Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

September 19, 1944

Last night we spent a quiet night and I slept well. I woke up at 5:30 and attended 6:00 o’clock mass.

The price of food continues to soar. The price of pork has tripled since last week (now costs 150 Pesos a kilo – was 50 Pesos last week) and so has the price of beef. On August 31 an egg cost 2.80 Pesos each, now it costs 5 Pesos each.

There were no raids yesterday or today, but Negros (nearby island) is getting it very often as there are 10 airfields there, and the Japanese are manufacturing alcohol in some of the sugar refineries. I hope we will not have anymore bombings here – there was no resistance from the Japanese during the raid.

A lot of the civilians in the city have left and gone to the hills again for safety. Many are seeking shelter in hospitals and colleges. The Spanish community have gone to San Agustin College, and St. Paul’s Hospital is full of civilians looking for safety from the raids.