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CHAPTER 20 
OPHTHALMIC SURGEONS IN HONGKONG (1891-92) 
* November 1891 to June 1892 - after the publication of El Filibusterismo, Rizal left Europe and lived in Hongkong.   * His reason for living Europe are :
      * Life was unbearable in Europe due to his political differences with M.H. del Pilar and other Filipino in Spain.       * To lead the propaganda movement in Hongkong 
      * To be near to his beloved Philippines and family  Farewell to Europe 
  * On Oct. 3, 1891 (2 weeks after Fili‟s publication), he left Ghent for Paris, bade farewell to his friends, he proceeded by train to Marseilles and boarded steamer Melbourne for Hongkong (HK).   * On Oct 18, bringing recommendation letter by Juan Luna for Manuel Camus with 600 copies of Fili    * Rizal befriended many passengers who were mostly missionaries for China including Fr. Fuchs whom he described as “A Father Damaso without pride and malice”  Rizal and the German Ladies 

  * One evening at dinner time, Rizal being the only Asian, was eating alone at one table.   * Near him is a bigger table occupied by some German ladies who were gaily eating and gossiping about him.   * He conversed with them in perfect German and they treated him with respect and admiration despite his brown skin.  Arrived in Hongkong

  * On Nov 20, 1891, he arrived in Hongkong. Rizal welcomed by Jose Ma. Basa and other friends.   * He opened his medical clinic at No.5 D’Aguilar Street, No. 2 Rednaxola Trrace   * December 1, 1891

      * Rizal wrote to his parents asking permission to return home.       * Manuel T. Hidalgo, his brother-in-law sent him a letter, relating sad news of the deportation of twenty-five (25) persons from Calamba, including Rizal’s family. Family Reunion in Hongkong

  * Before the Christmas of 1891 his parents, sisters, brothers and brothers-in-law arrived.   * Their Christmas in Hongkong is the happiest yuletide celebration in his life, for he had a happy family reunion   * January 31, 1892...
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