "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.[7]

Recently Kurdi has joined the call to 'Free Mali' from the Manila Zoo, where the elephant has spent 39 years in captivity alone, in a tiny enclosure and without adequate medical care.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to Rey Soldevilla, who is a pilot. in January 2012 Together, they have a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name means "bright flower" in the Hindu language., Soldevilla is from Zamboanga City but Kurdi's mother is against her marriage.[16][17]

Conversion to Roman Catholicism[edit]

Raised in the Iglesia ni Cristo faith, Kurdi converted to her husband's Roman Catholic faith upon their marriage in January 25,2012. 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 [4][17][18][19][20]

Health[edit]

In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal cords, 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.[21][22]

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2003 StarStruck Herself She won as the First Princess.
2004 Stage 1: Live! Herself
2004 Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse Herself
2004-2010 SOP Rules Herself
2004 SOP Gigsters Herself
2004 Joyride Rene / Irene
2004 Click Leilani
2004 Click: Barkada Hunt! Leilani
2005-2007 Hokus Pokus Jackie
2005 Encantadia Mira
2005 Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar Neneng
2006 Bleach Rukia Kuchiki Provided the voice only.
2006 Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Charming / Lukring / Karisma
2006 Now and Forever: Tinig Victoria / Ikay
2007 Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe Velez
2007 Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Jenna
2008 Bleach: Season 2 Rukia Kuchiki Provided voice only
2008 Sine Novela: Saan Darating Ang Umaga? Shayne Rodrigo
2008 Tasya Fantasya Tasya
2008 Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Dizon de Leon
2009 SRO Cinermaserye: Suspetsa Leonor
2009 Dear Friend: Madrasta Princess / Shiela Gomez
2009 All My Life Princess
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Hannah
2010-2011 Grazilda [13] Cindy
2011-2012 Amaya Apila
2013 One Day, Isang Araw Various
2013 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 Sa Piling ni Nanay Ysabel Salvacion-de Guzman / Zeny

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
2006 Yasmine Kurdi 36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award Most Promising Female Singer[23] Won
2006 Yasmine Kurdi Myx Music Awards 2006 Best New Artist[23] Won
2006 "In the Name of Love" IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Song of the Year[23] Won
2006 Yasmine Kurdi IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Breakthrough Singer of the Year[23] Won
2006 In the Name of Love Platinum Record Award[23] Won
2007 Love Is All I Need Gold Record Award[23] Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates birthday with women from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates 27th birthday at Cribs Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. 24 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Solis, Lolit (28 December 2014). "Mother Lily nagpasalamat sa ‘power’ ni Gov. Vi". Pilipino Star Ngayon (in Tagalog). Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Solis, Lolit (25 January 2013). "Yasmien Kurdi, naayos na ang gusot sa kanyang ina". Pinoy Parazzi (in Tagalog). Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Yasmien Kurdi – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at Last.fm
  6. ^ "Call her Nurse Yasmien". The Freeman (Philippines: STAR Group of Publications). 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  7. ^ a b "Yasmien Kurdi: Actor, Singer, and Champion for Animals". PETA Asia-Pacific. PETA. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  8. ^ GMA7 crowns Yasmien Kurdi as its new Drama Princess
  9. ^ Yasmien Kurdi and JC de Vera brave the slums in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig
  10. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/1718/Babangon-Ako%E2%80%99t-Dudurugin-Kita-premieres-on-March-24
  11. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/2874/Saan-Darating-ang-Umaga?-premieres-on-Nov-10
  12. ^ http://www.pep.ph/guide/4014/Family-war-escalates-in-Dear-Friend_
  13. ^ a b http://www.pep.ph/news/26550/Glaiza-de-Castro-gets-her-star-turn-in-primetime-Grazilda
  14. ^ Yasmien caged to promote vegetarianism
  15. ^ http://storify.com/maypearl02/mali
  16. ^ 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
  17. ^ a b Yasmien Kurdi and Rey Soldevilla Jr.'s Baby Ayesha turns 1
  18. ^ Yasmien, nakatipid sa b-day ng anak; Jennylyn, naudlot sa Tacloban (Tagalog)
  19. ^ Mommy Divine ipinagtanggol ni Sarah, tampo kay Gerald malalim pa! (Tagalog)
  20. ^ Kathryn, Daniel talk about fidelity, religion in relationship
  21. ^ 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. 
  22. ^ Tunay na Buhay (Yasmien Kurdi) - 23 April 2014 on YouTube (Tagalog)
  23. ^ a b c d e f "Yasmien Kurdi Awards & Recognition". Film Academy of the Philippines. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 

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