Woman of Rizal

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Segunda Catigbac y Solis

The 14-year old maiden from Lipa City, Batangas was Rizal's puppy love. Unfortunately, his first love was engaged to be married to Don Manuel Luz y Metra who also hailed from one of the prominent families in town. The romantic tale between Segunda and Rizal happened after Rizal's graduation in Ateneo Municipal. Rizal first saw her at a party in his grandmother's house in Trozo, Manila in 1877. He vividly described her short, with expressive eyes, ardent at times, and drooping at other times, pinkish, a smile so bewitching and provocative that revealed some very beautiful teeth; with an air of sylph. It was truly love at first sight for the young Rizal. Although they had brief encounters, there was already an understanding of their feelings for each other. Rizal, however, knew from the very beginning that their story would not have a happy ending for she was already engaged to someone. [pic]

Leonor Rivera
Rivera, a cousin of Rizal and a native of Camiling, Tarlac, was a pretty, talented and witty lady. Other than being blessed with a charming voice, she could also play the harp and the piano. She was Rizal's childhood sweetheart for 11 years.Rivera, who was only 13 years old and Rizal, 19 first met in Intramuros where he boarded in a house managed by Rivera's father. When he departed for Europe, they only communicated through letters. Because her mother disapproved of their relationship, they used a code calledTaimis. Their long-distance relationship lasted 6 years. Countless love letters written in different languages such as Filipino, English, Spanish and French (to prevent interception of the letters by the Spanish authorities) were exchanged between them

Leonor Valenzuela,

also known as Orang, was Rizal's object of affection while he was courting his cousin, Leonor Rivera. She was a tall girl with regal bearing from Pagsanjan, Laguna. She was Rizal's neighbor. Rizal boarded in Intramuros during his sophomore...
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