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Rizal's Romance

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by: Katherine Eliza I. Talavera Rizal's Romance Segunda Katigbak After losing Segunda, he paid court to a young woman in Calamba. In his student memoirs, he called her simply “Miss L,” describing her as “fair with seductive and attractive eyes”. Leonor Valenzuela Leonor Rivera  In 1879, at the start of his junior yr. at the university, he lived in “Casa Tomasina”. On January 28, 1890, Rizal left for Brussels, Belgium. He stayed for a considerable time, paying for room and board. His landladies had a pretty niece named Petite Suzanne Jacoby. Josephine Bracken  While Rizal was in London annotating the Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas, he boarded in the house of the Beckett family, within walking distance of the British Museum. Consuelo Ortiga y Rey The Ortiga's residence in Madrid was frequented by Rizal and his compatriots. He probably fell in love with her and Consuelo apparently asked him for romantic verses.  The prettier of Don Pablo Ortiga’s daughters, fell in love with him. He dedicated to her A la Senorita C.O. y R., which became one of his best poems. O sei-san A Japanese samurai’s daughter taught Rizal the Japanese art of painting known as su-mie. She also helped Rizal improve his knowledge of Japanese language. If Rizal was a man without a patriotic mission, he would have married this lovely and intelligent woman and lived a stable and happy life with her in Japan because Spanish legation there offered him a lucrative job. Gertrude Beckett Suzanne Jacoby Nellie Boustead rosy cheeked,w/ an enchanting and provocative
smile. She was short w/ eyes that were eloquent, Rizal's together w/ Mariano Katigbak,they visited Rizal's grandmother.From there he saw a girl that captures his heart. His grandma urged him to
paint Segunda's portrait. After that he came to know her intimately.
Apparently he and Segunda loved each other. But it was hopeless, since she was engaged to marry Manuel Luz. Rizal was a shy and timid lover so Segunda had manifested, by insinuation and deeds, her affection for him, but he timidly failed to propose.
The last time they saw each other was before the Christmas vacation were about to begin. He visit Segunda to say goodbye and also she said farewell. She kept on silence waiting for Rizal to speak out but Rizal failed to come up to expectation. After visiting her in her house several times, he suddenly stopped his wooing, and the romance died a natural death. Nobody today knows who this woman was. Rizal himself did not give her name. Hence, her identity is lost to history. However, he gave two reasons for his change of heart, namely: (1) the sweet memory of Segunda was still fresh in his heart and (2) his father did not like the family of Miss L. Several months later, during his sophomore year at UST, he boarded in the house of Donya Concha Leyva in Intramuros. The next-door was a charming lady named Leonor Valenzuela. Rizal was a welcome visitor in the Valenzuela home, where he was the life of the social parties because of his clever sleight-of-hand tricks. He courted her. She was a tall girl with a regal bearing. He sent her love notes written in invisible ink. This ink consisted of common table salt and water. It left no trace on the paper. Rizal, who knew his chemistry, taught Orang the secret of reading any note written in the invisible ink by heating it over a candle/lamp so that the words may appear. But, as with Segunda, he stopped short of proposing marriage to Orang. His landlord-uncle, Antonio Rivera had a pretty daughter, Leonor; she was a frail, pretty girl “tender as a budding flower with kindly, wistful eyes”. Between Jose and Leonor sprang a beautiful romance. They became engaged. In her letters to Rizal, Leonor signed her name as “Taimis,” in order to camouflage their intimate relationship from their parents and friends. He suddenly backed out before the relationship turned into a serious romance, because he wanted to remain loyal to Leonor Rivera and he did not want to destroy hid friendship with Eduardo de Lete who was madly in love with Consuelo. Gertrude, a blue-eyed and buxom girl was the oldest of the three Beckett daughters. She fell in love with Rizal. Tottie helped him in his painting and sculpture. But Rizal suddenly left London for Paris to avoid Gertrude, who was seriously in love with him. Before leaving London, he was able to finish the group carving of the Beckett sisters. He gave the group carving to Gertrude as a sign of their brief relationship.  Rizal having lost Leonor Rivera entertained the thought of courting other ladies. While a guest of the Boustead family at their residence in the resort dcity of Biarritz, he had befriended the two pretty daughters of his host, Eduardo Boustead. Rizal used to fence with the sisters at the studio of Juan Luna. Antonio Luna, Juan’s brother and also a frequent visitor of the Boustead’s, courted Nellie but she was deeply infatuated with Rizal. In a party held by Filipinos in Madrid, a drunken Antonio Luna uttered unsavory remarks against Nellie Boustead. This prompted Rizal to challenge Luna into a duel. Fortunately, Luna apologized to Rizal, thus averting tragedy for the compatriots. Their love affair unfortunately did not end in marriage. It failed because Rizal refused to be converted to the Protestant faith, as Nellie demanded and Nellie’s mother did not like a physician without enough paying clientele to be a son-in-law. The lovers, however, parted as good friends when Rizal left Europe. She was taken by Rizal's charm and gallantry, and provided him good company. Rizal could have flirted with the lady, considering that his beloved Leonor was far away and he was a lonely man in a strange and foreign land, but he realized he could not deceive her. Suzanne fell in love with Rizal, and wept when he left for Madrid in July 1890. She wrote to him in French. "Where are you now? Do you think of me once in a while? I am reminded of our tender conversations... The adopted daughter of George Taufer from Hong Kong, who came to Dapitan to seek Rizal for eye treatment. Rizal was physically attracted to her. His loneliness and boredom must have taken the measure of him and what could be a better diversion that to fall in love again. But the Rizal sisters suspected Josephine as an agent of the friars and they considered her as a threat to Rizal’s security. Rizal asked Josephine to marry him, but she was not yet ready to make a decision due to her responsibility to the blind Taufer. Rizal upon the advice of his family and friends and with Josephine’s consent took her as his wife even without the Church blessings. Josephine later gives birth prematurely to a stillborn baby, a result of some incidence, which might have shocked or frightened her.
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