We had our own version of the lesbian-oriented movie “Imagine Me and You” [ starring Piper Perabo, Lena Headley, and Matthew Goode ] about 100 years ago…
My Espiritu great great grandfather Pedro Armayan Espiritu y Macam [ + 1905 ] married three times. His first wife was Maxima Santa Rita, whom he derisively described in his Last Will and Testament as having had no money. His second wife was the heiress Dorotea Arnedo Cruz, with whom he had a daughter, Francisca Armayan Espiritu y Arnedo Cruz. His third wife was his housekeeper, Ysabel Dungo y Nocom, under whose voluminous skirt he hid [ and promptly smelled her arousing pheromones!!! ] when the Spanish authorities had come to arrest him on suspicion of sedition in 1872. They had six children: Eulogio, Maria [ my great grandmother, the dotty “Maruja” married to Pampanga Governor Macario Arnedo y Sioco ], Dalmacia, Gregorio, Aurea, and Ysidora.
My great grandaunt Aurea “Ondeng” Espiritu y Dungo [ + 1926 ] and her second cousin Leonarda “Anday” Macam [ of Calumpit ] were very close. As in extremely close. Much too close, actually…
Leonarda “Anday” had left her home in Calumpit town to join her second cousin Aurea “Ondeng” at the Espiritu mansion in Sitio Alauli, Barrio San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga. They lived together contentedly.
They were “beaut” [ pronounced “bee-yoot”; wheretheh*ll that term came from I don’t know ], or what is known in contemporary terms as “on.”
When Aurea “Ondeng” died at the young age of 42 [ most probably because she did not have great sex with a man yet ], she left her jarful of gold and diamond jewelry to her “beaut” Leonarda “Anday.”
“Anday” was disconsolate. She composed a poem written in brass letters that was mounted on “Ondeng’s” gravestone at the Espiritu Mausoleum at the Apalit Catholic Cemetery. Unfortunately through the decades, the elements have dismembered the brass letters of the poem and all one can see now is “Ondeng! Ondeng!” of the original “mushy” sentimental verses… Oh well…
“Anday” died just a few years later to join her beloved “Ondeng.”
Wasn’t that Romantic???!!!
It just shows how We’re always at the forefront of things, even Sexual Ones.
Bwahahah!!! 😛 😛 😛
*LGBT = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community