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Rizal was busy revising and polishing the manuscript of El Filibusterismo so that it could

be ready for the press


-Rizal had begun writing it in October, 1887, while practicing medicine in Calamba, the
following year (1888), in London; he made some changes in the plot and corrected
some chapters already written. He wrote more chapters in Paris and Madrid, and
finished the manuscript in Biarritz on March 29, 1891. It took him, therefore, three years
to write his second novel
July 5, 1891- Rizal left Brussels for Ghent, a famous university city in Belgium
Rizal reasons for moving to Ghent were (1) the cost of printing in Ghent was cheaper
than in Brussels (2) to escape from the enticing attraction of Petite Suzanne Rizal met
two compatriots while in Ghent, Jose Alejandro (from Pampanga) and Edilberto
Evangelista (from Manila), both studying engineering in the world-famed University of
Ghent
F. Meyer-Van Loo Press (No. 66 Viaanderen Street)-a printing shop that give Rizal the
lowest quotation for the publication of his novel, who was willing to print his book on
installment basis
August 6, 1891-the printing of his book had to be suspended because Rizal could no
longer give the
necessary funds to the printer
Valentin Ventura- the savior of the Fili
-When Ventura learned of Rizals predicament and immediately sent him the necessary
funds
September 18, 1891- El Filibusterismo came off the press
-Rizal immediately sent on this date two printed copies to Hong Kongone for Basa
and other for Sixto Lopez
Rizal gratefully donated the original manuscript and an autographed printed copy to
Valentin Ventura
La Publicidad- a Barcelona newspaper, wherein it published a tribute eulogizing the
novels original style which is comparable only to the sublime Alexander Dumas and
may well be offered as
a model and a precious jewel in the now decadent literature of Spain
El Nuevo Regimen- the liberal Madrid newspaper that serialized the novel in its issues
of October, 1891
Rizal dedicated El Filibusterismo to Gom-Bur-Za (Don Mariano Gomez, 73 years old;
Don Jose Burgos, 35 years old; Jacinto Zamora, 37 years old)
The original manuscript of El Filibusterismo in Rizals own handwriting in now
preserved in the Filipiana Division of the Bureau of Public Libraries, Manila. It consists
of 270 pages of long sheets of paper
Two features in the manuscript do not appear in the printed book, namely: the
FOREWORD and the
WARNING. These were not put into print to save printing cost
The title page of El Filibusterismo contains an inscription written by Ferdinand
Blumentritt
El Filibusterismo is a sequel to the Noli. It has little humor, less idealism and less
romance than the Noli Me Tangere. It is more revolutionary, more tragic than the first
novel
The characters in El Filibusterismo were drawn by Rizal from real life. Padre Florentino
was Father
Leoncio Lopez, Rizals friend and priest of Calamba; Isagani, the poet was Vicente
Ilustre, Batangueo
friend of Rizal in Madrid and Paulita Gomez, the girl who loved Isagani but married
Juanito Pelaez, was
Leonor Rivera