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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 20, 2020



YASMIEN KURDI’s fans are urging her to make her only child, Ayesha, join showbiz as they’ve seen her videos on Yasmien’s social media account and youtube channel. They say that her 7-year old daughter seems so naturally talented and precocious in singing, dancing and even acting.

“Talagang bibo at talkative si Ayesha, hindi nahihiya sa harap ng kamera,” Yasmien agrees. “Siya mismo ang laging nagtatanong sa akin kung ano raw ang gusto ko for her. But siempre, as a mother, I don’t want to impose on her na porke artista ako, maging artista na rin siya.

"Siya pa rin ang magde-decide for herself. I will just support her kung anuman ang maging interest niya at anuman ang maging pangarap niya in the future.”

So how does she and Ayesha pass the time away during this tedious era of the corona lockdown?

“Two months na kaming laging magkakasama, along with her daddy (Rey Soldevilla.) He’s a pilot at wala ring flights ngayon. kaya todo ang bonding namin as a family. But siempre, I don’t want Ayesha to waste precious time, so para maging productive, I encourage her to take online classes.

"May available na free lessons like on art and other subjects, kaya I want to tell other moms na puede rin nilang i-enroll doon ang mga anak nila para hindi masayang ang oras kahit nasa bahay lang.”

How did they celebrate the recent Mother’s Day?

“Bago mag-lockdown, mahilig talaga kaming lumabas, like go to a movie, go swimming or even travel abroad. E ngayon, dahil cooped up kami inside the house, we try cooking and baking.

"Andami na nga naming na-bake na cookies and cakes. Noong Mother’s Day, nagluto rin kami for a special lunch and dinner. Para naman maka-swim si Ayesha, we bought her an inflatable pool at happy na siya roon.”

She always reminds her daughter to practice cleanliness to prevent being infected by the virus.

“Lagi ko siyang sinasabihan to wash her hands. She understands the importance of social distancing at alam niyang it’s for our own good that we stay at home. I explained everything to her at naiintindihan naman niya.

"Nakikita niya kami ng daddy niya working out together sa bahay lang and she also understands the importance of being physically fit.”

She stresses the need for not just physical but also mental health. “Kasi you can’t help but worry. Hanggang kailan ba itong lockdown na ito? Hindi kami makapagtrabaho pareho ng husband ko. What will happen?

"As of now, we’re both just waiting for the companies we work for para sabihing we can already resume our jobs. So we pray lagi kay Lord na sana, matuklasan na ang antidote o lunas sa virus to end this worldwide health crisis that we are facing now.”

But she’s happy that the right to the last drama series she did, “Beautiful Justice”, has been bought in some Asian and Latin American countries.

“I’m glad na kami ng mga kasama ko roong sina Gabbi Garcia at Bea Binene are being seen by audiences abroad at maganda naman daw ang feedback ng foreign viewers. Sana, mas marami pang ibang bansa na bumili rito so we can have more international exposure.”