The 9 Women of Rizal

November 29, 2007 triciacampos2007


There 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.


Image PreviewGo to fullsize imageSegunda 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 (with Teodora Alonso)
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.

Go to fullsize imageSuzanne 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 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. Since Taufer’s blindness was untreatable, he left for Hon Kong on March 1895. Josephine stayed with Rizal’s family in Manila. Upon her return to Dapitan, Rizal tried to arrange with Father Antonio Obach for their marriage. However, the priest wanted a retraction as a precondition before marrying them. 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 give birth prematurely to a stillborn baby, a result of some incidence, which might have shocked or frightened her.

source: Rizal’s Website


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57 Comments Add your own

  • 1. agata  |  August 10, 2008 at 8:01 am

    palakayat ba anang rizal oi…hehehe…daghan kay ug chicks….

    • 2. jeja navarro  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:41 am

      bitaw biga.on kaau….

  • 3. donna mae  |  January 21, 2009 at 10:01 am Petite Jacoby ba at si Suzanne Jacoby, iisa lang?pagkkaintindi q xe sa book na gingmit nmin, ung centennial book na green..pamangkin lang ng magkapatid na Jacoby na may-ari ng tinitirhan ni Rizal sI Petite..magrereport xe aq..en i nid a pic of Petite J..

    • 4. jeja navarro  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:40 am

      uu iisa lang sila……….

      • 5. nhel  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

        dami pla babae ni rizal..weew!

    • 6. jhing  |  March 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

      tama yun pamangkin lng ng magkapatisd na jaxcoby xc pewtitwe

  • 7. desierto  |  February 4, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    can u give some more informaion on sigunda katigbak? the date were rizal met katigbak?

  • 8. reigne  |  March 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    tnx po… nagmit ko e2 s proj. q…


    chickboi tlga mga pinoy… national hero ntin may 9 n naging ka-relasyon… ^^v

  • 9. nicky  |  October 14, 2009 at 5:20 am

    normal lng n s tao… kung ang kuting managhan, tao p kay dil pala kayat? imagina daw… ikaw daw mahimung gwapo lalimba!

  • 10. Vincent Noir  |  November 11, 2009 at 3:34 am

    This goes to show to all female foreigners: “Mag-ingat kau sa aming pinoy. We could sweep you off your feet and stole your hearts…”

    • 11. yeah  |  January 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm


  • 12. lorelyn  |  November 18, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    .tnx po, uhm additional info po ito sa history class namin.. Godbless.. ❤

  • 13. dandan  |  December 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

    diba 1o man ang girlfriends ni rizal???

  • 14. lyn  |  February 16, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    how about kay rizal wid Ms.L??

  • 15. lyn  |  February 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    lovelife of rizal wid ms.L

  • 16. july  |  March 16, 2010 at 7:02 am

    hmmm…rizal huH…

  • 17. jeja navarro  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:44 am

    huh? sa kadaghan sa iya chicks wala jud siyay nabinlan ug anak?

  • 18. jea  |  July 1, 2010 at 1:55 am

    huh? gravehhh ka bigaon.on kinsa diay ang pinaka gwapa nga uyab ni rizal?
    pait jud kaau ning gwapo ba?
    pero salamat pod ani nga web kai nakatabang siya sa akong studies…
    dako siguro ug binuhi si rizal bah?
    kai ge i lugan man …….. wahahahahha…..

  • 19. adones  |  July 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    ahamn…grabihang Rizal,,,a sad immoral hero. yet he did Good bu it doesn’t an excuse. But what is his very reason in having this extramarital relisionship? just for sex?ohh…just what Sigmund said” Sex urge is the main Human dRive” taob lahat…no excuse…nyahahahaha.

    • 20. anna  |  October 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      tao si rizal dli santos….. kung makauyab d i cya ngpasabot nga bigaon?? bogo man mo..! kusog mo mo-criticize niya unya kamo? naa moy nahimo? mura sad ka ug kinsa makainsulto niya.. maski tingali sa imong parents lang badlungon kau ka..

  • 21. Perv man  |  August 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    So what if he was immoral? At least he had the guts to date outside his nationality! I really would like to see more Pinoy guys date outside their race too!

  • 22. pieces  |  September 20, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Paki sagot po, what are the impact of women of rizal to the society..??
    Thanx po.., in advance…

  • 23. teeway  |  September 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    ang babae ang nakakagusto kay rizal dapat gayahin ko na hairstyle nya para magkagusto rin mga babae sakin! XD

  • 24. arnel  |  October 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

    hahaaaa,,,,,,,…….dapat lang?!

