Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

September 25, 1942

We have decided to build an air raid shelter and have hired some men to start digging. So far, there have been no more planes flying overhead, because today it is raining very hard. In a way, it is too bad as the men are out in the rain digging our shelter.

We will always have to seek shelter from the planes as we do not know the strategy of the Japanese; we have heard that they are machine gunning the barrios (small villages) and this place could be mistaken for one from the air. We have our main house (large, wooden structure) surrounded by smaller houses (nipa and bamboo) of the tenants. From the air it could look like a small community, and we are taking all the precaution we can.

We have heard that the city of Iloilo and Jaro are well fortified by the Japanese. All able- bodied men are being picked up and arrested by the Japanese under suspicion of being a USAFFE soldier.

It is 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, and it is still raining hard, so we can relax for the rest of the afternoon.