Yasmien Kurdi

Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla (born January 25, 1989)[1][2] is a Filipino actress, singer and 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. Yasmien Kurdi graduated magna cum laude from Arellano University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Yasmien Kurdi
Born
Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla

(1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 34)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
NationalityFilipina
Alma materArellano University (A.B.)
Occupations
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active2003–present
AgentSparkle (2003–present)
LabelGMA Music
Spouse
Rey Soldevilla Jr.
(m. 2012)
Children1

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 lifeEdit

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]

CareerEdit

2003–2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of LoveEdit

 
Kurdi in 2007

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 NeedEdit

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 popularityEdit

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 acclaimEdit

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 lifeEdit

In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she had been married to Rey Soldevilla, who is a pilot on January 25, 2012 (her 23rd birthday). 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]

HealthEdit

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]

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Television performances
Year Title Role Network
2003—2004 StarStruck Herself GMA Network
2004 Stage 1: Live! Herself
Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse Herself
Click Leilani
Click Barkada Hunt Herself
2004—2010 SOP Rules Herself
2004—2006 SOP Gigsters Herself
2004—2005 Joyride Rene / Irene
2005 Encantadia Mira
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar Neneng
2005—2007 Hokus Pokus Jackie
2006 Bleach Rukia Kuchiki
Now and Forever: Tinig Victoria / Ikay
2006—2007 Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Charming Maisog / Lokresha / Karisma
2007 Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso Jenna
2007—2008 Sine Novela: Pasan Ko ang Daigdig Lupe Velez
2008 Bleach: Season 2 Rukia Kuchiki
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Dizon
Carlo J. Caparas' Tasya Fantasya Tasya
2008—2009 Sine Novela: Saan Darating ang Umaga? Shayne Rodrigo
2009 SRO Cinemaserye: Suspetsa Leonor
Dear Friend: Madrasta Princess / Shiela Gomez
All My Life Princess
2010 Pilyang Kerubin Hannah
2010—2011 Grazilda[7] Cindy
2011—2012 Amaya Apila
2013 Anna Karenina Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
2014 Rhodora X Angela Ferrer
2014—2015 Yagit Dolores "Dolor" Macabuhay-Guison
2015 Magpakailanman: Nuno Sa Punso Flor
2016 Wagas Mitch
2016—2017 Sa Piling ni Nanay Ysabel Salvacion / Zeny
2017 Dear Uge Mylene
Tadhana Connie
Magpakailanman: Anak Mo, Anak Ko, Anak Natin Mary Jane
2018 Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka Thea Balagtas-Angeles
Dear Uge: Beki Boyfie Mina
Magpakailanman: The Haunted Wife Inday
2019 Hiram na Anak Miren Alonta
2019—2020 Beautiful Justice Alicia "Alice" Santos-Vida
2020 I Can See You: The Promise Clarisse Agoncillo
2021—2022 Las Hermanas Dorothy Manansala
2022 Start-Up PH Katrina Sison / Ina Diaz
2023 The Missing Husband TBA

FilmsEdit

Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Senyang
2004 So Happy Together Raphie
2005 Lovestruck Jojo
Happily Ever After Jenny
Shake, Rattle & Roll 2k5 Leila
2006 Pitong Dalagita Mayo
2007 Bahay Kubo: A Pinoy Mano Po! Dahlia
2008 Loving You Lane Cruz

DiscographyEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Giving Body Category Nominated Work Results
2004 Click 18th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best New Female TV Personality Nominated
2005 GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards Most Promising Female Singer Won
2006 IFM Pinoy Music Awards Breakthrough Singer of the Year Won
Song of the Year In the Name of Love Won
MYX Music Awards Favorite New Artist Won[11]
Philippine Association of the Record Industry Platinum Record Award In the Name of Love Won
2007 Philippine Association of the Record Industry Gold Record Award Love Is All I Need Won
2014 28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Magpakailanman: Nalunod na Pag-asa: The Cebu Ship Collision Nominated
2018 32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actress Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka Won[12]
2019 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress Tadhana Won
Best Drama Actress Hiram na Anak Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates birthday with women from Kaisahang Buhay Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 29, 2014. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Yasmien Kurdi celebrates 27th birthday at Cribs Foundation". Official Website of GMA Network. GMA Network Inc. January 24, 2016. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017. 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). Archived from the original on September 19, 2020. 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. Archived from the original on July 18, 2022. 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. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Tunay na Buhay (Yasmien Kurdi) – April 23, 2014 on YouTube (in Tagalog)
  11. ^ Allan Castalone. "MYX Music Awards 2006 Winners". Mukamo. Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  12. ^ "32nd Star Awards for TV winners revealed; ASAP joins MMK, Eat Bulaga, Bubble Gang in Hall of Fame". PEP.ph.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
New
StarStruck
Runner-up

2003 (season 1)
Succeeded by