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Reaction Paper of Rizal in Dapitan

Difficulties are not the reasons to give up but an inspiration to move on. This dictum I think
was on the mind of Dr. Jose P. Rizal when he was in Dapitan. He never gave up serving our
countrys cause, even though the Spanish tried to deteriorate his life by threatening.
On July 17, 1892 the day when his exile began in Dapitan where he suffered, harassed and
threatened his life by the Spaniards. This exile also strengthened his nationalism, love for his
family, for the people of Dapitan and where his happiness happened.
In Dapitan, he was an exemplary person to the youth because he builds school for theme.
Furthermore, he taught his students arnis, wrestling, boxing and swimming without tuition
fees.
Rizal also gave medical assistance and free medicines to the poor person which was a very
sincere action. He also operated his mothers right eye in Dapitan.
One thing that I adored when he was in Dapitan was his community projects which consisted
of water system and lighting system where the life of the people became easier.
He became also a farmer, businessman and a scientist and inventor in Dapitan where he
became famous.
While he was in Dapitan, someone threatened his life and that was Florencio Namanan
(Pablo Mercado) where Rizal showed his excellence in martial arts,
He met Josephine Bracken in Dapitan who later became his wife. The relationship of the two
was opposed by Father Antonio Obach where he degraded Rizal as a person. That instance,
strengthened his love for Josephine and late was pregnant but sadly it was miscarried.
Dr. Pio Valenzuela went to Dapitan to tell Rizal about the plans of the Katipunan which was
objected by him. And on July 31, 1896 Rizals exile came to an end.
Truly the movie Rizal sa Dapitan was a very good movie because it showcased how Rizal
love the country. This is a movie for the Filipino and must be treasured because of its
nationalistic theme. No doubt, Rizals life was very exciting and purposeful.

Rizal Sa Dapitan is a great depiction of Rizals life as a desterado in Dapitan.


Despite being a prisoner, he enjoyed life because he was able to things he love such
as educating children and training boys the art of Arnis. Rizal is a gentleman with
the way he presented himself to Josephine Bracken. There is a strange event where
a man presented himself as Pablo Mercado and he claims that he is a relative of
Rizal. He turned out to be a spy named Florencio Namahan.
The film didnt present the Rizals life 100% accurately because of some changes.
The film only showed Rizals life in Dapitan. The events during his last days werent
filmed. A brief text was presented about Rizals death at the ending of the film.
Rizal never gave up his vision and mission for the Philippines until he died. Rizal
wasnt just a propagandist. He is also a humanitarian(evidently because of his
voluntary medical work for the poor people) and a sports person. He likes to
practice and perform Eskrima, now called Arnis.

Rizal wears descent clothes to be presentable to people especially the European


visitors. Rizal has a balanced lifestyle. He didnt indulge in liquor or wine, but he
spares some money for the lottery where he won by chance. He loves the
Philippines but he didnt forget about his personal life. He fell in love or had a crush
on many women but all didnt end well. But we Filipinos are very thankful for
everything that he did so that well be able to enjoy the pleasures of freedom and
democracy.

Rules implements wherever. Even in a deserted place, certain rules are to follow such as
the laws of nature. Such rules imposed by man are not at all good. Not all that is lawful
is moral. Not all that is dictated is good. When the Spaniard imposed rules in the
Philippines, they held the citizen of the country on the neck and even on the head.
People like Rizal who stood up to straighten what is crooked.

Dr. Jose Rizal was exiled in Dapitan from 1892-1896. These were his last four years.
Dapitan served as his prison cell. He always compared it to a beautiful cage where he
is imprisoned. This was the longest imprisonment Rizal ever had. He became so lost by
those times, but still he did not lose his mind. Even there, he continued studying and
discovering things. He continued his conversation with his friends, scientists and doctors
outside the country. His life there was as peaceful as a simple man would wish: a house
near the shore with everything around you provided. Rizal is different, he would not
wish for a place where he will not be able to do anything for his country. Even in his
exile state, he managed to build a house, a clinic - where the poor and the rich are
welcome, and a school where he had 16 students. In Dapitan, Rizal found the last
woman of his life Josephine Bracken. He wished to marry her, but the church would not
allow it because Rizal does not want to renounce his beliefs and everything that he had
said against the church.
Even in his exile, Rizal maintained a balance life. This is a call for every Filipino to be
productive amidst hardship and imprisonment. A call for everyone that life does not end
as long as you live for other and not for yourself.