Diary of Francis Burton Harrison

December 15, 1938

Celebration of commencement at the University of the Philippines, to which I was invited as an “alumnus” i.e., (hon. LL.D.). The fact that it is a state university is too much in evidence. According to the programme: the first number is to be the unveiling of an oil portrait of Quezon in a cap and gown; second a chorus by students entitled “Bathala, Bless our President” and then comes an address by Quezon’s secretary, George Vargas. Too much incense may become a trifle stifling.

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