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Heartbroken Rizal wrote the following about about o sei san. Every student in What were they like before or after their relationship with Rizal?. Who knows what the relationship of Julia and Jose would have blossomed into if Jose Rizal also had a Japanese lover named O-sei-san. There is a statue in Luneta Park depicting Jose Rizal's last goodbye to Josephine. It was only in recent years that interests have arisen to unravel the mystery of Rizal's Japanese love- 'Osei-san'. His relationship with O-sei-san.
She hid from Leonor all letters sent to her sweetheart. He dedicated to her A la Senorita C. 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.
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, 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. Command your servant who kisses your hand.
However, he was faced with the disapproval of many people from both the Rizal and Rivera families. Don Francisco did not support Rizal, and even Paciano told him it would be selfish to leave his Leonor behind if ever she did become his wife.
Rivera's family was concerned about Rizal's growing reputation as a Filibustero and did not want Leonor to have 3 anything to do with him. Rizal kept his departure a secret from Leonor who was devastated by the news when it reached her.
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Rizal's friend Jose "Chenggoy" M. Cecilio writes to Rizal about Leonor on August 3, You must have already received a letter from her by now as I write this. That she loves you there is no doubt now. It was even rumored that she went as far as bribing postmen to prevent Leonor and Rizal from corresponding with each other.
This led to the two lovers' doubts about each other's faithfulness. In the autumn of at Madrid, Leonor wrote to Rizal about her engagement to British engineer Henry Kipping which was pushed forward by her mother despite her protests.
Feeling betrayed, Rizal pours his heart out to Blumentritt who tells him, in a letter: I myself feel it deeply, but only on your account, for I know how your heart is pained; but you are one of the heroes who conquer pain from a wound inflicted by a woman, because they follow higher ends.
You have a courageous heart and you are in love with a nobler woman, the Motherland. Filipinas is like one of those enchanted princesses in the German legends, who is captive of a horrid dragon, until she is freed by a valiant knight.
In exchange for her consent to the marriage, she made her parents, most especially her mother, swear upon three things. First, Silvestra Rivera mus stand by her side on her wedding day, as it is really her wedding and not Leonor's. Second, she must not be asked to sing ever again. And lastly, her piano must stay locked up as long as she lives. Leonor burned Rizal's letters upon the instruction of her mother who told her that keeping another man's letters is considered a sin in a marriage.
It was also speculated that she had sewed some of the ashes of Rizal's letters into the hem of her wedding dress. She never ceased to treasure these ashes until August 28, when she died giving birth to Kipping's second child. Leonor requested that she would be buried in the saya she wore when she and Rizal have come to an understanding about their relationship, and that the ashes of Rizal's letters would be kept with her.
He sat alone for the rest of the day holding a lock of Leonor's hair, and stayed silent for the next few days. To this day, the ashes of Rizal's letters to Leonor Rivera are kept in a box bearing the lovers' initials on the cover which is still kept by the Kipping family.
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Leonor Rivera's descendants keep her legacy alive through the Maria Clara museum in Tarlac, and, as guests of honor, by attend events in commemoration of Rizal. Consuelo Ortega Y Rey Although Rizal's heart was still with Leonor, Rizal did not keep himself from associating with other women, just as when he was in Madrid, during which his attention was drawn to a young and beautiful Mestiza named Consuelo Ortiga y Perez.
He was so supportive and open to the Filipinos that his house became the common meeting place of Circulo Hispano Filipino members or the Filipino students in Madrid, one of which was Rizal. And that is how Rizal and Consuelo met. Rizal would visit her home and they would have conversations together, finding joy and solace in each other's company especially on the part of Rizal since he was lonely in a foreign land. Consuelo had feelings for Lete, but she knew she was attracted to Rizal as well.
As for Rizal, he knew he liked Consuelo, but he did not want to destroy his friendship with Lete over a girl. Therefore he agreed with Lete that he should keep away from Consuelo while Lete was pressing on his courtship of Consuelo, and eventually Consuelo chose Lete over Rizal.
In one of the last conversations Rizal and Consuelo had before Rizal went back to the Philippines, Rizal tells her he still doesn't know what she thinks of him.
Consuelo answers, 5 "As a friend. Would you want more? However, what is more ironic is the answer of Rizal who Consuelo, "It's true that's enough.Rizal monuments around the world
Or was it really that Rizal gave up on Consuelo with no regrets at all because he did not harbor deep love for her because of Leonor? Nonetheless, Consuelo eventually got engaged to Lete. However, soon after the formalization of their engagement, Consuelo lost her humor.
Their marriage presumably did not push through because of the sudden death of Consuelo's brother, Rafael, year after her father's death. According to Lete's accounts, "She was left alone and abandoned in Madrid. A romantic girl deprived of her mother at an early age, possessing an education rare in those times, she saw all her love affairs crumble and all her illusions wither. Rizal was entertained by Kabuki plays in Tokyo and Osaka. One spring afternoon, Rizal set his eyes on a beautiful Japanese woman who passed by at the Spanish Legation.
The Song of O-Sei-San
His eyes were captured by her charm and lovely face. Rizal went on asking information about the name of this woman whose beauty captivated him. Finally, he learned from the gardener that her name was Seiko Usui and she took a walk every afternoon near the legation. Rizal did all means just to introduce himself to Seiko. Seiko was born inthree years before the Meiji Restoration, in Edo now Tokyo to a samurai, who became a trader in Yokohama after the Restoration.
Rizal was 27 and O-Sei-San was 23 when they met. Osei-san conversed in English and French with Rizal, thus, it removed the language barrier. From thereon, the two meet everyday and they visited all interesting places in the city.
She helped Rizal understand the Japanese language and also related to him the culture of the Japanese. O-sei-san was truly an epitome of a high-cultured Japanese woman. Their love came to an end when Rizal had to leave. His heart was filled with grief as he bid sayonara to O-Sei-San.
A day before he left Japan, Rizal wrote in his diary his regret for leaving, and his longing for the love of O-sei-san.