Diary of Louise Fillmore Blancaflor

January 20, 1945

We are now all living at San Jose College. The sisters have allocated us two spaces that we use as “bedrooms”. These make-shift “rooms” are created by putting tall furniture like “aparadors” (wardrobes) side by side, or stringing sheets and blankets to make partitions. Coné has set up a small clinic in an adjoining space. Our kitchen and dining space is located at the back of the college. Dorothy and Meñing are with us and have their own space. Besides ourselves, there are two other families sharing this large hall which used to be the refectory (dining hall). It is located downstairs and has very high ceilings and cement walls, so we feel safe here. The college is bursting with refugees and every available space is now occupied by civilians.