Aboard the island of Cebu and under heavy guard, Jose Rizal left Manila, traveling to Mindoro and Panay, until he arrived at Dapitan at precisely seven o'clock in the evening of June 17. From that day until July 31, 1896, Dapitan became the bare witness to one of the most fruitful periods in Rizal's life. His stay in the province was more than “he” living in exile – it was the period when Rizal had been more focused on serving the people and the society through his civic works, medical practices, land development and promotion of education.
II. HISTORICAL LIFE OF RIZAL
a. As Community Developer
When Jose Rizal arrived in the province of Dapitan, he marked its poor condition. What he did is, he drained the marshes of province to get rid of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, he provided lighting system (ex. coconut oil lamps posted in dark streets) in the province out of what he earned from being a physician, and he also enhanced Dapitan by remodeling the town plaza, with the aid of his Jesuit teacher, Fr. Francisco Sanchez, and created a relief map of Mindanao using stones, soil and grass, right in front the church.
b.His romantic story
Jose Rizal always miss his whole family and their cheerful memories together in Calamba, and his loneliness was doubled upon hearing the announcement of Leonor Rivera's death. Not soon, to his surprise, an Irish girl enlightened his rather gloomy heart. This girl was the 18-year old Josephine Bracken who, to Wenceslao Retana's words, was “slender, a chestnut blond, with blue eyes, dressed with elegant simplicity, with an atmosphere of light.”
From Hongkong, she arrived in Dapitan in February 1895 with his blind foster father, George Taufer, and a Filipina named Manuela Orlac. Rizal's fame as an opthalmic surgeon reached overseas, and one of Rizal's friends, Julio Llorente referred the group to Rizal. Rizal and Bracken instantly fell in love with each and in just one month, they agreed to marry which appalled and disturbed Taufer. However, the parish priest of Dapitan, Father Pedro Obach, refused to do so unless they be permitted by the Bishop of Cebu.
On the other hand, Taufer returned to Hongkong uncured. Because no priest was willing to marry the two, the couple exchanged their vows before God in their own way, which scandalized Fr. Obach. In 1896, their love bears a child. Unfortunately, Bracken gave birth to a one-month premature baby boy who lived only for three hours. The child was buried in Dapitan, bearing the name Francisco, after Rizal's father.
c. Rizal as reformist
According to historical sources, I can say that Rizal is a reformist and not a revolutionary. First of all, Rizal never wanted to be apart of a revolution. His main concern is the education of the Filipino people that through this, Filipinos can show that they are equal to Spaniards. He reformed not only the beliefs of the people but also the people themselves. Every where he goes there are something’s that he always change like in Dapitan, where he wanted to improve the lives of the people there. He is always a part of change therefore a reformer.
d. Rizal and his Religion
Rizal was a Roman Catholic by birth and even studied in Catholic Schools, but when he met his "Ultima Querrida" (last love), he became a Protestant by choice. Because of that, he and his girlfriend, Josephine Bracken, were denied the benefit of a Catholic marriage rite. That is also the reason why Rizal was also denied the benefit of a Catholic mass during his burial.
Actually Jose Rizal's religon is masonry. If you will check Dapitan where he stayed during his exile you will find all the signs that he...