He taught people the European method of brickmaking, bought and sold copra and hemp, and formed a cooperative to break the Chinese trade monopoly in town.
As Dapitan’s self-appointed development technocrat, he inspired the town to undertake public-works projects.
Rizal taught farmers modern farming methods through the use of fertilizers, crop rotation and farm machines learned from his sojourns abroad.
He introduced fishermen to scientific fishing methods to increase their catch.
And just like being trapped in a real black hole, I haven’t figured out how our nation would get out of the darkness it has marched into.
I like him for standing up for what he believed to be right, yet I dislike him for minding everyone else’s troubles.To begin with, I need to answer Professor Miguel de la Cruz’s basic question: As a student, I should answer factual details with conviction like he is our national hero; was born on June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna; academically distinguished student; a polyglot; a doctor; an excellent swordsman; immortalized Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo; adviser of La Liga Filipina; exiled in Dapitan; convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association which led to his death at Bagumbayan – as simple as that – finish.But I know () my professor would press me for answers and would probably advise me to stop beating around the bush. Why do I find him interesting and worthy of my time to study his life, works, and ethics after rereading Noli and El Fili? I enjoyed the movie nonetheless, but this thought resonated through my mind as I write this reaction paper about Jose Rizal. Because it dares me to go beyond my fears and that makes me feel really uncomfortable.Now Malacanang is vigorously pursuing federalism while Congress, as a constituent assembly, is poised to take it up.One wonders: Could Rizal’s felicitous last vision for the country been playing out in his mind even before he put it in writing?Without a trial, the Spanish authorities banished him to Dapitan on July 15, 1892.In Dapitan Rizal had no friends, no position of influence, no money. Despite these obstacles, he would transform Dapitan into a maquette for his ideal society. His host, Dapitan governor and military commandant Capt.Ricardo Carnicero, who would later become his friend, a Spanish resident of Dipolog and he invested on a lottery ticket. With his share of P6,200, Rizal sent P2,000 to his father in Manila and P200 to pay a debt to his friend Basa in Hong Kong.The rest of the money enabled him to move to Talisay, a coastal barrio off the Dapitan poblacion, where he bought a 16-hectare piece of land, big enough to accommodate a spacious house, a clinic and a school and dormitory for boys.