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He had nine sisters and one brother. His parents were leaseholders of a hacienda and an accompanying rice farm by the Dominicans. Like many families in the Philippines, the Rizals were of mixed origin. He finally decided to stay in the islands as a farmer.
Into escape the bitter anti-Chinese prejudice that existed in the Philippineshe converted to Catholicismchanged his name to Domingo Mercado and married the daughter of Chinese friend Augustin Chin-co.
On his mother's side, Rizal's ancestry included Chinese, Japanese and Tagalog blood.
His mother's lineage can be traced to the affluent Florentina family of Chinese mestizo families originating in Baliuag, Bulacan. His grandfather was a half Spaniard engineer named Lorenzo Alberto Alonzo. He learned the alphabet from his mother at 3, and could read and write at age 5.
Of this, he later wrote: Rizal's house in Calamba, Laguna. Indeed, bythe year he finished his El Filibusterismothis second surname had become so well known that, as he writes to another friend, "All my family now carry the name Rizal instead of Mercado because the name Rizal means persecution!
I too want to join them and be worthy of this family name He continued his education at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila to obtain a land surveyor and assessor's degree, and at the same time at the University of Santo Tomas where he did take up a preparatory course in law.
Rizal as a student at the University of Santo Tomas Without his parents' knowledge and consent, but secretly supported by his brother Pacianohe traveled alone to Madrid, Spain in May and studied medicine at the Universidad Central de Madrid where he earned the degree, Licentiate in Medicine. He also attended medical lectures at the University of Paris and the University of Heidelberg.
In Berlinhe was inducted as a member of the Berlin Ethnological Society and the Berlin Anthropological Society under the patronage of the famous pathologist Rudolf Virchow.
Following custom, he delivered an address in German in April before the Anthropological Society on the orthography and structure of the Tagalog language. He left Heidelberg a poem, "A las flores del Heidelberg", which was both an evocation and a prayer for the welfare of his native land and the unification of common values between East and West.
At Heidelbergthe year-old Rizal, completed in his eye specialization under the renowned professor, Otto Becker. There he used the newly invented ophthalmoscope invented by Hermann von Helmholtz to later operate on his own mother's eye.
From Heidelberg, Rizal wrote his parents: Twice a week, I go to the bierbrauerie, or beerhall, to speak German with my student friends.Some one told me once that if the lips of a filipino are moving, he's lying and MAN it is true.
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