Emotional Chin-Chin Gutierrez faces media

Actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez tearfully faced the media Wednesday, two weeks after a fire burned down her house in Loyola Heights Subdivision, Quezon City.

ABS-CBN footage showed Gutierrez being wheeled into a conference room in Medical City in Pasig City. The 32-year-old actress had no make-up yet there were no noticeable burn scars on her face. Reports said the actress suffered second-degree burns on her hands and feet, minor burns on her face and a back injury after she tried to save her mother, Cecilia, from the burning house.

“I know that I‘m not the only one experiencing this so I speak not just for myself but for many others who are going through the same shared brokenness. It’s a blessing to be broken together because we know we are not alone,” Gutierrez said.

“My heart breaks for my mom because she is alive and she knows what’s happening and I know she wants to do something but she can’t,” she added, her voice breaking.

ABS-CBN correspondent Sheila Dionisio reported Gutierrez’s mother is still confined at the hospital’s intensive care unit due to complications from diabetes.

She added that Gutierrez believed that God has a purpose and will not leave her in the midst of the challenges she is now facing.

Gutierrez’s manager, Anjie Ureta, said the actress is suffering from emotional and psychological problems due to the incident.

Ureta added that Gutierrez has yet to give a statement to the fire department.

Around 3 a.m. on December 20, a fire started on the second floor of Gutierrez’s house, destroying the entire structure and the actress’ Honda CR-V and Lancer cars.

Ureta said Gutierrez broke her back after jumping from her second-floor bedroom, fearful that the oxygen tank inside her mother’s bedroom on the lower floor might explode.

She said the actress had to break the glass windows of the house to get the attention of her sleeping neighbors and the househelp who was in a separate sleeping quarters.

Arson investigators said Gutierrez’s house, which she inherited from her grandmother, was made of light material that caused the fire to quickly spread. Initial investigations showed that faulty electrical wiring caused the blaze.

Gutierrez, one of local showbusiness’ most beautiful faces, made her acting debut as Maria Clara in National Artist Eddie Romero’s TV mini-series “Noli Me Tangere” in 1992.

Gutierrez, who supports the animal rights’ group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and environmental watchdog Greenpeace, adorned the cover of Time magazine’s 2003 special issue on Asian heroes. She received the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) award in 2004.

She appeared in Gil M. Portes’ “Mourning Girls,” an entry in the 2005 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Last year she returned to television via ABS-CBN’s top-rated teleserye “Maging Sino Ka Man.”

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Comments

  1. Spaceboy says:

    this is very sad news indeed, but she’s a very strong woman. i knew her from back in the day. good to know she’s handling this very well.

    –s

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