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With the following year, when he entered the Ateneo Municipal, his real schooling began. This school, whose semi-centennial is to be celebrated in 1909 and which has educated the greater part of the leading men of the Philippines of today, had been founded by the Jesuits upon their return to the Islands after nearly a century of banishment. In methods of instruction it was in 1872 the only modern school in Manila, but it was particularly because Filipinos were given the same treatment there as Spaniards that the school was so popular. Hundreds were going as day scholars awaiting a vacancy in the dormitory that they might enjoy the advantages of a boarder. It was not until his fourth year that José's opportunity came.


The Ateneo Municipal

On March 14, 1877, he received his bachelor's degree in Arts with highest honors, having been first in his class in both department and scholarship thruout the course and having won most of the prizes offered by the school. The next year he did double work, taking the first year in philosophy its the University of Santo Tomas and studying agriculture in the Ateneo. This latter course was also completed with highest honors but because he was not yet of the legal age his credentials as "agricultural expert and surveyor" were not issued until two years later.
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