Segunda Katigbak: Jose Rizal's First Love

 Segunda Katigbak: Jose Rizal's First Love
 
She was Jose Rizal’s “puppy love” and with her the hero was believed to have had “love at first sight”.
 
 
Rizal was 16 years old when one Sunday in 1887 he paid visit to his maternal grandmother in Trozo, Manila and there met, among others, Segunda Katigbak, a two-year-younger-than-him ‘colegiala’. In his ‘Memorias de Un Estudiante de Manila’, Rizal graphically described her as a short lady with “eloquent eyes, rosy cheeks, and smile that reveals very beautiful teeth”. Mariano Katigbak, Segunda’s brother and Rizal’s classmate who was also in the house, probably had no idea that his friend had been experiencing “a love at first sight” being bewitched by his alluring sister.
 
During the 1880s, the Katigbaks of Batangas were known for their successful and very lucrative coffee industry. When Jose met Segunda, she was at the time a boarding student of La Concordia College where Rizal’s sister Olympia was also studying. Jose and Segunda got to know each other more intimately as his visits to his sister Olympia (or rather to his love interest Segunda) in La Concordia surprisingly became more frequent.
 
How could Rizal forget that incident when he was urged by other acquaintances and conformed to make a pencil sketch of Segunda? “From time to time”, he later recorded in his diary, “she looked at me, and I blushed.” When Segunda one day gave him a white artificial rose she had made herself at school, he gave her in exchange that pencil sketch he had drawn of her.
 
In hindsight, we can submit that Rizal was somewhat clueless and naïve. As in the song “Paper Roses,” the artificial flower was perhaps Segunda’s way of insinuating that their affection was hopeless from the very start. The ‘rumor’ that she had been engaged to be married to a fellow-townsman, Manuel Luz, even before she met Pepe, was all along true. Rizal’s discovery of the real score later was probably his major reason, being a man of delicadeza, why he did not propose to her, more than his being ‘torpe’ or a reluctant lover.
 
It was also at La Concordia where the young lovers talked to each other for the last time. It was a romantic day in December 1877 when the confused Rizal came to see the ever-hopeful Segunda. Rizal said goodbye because he would spend his New Year vacation in his hometown starting the following day. Segunda replied that she was also going home to Lipa a day later. She then maintained silence, perhaps giving Rizal enough opportunity to say anything romantic, especially that sweetest tri-syllabic pronouncement which a lover would want to hear from a beloved. To her surprise, Rizal indeed uttered a three-syllable statement. The young Rizal said, “Well, good-bye” (which is virtually equivalent to today’s cold text message “Ah ok” plus a smiley). “Anyway—I’ll see you when you pass Calamba on your way to Lipa”, he nevertheless promised.
 
Rizal went home to Calamba and woke up the following day determined to fulfill his promise to Segunda. The steamer carrying Segunda anchored in Biñan so Jose saddled his white horse to wait at the road. When Segunda’s carromata passed by, she smiled and waved her handkerchief to him. Initially wanting to follow, Rizal at the last minute turned his horse around and decided to ride home instead. That incident marked the end of everything between the young lovers.
 
Segunda returned to Batangas and in due time married Don Manuel Luz y Metra who also hailed from a prominent family in Batangas. Segunda’s husband was actually the nephew of her maternal grandmother.
 

The Luz-Katigbak ancestral house called ‘Casa de Segunda’, an old ‘bahay-na-bato’ which survived the World War II bombings, still exists today in Lipa on a street ironically named ‘Calle Rizal’. The house was restored as a vacation house and later turned into a private museum. The sportscaster Chino Trinidad, a descendant of Segunda and Manuel, once related in a TV interview that Rizal had gone to ‘Casa de Segunda”, played chess and lost to his Lolo Manuel. The historic house has been declared a National Heritage house in 1996 by the National Historical Commission. (© 2013 by Jensen DG. Mañebog)

The author's e-book on Jose Rizal's love life
 
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Jensen DG. Mañebog, the contributor, is a book author and professorial lecturer in the graduate school of a state university in Metro Manila. His unique e-books on Rizal (available online) comprehensively tackle, among others, the respective life of Rizal’s parents, siblings, co-heroes, and girlfriends. (e-mail: jensenismo@gmail.com)
 
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Yes. There is a possibility that he would still be involve because he travels a lot and there is a chance that Rizal would meet all the girls that is historically significant in his life.

