RIZAL SA DAPITAN
The movie “Rizal sa Dapitan” shows Rizal’s life in exile in the said place before his execution. During his exile, he refused to just mope around and wait for his freedom. Instead, he made his exile in Dapitan very fruitful as much as possible. For fruitful leisure, he planted several kinds of plants, made an irrigation system, and sculpted. He offered free medicinal check-ups for the locals and even performed a surgery on his mother, blinded by a severe cataract, when she and Jose Rizal’s sisters left from Hong Kong to visit him. He became a local teacher or “maestro” for the young boys, offering free education for the less fortunate. And of course, like any other young man, he fell in love and got married to an Irish-American who came from Hong Kong to Dapitan, Josephine Bracken, who asked for help to cure her blind father. Towards the end of the movie, a fellow doctor and a member of the KKK, Pio Valenzuela, visited him to ask for advice on their planned “revolution”. But since the colony was not yet ready for a revolution, he just advised that the KKK should first stock up on armory and weapon through their rich fellow countrymen and train for battle.
By watching the movie, I learned more on the life of our national hero. I was even able to establish the “good and bad” about our beloved Jose Rizal. For the “bad”, I can only think of one thing. During Josephine’s pregnancy, Jose Rizal’s sister, Maria, accused Josephine as a spy sent by the wicked friars to investigate on Jose Rizal. Though his sister is partly true, Josephine truly loved her husband very much and would never give his life away to the friars. But Jose Rizal did not believe his wife at first so he physically, emotionally and mentally tortured and hurt his wife to the point that Josephine collapsed and prematurely gave birth to their offspring, thus killing the baby within hours. But of course, Jose Rizal did not really meant this to happen, it was just that he could not...
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