Yasmien Kurdi

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Television shows

Television performances
Year Title Role Network
2003ASAP Mania/ASAP '03Herself/Finalist; Pond's Soft Skin SearchABS-CBN
StarStruckHerselfGMA Network
2004Stage 1: Live!Herself
Stage 1: The StarStruck PlayhouseHerself
2004-2010SOP RulesHerself
2004SOP GigstersHerself
JoyrideRene / Irene
ClickLeilani
Click: Barkada Hunt!Leilani
2005-2007Hokus PokusJackie
2005EncantadiaMira†
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A JarNeneng
2006BleachRukia Kuchiki
Carlo J. Caparas' BakekangCharming / Lukring / Karisma
Now and Forever: TinigVictoria / Ikay
2007Sine Novela: Pasan Ko Ang DaigdigLupe Velez
Sine Novela: Pati Ba Pintig ng PusoJenna
2008Bleach: Season 2Rukia Kuchiki
Sine Novela: Saan Darating Ang Umaga?Shayne Rodrigo
Tasya FantasyaTasya
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin KitaSalve Dizon de Leon
2009SRO Cinermaserye: SuspetsaLeonor
Dear Friend: MadrastaPrincess / Shiela Gomez
2010Pilyang KerubinHannah
2010-2011Grazilda [7]Cindy
2011-2012AmayaApila
2013One Day, Isang ArawVarious
Anna KareninaMargarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
2014Rhodora XAngela Ferrer
2014-2015YagitDolores Macabuhay
2015Magpakailanman: Nuno Sa PunsoFlor
2016WagasMitch
2016-2017Sa Piling ni NanayYsabel Salvacion-de Guzman / Zeny
2017Dear UgeMylene
TadhanaConnie
Magpakailanman: Anak Mo, Anak Ko, Anak NatinMary Jane
2018Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan KaThea Balagtas
Dear Uge: Beki BoyfieMina
Magpakailanman: The Haunted WifeInday
2019Hiram na AnakMiren Alonta
Beautiful JusticeAlicia "Alice" Santos-Vida

Films

Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2004Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal KitaSenyang
2004So Happy TogetherRaphie
2005Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5Laila
2005LovestruckJojo
2005Happily Ever AfterJenny
2006Pitong DalagitaMayo
2007Bahay KuboDahlia
2008Loving YouLane Cruz
2009Bleach: Memories of NobodyRukia KuchikiProvided voice only

Discography

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

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2004Click 18th PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionBest New Female TV PersonalityNominated
2005Yasmien Kurdi36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award Most Promising Female Singer[11]Won
2006Myx 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 KurdiIFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Breakthrough Singer of the Year[11]Won
In the Name of LovePlatinum Record Award[11]Won
2007Love Is All I NeedGold Record Award[11]Won
2014Magpakailanman: Nalunod na Pag-asa: The Cebu Ship Collision28th PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an Actress[12]Nominated
2018Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka32nd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama Actress[13]Won
2019Tadhana33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Single Performance by an ActressWon
Hiram na Anak33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television Best Drama ActressNominated

References

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
New
StarStruck
Runner-up

2003 (season 1)
Succeeded by
LJ Reyes
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