Rizal’s Skills Essay

Filipinos and foreigners alike have paid tribute to Jose Rizal claiming that his place of honor in history is secure. It was his Austrian bosom friend, Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt, rector of the Imperial Atheneum of Leitmeritz, who said “Rizal was the greatest product of the Philippines and his coming to the world was like the appearance of a rare comet, whose rare brilliance appears only every other century. ” Another German friend, Dr. Adolf B. Meyer, director of the Dresden Museum who admired his all around knowledge and ability, remarked “Rizal’s many-sidedness was stupendous. ” Our own Dr.

Camilo Osias pointed to him as the “versatile genius. ” His precocity since early boyhood turned into versatility in later years. Being curious and inquisitive, he developed a rare facility of mastering varied subjects and occupations. ACTOR Rizal acted as a character in one of Juan Luna’s paintings and acted in school dramas. http://www. joserizal. ph/ch01. html ANTHROPOLOGIST He made researches on the physical and social make up of man. http://www. joserizal. ph/ch01. html ASCETIC Rizal always practiced self-discipline wherever he went. http://www. joserizal. ph/ch01. html BOOKLOVER

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He had a big library and brought many books abroad. http://www. joserizal. ph/ch01. html Since early childhood, Jose Rizal already loved books. His mother, Dona Teodora Alonzo taught him how to read a material in Spanish language and developed his mind and artistic talents by telling him wonderful and colourful stories and poems. Furthermore, his Tio Gregorio, a book lover, intensified his reading of good books. The favourite pastime of Rizal during his stay in Madrid was reading. Instead of gambling and flirting with women as many young Filipinos did in the Spanish metropolis, he stayed home and read voraciously until midnight. ttp://antoybakotoy. blogspot. com/2011/06/jose-rizal-is-desperately-in-love-with. html CARTOGRAPHER He drew maps of Dapitan, The Philippines and other places he visited. In front of the St. James church, Rizal and Father Sanchez made a huge relief map of Mindanao out of earth, stones and grass. This map still adorns the town plaza of Dapitan. It is one of Rizal’s masterpieces is the map of Mindanao which he perfectly and accurately made without copying from an original map as there aren’t any maps at the time. http://ph. answers. yahoo. com/question/index? id=20120131104744AAvbpAn EDUCATOR Rizal believed that the nation’s freedom and welfare was anchored on the enlightenment of its people. In Dapitan, he established an informal school for boys in January 1894. his pupils learned through an integrated and holistic approach, developing their aptitudes in reading Spanish, English, mathematics, and geometry, and physical abilities through exercise, manual labor, and even formal dancing. Classes were held from Monday to Saturday for two hours every afternoon, with Rizal teaching on a hammock while his pupils sat on bamboo benches. helifeandworksofrizal. blogspot. com) ENGINEER Rizal was a licensed land surveyor before he took up medicine. This training enabled him to engage in civil engineering works. Among his achievements were the dam and waterworks he constructed in Dapitan in 1894 through the help of his pupils. The waterworks were built using stones, cast-off tiles, bamboo pipes, and mortar from burnt coral. He also invented a brick making machine, and a preparation of bakhaw paste, useful for roof construction because of its water resistance, fireproof and lightweight properties.

Through the help of his Jesuit teacher, Fr. Francisco de Paula Sanchez, Rizal set up a public plaza and street lighting, and constructed a huge relief map of Mindanao in front of the parish church, now declared a National Historical Landmark by the NHI and an important cultural property by the National Museum. In Talisay, he built three distinct bamboo and nipa houses — square, hexagonal, and octagonal in shapes, which served as family residence, chicken coop, and his pupils’ dormitory, respectively. (thelifeandworksofrizal. logspot. com) FARMER Using some of his lottery winnings, Rizal purchased a 16-hectare plantation in Talisay bordering Dapitan Bay. He cultivated on it a variety of fruit trees, crops, and raised animals and poultry. Rizal’s family sent him seeds of kasuy, chico, ciruelas, cacauate, rimas, duhat, tampoy, and iba. In a January 1893 letter, he describes his property: “I have more than fifty lansones trees, twenty mango trees, macupa trees, some fifty lanka trees, santol trees, balonos, eighteen mangosteens…

I have planted some 1,400 coffee seeds, 200 cacao; I have peho besides. The boundary of my land cannot be gone over in four hours. All of it is paid and I have my title in order. Over my land runs a small river where one can take a bath, only that it needs to be improved… ” In January 1896, he eagerly informed his mother of another plantation he acquired: “I bought here a piece of land beside a river that has a great resemblance to the Calamba River, with the only difference that this one here is wider and its stream is more abundant and crystalline…

My land has 6,000 abaca plants… My land is beautiful; it is in the interior, far from the sea, about a half hour’s walk; it is in a very picturesque place. The land is very fertile. In addition to the abaca plantation there is land for planting two cavanes of corn… ” http://thelifeandworksofrizal. blogspot. com/2011/04/rizal-farmer. html * Chrisza Joy M. Carrido BSECE-I April 29, 2013


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