Esperanza Osmeña

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Esperanza Limjap-Osmeña
Esperanza Osmena (Malacanang photo).jpg
4th First Lady of the Philippines
In role
1 August 1944 – 28 May 1946
PresidentSergio Osmeña
Preceded byPacencia Laurel
Succeeded byTrinidad Roxas
Second Lady of the Philippines
In role
15 November 1935 – 1 August 1944
PresidentManuel L. Quezon
Preceded byPosition established
Position last held by Maria Concepcion Trias
Succeeded byVictoria Quirino
Personal details
Esperanza Limjap y Escolar

(1894-12-18)December 18, 1894
San Miguel, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines[1]
DiedApril 4, 1978(1978-04-04) (aged 83)
Makati, Philippines[1]
Resting placeManila North Cemetery
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
(m. 1920; d. 1961)

Esperanza Escolar Limjap Osmeña (December 18, 1894 – April 4, 1978)[1] was the second wife of Philippine President Sergio Osmeña and is considered the fourth First Lady of the Philippines.


Esperanza Limjap y Escolar was born in San Miguel, Manila to Mariano Limjap y Nolasco and María Escolar y Carreón.[1]

She married Osmeña in on January 10, 1920 in San Miguel, Manila, two years after the death of Osmeña's first wife, Estefania Chiong Veloso.[2] The couple had three children: Ramón, Rosalina, and Victor.

She became first lady upon the death of Manuel L. Quezon, when her husband succeeded to the presidency of the Philippine government-in-exile in the United States. However, while her husband was president-in-exile, she herself was still in the Philippines and remained there, during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. On 30 Oct. 1944, Volckmann's forces rescued Mrs. Osmena and family from Baguio.[3]:160–161

She died on April 4, 1978 in at Makati Medical Center in Makati due to heart failure. She was buried at Manila North Cemetery in Santa Cruz, Manila on April 11, 1978.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Esperanza Osmeña's Death Certificate (Front and Back)
  2. ^ Sergio Osmeña and Esperanza Limjap's Marriage Certificate
  3. ^ Volckmann, R.W., 1954, We Remained, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., ISBN 9780393350227
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Pacencia Laurel
First Lady of the Philippines
Succeeded by
Trinidad Roxas
Title last held by
Maria Concepcion Trias
De facto
Second Lady of the Philippines
Title next held by
Victoria Quirino