La Oro to most people in Philippine showbiz, Elizabeth Oropesa in real life was born on July 17, 1954 in Albay, Philippines. She is an actress by profession but because of some turn of events, she is now into healing and alternative medicine where she is popularly known as Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, by her father’s surname to most patients who come to her clinic.
She began her movie career at age 18 via a classic film “Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Balat Ng Lupa,” wherein she was given a sexy role wearing wet clothes which highlighted her beautiful curves, and the rest was history. Although she considered herself successful in this field, it was her mother who really wanted her to be a movie star.
Few of us know that Elizabeth Oropesa married at a very young age of 16 and was widowed at the age of 23 in which she had a daughter. Her second marriage was with Meng-Fei, an international martial arts actor which ended because of major differences. She had a short relationship with Raymond Ablan, the reason of their separation was not clear. After quite some time, she met Joe Valdez which is a bodybuilder and a physical therapist.
Elizabeth has an inborn gift to see things a normal person cannot see, yet she didn’t take it seriously because of fear. She kept the secret to herself and resorted to alcohol, unable to understand this particular gift. In addition, she doesn’t want to be ridiculed and laughed at since she was still enjoying the fame and money the showbiz industry had to offer.
Although she repressed her psychic abilities, it didn’t stop haunting her. Aside from being a psychic she discovered she also had a gift of healing. It was only recently that she totally embraced and accepted these gifts after some realizations. She wanted something worthwhile to do aside from being an actress. And she was happy about the decision.
Jo Bilasano motivated and mentored her on how to handle these gifts. And to understand more about psychic and healing, Elizabeth went to Indonesia for further studies and became a Master of Tetada Kalimasadam which is a type of healing using martial arts, breathing and a full concentration. Aside from that, she was also cited as a scholarship from the International Open University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka as a Doctorate of Philosophy in the Alternative Medicine and graduated with flying colors.
Today, she has a healing center in Quezon City. Some of her classic movies include the ever famous “Bulaklak Ng Maynila,” in which she was given a “Grand Slam Best Actress” winner award in the history of the Philippine movie industry. Considered an icon in this industry, Elizabeth Oropesa is very much contented and happier on her achievements now. She gives back the glory to God for giving her the healing gifts, and in return she shares these with those people who need her service. “It pays to have sacrifices,” she says, “and understanding.”
Before Oropesa finally engaged in psychic healing full time, she made a number of movies that showed her acting ability, some of which gave her prestigious awards as one of the most respected veteran actresses in the movie industry. Among her movies include Lumapit, Lumayo ang Umaga in 1975, Si Malakas, si Maganda at si Mahinhin in 1980, Mga Birhen ng Ermita in 1990, Milagros in 1997, Burlesk King in 1999, Bulaklak ng Maynila in 1999, Senswal:Bakit Masarap ang Bawal in 2000, Laman in 2002, Roxanne in 2007 and Ded Na Si Lolo in 2009. She also won several acting awards to include Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress in 2003 for the movie Laman; Gawad Urian Best Supporting Actress for the movie Milagros in 1998; and FAMAS Best Actress for Lumapit, Lumayo ang Umaga in 1976. She also won 4 acting awards in 2000 for the Film Academy of the Philippines as Best Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila; FAMAS Best Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila movie; Gawad Urian Best Actress for Bulaklak ng Maynila and FAMAS Best Actress for the same movie Bulaklak ng Maynila.