I had a fair night. No dyspnea. Sleep was quite good without any medication. I got up at 5:15 a.m. Shaved, took my shower and attended the special private mass at 6:30 a.m. at San Beda, private chapel. Returned home for breakfast and afterwards took my morning nap. It is now 11 a.m. and I have some discomforting dyspnea. I will take oxygen inhalation.
I had a bad night. I slept two hours in the arm chair under continuous oxygen. I wanted to rest in bed longer during the morning but I had to introduce Doctor Pacis to Sister Ingoberga at the hospital and then rush back to Cancer Clinic to see a patient from China Bank.
I had a light luncheon , and a two hour siesta. At 4:30 p.m. I met John G. Brimo in his office and we went to Luneta for some fresh sea air. We parted at 6 p.m. as he had a dinner engagement.
I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I had a fair night. I shaved and went to 7 a.m. Holy Mass at San Beda Church. Father Columbano arranged a mass for me alone. There being no sermon it was finished in 20 minutes.
Went to Lourdes Hospital to visit Ambassador Nieto and Charito Legarda who had a heart attack last night. She was then rushed to the hospital. I gave her a strong talk on the dangers and effects of smoking on the health of individuals. I told her: “I know that I am talking to the wind. You will just laugh and at my talk. What you do with your body and your health is your problem, but I remind you of an important factor. Think of your children. You have a lovely family and beautiful children. Do not exchange them for the pleasure of cigarette puffs.”
I felt that she was touched. She promised to obey me. Let us see!
I went to the hospital this morning to visit Ambassador Nieto and discuss his interesting case with Dr. Venicio de Leon, our urologist and Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento.
Feast of St. John the Baptist.
This is the 398th foundation anniversary of Manila. Villegas has called it ARAW NANG MAYNILA. and President Marcos has declared it an official holiday for Manila only. Manila was founded by Legaspi and Urdaneta in 1571.
I went to the Lourdes Hospital to see Dr. Aldanese operate on Mr. Garduno a patient of Philippine Cancer Society. It was a very long and tiresome operation so I did not wait for the end.
This afternoon at 3 p.m. I went to Oceanic Store in Escolta to buy the wedding gift for Miss Linda Cantada. I talked to her last night and she specified she wanted a Big Ben alarm clock de Luxe. I then went to Dasmariñas Village. Makati to deliver it. I then had a one hour clinic at Oceanic Pasong Tamo. Returned home 5:30 p.m. I Retired at 9:15 p.m., although I already had a good one hour nap after dinner.
I had an excellent night last night. I slept in bed for long stretches and woke up at 5 a.m. very well rested.
At 9 a.m. I went to Oceanic Commercial central office at Pasong Tamo for my weekly consultations. Returned home for a needed rest before lunch. It continues to be very hot, with the temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or very near. We needed rain very badly. This prolonged dry weather is hard on the farmers. In our Hacienda del Carmen in Pampanga, this prolonged lack of rain is interfering with planting of sugar cane.
At 4 p.m. went to China Banking Corporation and returned home early, to wait for former Ambassador to Spain, Colonel Manuel Nieto, who arrived by plane last night and wanted to see me. We were both very happy to see each other. I did not inquire about his illness.
I had the surprise visit of Nonong Quezon.
Attended at 5:30 p.m. the inauguration of the Lopez Building, Meralco at Ortigas Avenue, Pasig, Rizal. President Marcos and the First Lady were the guests of honor. The whole affair was well organized and came out very well, to the satisfaction of Don Eugenio Lopez, President of Meralco.
General Raval, Chief of Constabulary visited me and asked me advice on how to improve the morale, the behavior and the integrity of the members of the force. I told him that it is best to talk to the young officers and awaken in their minds the importance of honesty, integrity and loyalty. Afterwards gradually concentrate on the older officers. He requested me to speak to the officers next Saturday March 1, at 9 a.m. at Camp Crame.
At 10 a.m. attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of Meralco, on the 13th floor, Lopez Building. It was announced there that the inauguration of the Lopez building will be held on March 14, which is the anniversary of the day when Meralco was granted its franchise (March 14, 1903).
The theater will be inaugurated on March 22, 1969 with a special program, for which invitations will be issued. The meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.
Attended, at 5 p.m. the annual meeting of the Philippine Cancer Society. The Board of Directors was reelected with two changes — the Secretary of Health is to take the place of Secretary Paulino Garcia, and Dr. Pio Pedrosa who will take the place of Mr. Ramon Ordoveza who resigned due to his inability to attending the meetings.