Maybe not because Rizal has already found someone that he cherish and love so he wont involve himself with others.

Segunda Katigbak ang unang "crush" ni Jose Rizal. Nagkakilala ang dalawa sa La Concordia College, kung saan estudyante ang kapatid ni Rizal na si Olimpia. Matalik na kaibigan ni Olimpia si Segunda. Segunda Katigbak ang kanyang puppy pag-ibig. Sa kasamaang palad, ang kanyang unang pag-ibig ay nakatuon na kasal sa isang bayan ng mate-Manuel Luz. Pagkatapos ng kanyang paghanga para sa isang maikling batang babae sa tao ng Segunda, pagkatapos ay dumating Leonor Valenzuela, isang matangkad na babae mula sa Pagsanjan. Rizal magpadala ng kanyang mga tala ng pag-ibig nakasulat sa invisible tinta, na maaaring lamang deciphered sa ibabaw ng init ng lampara o kandila. Bumisita siya sa kanyang sa bisperas ng kanyang pag-alis sa Espanya at bade kanyang huling paalam. Tanong : Sa inyong palagay kung Si Segunda Katigbak at Jose Rizal ang nag-katuluyan magiging masaya kaya ang bubuoin nilang pamilya? at bakit?

Additional Information : Segunda, who was only 16 then, married Manuel on January 12, 1879. She must have had a happy wedded life for their union produced thirteen children but only 9 lived. tanong: Naniniwala ba kayo sa love at first sight? at bakit?

sagot sa katanungan ni Daclan, Hindi ako naniniwala dun kasi ang alam ko pag love at first sight libido lang ang tumataas kaya parang di kapanipaniwala yan.. sa opniyon ko yan

Sagot sa katanungan ni Junior, oo dahil maski ako naranasan ko ito tulad ng naranasan ni Rizal.hahha totoo ang love at first sight

Additional Information: Si segunda ay ipinanganak noong 1863, nagpakasal kay manuel luz sa edad na 16 noong January 12, 1879 at namatay sa edad na 80 noong January 16, 1943. Naging interna ng mga madre sa Concordia at inilarawan ni Rizal sa kanyang sulating Memorias de Un Estudiante. (www.geni.com) Tanong: pabor ka ba sa kabataang nagkakaroon na ng iniirog sa edad na 16?

oo, hanggat alam nila ang limitasyon nilampabo ako dito dahil malaking tulong sa pamamagitan nginspirasyon ang pagmamahal sa ganitong edad.

oo, sapagkat sa panahon ngayon mahirap para sa kabataan ang pigilan ang mapupusok nilang damdaminkayat kung pipigilan pa sila baka magdulot pa ito ng masama. Ang mahalaga ay ipaalam sakanila ang kanilang limitasyon at responsibilidad at ipaintinding bigyan ng pansin ang pag aaral.

oo, bago na ang panahon ngayon at marahil dapat ipaintindi na lamang sa mga kabataan ang responsibilidad at limitasyon nila na magiging daan upang hindi humantong sa masama ang mga ganitong bagay.

karagdagang kaalaman si Segunda katigbak pala ay mayroong code name kay Rizal ito ay "K" nakasulat ito sa kanyang diary.

sa iyong palagay kung hindi dumating si Manuel Luz sa buhay ni Segunda posible kayang ipagtapat ni Rizal ang pag ibig niya dito? bakit ?

sa tingin ko oo ipagtatapat niya ang pagibig niya kay segunda dahil sa unang kita pa lang niya dito ay hindi na niya mapigilan ang kanyang sarili.

sa palagay ko ipagtatapat niya pero hindi agad agadan dahil iyon ang una niyang pag ibig at wala pa siyang karanasan noong mga oras na iyon at hindi pa din sila masyadong magkakilala noon kaya may puntong mabusted siya kapag ipinagtapat niya agad ito.

