Followers of a 38-year-old Filipino mystic healer believe that she will soon give birth to a "holy boy" after thirteen-month pregnancy.
GV St. Christopher Village, Barrio Mayapa, the Philippines.
GV Bungalow of mystic healer Mrs Thelma Rios Aquino.
SV INTERIOR Mrs Aquino speaking to group. (3 SHOTS)
SV Mrs Aquino lies on floor surrounded by cassette recorders. She speaks with a child's voice as people watch. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mrs. Aquino is helped up from floor as people watch. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mrs Aquino treats people, sticks white tape over skin she touches. (3 SHOTS)
SV Mrs Aquino rubs stomach of elderly man.
SV Mrs Aquino treats baby in mother's arms and then gives baby kiss.
GV EXTERIOR People being carried out of Mr. Aquino's home.
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Background: Followers of a 38-year-old Filipino mystic healer believe that she will soon give birth to a "holy boy" after thirteen-month pregnancy. Thelma Rios Aquino, it's said, will not go through traumatic labour pains when her baby is born -- she will be in deep slumber. Instead, it's claimed, her husband Petez Aquino will suffer the labour pains.
SYNOPSIS: St. Christopher Village, Barrio Mayapa - this time is home for Thelma Rios Aquino, a 38-year-old housewife who, it is claimed uses the spiritual powers of Saint Nino to cure disease and sickness.
The spirit of St. Nino, it is claimed, can come to her at anytime. Then she falls into a trance. It's during these trances that her healing power is said to be at its strongest. Some people say that while in a trance she has touches the wounds of seriously ill people with her hands and mouth. They say that when St. Nino comes to her Thelma falls flat on her back. Sometimes, her followers say, she undergoes a trance as the Black Nazarene and no one they say, has yet been able to move her when she is in it. At other times, they say, spirits speaks through her in their own voices.
For the past year and three weeks Thelma claims to have been pregnant. The spirit of St. Nino, says her followers, has said that a body boy will be born on 28 May. The spirit, it's claimed, has said the boy will be born with his eyes fully opened and have the mind of a mature adult. At the age of eight month, it's claimed, he will be waking and talking and at two it's said he will start curing the sick.
Thelma says she remembers nothing of what happens while she is in the trances and listens to recordings of herself in apparent disbelief. She is content to carry on her own healing.
Strange things, it's said, have been happening to her. Her pregnant stomach, it's claimed, flattens out when she lies on her back in a trance and then moves out again when it ends. Whether or not her baby is born as predicted remains to be seen. But one thing is certain -- she has amazed many local people with her countless acts.