Maria Carminia Lourdes Cynthia Arnaldo Gutierrez (born August 22, 1969 in Manila, Philippines), better known as Chin-Chin Gutierrez, is a Filipino former actress, environmentalist, and Carmelite nun.

Sr. Lourdes Gutierrez, OCarm
Maria Carminia Lourdes Cynthia Arnaldo Gutierrez

(1969-11-11) November 11, 1969 (age 49)
Other namesChin Chin Gutierrez
Chinchin Gutierrez
Maria Jose Arnaldo
OccupationTelevision and Film Actress
Years active1992–2010

Gutierrez would star in 90s films beginning with Maala-ala Mo Kaya: The Movie with Aiko Melendez and Richard Gomez (1994), Sa Aking Mga Kamay (1998) with Christopher De Leon and Aga Muhlach and the Girl Power film April May and June with Agot Isidro and Alma Concepcion in 1998 underneath Star Cinema.

Personal lifeEdit

Carminia Lourdes Cynthia Arnaldo Gutierrez[1] is the daughter of botanist Dr. Hermes Gutierrez and painter Cecilia Arnaldo. She is the niece of former LVN star Lita Gutierrez. Elementary: Stella Maris College, Philippine Christian University / High School: Manila Science High school, St. Francis School College: Miriam College in a bachelor's degree of Communication Arts and was enrolled in a combined MA/PhD program in Organizational Development (major in Transformative Spirituality) at the Southeast Asian Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI), recently completing the same.

Gutierrez retired from acting in 2010. Since then, she has lived in the quarters of the Carmelite Convent.[2]


Gutierrez is the founding chair and president of the ecological foundation Alaga LAHAT, which she created in 2006. This organization is a member of the Eco-Waste Coalition. Previous to having her own group, she was also a founding member and officer of Mother Earth Foundation.[citation needed]

A vegetarian, she starred in an ad for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC in which she said that "fish are friends, not food".[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes Network
2010 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Wedding Ring Flor Lead Role
Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Kristine Series Kristine Esmeralda Lopez-Fortalejo Special Participation
2009 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Isda Coring / Corita Lead Role
Dahil May Isang Ikaw Patricia Aragon - Alferos Main Cast / Antagonist
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Tasa Ellen
May Bukas Pa Teresa Malimban
2008 Maging Sino Ka Man: Ang Pagbabalik Corazon Roxas-Romualdez Supporting Cast / Antagonist
2007 Maging Sino Ka Man Corazon Roxas vda. de Berenguer
2006 Komiks Presents: Da Adventures of Pedro Penduko Minokawa
2005 Komiks Presents: Valentina Valentina's Mother
2004 Krystala Super Z / Zora / Zorina
2002 Habang Kapiling Ka Helga Lamermoore GMA Network
1997 Desaparacido
1995 Melinda Melinda
1993 Noli Me Tangere Maria Clara de los Santos CCP


Year Title Role
2015 Watawat (The Flag) Marcela Agoncillo
2008 Cul de sac Lyra
2007 I've Fallen for You Tessa
A Love Story Concha
2006 Pandanggo Claire
The Mourning Girls Carmen
2005 Rigodon Salome
2003 Tomagan
2001 Tatarin Paeng's Mother
2000 Pedrong Palad Rose
1998 Jose Rizal Josephine Bracken
Legacy Grace
Ama Namin
My Guardian Debil
April, May, June May
Sa Pusod ng Dagat Mrs. Santiago
Bayad Puri
1997 Ikaw pala ang Mahal ko Maria
1996 Bloo Claire
Sa Aking mga Kamay Camille dela Rosa
Mula Noon, Hanggang Ngayon
1995 Ipaglaban Mo: The Movie Gilda Ortega
Escobar (Walang Sasantuhin) Norma Lopez
1994 Lagalag: The Eddie Fernandez Story Rosie
Johnny Guess: Ang Taong Laging Nagtatanong Stephanie
Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie Marissa
1993 Di na Natuto (Sorry na, Pwede ba?) Gina
1992 Bakit Labis kitang Mahal Cynthia / Michelle / Maria Jose Arnaldo
1991 Onyong Majikero Sheila


In late 2003, Gutierrez released, after two years in the making, an album of her versions of lullabies from around the Philippine archepelago, in around half a dozen languages and dialects, including Kalinga, Waray, Cebuano, Tagalog and others. The album, "UYAYI: A Collection of Philippine Lullabies", was the result of field research capturing sound recordings of elders around the country singing their traditional songs for the youth, then a process of laborious re-recording of the songs, accompanied by Pinoy musicians such as Bo Razon, Joey Ayala, Tots Tolentino, Malou Matute and Rachel Conanan.[1] The double CD includes one CD of her music, and one of the field recordings, plus a short video of the making. It has won several awards, received a National Commission for Culture and the Arts grant, and was the focus of a few music showcases.

Awards and recognitionEdit

1995 Gawad Urian, Best Supporting Actress for "Maalaala Mo Kaya: The Movie"

1996 First Asian Television Award, Best Actress for "Melinda"

1998 Asian Television Award, Best Supporting Actress for "Desaparacido"



  • Recipient of the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in Nation's Service) Award for her environmental advocacy.[6]


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  2. ^ Chin Chin Gutierrez Enters Carmelite Convent To Become A Nun
  3. ^ "PETA advertisement". Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  4. ^ "PETA Asia-Pacific". Archived from the original on 2009-06-08. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  5. ^ TIME Magazine: Asian Heroes
  6. ^ Chin Chin Gutierrez