The Social Cancer
- The Social Cancer (1912) is a novel by Filipino polymath and national hero José Rizal. It was first published under the title Noli Me Tangere in 1887 in Berlin. Jose Rizal, a Filipino nationalist and medical doctor, conceived the idea of writing a novel that would expose the ills of Philippine society after reading Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. The novel opens with young Juan Crisóstomo Ibarra y Magsalin's return to the Philippines after a 7-year absence. In his honor, Don Santiago de los Santos, a family friend commonly known as Captain Tiago, throws a get-together party, which is attended by friars and other prominent figures. One of the guests, former San Diego curate Fray Dámaso Vardolagas belittles and slanders Ibarra. Ibarra brushes off the insults and takes no offense; he instead politely excuses himself and leaves the party because of an allegedly important task.