Former actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez was a well-known dramatic actress during her prime. Chin-Chin’s acting skill was first noticed via her role in the then ABC-5 series, Noli Me Tangere where she played the role of Maria Clara. She also played the cousin of Aiko Melendez in Maalaala Mo Kaya: the Movie where she bagged the 1995 Gawad Urian for Best Supporting Actress. For her role in Melinda, she got the 1996 Asian Television Award for Best Actress. In 1998, she was Best Supporting Actress by the Asian Television for her role in Desparacido. She was an acclaimed actress because of her exemplary acting.
Gutierrez was also known for her advocacy concerning the environment and she had landed on the cover of TIME magazine’s Asian Heroes in 2003 and was a recipient in 2004 of The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service or better known as TOWNS. In 2010, unfortunately, she quit the entertainment industry. She was a big loss to the industry. Nothing much was heard about her after that.
The former multi-awarded actress hit the headlines again in 2013 when the news of her becoming a nun started to circulate. Rumors had it then that she was already known as Sister Lourdes after entering the Carmelite Sisters Convent. Anjie Ureta, Chin-Chin’s former manager, even posted on Facebook disclaiming the rumor and explained that she was just serving in the convent.
She was, according to Anjie, an ecological lay worker and as such, she was referred to as Sister as they call each other in the convent. Chin-Chin’sown profile on Facebook doesn’t say she has become a nun. Instead, she is just a sought after lecturer and speaker for Environmental Education.
She’s been giving her expertise on several issues concerning ecology and the environment. These include topics on Sustainable Development, Ecological Waste, Integrity of Creation, Ecology and Spirituality, Women and the Environment, Sustainable Consumer Lifestyles, and many others.