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CHAPTER 20
OPHTHALMIC SURGEON IN HONGKONG (1891-92)

Farewell to Europe: Oct 31, 1891 (2 weeks after Fili‟s publication), left Ghent for Paris, bade farewell to friends (Lunas, Taveras, Venturas), to Marseilles .

He boarded steamer Melbourne for Hongkong (HK) on Oct 18 bringing recommendation letter by Juan Luna for Manuel Camus with 600 copies of Fili;

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: conversed with them in perfect German and they treated him with respect and admiration despite his brown skin

Arrived in HK: Nov 20, 1891, welcomed by Jose Ma. Basa and other friends,

opened his medical clinic;

Manuel Hidalgo: “if the Queen Regent will not listen, we will write to Queen Victoria of England appealing for protection in the name of humanity” Family Reunion in HK: before Christmas of 1891, parents, sisters, bro and brothers-in-lawarrived; happiest yuletide celebration in his life; very much pleased with the English governmentOphthalmic Surgeon in HK: made a living for himself and his family as an ophthalmologist;Portuguese Dr. Lorenzo P. Marques helped him build a wide clientele; successfully operated on his Mom‟s left eye making her read and write again; Dr. Ariston Bautista Lin congratulated him from Paris and gave him a book on Diagnostic Pathology by Dr. H. Virchow; Dr. AntonioVergel de Dios offered to buy books and equipments for him; Dr. Geminiano de Ocampo says “Rizal had all the qualities that would make him an ideal ophthalmic surgeon” Borneo Colonization Project: planned to move the landless Filipino families to the rich British-owned island; went to Sandakan, Borneo on March 7, 1892 on board Menon to negotiate withthe British authorities who in turn were willing to give the Filipino colonists 100,000 acres of land, a beautiful harbor, and a good government for 999 years,...
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