Rizal Homecoming

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FIRST HOMECOMING 1887-1888-Decision to return home.Because of the publication of the Noli Me Tangere and the uproar it caused amongthe friars. Rizal was warned by Paciano (his brother).Silvestre Ubaldo (his brother in-law), Chengoy (Jose M. Cecilio) and other friends not to return home. But he did notheed their warning. He was determined to return to the Philippines for the followingreason: 1) to operate his mother’s eyes, 2) to serve his people who had long beenoppressed by Spanish tyrants; 3) to find out for him how the Noli and his otherwritings were affecting Filipinos & Spaniards in the Philippines; 4) to inquire whyLeonora Rivera remained silent.-Delightful Trip to ManilaRizal left Rome by train for Marseilles. He boarded the streamer Djemnah.The samesteamer which brought him to Europe five years ago. There were about 50passengers including 4 Englishmen, 2 Germans, 3 Chinese, 2 Japanese, manyFrenchmen and 1 Filipino (Rizal). On July 30, he transferred to another steamerHaiphong which was Manila-bound.-Arrival in ManilaAugust 5, the Haiphong arrived in Manila. He stayed in the city for a short time. Hefound Manila the same as when he left it 5 years ago.-Happy HomecomingOn August 8, he returned to Calamba. His family welcomed him affectionally, withplentiful tears of joys. His family became worried about his safety. Paciano did notleave him to protect him from any enemy assault.He establish a medical clinic in Calamba, his mother was his first patient. He couldnot perform any surgical operations because her eyes cataracts were not yet ripe.Patients from Manila and other provinces flocked to Calamba. Rizal who came to becalled “Dr. Ulman” his professional fees were reasonable. By February 1888, heearned P5,000 as medical fees. Rizal did not selfishly devote all his time to enrichinghimself. He opened a gymnasium for young folks and introduced European sports.He failed to see Leonora Rivera. Leonora’s mother did not like him to be son in-law.-Storm Over...
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