Chin-Chin Gutierrez now a nun?

Has actress-turned-environmentalist Chin-Chin Gutierrez entered the convent and become a nun?

Her friend and former manager Angela Ureta doesn’t think so.

“The answer is NO, she is not a nun. She is an ecological lay worker who collaborates with many religious institutions as part of her advocacy,” Ureta posted in her  Facebook account on Tuesday, May 28.

“To be called "Sister" does not necessarily mean being a nun, it is widely used in church-based community work as a sign of confraternity,” she continued.
 
Ureta clarified that she didn't want to comment on reports confirming that the two-time Asian TV awardee is now Sr. Lourdes of the Carmelite Sisters convent, in Tagaytay City since their business relationship has ended when Chin Chin left showbiz.  But earlier reports needed some clarification.
 
“Well, even as she earlier suggested that she wanted to follow in her late mom's footsteps who was an ex-nun, the story is not true,” Ureta added.
 
Focused on environment
 
Chin-Chin, who was hailed Time Magazine Asian Hero in 2003 and TOWNS for the Environment in 2004, is now a full-time environmentalist doing talks on ecology and conservation.
 
This is consistent with Alaga LAHAT, Inc., an organization she founded in 2006, that  promotes  ecological wellness and sustainable lifestyles.
 
In 2009, various reports suggested that Chin Chin was taking her causes too far since she  was seen talking to plants and butterflies.
 
“Bakit magiging ka-weirduhan ‘yun? People nga talk to their pets, e. ‘Di ba weird ‘yun? May pangalan pa nga, e. Dinadamitan pa,” Chin Chin defended herself.

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