Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

September 22, 1944

Food is getting very scarce and there is practically nothing to buy in the market. A small chicken costs 150 Pesos and egg 10 Pesos each.

This afternoon at around 2:45 p.m. the air raid siren began blowing. Roland and I went to Mr. Tan’s air raid shelter which he built in the backyard of the college near a stone wall. I shall not go there again – the next time I will stay in the college dining room which has very strong concrete walls. Mr. Tan’s shelter is too near a back road, where several Japanese trucks are hidden under the trees. If the Japanese ever shoot up at the planes, the planes will surely return and open fire or bomb. Fortunately, the four American planes did not bomb and just flew over.