Jose Rizal and the University of Santo Tomas
by Rev. Fr. Fidel E. Villarroel, O.P.
Published by University of Santo Tomas Publishing
About the Book
Five years at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), from 1877 to 1882, gave to Jose Rizal a mental discipline and training that enabled him to lead the movement for the Philippine Revolution and Independence. Yet no biographic study has yet examined in depth the relationship between the hero and his Alma Mater. Most of those who have tackled the subject have done it superficially and times biasly.
The picture of Rizal at the UST has frequently come out of focus:
- discriminated against by the University;
- unfairly treated;
- recipient of poor grades;
- dissatisfied with the teaching methods;
- suffocated by Thomistic philosophy; and
- forced to leave the University to upgrade his medical studies.
None of these current opinions, carelessly repeated in textbooks and biographies and easily digested by the students, has foundation in real history.
With original academic records on hand, this book retraces Rizal’s student years step by step, year by year, and finds Rizal a normal and satisfied student, not discriminated against but in favour, as successful a medical student as the best of his classmates. other interesting insights into the philosophy of life and educational vitality of the University and into Rizal’s later criticism of his Alma Mater make the various chapters of the book highly original and illuminating.