  • 25. arnel  |  October 4, 2010 at 1:54 am

    kamaot ni rizal xa personal….joke gwapo oyyyyyyyyyy

  • 26. irish hugo  |  October 10, 2010 at 4:16 am

    ma lagot mani c rizal ui3….
    unsa man labot nko sa iya gf
    may unta uyab pud ko niya hahahahaha……

  • 27. joy  |  December 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    ngeksss….nana d i nay anak si rizal..
    daghana zd uyab ni rizal uie, suya man pd ta!

  • 28. anna jane  |  January 9, 2011 at 7:08 am

    gud day,, pwede po ba akong magtanong,, sino po ba sa mga babae ni rizal ang tinatawag na si Miss L. ? pkisagot naman po,, salamat,, 🙂

    • 29. bien basco  |  July 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Leonor Valenzuela – Sa pag-aaral ni Rizal ng medisina ay tumira siya sa bahay ni Donya Concha Leyva. Malapit sa lugar na iyon ang bahay nila Juan at Sanday Valenzuela na may anak na dalaga na si Leonor na kilala sa palayaw na Orang.

      Si Leonor ay matangkad na babae na kasing-taas ni Rizal. Dahil sa aking taglay na ganda ng dalaga, si Rizal ay humanga. Madalas silang namamasyal ng binata sa kanilang lugar. Niligiwan siya ni Rizal sa pamamagitan ng mga liham na isinulat sa inbisibol na tinta na ginawa niya buhat sa pinaghalong asin at tubig. Mababasa lamang ang anumang nakalagda kung itatapat ang papel sa liwanag ng kandila o lampara. Sila ni Rizal ay naging magkasintahan sa sandaling panahon lamang.

      Leonor Rivera – sweetheart sa loob ng 11 na taon; ayaw ng ina ni Leonor kay Rizal dahil sa pagiging pilibustero.

      • 30. shella  |  November 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

        naguguluhan po ako nelly,nellieor adelene boustede??? pakisagot naman po.’

  • 31. xiazuka  |  January 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

    pwede po bang magtanong,, sino po ang muse sa brussels germany na tinatwag na miss L na naging babae sa buhay ni rizal,,, pakisagot naman po,, please,,,,,,,

  • 32. arjoe  |  January 24, 2011 at 3:25 am

    _babaero pla si rizal.hahaha.

    paalaa:(huwag pong gagayahin, lalo na kung hindi mo naman kaya at hindi ka pwede.ahhhahahahaha)

  • 33. khulet_23  |  January 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

    …wat aA….. hahhaha…. 6rave an6 6wapO ni Dr. RizAl…..haha “””………damen6 chickxz…… hehehe….. bawat lugar my babae…..hehe….d n_n b……

  • 34. melpe  |  February 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    san po makikita yung pix. ni ms.l hindi ko kasi makita….

  • 35. aafern  |  February 3, 2011 at 1:18 am

    is that true that rizal and hitler was related?
    my i have an info of ms l?ty

  • 36. baneknek  |  February 3, 2011 at 5:28 am

    cno po ba tlga si miss L? kelangan nmen sa assign.tnx nd godbless 🙂

  • 37. espe  |  February 19, 2011 at 4:46 am

    ka maki uyab ni rizal…hmmmnnn,naalala q tuloy ak uyab,mki chix geap!!

  • 38. boggie  |  February 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    ,lalakiro din yan si rizal, d lang pina alam.., double blade yan.., national hero kaya d inilahat^^

  • 39. jhen  |  February 23, 2011 at 3:14 am

    hahhaha galing nmn talga ni rizal oh gusto q tuloy mlman if ngkaanak b cya

  • 40. lorean  |  April 14, 2011 at 10:58 am

    ,..,d ba nga nagkaanak nman tlga xa w/ josephine kaso patay na nung isilang,.

    • 41. suplada_  |  April 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

      ms.l ay si leonor rivera :)hehehe

      • 42. suplada_  |  April 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        he is womanizer:) but he is a unique example of a many splendored genius. and no doubt ., he became our national hero:)

  • 43. suplada_  |  April 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    msl ay si leonor rivera:)

  • 44. Leigh  |  July 20, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Nice page… Love it…Color pink! And behind it is the love story of Rizal… Fascinating! Keep up!

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  • 52. Micko  |  January 3, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Haaaaa? Paano si Jacobe Petite ? Babae rin nman siya ni rizal

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