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Rizal in Sunny Spain
Benjie Andreson 8 December 2012
Transcript of Rizal in Sunny Spain
IN SUNNY SPAIN
(1882 - 1885) SINGAPORE CEYLON
(SRI LANKA) POINT GALLE COLOMBO CAPE OF GUARDAFUI ADEN SUEZ SUEZ CANAL PORT SAID NAPLES MARSEILLES PORT BOU BARCELONA On May 3, 1882, Rizal departed on board the
Spanish steamer SALVADORA bound for Singapore. Before his secret departure, he wrote a farewell letter for his beloved parents and another one for his sweetheart Leonor. After finishing the 4th year of the medical course in U.S.T., Jose Rizal decided to complete his studies in spain for several reasons; He is disgusted with the method of instruction and racial prejudice of Dominican professors against Filipino Students. At that time the government of Spain was a constitutional monarchy which granted human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. Rizal's Secret Mission Conceived with the approval of his older brother Paciano.
He was to observe keenly the life and culture, languages and customs, industries and commerce, and governments and laws of the European nations in order to prepare himself in the might task of Liberating his oppressed people
from Spanish Tyranny However, Rizal's departure was kept secret to avoid detection by the Spanish Authorities and the Friars During the voyage, the ship captain Donato Lecha from Asturias, Spain, befriended him. Rizal Described him as an affable man, "much more refined than his other countrymen and colleagues that i have met". On May 8, 1882, he saw a beautiful island that made him remember the "Talim Island with the Susong Dalaga". On May 9, Salvadora docked at Rizal spent two days on the city which was a colony of England. In Singapore, Rizal transferred to another ship named Djemnah, a French Steamer which left on May 11 to Europe. Because the Djemnah is a French Vessel, Rizal attempted to converse with his fellow passengers in French. To his surprise and embarrassment, he found out that his French which he learned at Ateneo could not be understood. He had to speak in Spanish-Latin supplemented by gestures and sketches for others to understand him. By conversing daily, he was able to improve his knowledge of the French Language. On May 17, The Djemnah reached Rizal was unimpressed by this town. He said, "The General appearance of Point Galle is picturesque but lonely and quiet and at the same time sad.". COLOMBO is more beautiful, smart, and elegant than Singapore, Point Galle, and Manila "Inhospitable land but famous:. "The city hotter than Manila" He was impressed by the beautiful moonlight which reminded him of Calamba and his family. Built by Ferdinand de Lesseps (French Engineer). It was inaugurated on November 17, 1869 on June 11, Rizal reached The city pleased him because of its business activity, it's lively people and its business activity. On June 12, the steamer docked at the French harbor of He visited Chateau d'If where Dantes, hero of The Count of Monte Cristo, was imprisoned. On June 15, Rizal left Marseilles for Barcelona. Rizal finally reached on June 16, 1882