After graduating from ateneo he had to go to ust for higher studies.his mother oppose at first she knew what happened togomburza, she said don’t send him to Manila again, heknow enough if he gets to know more, the spaniards willcut off his head.he enrolled in ust taking up Philosophy and letter for two reasons: 1. His father liked it.
2. He was still uncertain as to what career to pursue, heask the advise of father Pablo Ramon(Rector of Ateneo)but it was late. And upon learning that he was advise to take up Medicine, he took up Medicine, simultaneously in the Preparatory Medical Course and the regular first year Medical Course. During his first year in UST, he also studied vocationalcourse leading to the title of Expert Surveyor. At the age of 17, he obtained gold medals in Agriculture and Topography and passed the final examination in surveying course, but he could not begranted the title because he was below age, he wasgranted the title only in the year 1881,he was to 20-21years old. After losing Segunda Katigbak he paid court to a young womanof Calamba, he called her simply Ms. L describing her as fair withseductive and attractive eyes. But after several times of wooing her, he stopped and theromance died a natural death. HeHe gavegave 2 reasonsreasons::
1. The sweet memories of Segunda was still fresh in his heart. 2. His father did not like the family of Ms. L
MS. LEONOR VALENZUELA
Daughter of Capitan Juan nad Capitana Sanday Valenzuela fromPagsanhan Laguna who were neighbors of Doña Concha Leyva(owner of Rizal’s boarding house in Intramuros. Rizal send her love notes written in invicible ink, that could onlybe deciphered over the warmth of the lamp or candle.He visited her on the eye of his departure to Spain and bade her a last goodbye.
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MS. LEONOR RIVERA
His cousin from Camiling,Tarlac.She was the pretty daughter of his landlord-uncle Antonio Rivera. A student of La Concordia College, where Soledad (Rizal’s youngest sister) was then studying.Betweeen Jose and Leonor sprang beautiful romance.They became engaged. In his letter to Rizal, she usually signed her name as TAIMIS inorder to camouflage their intimate relationship from their parentsand friends.
Filipinos were often insulted by the Spaniards calling them INDIO CHONGO and they retaliated the Spaniards KASTILA BANGUS. This often leads to school brawls which involves Rizal.He found the secret society of UST students called COMPAÑERISMO (Comradeship), whose memberswere called Companions of Jehu. Rizal was the chief of this secret society. He was unhappy at this Dominican Institution of higher learning because:The Dominican professors were hostile to himThe Filipino students were racially discriminated againstby the Spaniards.The method of instruction was obsolete and repressive
After finishing the fourth year of his medical course, Rizal decided to continue his studies in Spain.His older brother Paciano approved his plan and also hissisters Saturnina and Lucia.He left the country in the name of Jose Mercado.His parents and beloved Leonor did not know he left butthey were given letter right he left