Jan. 13, 1932, Wednesday

Conferences with Vanderburg[1] and Hawes. Lunch with Osmeña, Roxas and Alunan?[2] family who arrived last night. Hawes later came to the hotel for another conference in the evening.

Called for Gloria and found Mr. Loring and Lola Loring (?) visiting Montinola.  They took her to dinner and then I escorted the two girls to the movies.

[1] Arthur H. Vandenberg (March 22, 1884-April 18, 1951) Republican Senator from Michigan 1928-1935

[2] Rafael Alunan (Dec 16,1885-May 18, 1947) – Sec for Agriculture and Commerce during Philippine Commonwealth


January 6, 1932, Wednesday

Raining and muggy. On my feet all day – to M[ontinola], McIntyre[1] in the afternoon and shopping with Sabido. O[smeña] and R[oxas] and T[irona] spent the day in conferences. Took Gloria home and then returned to the hotel. R[oxas], S[abido], and F[ernandez] asked me to movies but I was too tired and so to bed.

[1] Frank McIntyre (Jan 5, 1865-Feb 16, 1944) served in the US army in the PI from 1899-1902. He was for many years with the Bureau of Insular Affairs which was responsible for the federal administration of the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico. He became its head in 1912.


December 30, 31, 1931

Spent both days on the S.F. Ltd. bound for Chicago. We spent our time reading Hawes manuscript on the P.I. – Also a little bridge now and then.  Montinola is in bed  —  in one of the compartments  and we take turns keeping him company.

Fernandez, Rodrigo and I asked Gloria to be our guest tonight in a special New Year’s Eve dinner in the Dining Car. It cost $10.00.  To bed at 9:30.


December 29, 1931, San Francisco

Arrived at breakwater at 6:00 but immigration officials were late and we did not dock until after 9:00.  Dolly met us and spent the day on board. Roxas and Co, with exception of Montinola left for lunch and tea with Ehrman, Jackson & Co while F[ernandez] and I remained to expedite baggage through.

Left for So. Pac. Ferry at 4:00 and joined party there at 5:40  to cross over the ferry into Oakland.  Left on the S.F. at  6:55. Dolly is returning to L.A. tomorrow.


Shanghai, December 10, 1931

Cold and invigorating in Shanghai today. We left the boat around 2:30 and  were in the lobby of the Cathay around 3:00 p.m. trying to locate Mrs.  Price and Major (?) G. Barett (?) who might accompany us, failing which we divided into two parties for shopping and sightseeing.  Also a tea at the London Tavern by Filipinos which, as usual, was tiring.

Roxas, S[abido], T[irona] and I dined at the Sevilla compound by Lusitano[1] Then a drive around town and a visit to the “Little Club” when we joined Osmeña, Montinola and representatives of the $ Line who were entertaining them.  Then to the “Canidrome” for more dancing and finally to the jetty to catch the 2 a.m. tender back to the steamer.

[1] Portuguese Club in Hong Kong


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