In two years at the Binan Latin School where he lived in the home of an aunt, he got beyond the old schoolmaster, Florentino Aquin Cruz, and returned to Kalamba to wait till he was old enough to go to Manila. After a few weeks in the public School under a Lucas Padua, who had been a student in the Jesuit Normal School, José rested for a while from studying. His unfavorable opinion of the public school and its methods are very apparent however, from frequent references in his writings.
His brother Paciano had been studying philosophy in San José College but really had been more interested in the stirring political matters of the day so that it was considered better for José, when he went to Manila, to not go with elder brother.
He lived with the keeper of a seminary store in which his mother was a partner through furnishing the capital, and seems first to have been examined in San Juan de Letran College but not to have attended there. This was in June, 1871, and of the rest of that school year there is no record, but college mates say that once in Spain he spoke of having been in the Jesuit Normal and laughed over the recollection of his struggles with Spanish. His Ateneo record shows credit for arithmetic but evidently given for examination on entrance, which was June 15, 1872, and learning Spanish would certainly have been enough work for one year.
Jose P. Rizal
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