Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

April 19, 1942 – Monday

Attended Mass at President Quezon’s house. He asked us to stay for breakfast. At 10 a.m. I went to General MacArthur’s Headquarters to finish some important matters. Returned to Chevron for luncheon.

At 1:45 p.m. Mr. Robertson (Robby) picked me up and we drove to the Victorian Tennis Club where I was the guest of Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hopman. It is on the center court of this club that the important Australian Tennis tournaments and also the Davis Cup games are held. The two center courts were reserved for us. We had marvelous games. I played very well. Paired with Hopman we played against two very good players and we beat them 6-0. The second set was not played as it was ‘tea-time.’

From the club we drove to Mr. & Mrs. Hopman’s house which is near the club for sandwiches and drinks. I had to leave at 6 p.m. as I had a dinner engagement.

At 7 p.m. Vice-President Osmeña and I attended a family dinner given in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Purges and their attractive daughter Valerie.

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