Esperanza Osmeña

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Esperanza Limjap-Osmeña
First Lady of the Philippines
In office
1 August 1944 – 28 May 1946
Preceded by Pacencia Laurel
Succeeded by Trinidad Roxas
Second Lady of the Philippines
In office
15 November 1935 – 1 August 1944
Preceded by Maria Concepcion Trias
Succeeded by Victoria Quirino-Delgado
Personal details
Born Esperanza Limjap y Escolar
(1894-12-18)December 18, 1894
San Miguel, Manila, Captaincy General of the Philippines[1]
Died April 4, 1978(1978-04-04) (aged 83)
Makati, Philippines[1]
Spouse(s) Sergio Osmeña (1920–1961; his death); 3 children
Religion Roman Catholicism

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
Second Lady of the Philippines
Title next held by
Victoria Quirino-Delgado