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Jose Rizal's Lovelife
Consuelo Ortega y Perez
Rizal’s age: 34
How they met: Rizal was giving George Tauffer, Josephine’s adoptive father, treatment for his blindness.
Pet name: Duke extranjera (sweet stranger)
Rough Patch: Josephine left for Manila in March 1895 as George Tauffer threatened suicide. However, she was back in Rizal’s arms by April, leaving her adoptive father alone in Hong Kong.
Miscarriage: Josephine Bracken would have conceived Rizal’s heir. However, toward the end of 1885, she had a miscarriage.
Controversy 1: Josephine Bracken was either a spy or a tool of the friars.
Controversy 2: Rizal signed a retraction to marry her.
Role in Rizal’s literature: Rizal’s amiga and alegria in Mi Ultimo Adios.
How it ended: Rizal regarded Josephine as his wife until his last breath. Two years after Rizal was executed, Bracken married the Filipino Vicente Abad.
Josephine on Rizal: “Goodbye, sweet foreigner, my friend, my joy.”
Rizal’s age: 29
How they met: Rizal boarded with Suzanne and her aunts during his stay in Brussels
Pet name: La Petit
Trivia: Suzanne was the model of Rizal’s clay figurine, a sculpted nude woman. She called him “little bad boy.”
How it ended: Rizal left Brussels for Madrid.
Suzanne on Rizal: “Athousand things serve to distract your mind, my friend; but in my case, I am sad, lonely, always alone with my thoughts-nothing, absolutely nothing, relieves my sorrow. Are you coming back?”
Nickname: Gettie or Tottie
Rizal’s age: 27
How they met: Gertrude was the eldest daughter of Charles Beckett, owner of the Primrose Hill House where he lodged.
Last gift: a pair of brooches
How it ended: Rizal left for Paris, leaving Gettie and her sisters only a clay medallion of their profiles. He never wrote to them again.
Rizal on Gertrude: “I am not going to commit the indignity of placing passion over pure and virginal love, such as she might offer.”
Rizal’s age: 28
How they met: Nelly was the mestiza daughter of a Filipina and a wealthy French-English merchant whose house was frequented by Filipinos in France
Rival: Antonio Luna
Trivia: Rizal almost had a duel to the death with a drunken Antonio Luna because of Nelly
How it ended: Rizal proposed marriage to Nelly but she wanted him to convert to Protestantism. He backed out.
Rizal’s age: 18
How they met: Leonor Rivera and Rizal first met in Manila when Rivera was only 13 years old.
Trivia: She was the childhood sweetheart of Jose Rizal.
Rivera was the “greatest influence” in preventing Rizal from falling in love with other women while Rizal was traveling outside the Philippines.
How it ended: Their correspondence began when Rizal left a poem for Rivera saying farewell.
Rivera's romantic relationship with Rizal lasted for eight years.
Relationship status: Rizal's First Love
Rizal’s age: 16
How they met: Friend and schoolmate of Rizal's sister, Olympia, in La Concordia College.
Trivia: Segunda gave him a white artificial rose she made in school.
Rizal gave her a his pencil sketch of her.
How it ended: Rizal found out that she was engaged to Don Manuel Luz y Metra, who was the nephew of her maternal grandmother, and decided to end everything with her.
MINANG, RIZAL’S BUTTERFLY GIRL
Rizal’s age: 16
How they met: Rizal went swimming in a rivulet in Los Banos, Laguna. He heard someone singing and followed the voice. He found a girl chasing a butterfly with her grandmother washing clothes by the stream.
Trivia: Unconfirmed if autobiographical.
THE MYSTERIOUS SENORITA L
How they met: Rumoured to be the teacher Jacinta Ibardo Laza who lived in the house of Nicolas Regalado, a friend of Rizal
How it ended: After several days, Rizal suddenly stopped his wooing and the romance died a natural death.
Reasons: The sweet memory of Segunda was still fresh in his heart.
His father did not like the family of “Miss L”
Rizal’s age: 27
How they met:Rizal saw Seiko passing by the legation in one of her daily afternoon walks.
How it ended: Rizal was offered a position at the Spanish Legation during that time. He then decided to leave Japan and forget his romance which pained him gravely because he truly loved Seiko Usui.
Nationality: Spanish Filipino
Rizal’s age: 21
How they met: Consuelo first met Rizal on September 16, 1882 when he went to Spain for the first time primarily to study.
Trivia: The "Crush Ng Bayan" in Rizal's Time
How it ended: Rizal really had to give up his feeling for Consuelo for he was then still engaged to Leonor Rivera.
The Women In Jose Rizal's Life
Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda