Rizal Sa Dapitan

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Rules implements wherever. Even in a deserted place, certain rules are to follow such as the laws of nature. Such rules imposed by man are not at all good. Not all that is lawful is moral. Not all that is dictated is good. When the Spaniard imposed rules in the Philippines, they held the citizen of the country on the neck and even on the head. People like Rizal who stood up to straighten what is crooked.

Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled in Dapitan from 1892-1896. These were his last four years. Dapitan served as his prison cell. He always compared it to “a beautiful cage” where he is imprisoned. This was the longest imprisonment Rizal ever had. He became so lost by those times, but still he did not lose his mind. Even there, he continued studying and discovering things. He continued his conversation with his friends, scientists and doctors outside the country. His life there was as peaceful as a simple man would wish: a house near the shore with everything around you provided. Rizal is different, he would not wish for a place where he will not be able to do anything for his country. Even in his exile state, he managed to build a house, a clinic - where the poor and the rich are welcome, and a school where he had 16 students. In Dapitan, Rizal found the last woman of his life – Josephine Bracken. He wished to marry her, but the church would not allow it because Rizal does not want to renounce his beliefs and everything that he had said against the church.

Even in his exile, Rizal maintained a balance life. This is a call for every Filipino to be productive amidst hardship and imprisonment. A call for everyone that life does not end as long as you live for other and not for yourself.
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