Rizal had a scholarly debate with Father Pablo Pastells regarding religion. This exchange of heated arguments revealed the anti-Christian Rizal – his bitterness on the abuses performed by friars, doing such under the name of the sacred religion.
How can you still believe this religion that these invaders introduced to us?
The religion they brought with them is the only good thing they gave to us! Please come back to the faith Jose!
Rizal had maximized his stay in Dapitan by devoting much of his time in improving his artistic and literary skills; doing agricultural and civic projects; engaging in business activities, and writing letters to his friends in Europe
Rizal devoted time in planting important crops and fruit-bearing trees in his 16-hectare land (later, reaching as large as 70 hectares). He planted cacao, coffee, sugarcane, and coconuts, among many others.
Rizal provided free medicine to his patients, most of them were underprivileged. However, he also had wealthy patients who paid him well enough for his excellent surgical skill.
Come inside! Let me check how's your eyesight so I can prescribe you medicine!
Rizal also devoted his time in improving his literary skills and also writing letters to his friends in Europe, particularly to Ferdinand Blumentritt and Reinhold Rost.
As a scientist, Rizal shared his interest with nature to his students. With his boys, they explored the jungles and searched for specimens which he sent to museums in Europe, particularly in the Dressed Museum.
Rizal's most significant contribution in the scientific world was his discovery of three species:Draco rizali – flying dragonApogonia rizali – small beetleRhacophorus rizali – rare frog