Even in just his first year in Spain, particularly Madrid, Rizal quickly realised that theenemy reform in the Philippines was not Spain or religion but the friars. By his example,he, too, could inspire his fellow students-who made up the bulk of the Filipinocommunity, to abandon their dissipating ways and take a more active role in enlighteningthe Spanish public about the evils of frailoracy in the Philippines. He initiated this attack by writing letters to the editors of Madrid newspapers.By the time he obtained his licentiate in medicine , in 1884, with creditable performancein his medical subjects, he had become one of the premier students at UCM, rated‘outstanding’ in general, Greek, Latin and Spanish literature, as well as in history andadvanced Greek, and Hebrew.Initially, Rizal also wrote for the magazine put out by the Circulo Hispano-Filipino, anassociation of Filipino students and some Spaniards who had stayed in Philippines.When, with the association’s dissolution, it folded up for lack of financial support, hethought of coming up with a book, with Filipino expatriates in Europe-not just in Spain,each contributing an article on Philippines concerns. Quietly, he began actual work on the
Noli me Tangere
later in 1884. To improve himself, Rizal travelled in Europe and he wasexposed to a vast range of idea, meeting with people from all walks of life, political persuasions, and religious beliefs.His novel was ready for publication in February 1887.
Noli me Tangere
came off the press the following month. He sent his first copies to his friends., Curiously, he also sentindividual copies to the governor-general of the Philippines and the archbishop of Manila,a gesture which could only underline his guilelessness, convinced he was of utter justness