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As a medical student in Barcelona, Spain he met Dr. Jose Rizal and became his close friend. He helped Rizal and other propagandas work for justice and changes in the government of the Philippines.

It was a while traveling with Rizal in Europe that he learned Rizal needed money to publish the Noli Me Tangere. He offered to help Rizal and 2,000 copies were printed in 1887. To thank him, Rizal gave him the first published copy with the dedication: "To my friend, Maximo Viola, the first to read and appreciate my work -- Jose Rizal, March 29, 1887."

Date of Birth: October 17, 1857
Place of Birth: San Miguel, Bulacan
Date of Death: September 3, 1933

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Ang pagbabago ay nakakamit din sa mapayapang pamamaraan. (Changes can also be achieved through peaceful means.)

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