Life of Jose Rizal for scrapbook

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Rizal was not a physically blessed or strong child however, he had a strong will guided and taught by his mother, his first teacher. He learned almost without the use of books. His mother was the one who laid the foundation of his great knowledge achieved in such a short time. His brilliance was also the character of the young Jose Rizal. "Upon learning that his mother was going blind, he decided to study medicine specializing in ophthalmology at the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery but did not complete the program claiming discrimination made by the Spanish Dominican friars against the Filipino students.

Without his parents' knowledge and consent, but secretly supported by his brother Paciano, he traveled
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As could be seen at a glance, this was no ordinary traitor to be jeered and howled at. As he passed there was silence, while people stared, some in surprise, others with concern, and all with the uneasy sense of being confronted by something they did not understand.
Most people have a preconceived idea of what a traitor looks like. It is natural o expect to detract features of malevolence, or duplicity, or defiance, the wild stare of a misplaced visionary, or the grimace of a swashbuckler who has lost out. About this traitor there was noting that could be preconceived. To begin with, his was arrestingly interesting face. Apart from knowing that he was a man of the Far East, it would have been difficult to define him racially. All that could have been said – and then only by an astute observer – was that he was from one of the countries of South-East Asia, and bore indications of a partly Malay, partly Chinese ancestry. Yet there was nothing about him of the withdrawn Oriental, that character beloved of the European imagination. His eyes, wide-spaced, thoughtful, and compelling in their truthfulness, came out to meet whomever they looked at, as European eyes do. He had very little European blood, yet in the broad forehead, the high straight nose, the firm chin and perceptive lips, could be sensed at once a mental affinity to Europe, expressed through an Asian physique. This was a man who had passed far beyond

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