YASMIEN KURDI says money is never an issue to her and husband Rey Soldevilla Jr.: “Ang pera ng isa ay pera rin ng isa…”
Yasmien is proud that their respective careers have not caused any conflict between them as a couple.
Rey does not meddle in the projects she accepts, and they support one another.
“Nagtutulungan kami. Kapag wala siyang ginagawa, pinagda-drive niya ako pag wala akong driver.
“Siya rin naman, pag nasa bahay ako, pinagluluto ko siya, pinaglalaba. Nandun ang suportahan naming dalawa.”
It helps that they are in different industries.
“Ang maganda pa sa aming mag-asawa, ibang-iba yung career namin. Ang isa, aviation; ang isa, entertainment.
“Ako, hindi ko naman inaasam na mag-airlines, ‘tapos siya naman, hindi niya inaasam na maging artista, kahit puwede naman siyang mag-artista,” Yasmien says with a smile.
Yasmien and Rey have never fought about money, too, and they don’t make an issue out of who earns more.
“Pagdating sa mag-asawa, ang importante diyan ay hindi madamot sa isa’t isa.
“Once na nag-asawa kayo, ang pera ng isa ay pera rin ng isa. Dapat ay hindi kayo nagiging madamot sa isa’t isa. Kung ano yung kinikita ko ngayon, kinikita niya. Kung ano yung kinikita niya, pera ko rin yun. We’re as one.
“Dapat hindi tayo nagbibilangan. Kung sino man ang meron, e, di siya ang magbigay,” the Kapuso actress says.
Yasmien is in charge of handling the household budget.
She accepts without question whatever amount her husband gives her, and it’s not an issue to them how much each contributes to the household expenses.
She says, “Nasa akin po talaga yung budget ng house. Pero we set aside budget for ourselves.
“Kasi, paano kung meron siyang gustong bilhin para sa sarili niya, meron siyang gustong bilhin para sa sarili ko, and then the other goes to our savings.
“Pero we don’t count… kunyari, malaki ang kinita ko, malaki ang kinita mo, walang ganunan na portion. Kasi nga, mag-asawa kami, e.
“Dapat hanggang pagtanda namin, nagtutulungan kami, hanggang retirement namin para mas mapaginhawa ang buhay namin.
“Kahit ilan ang kunin ko sa kanya, hindi naman iyan kinukuwestiyon ng asawa ko.
“Kahit magkano ang kunin ko sa kanya, kahit kunin ko ang buong pera niya, hindi yun question dahil pera ko rin yun.
“Ngayon, kahit kunin pa niya ang buong ari-arian ko, buong pera ko, okay lang sa akin, dahil asawa ko siya, e.
“Kahit anong meron ang asawa mo, sa iyo din yun. Kung anong meron ka, kanya rin yun.
“Sa akin ang ari-arian niya, sa akin siya buung-buo, at ako rin, sa kanya buung-buo.”
Yasmien and husband Rey are happy with their only child Ayesha, but she is already asking for another sibling.
“Sinasabi namin sa kanya, in God’s time.
“Kung dumating na ibigay ni Lord, it’s a blessing and happy kami,” Yasmien says.
They are not in a hurry to have another baby, and they are not planning ahead because Yasmien is still young.
“Hindi naman ako in a rush talaga na magka-baby agad dahil wala naman ako sa end ng age o limit ng age mo na hindi ka na magka-baby o mahirapan. Wala pa naman ako roon.
“Maaga rin kasi akong nagka-baby, maaga akong nag-asawa.
“Iyun din siguro yung advantage na maaga ka nag-asawa o maaga ka nagka-baby… mahaba pa yung time to have another baby,” Yasmien explains.
It’s all right with her if she gets pregnant next year, and that would be the time that she slows down at work.
For now, GMA-7 has given her a good project, and that is why she is going all out in promoting Beautiful Justice.
The show is set to air on September 9 after 24 Oras.
AICELLE SANTOS is tying the knot with Mark Zambrano this 2019.
They are going to have a Christian wedding, which will take place outside Metro Manila.
“Gusto nga namin, bukas,” she said, laughing.
“Gano’n kami ka-ready.” But the singer-actress would rather not reveal the exact wedding date.
“I really want to make it private,” she explained.
“Pero ishe-share naman namin, definitely. Pero the main ceremony, we’ll make it private.”
Aicelle, however, did say it will be a Christian wedding and will take place outside Metro Manila.
She also shared some other details of Himala: Isang Musikal, the stage adaptation of the 1982 film directed by Ishmael Bernal and starring Nora Aunor.
“The major supplies, we have na,” she said.
Yung mga maliliit na detalye na normally gagawin mo weeks before, iyon na lang ang hinihintay namin.”
“I have a very good team that’s helping me out. Nagpapasalamat ako kasi araw-araw na ako dito,” she added, referring to her rehearsals in Himala, in which she plays the lead role of Elsa.
Himala: Isang Musikal, which is now on its second run, will be staged from September 20 to October 20, at the Powermac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati.
Afterwards, she will just finish her other gigs in the works and off she goes to her altar date with Mark.
She added that the theme of the destination wedding is “very simple” with earthy tones as color motif.
Then there are some things that need to be decided on. “Ang guest list, hindi pa tapos,” she said.
“Alam mo iyong gusto mong gawing small, hindi naman talaga nangyayari iyon.
“Marami kang kaibigan. Pamilya pa lang, napakarami na. The very important people will be there. They don’t have a wedding song yet.
“Alam mo ba ang part na iyon, ang daming nagtatanong, ‘May playlist ka na ba?’” she told us.
“Because I’m a musician. Pero wala pa rin. Will iron things out.”
She’s also mulling whether she’ll sing on her wedding day “Titignan ko pa,” she said.
“Pag-i-isipan ko. iyong program, wala pa.”
Aicelle got engaged to Mark, a former news reporter of GMA-7 and now a sports commentator of ESPN 5, on March 7, 2018.
Two weeks later, Aicelle flew to London to join the United Kingdom tour of the multi-award winning musical.
She came home last March 6, after her contract ended.
While in the U.K., the Filipina theater actress was among those invited to audition for another hit musical, Hamilton “But it’s for future filing. Nothing definite,” she pointed out.
“I mean, sa dami namang talents around the world, in case they need someone new…
“We’ll see, pero as of now, I’m very happy with what’s happening with me here. I’m excited for Himala While she looks forward to another opportunity for her to perform abroad, Aicelle said that Mark shouldn’t be one to always adjust to their situation.
“Lahat napag-uusapan. Hindi puwedeng sa akin lang o siya lang. It’s a give-and-take relationship.”
“Mark and I are open to settle either here in the Philippines or maybe somewhere in New Zealand, where there are cows and grass, and sheep,” the bride-to-be added.
“I mean anything can happen as long as we’re together.”