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• Rizal's First Trip (1882-1887) Jose Rizal has been to many countries after

he graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas. This was his first travel
outside of the Philippines.

• He had been to Singapore, Sri Lanka, Africa, Italy, Spain and a lot more
European countries.

• Rizal also went to Madrid, Spain and enrolled at the University of Madrid
both in medicine and in Philosophy and Letters. Rizal's First trip Aside
from completing his studies in Spain, Rizal has his "secret mission"-was to
observe keenly the life and culture , languages and customs, industries
and commerce, and government and laws of European nations in order to
prepare himself in mighty task of liberating his oppressed people from
Spanish tyranny.

• During the latter part of 1882, Rizal enrolled in the Universidad Central de
Madrid (Central University of Madrid) and took up two courses: medicine
and philosophy and letters.
• In 1884, Rizal was awarded the Licentiate in Medicine and in 1885, he was
conferred the degree of Licentiate in Philosophy and Letter

• Rizal went to Paris and Germany in order to specialize in
"OPHTHALMOLOGY" He arrived in Heidelberg in February 3, 1886 after he
studied medicine in Spain. Heidelberg, a city in southern Germany, is
famous for its ancient university, romantic surroundings, old churches,
majestic castles and cobblestone streets redolent of a bygone era.

• Three-story Baroque building, the Alte universitat. Facade of Jose Rizal's
well preserve boarding house The vicarage where Rizal spent a quiet and
productive time in Germany, 1886

• A golden plaque in Heidelberg's Bergheimerstrape 20 remins visitors that
Jose Rizal, am avid supporter of reforms in his Spanish-ruled home
country (Left) Statue built in his honor, located at Wilhelmsfeld (Right)
"Augen klinik" or Eye Clinic Cadena de Amor In Heidelberg, Rizal studied
the German language.
• He celebrated his 25th birthday with a Lutheran minister,
Karl Ulmer.

• He attended the lectures in ophthalmology as an observer
under Dr. Otto Becker and professor Wilhelm Kuehne at Alte

• Trained under two outstanding ophthalmologist Dr. Becker
and Dr. Galezowsky in "Augen Klinik" Rizal, in his lonely
moments wrote his nostalgic poem "A las Flores de
• Interpretations:

• 1. Rizal used the Flowers as his symbol of his love for his motherland.
• 2. Flowers' reduced quality refers to Rizal's useless presence in another
• 3.He was homesick for his native Philippines.
• 4. "To the Flowers of Heidelberg" was not literally about flowers, he was
referring to the frauleins. In 1882, Rizal left for Spain to pursue a
medical degree. Rizal had a personal reason as well as an altruistic
reason for his decision to study abroad. He wanted to become an eye
specialist in order to cure her mother from an eye ailment. Poems are
simply reflections of an author’s feelings based on his experiences and
present situation. While in Heidelberg experiencing the feeling of
nostalgia for his parents and his country, Rizal wrote the poem "To The
Flowers of Heidelberg"
• When Rizal soared to Heidelberg in 1886, he was fascinated
with the bloom flowers he saw in the Neckar River. Those
flowers reminded him of the flowers in their home’s garden
in Calamba because of his mood of homesickness.
In Heidelberg, he was astound with the flowers along the
Neckar River, especially the forget-me-nots, which made
him compose the poem, A Las Flores de Heidelberg (To the
Flowers of Heidelberg), on April 22, 1886

• His poem, To the Flowers of Heidelberg is simply an
expression of his sadness as he remembered his family
whom he loves so much. Forget me not Flowers
Thank You 
Submitted by:
Joel Benitez III
Shan Fuentes
Cyanna Noblejas
Jaymie Reyes
Christian Joseph Sison
Chelsie May Valdez
Clarissa Villarin

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