Rizal leaving the Philippines for the Second Time<br /> Hounded by powerful enemies, Rizal was forced to leave his country for the second time in 1888.<br /> He was 27 years old, a practicing physician, and a recognized man of letters.<br /> After six months of staying in the Philippines Rizal left via the steamer Zapiro bound for Hong Kong.<br />
Amoy – the first stop over of the ship<br /> Rizal did not get off the ship for the following reasons:<br /><ul><li>He was not feeling well
Manuel Yriarte(son of the alcalde mayor in Calamba)</li></li></ul><li>According to Rizal in his letter to Blumentritt, is a small, but very clean city.<br />Many Portuguese, Hindus, English, Chinese and Jews.<br />There are some Filipinos exiled in Marianas Islands since 1872, they were former financiers and rich but now poor, gentle and timid.<br />
Rizal’s Visit to Macau<br />A Portuguese colony near Hong Kong.<br />Rizal together with Basa boarded a ferry named Kiu-Kiang going to Macau.<br />
Jose Sainz de Varanda – among one of the passengers<br />Don Juan Francisco Lecaros – a Filipino gentleman who is married to a Portuguese lady.<br />Rizal and Basa stayed in his house for two days while they were in Macau.<br />
<ul><li>During Rizal’s two week vacation in Hong Kong, he studied Chinese life, language, drama and customs and found out the following which he wrote in his diary:
The celebration of the Chinese New Year was quite very noisy due to the continuous explosion of firecrackers on the streets.
The lauriat party, wherein the guests were served a variety of dishes, shows lavishness and hospitality among the Chinese.
The Dominican Order, the richest religious order in Hong Kong, had millions of dollars deposited in various banks earning very high interests.
The graveyards for Catholics, Protestants and Muslims were well maintained.</li></li></ul><li>DEPARTURE FROM HONGKONG<br />February 22, 1888 – Rizal left Hongkong<br />Oceanic – an American steamer, his destination was Japan<br />