Additional Information: Romance and history: Casa de Segunda, declared a heritage house by the National Historical Commission, remains the oldest house in Lipa. Here lived Segunda Katigbak, who Jose Rizal described as the woman who “enslaved my soul forever.”

Kung ikaw si Rizal, ano ang gagawin mo ipaglalaban mo ba o hahayaan mo na lang si Segunda na mapunta kay Manuel Luz?Bakit?

Ito ang sagot sa tanong ni Cederick: Kung ako si Jose Rizal ay ipaglalaban ko si Segunda dahil nga sa mahal ko siya kahit na alam kong ikakasal siya kay Manuel Luz hindi ito hadlang sa nararamdamn ko para sa kanya.

Ito ang sagot sa tanong ni Cederick Lorenzo: Kung ako si Rizal ay hahayaan ko na lang si Segunda na mapunta kay Manuel Luz, dahil para sa akin kung hindi talaga kami ang para sa isa`t isa ay wala akong magagawa saka, marami pa namang ibang babae diyan na mas higit pa kay Segunda.

Ito ang sagot sa tanong ni Cederick: Kung ako si Jose Rizal ay ipaglalaban ko si Segunda laban kay Manuel Luz dahil kapag nagkagusto ako sa babae ay nakukuha ko. haha. biro lang. Dahil kapag nagkagusto ako sa babae ay hindi ko basta-basta iiwan nang ganun-ganun lang kahit na alam kong ikakasal siya sa lalaki na yun(Manuel Luz.

Segunda, who was only 16 then, married Manuel on January 12, 1879. She must have had a happy wedded life for their union produced thirteen children but only 9 lived: — Cristeta (married to Guillermo Africa Katigbak), Manuel Faustino (bachelor), Flora (married to Edilberto Mendoza), Justa Ynes (married to Dr. Isabelo Macarandang Katigbak), Arsenio (married to Amparo Luz Katigbak), Maria dela Paz (married to Pablo Malabanan Dimayuga), Valeriano (married to Rosario Dimayuga), Julio (married to Carmen Genato), and Fernando (married to Luz Cabal). wowbatangas.com

Sabi sa artikulo, nalove at first sight si Rizal kay Segenuda. Tanong ko lang naniniwala ka ba sa love at first sight?

Additional Information 1. Mariano katigbak,Segunda's brother was a close friend of Rizal. 2.Segunda Solis Katigbak complete name of Segunda Reference:.philstar.com Question Sa inyong palagay puppy love lamang ba ang nararamdaman nina Jose at Segunda?Bakit?

Sa aking palagay ay maituturing nga na puppy love ang ang nararamdaman nina Jose at Segunda sapagkat noong panahon na sila ay nagkakilala ay pawang mga bata pa sila at marahil ay di pa nila lubos na nalalaman ang tunay na kahulugan ng pag-ibig

Sa aking palagay ay minahal talaga nila ang isa't isa at hindi lang basta puppy love ang kanilang nararamdaman bagamat bata pa sila ay parehas nilang naramdaman at pagmamahal.At naniniwala ako na mahirap kalimutan ang first love kaya hindi naging madali sa kanilang dalawa ang malayo sa isa't isa.

Additional Information: 1.Her full name is Segunda Solis Katigbak. Married to Don Manuel Mitra Luz on the 12th day of January year 1879 at the age of 16. Born on 1863 and died on the 16th day of January year 1943 at the age of 80.(http://www.geni.com) 2.Her parents name are Don Norberto Calao Katigbak and Doña Justa Luz Solis.(http://www.wikipedia.com) Question: Sa batang edad ni Jose Rizal, naniniwala ka bang love at first sight ang naramdaman niya kay Segunda Katigbak? Oo o hindi? At bakit?

Full name: Segunda Solis Katigbak. Parents: Don Norberto Calao Katigbak and Doña Justa Luz Solis. Kung ikaw si Segunda Katigbak at kung susundin mo ang nilalaman ng iyong puso, Sino ang mas pipiliin mo? si Jose Rizal o si Manuel?

