Has Former Award-Winning Actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez Become a Nun?

From acting in various films and television shows, Chin-Chin Gutierrez has left showbiz to pursue a deeper calling.

Chin Chin Gutierrez

Gutierrez made a name for herself for her first television role as Maria Clara in the CCP-produced mini-series Noli Me Tangere aired in ABC-5 (now TV5 ). Her subsequent roles in films have garnered her prestigious awards: 1995 Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actress for Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie, 1996 Asian Television Award for Best Actress for Melinda, and 1998 Asian Television Award for Best Supporting Actress for Desaparacido. She had also been featured on the cover of TIME Asia’s Asian Heroes in 2003, and in 2004 was the recipient of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Award for her environmental advocacy.

It was in 2010 when she decided to quit the entertainment industry.

Chin Chin Gutierrez TIME Asia

A few years later, in 2013, she started making headlines again as news spread of her entering the convent of the Carmelite Sisters. Now, rumors claim she has become Sister Lourdes, although no one can confirm if this is true or not.

Her former manager Anjie Ureta, however, did post on her Facebook account years ago rejecting the claims, saying that Gutierrez is merely serving in the Carmelite Convent as an ecological lay worker where the term “Sister” is “widely used in church-based community work as a sign of confraternity.”

It also doesn’t explicitly say on Gutierrez’s own Facebook profile that she has become a nun. Rather, “she is a highly sought-after resource speaker and lecturer for Environmental Education, lending her expertise to a broad range of issues related to ecology and conservation, like Ecological Waste Management, Sustainable Development, Ecology and Spirituality, The Integrity of Creation, Sustainable Consumer Lifestyles, Women and the Environment, among others.”

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Photos are taken from Chin-Chin Gutierrez’s Facebook profile.