(Western Mindanao State University,ZC)
Submitted by Student Nurses
Karielle Mareez H. Mamungay
Rizette Jade O. Araneta
Miel Marie F.Atilano
Jester lendl Cruz
In this article of Rizal’s love affair to Josephine Bracken it is studied on how and why they met. How do they leave each others side from the time of the first glance of Rizal’s eye to Josephine.
While on exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga, in early February 1895, 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 who had traveled to Dapitan from Hong Kong to have his eye treated by Rizal. Rizal was immediately attracted to Josephine. He called her ?dulce estranjera,? or sweet foreigner. The loneliness and boredom of exile may have taken its toll as he found himself falling in love quite easily. However, Rizal?s sisters suspected Josephine of being a spy for the Spanish authorities and a threat to his security. There is some disagreement among historians as to whether Rizal and Bracken, who lived together as man and wife, ever got married. Miscarriage
Josephine was soon pregnant but suffered a miscarriage. The couple adopted a child named Maria Luisa, but Josephine decided to return the girl to her parents who wanted her back, according to a letter that Josephine wrote to Rizal on Sept. 22, 1896. Aurora Ver Gonzalez, a granddaughter of Rizal?s eldest sister Saturnina, showed Josephine?s letter to Trillana when he was writing his book. Who among the 10 women was the most beautiful?
Trillana thinks it was Leonor Rivera. Tangi says Rizal appeared to go for girls with a prominent jaw. Because Rizal was so short, all the girls, except for Valenzuela, are presumed to be petite. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20081230-180569/Women?ModPagespeed=off
Following the death of Rizal, there are other rumors that Josephine joined the insurgents and even participated in killing a Spanish soldier. She eventually returned to Hongkong in May. It was in Hongkong 1898 that she eventually remmarried a man named Vincent Abad and had a baby girl named Dolores. She nicknamed the child “Dolly.” http://joserizalfans.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/jose-rizal-stories-of-love/
Subsequently the baby Josephine was given for adoption to her godparents, a married couple, George Taufer, believed to have been of German-American origins and his wife, Leopoldine Marie Magedo, a Macao-Portuguese.
It appears that over the years he had become more and more dependent on Josephine for his care and to administer his affairs. He pleaded with her to return and shortly after she did, Josephine banished her stepmother from the home and, it seems, from their lives.
About 1893 Taufer began to lose his sight. Desperate for a cure he came to hear about Jose Rizal, the one person who could possibly help him. Rizal had practised as an ophthalmic surgeon in Hong Kong for a short period but had left there to visit his homeland, the Philippines, in June 1892. On learning this, Taufer proceeded to sell some of his properties, paid off his debts, and in late 1894 along with Josephine and his natural daughter Sarah, set out to find him. In Manila they heard that he was in the town of Dapitan on the southern island of Mindanao. Sarah, having formed a relationship with a man she met on the ship to Manila, choose to remain there. Josephine and her adoptive father continued the search and by about January of 1895 they arrived at Dapitan and met Rizal who was living nearby at a place called Talisay.
At the early stages of their relationship it is doubtful if Josephine fully understood and appreciated the perilous position of her lover. Even if she did it would probably have made no difference. However over the...