5 August 1887
At 9:00 o’clock in the evening, Rizal arrived at Manila
after five years of study and patriotic labors in Europe.
6 August 1887
He saw sunset in Maiveles.
8 August 1887
Taking the boat Biñan, he left Manila Monday morning for
Calamba via the Pasig River. He found the river more exuberant than
18 August 1887
In a letter, Archbishop P. Payo instructed Fr. Gregorio
Echevarria, Rector of the University of Sto. Thomas, that an
information about the novel Noli Me Tangere be issued by a
Commission composed of University professors Fr. Matias Gomez, Fr.
Norberto del Prado and Fr. Evaristo Fernandez Arias.
30 August 1887
He left Calamba for Manila to see Governor-General on the
issue of the Noli Me Tangere which caused torment among the friars
in the Philippines. Governor-General Terrero asked him for a copy
and Rizal, after a few days looking for copy, handed him a worn out
– On the same date, the Calustro
Universitario formed by the Rector of Santo Thomas upon the order of
the Archbishop of Manila, issued an order prohibiting the possession
and reading of the Noli Me Tangere.
Rizal decided not to leave his family within this year. His
sister Olimpia died of hemorrhage while giving birth. His father did
not permit him to go out alone and eat in the house of his
26 September 1887
He sent to Blumentritt 6 cigarettes, sampaguita, cinnamon,
kamuning flowers, and a Tagalog lighter which he himself invented in
Calamba and which he called Sulpakan. All this things were placed in
a small box which was used by Prof. Blumentritt in sending Rizal the
pin the latter left in Kreb Hotel, Leitmeritz, while the hero was
yet in Vienna. He also informed his good friend (Blumentritt) about
the death of his sister Olimpia.
In order to discourage his townmates from going to cockpits
and other forms of gambling, he encouraged and popularized physical
exercises by giving classes in gymnastics. Meanwhile, he was happy
to know that Prof. Blumentritt was translating his (Rizal’s) novel
to German, saying it was a greaqt honor for him.
19 October 1887
Rizal made a pencil drawing of a sailboat sailing on Lagunade
Bay, which he saw with Jose Taviel de Andrade, Lieutenant of the
Civil Guards assigned by the Governor-General Terrero to protect
him, during an excursion to Los Baños. This drawing was sent to
Rizal and Maximo Viola met again in Manila in the house of
Pedro Serrano, on San Jose Street (Trozo). Viola endorsed to Rizal a
Patient named Lorenzo Tuazon for an eye operation.
3 December 1887
He was able to earn $900 from his medical practice. He
thought of taking with him the amount when he would leave for
29 Decmber 1887
The Permanent Board Of Censure headed by Fr.
Salvador Font issued a judgment absolutely prohibiting the
circulation of the Noli Me Tangere in the Philppines. Upon the
recommendation of the Governor-General, Father Font said:
"…Aside of attacking so directly, as you have seen your
Excellency, the Religion of the state, institutions and respectable
persons for their official character, the book is replete of foreign
teachings and doctrines; and the general synthesis of the same is to
inspire among the loyal and submissive sons of Spain in these
distant islands, profound,and furious hate to the mother
8 January 1888
rizal wrote a petition to the Administrator of Public Islands
of Laguna about the Haciendas of the friars in Calamba. He cited all
the grievances of the Calamba folks and tenants against the supposed
owner of the hacienda. He said the owner didn’t help in the
improvement of agriculture, in the celebration of the town fiesta,
in the education of the children, and that the profit of the
hacienda incresed due to the increased rentals.
3 February 1888
Rizal, after staying in the Philippines for almost six
months, left Manila for Hongkong, bringing with him P5,000 which he
earned from his medical practice.