December 7, 1931 Monday — Hong Kong

Awake at 8:30 and found the ship anchored at Kowloon. After breakfast went ashore with R[oxas], O[smeña], M[oreno] & S[abido] for a fitting at Powell’s and shipping at MacIntosh’s. Then cocktails at the Hong Kong Hotel and a Chinese luncheon across the street.  After a bit more shopping I returned to the ship for some sleep while R[oxas], O[smeña] and S[abido] drove around the city. At 6:00 Fernandez and I and the two younger Tironas went ashore to join the others but failing to find them returned to the ship. I spent the rest of the p.m. writing letters, to Mother, Pacita, Luis.


December 5, 1931

Concurrent resolution has 12 of Phil Leg[islature] creating a committee composed of the presiding officers of both houses and the majority and minority leaders of the same, to wit, Roxas, Quezon, Osmena, Sabido, Montinola and Tirona to petition Congress for early independence as well as permit Philippine views on any matters pending in Washington. The Committee decided to take Kalaw[1] and myself to assist them and the Acting Governor Butte[2] readily gave us our assignments at the request of Roxas and Osmeña [pursuant] to section 100 of Admin Code.

The mission sailed for S.F. on the President Coolidge’s maiden trip. Our party composed of Roxas, Osmeña, Montinola and daughter Gloria, Tirona & Mrs. T with 3 children, Kalaw, Mrs. Kalaw and a friend, Miss  ?, Lichauco, Jose Fernandez – stenographer.

A very big crowd was on the pier to see the mission off, and I probably shook hands with a hundred men whose faces I knew but whose names I did not recall. Among my fellow companions on shipboard are four newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. E. Rufino, and Mr. & Mrs. R. Moreno. However, many young girls were at the pier also.

After the ship cleared the breakwater, Fernandez and I dropped off to bed so exhausted were we from last minute preparations.

[1] Maximo Kalaw (May 19, 1891 – March 23, 1955) became associate editor of Manila Times, and secretary in the office of Manuel L. Quezon. He was representative of 3rd District of Batangas to the Philippine Legislature.  Among his writings are “The Case for the  Filipinos” published in 1916 and “The Philipppine Question, an Analysis” in 1931

[2] George Charles Butte was appointed Vice Governor-General of Philippines by President Coolidge on Dec. 30, 1930 and was acting Governor 1931-32