Ito ang sagot ko sa tanong ni John Emmanuel, ang aking pipiliin ay si Jose Rizal sapagkat mas minahal ni Segunda si Jose

Ito ang sagot ko sa tanong ni Bernardino, ang aking pipiliin ay si Jose Rizal sapagkat kung tinanggap ng pamilya ni Segunda si Jose ay hindi naman siya magpapakasal kay Manuel

Ito ang sagot ko sa tanong ni John Emmanuel, ang pipiliin ko ay si Dr. Jose Rizal sapagkat ayon sa aking nabasa sobrang nagmamahalan silang dalawa.

additional information. Full name: Segunda Solis Katigbak Parents: Don Norberto Kalaw Katigbak and Doña Justa Metra Solis She was the second child in a family of seven.

magiging masaya ba sa piling ni Rizal si Segunda gayong si Rizal ay tinutugis ng batas?

sa palagay ko ay hindi dahil kung sakaling mahuli si Rizal ay maiiwan lamang siya mag isa at magiging miserable lang ang kanyang buhay kapag nadakip na si Rizal .

Additional Information: Segunda Katigbak was born on Lipa, Batangas year 1863. She was the daughter og Don Horberto Katigbak y Calao and Dona Justa Solis y Luz. She was the sister of Mariano, Maria Carmina, Maria Ynes, Horberto Jr., Mauricio and Jose Ma. Isabelo Katigbak. Source: http://www.slideshare.net/mackybaucy/segunda-katigbak Tanong: Sa palagay noy, ano kaya ang magiging epekto sa buhay ni Rizal kung sakaling ipinaglaban nya ang pag-ibig nya kay Segunda at nagkatuluyan sila?

Here is an additional information about Segunda Katigbak: With his love at first sight with Segunda, Rizal put his affection towards her in these words. In his diary, Rizal muses: “I don’t know what alluring something was all over her being. She was not the most beautiful woman I have seen but I had never seen one more bewitching or alluring.” www.philstar.com According to this article when Rizal said good-bye to Segunda, she gave him only a cold response about it. Do you think Segunda also have the same affection with him?

Marahil, naging mahaba siguro ang buhay ng ating bayani ngunit maari ring hindi natin ngayon nakuha ang kalayaan at hindi natin syang matatawag na bayani.

Siguro ay wala pa ring magbabago, at mangyayari pa rin ang mga nangyari sapagkat alam naman natin na pinaninindigan ni Rizal ang kanyang mga paniniwala.

Para sa akin ay maaring naging hindi natin ngayon natatamasa ang kalayaan sapagkat maaring piliin na lamang ni Rizal ang tahimik na buhay kasama si segunda at hindi lumaban sa Kastila o di naman kaya'y nagpakalayo kasama si Segunda.

Sa tingin ko wala dahil bago pa man nagkakilala sila Segunda at Rizal ay nakatakda na itong ikasal sa iba at sa aking palagay ay may pagsinta na siya sa lalaking iyon kaya di nya masuklian ang pag-ibig ni Rizal.

I think Rizal was not the type of man Segunda was looking for and they where still young and maybe she wasn't interested of love by that time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: "Rizal said while recording his first romance three years later, 'Ended, at an early hour, my first love! My virgin heart will always mourn the reckless step it took on the flower-decked abyss. My illusions will return, yes, but indifferent, uncertain, ready for the first betrayal on the path of love.'" source: http://thelifeandworksofrizal.blogspot.com/2012/02/rizals-romances.html QUESTION: Do you think his "love at first sight" with Segunda Katigbak is an actual feeling of love or was it infatuation? maybe a puppy love?

Sa aking palagay si Segunda ay walang pagtingin kay Rizal dahil maaaring di siya ang tipo nito kundi ang nakatakda para sa kanya na si Manuel Luz.

