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Here’s the story of Jose Rizal and Leonor Rivera.

JOSE RIZAL – Here’s the love story of Jose Rizal and Leonor Rivera as to how they have met and the sad ending of their story.

For over 10 years, Jose Rizal was engaged with his distant cousin Leonor Rivera whom she met when he was 19 years old and the girl on age 13. She is our hero’s great and true love. Ideally and definitely pretty, Leonor possesses a wavy soft hair, high forehead, wistful almond eyes, small and pensive mouth, and charming dimples.

Jose Rizal

She is as well intelligent and talented as she can actually play the harp and the piano with a fascinating singing voice. She attends school at La Concordia while Rizal was a medical sophomore student at the University of Santo Tomas.

In their letters, Leonor used pen names such as La Cuestion del Oriente’ and ‘Taimis/Tamis’. However, around 1882, after some incident, Rizal left and went Spain without leaving any notice to his love which devastated her. Their only communication was through letters but due to Rizal being a Filibustero because of his published book Noli Me Tangere, Leonor’s mother bribed post office officials to give her the letters instead.

Jose Rizal

Due to this, Leonor was convinced to marry the Englishman Charles Henry Kipping which really hurt Rizal and indicated the end of their 11-year love affair. A couple of years after the marriage, Leonor died with her daughter during her second child birth. But she remained immortal because of “Maria Clara”. She was Rizal’s inspiration for the character in his books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.


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