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Rizal Homecoming From The Internet Essay

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Friday, April 06, 2012

     All the alluring beauties of foreign countries and all the beautiful memories of his sojourn in alien lands could neither make Rizal forget his fatherland nor turn his back to his own nationality. True that he studied abroad, acquired the lore and languages of foreign nations, and enjoyed the friendship of many great men of the Western world; but he remained at heart a true Filipino with an unquenchable love for the Philippines and an unshakable determination to die in the land of his birth. Thus, after five years of memorable sojourn in Europe, he returned to the Philippines in August 1887 and practiced medicine in Calamba. He lived the quiet life of a country doctor. But his enemies, who resented his Noli, persecuted him, even threatening to kill him.   

Decision to Return Home
         Because of the publication of the Noli Me Tangere and the uproar it caused among the friars.          He was determined to return to the Philippines for the following reasons: (1) to operate on his mother’s eyes; (2) to serve his people who had long been oppressed by Spanish tyrants; (3) to find out for himself how the Noli and his other writings were affecting Filipinos and Spaniards in the Philippines; and (4) to inquire why Leonor Revira remained silent.          June 29, 1887- In Rome, Rizal wrote to his father announcing his homecoming.

Delightful Trip to Manila
        Rizal left Rome by train for Marseilles, a French port.         July 3, 1887 – He boarded the streamer Djemnah, the same streamer which brought him to Europe five years ago.         Rizal was the only one among the passengers who could speak many languages, so that he acted as in...

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