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If Oro’s paintings could talk

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‘Wild Flowers’

‘Wild Flowers’

Award-winning actress and visual artist Elizabeth Oropesa will unveil some of her artworks in an exhibit at the Gallery of the SSS Building in Diliman from May 19, 3 p.m. to June 16.

Her most previous exhibit at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources saw her paintings sold out.

I have seen Elizabeth’s paintings and I find them moving. The thing is, Oro, as I fondly call her, has no fine arts background nor formal training in drawing or painting.

‘Mary Magdalene’

‘Mary Magdalene’

“I never went to art school or even attended a seminar. I didn’t even know the difference between oil and acrylic,” she said. “I learned how to paint in a dream. I would just pray before I start and my hand would start moving and I would see the colors inside my head.”

She hung her paintings in her clinic. Soon, people started noticing and some even bought them.

When Oro was two years old, she claimed to have a lot of “spirit playmates” at home. At seven, when she was about to start schooling, her mother supposedly advised her, “You are going to start meeting human friends that you can see. If you want to have human friends, you will have to stop playing and talking to your spirit friends because it will freak out your human friends.”

‘Silently Waiting’

‘Silently Waiting’

So she tried to shut out the voices who talk to her day and night. When she was old enough to drink, she became a heavy drinker to allegedly shut out the spirits so she could go to sleep. But she said her “friends” kept prodding her to go on a mission as alternative healer.

Eventually, the award-winning actress embraced her gift. She graduated Doctorate of Philosophy in the Alternative Medicine in Sri Lanka, took Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in UERMMC, then further studies on Clinical Hypnotherapy at the Atlantis University of Edgar Cayce in the United States.

Now known as Dr. Elizabeth Freeman by her patients, she claims to have “healed” many Filipinos suffering from cancer and other illnesses.

Now, her gift is said to have expanded into her art, her paintings that help “heal” people and bring good fortune.

“Please do not ask me why this is happening. I am nothing special,” she said in part. “I just want to help people in my own small way.”

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