Elizabeth's beauty principles

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

The “S” Factor

Saturday, December 21, 2013


SHE'S one of many Filipinos I met here in North Carolina whose feet is still on the ground despite the successes she achieved in her adopted country.

Elizabeth Orapa never dreamed of coming to the US; she only wished to help her parents when she left Calinan, Davao at 18 years of age.

But little did she know of a detour that would lead her to meeting the love of her life and traveling to the US where she became a wife and mother.

“It was not an easy journey,” said the former Elizabeth Orapa, who now goes by the name of Princess Rothermund.

She now owns a beauty spa that carries her name and has lived in the US for the past 26 years.

Princess or Elizabeth was the youngest in a brood of eight to Crispina Orapa, now 87 years old, and her father who passed away in 2009.

While she lived in Manila, Elizabeth met a member of the US Navy Special Forces who was assigned to the Philippines in the late 80s.

This soldier didn't want to go home to the US unless he married Liz as he would fondly call her then.

He was 19 that time while she was 18.

She followed him in the US after he finished her paper work and now they have five children.

Elizabeth was kept busy building her family and she also studied in school.

Whenever she got pregnant, she would stop and then care for the family.

She finished high school in the US and even with her business, Elizabeth still prioritizes her family.

She graduated with a beauty course in facial care and Elizabeth is now a licensed aesthetician specializing in skin care here in North Carolina.

Her Princess Serenity Spa business is conveniently located in her home, which helps her manage her time with her family.

When I dropped by her place, Elizabeth's contentment is evident in her happy face.

She explained with laughter that having a family gives her contentment and extends her life.

When asked what is her secret in maintaining her youthful looks (by the way, she can be mistaken as a 29-year-old girl) Elizabeth said she isn't bothered by life’s imperfections.

Elizabeth said she takes life lightly every day and she doesn't hesitate to give this same advice to her clients.

When she gives a facial massage to her clients, her hands are as gentle and soothing to the touch.

Her services include basic facials that consist of cleansing, toning, exfoliation, massage, steam, protection and moisturizer; four layers facial that consists of cleaning, toning, exfoliation, steaming, extraction and massage; a light peel that involves a vitamin C protect moisturizer.

Clients are also given hot towels to protect their face especially after steaming.

Elizabeth knows that life is short and one has to enjoy living every minute, but even if she is in the beauty care business, she also holds on to life principles like not judging a person by their outside appearance.

After years of living in the US, Elizabeth knows that real beauty is not just skin deep.

[You can check this story and more articles on my Straight from the Carolinas blog at blogger.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 22, 2013.

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