07. Biñan to Manila

 

 

7. Biñan to Manila *

ON THE STEAMER BAKAL, 1887

        The boat is full, an obvious democracy prevails.  I believe that the fusion of the races will begin in the theater because the races mix very well when they have a common fate.  Meanwhile I believe the Spanish Government will no longer put up with these conditions, because they are too democratic and do not favor the political objective of the Spanish colonial policy. Here we met Susara’s small troup; it seems to me that the Spaniards who came with us are the actors in the little operettas and zarzuelas. [01] The two girls – they must be actresses – came with them.

        The captain of the ship was a former mechanic of Lipa. [02] He is now the captain, the collector, sometimes a housepainter also, a vulgar man but a well-meaning fellow.  I met a gentleman, Yatco, [03] who formerly knew French but has forgotten everywhere.

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        * Rizal wrote this portion of his diary partly in Spanish and partly in German.

        [01] Plays with singing parts.

        [02] Rizal mentions the disaster of the steamer Lipa in his letter to his brother Paciano from Madrid on 13 February 1883.

        [03] Mr. Isidro Yatco of Biñan.

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