Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

November 21, 1943

As a result of the typhoon, days of hunger were predicted. Rice plants which were due to mature were destroyed in two-thirds of the provinces around the capital. Presaging scarcity, the price of rice catapulted to one hundred forty pesos. A kilo of camote cost ₱1.80 from the thirty centavos (₱0.30) a week ago, and three centavos before the war. An egg was sold at half a peso. It had been a long time that we had tasted any meat except that of the carabao which was very costly and of poor quality. Even the cats were in constant fear that they were being eyed to provide meat in eateries.