Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

December 3, 1935

7 a.m. with Colin Hoskins to look at McDonough’s house in Parañaque –the best for us of all those we have seen. Later went to Rosario to see Wing’s house –it has a sense of peace and country life but Doria objects to the furniture and to the fact that there is only one bath-room.

Went to Malacañan, took the oath of office as the President’s Adviser before Secretary George Vargas –he then showed me my new office and said Mrs. Burfield would be assigned to me as stenographer. Called on the Vice-President, and on Secretary Yulo who are my neighbors. Discussed with Lara my legal residence and the transportation question, i.e., use of motor-cars. Actually, I never had a stenographer, and always used my own car.

4 p.m. speech at University convocation –not very satisfied with my effort, but urged them to be themselves– congratulated them on Folk Dances and other evidences of their appreciation of their native culture. I cited the newest nationalism in Germany and in Japan and the insistence in those two countries on their ancient traditions. Also boomed the work of Otley Beyer. Told Rizal’s story of King Bernardo. Urged they discard all inferiority complex as Filipinos.

Dinner at Stevensons in Pasay.

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