Rizal, the Romantic
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were at least nine women linked with Rizal; namely Segunda Katigbak, Leonor
Valenzuela, Leonor Rivera, Consuelo Ortiga, O-Sei San, Gertrude Beckette,
Nelly Boustead, Suzanne Jacoby and Josephine Bracken. These women might have
been beguiled by his intelligence, charm and wit.
Segunda Katigbak and Leonor Valenzuela
was her puppy love. Unfortunately, her engagement to a town-mate, Manuel
Luz, made further advances impossible. 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.
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 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. Rizal and his
compatriots frequented the Ortiga's residence in Madrid. 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
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 were 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
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.
lost Leonor Rivera, Rizal 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 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
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.
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.