Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

March 1, 1942 — Sunday

Attended and served at 7 o’clock mass said by Chaplain Ortiz. Afterwards I went to the Central where I met Mr. DeMedem. He asked me to go his house. I went to Mr. Revenga’s house where Mr. & Mrs. DeMedem are staying. From there I went to Mr. Miguel Rosales’s house. He invited me to luncheon. The President and his family had gone to a nearby Hacienda to have luncheon with Governor Villanueva.

At 5 p.m. I went to the dock of the Central where the SS Princess of Negros was. I brought down all my baggage. I also instructed Manolin and Lieutenant Delgado to disembark with all their baggage and come with me to the Central. I obtained the authority of the President to assign them in Iloilo. Mr. Barata, the Assistant Manager very kindly accommodated them in the bachelor quarters. They had dinner at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Royo. After dinner I had a long walk with Mr. Barata. We went to the bachelors quarters to see how my officers were installed. Retired at 10:30 p.m. President is worried about the shelling of Cebu by a Japanese cruiser.