Additional Information: 1.) Rizal details their exchanges in Chapter 6 of his diary, Memorias de Un Estudiante de Manila, written in November 16, 1881. So potent were Rizal’s feelings for Segunda that in describing one of their visits, he wrote: “It is true that during the conversation our eyes met, and the most intense glances full of a loving melancholy expression came to enslave my soul forever.” 2.) Segunda had given a rose to Rizal before he left for Europe to take up his studies there. Upon his return, Rizal paid a visit to Segunda and showed her the rose he had dried. Martin Tinio Jr. who wrote a chapter for the book, Batangas: Forged in Fire, tells us that, “a smitten Rizal showered the fourteen–year-old lass with flowers, poems and sketches.” http://www.philstar.com/sunday-life/680929/stories-romance-house-rizals-first-love Question: Do you believe in love at first sight?

YES, it happens to me all the time. HAHAHA. There are so many beautiful girls in this world!

Hindi ako naniniwala dyan, chika lang yan. Pagkagusto lang yan o paghanga.

at some point, I believe. I mean there is a spark and everything seems to be in slow motion when you see the one you admire.

Additional Information: Thus at 16, Segunda was married to Manuel Luz, a wealthy planter and close relative. Still Rizal visited Segunda several times in Lipa as Tinio notes, even playing chess with her husband and when he lost a match, Rizal said, “I not only lost the game but my heart, as well.” In the first European biography of Rizal to be published since 1907, the author Austin Coates puts the romance between Rizal and Segunda Katigbak in context. Of this, he writes: “Its interest lies in the fact that of all his loves it is the only one of which he himself has left a written description.” (philstar.com) According to the article "Segunda Katigbak: Jose Rizal's First Love", ano sa tingin niyo ang mangyayari kung magkatuluyan si Segunda at Rizal?

Additional Information: Thus at 16, Segunda was married to Manuel Luz, a wealthy planter and close relative. Still Rizal visited Segunda several times in Lipa as Tinio notes, even playing chess with her husband and when he lost a match, Rizal said, “I not only lost the game but my heart, as well.” In the first European biography of Rizal to be published since 1907, the author Austin Coates puts the romance between Rizal and Segunda Katigbak in context. Of this, he writes: “Its interest lies in the fact that of all his loves it is the only one of which he himself has left a written description.” (philstar.com) According to the article "Segunda Katigbak: Jose Rizal's First Love", ano sa tingin niyo ang mangyayari kung magkatuluyan si Segunda at Rizal?

Additional information: Rizal came to know Segunda more intimately during his weekly visit to La Concordia College, where his sister Olimpia was a boarding student. Olimpia was a close friend of Segunda. That was apparent that Rizal and Segunda loved each other. Theirs was indeed “a love at first sight”. But it was hopeless since the very beginning because Segunda was already engage to be married to her townmate, Manuel Luz. Segunda had manifested by insulation and deeds, her affection for him, but he timidly failed to propose. Rizal was going home to Calamba, on her part, told him she was also going home one day later. She kept quiet after her brief reply, waiting for him to say something which her heart was clamoring to hear. Segunda, the first girl whom he loved with ardent fervor was lost to him forever. She married Manuel Luz Rizal, a frustrated lover cherishing nostalgic memories of a lost love. Three years later, Rizal recording his first and tragic romance, said “Ended at an early hour, my first love! My virgin heart will always mourn the reckless step it took on the flower-decked abyss. My illusions return, yes, but indifferent, uncertain, ready for the first betrayal on the path of love”. (http://www.takdangaralin.com/history/women-of-rizal/segunda-katigbak-rizals-first-love/) Tanong: Kung ikaw si Rizal, ano ang iyong mararamdaman kung una kang makaranas ng unang pag-ibig?

Ito ang sagot ko sa tanong ni Charles Wendell Vizconde. In my own view point, syempre mararamdaman ko ay kasiyahan cause I have someone whom I like and ever wanting before. I will feel great and very happy because at the very first time, I feel like I have everything.

Ito ang sagot ko sa tanong ni Wendell Vizconde. Syempre, kinikilig ka, magpapansin, magpapaganda o magpapapogi. Happy ka kasi you met someone na important sa'yo at syempre blooming ka.

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