Anon asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who are the many girlfriends of Jose Rizal?

name at least 13 and tell me how he described them and why he couldn't go through with their relationship i need this for tomorrow=)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Historians write of Rizal's "dozen women", even if only nine were identified.

    They were Gertrude Becket of Chalcot Crescent (London), wealthy Nelly Boustead of the English and Iberian merchant family, last descendant of a noble Japanese family Usui Seiko, his earlier friendship with Segunda Katigbak and eight-year romantic relationship with his first cousin, Leonor Rivera.

    The others were: Leonor Valenzuela (Filipina), Consuelo Ortiga (Spanish), Suzanna Jacoby (Belgian),and Josephine Bracken (Irish).

    Segunda Katigbak and Leonor Valenzuela

    Segunda Katigbak was her puppy love. Unfortunately, his first love was engaged to be married to a town mate- Manuel Luz.

    After his admiration for a short girl in the person of Segunda, then came Leonor Valenzuela, a tall girl from Pagsanjan.

    Rizal send her love notes written in invisible ink, that could only be deciphered over the warmth of the lamp or candle. He visited her on the eve of his departure to Spain and bade her a last goodbye.

    Leonor Rivera

    Leonor Rivera, his sweetheart for 11 years played the greatest influence in keeping him from falling in love with other women during his travel.

    Unfortunately, Leonor’s mother disapproved of her daughter’s relationship with Rizal, who was then a known filibustero.

    She hid from Leonor all letters sent to her sweetheart. Leonor believing that Rizal had already forgotten her, sadly consented her to marry the Englishman Henry Kipping, her mother’s choice.

    Consuelo Ortiga

    Consuelo Ortiga y Rey, 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. 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. 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.

    O Sei San

    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

    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. 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.

    Nellie Boustead

    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 city 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 Bousteads, 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.

    Suzanne Jacoby

    In 1890, Rizal moved to Brussels because of the high cost of living in Paris. In Brussels, he lived in the boarding house of the two Jacoby sisters.

    In time, they fell deeply in love with each other.

    Suzanne cried when Rizal left Brussels and wrote him when he was in Madrid.

    Josephine Bracken

    In the last days of February 1895, while still in Dapitan, Rizal met an 18-year old petite Irish girl, with bold blue eyes, brown hair and a happy disposition.

    She was Josephine Bracken, 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 he

  • 4 years ago

    Gertrude Beckett Biography

  • Donna
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Usui Seiko

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