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The film starts with Dr. Jose Rizal being ferried to Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga after being implicated in the activities of the growing rebellion in July 1892. He was met by Father Obach(Chris Micelena) who asked Rizal to renounce his heretical statements. Rizal arrived in Dapitan, marking its poor and seemingly uncivilized condition and vowed to make developments within the town. Some of these many developments were the draining of marshes in the province to get rid of the mosquitoes which was the cause of Malaria in the town, a lighting system made of coconut lamps which were posted in the dark streets of Dapitan, a water supply system made of bamboo shoots, and the remodeling of the town plaza with the help of his Jesuit teacher, Father Francisco Sanchez. He also created a relief map of Mindanao using stones soil and grass in front of the town’s church. Rizal’s most recognized contribution to the town was education, teaching children (which most, according to history, have become successful individuals) how to write, read, and other miscellaneous activities like fencing, sculpting, and painting. Being an experienced ophthalmologist, he visited people of the town and treated them. His patients include his mother Teodora Alonzo (Rustica Carpio) who visited Rizal together with Maria (Candy Pangilinan) and Narcisa (Tess Dumpit). One certain American patient named George Taufer (Paul Holmes) visited Rizal for a possible treatment but Taufer’s condition was beyond Rizal’s help. Regardless, he met his stepdaughter, Josephine Bracken and fell in love with her immediately. Eventually she left Taufer to be engaged to Rizal. This engagement was questioned by Rizal’s family, especially Maria who had suspicions of her being a spy. They would not marry under the Catholic Church due to the local friar’s opposition to Rizal’s political writings and stance. Unfortunately...

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