Q5. I believe that it was Rizal’s family that had the greatest impact on him because hiseducation and profession was also influenced by them. For example, Rizal genuinely wanted to pursue with Law since he had a preparatory course for it and he performed well in theHumanities based on his grades but instead, he took up Medicine. Even though he has not left usa clear clue as to the reasons for this choice, it has always been written and said that the fallingsight of his mother Doña Teodora was a determining factor for choosing the medical profession(Villaroel, 1984).Rizal's family, particularly his mother, is his main influence in matters of faithand education (Rizal’s Early Childhood-Filipiniana, 2009, para. 1). Rizal had said before that hethought of treating his mother’s eyes when he gets home from his study of Ophthalmology inMadrid (Capino, 1971). Again from here, even his decision to go abroad to complete his studiesis still associated to his family particularly to his mother. From a letter that Rizal wrote to hisfamily in June 20, 1892, he said on the last paragraph of the letter that until the last moment of his life, he will think of his family and wish for all kinds of happiness (Ancheta, 1977). We cansee that even up to the last days of Rizal’s life, he would still think of his family and their goodness because his family meant so much for him. Therefore, of all the triumphs in hiseducation and in his profession, his family have always been part of this and even his patrioticactivity has been inveigled by his family also, making them the greatest impact on Rizal’s principles and ideas for the nation.
Ancheta, C. (1977).
Jose Rizal’s Life and His Complete Works
(Rev. Ed.). Navotas: NavotasPress, p. 27.