December 27, 1938

Dr Elliott, President of Purdue University, Indiana, on board returning from advising on the proposed reorganization of the University of the Philippines. Says that before leaving he submitted his report which took 40 minutes to read. Gil told him it was the only time Quezon was ever known to have kept quiet that long! Elliott..

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December 27, 1938

  ON THE RELIGiOUS BILL Soon after my inauguration as President of the Philippines, there was a reunion of all the bishops and archbishops of the Philippines in Manila. One day they sent word that they would like to pay their respects and submit a petition to me. I decided to invite them to a..

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December 24, 1938

Breakfast at seven o'clock. The President and I still alone together, and both rather sleepy. He woke up, however, when I began to talk of the great iron deposits in eastern Surigao, reserved since 1915 by Executive Order for the disposition of the government. Quezon said that Marsman would not press his Challenge as to..

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December 23, 1938

Staying with the President alone at the Guest House across the Pasig River from Malacañan Palace. At luncheon we had Don Alejandro Roces, proprietor of the T.V.T. newspapers and Paez, manager of the Manila Railroad Company. Paez told of the success of the new branch of the railroad in the Bicol Provinces --at last, they..

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December 15, 1938

Celebration of commencement at the University of the Philippines, to which I was invited as an “alumnus” i.e., (hon. LL.D.). The fact that it is a state university is too much in evidence. According to the programme: the first number is to be the unveiling of an oil portrait of Quezon in a cap and..

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December 12, 1938

I've played bridge recently with Pres. Q: once for a weekend on the Casiana; once for an afternoon at Malacañan. He's a peach of a player but somewhat unorthodox in bidding. Today I'm scheduled to give a talk to 31st Infantry officers on Philippine Defense Plan. It will be fun to address a bunch of..

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Dec. 10, 1938

THE WOOD ADMINISTRATION During my absence from Manila, General Wood was appointed Governor General of the Philippines. In view of the nature of the report of the Wood-Forbes Mission which I considered not only reactionary but contrary to facts, I felt that this appointment meant a reversion of the policies of Governor General Harrison in..

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December 2, 1938

Went aboard the new government yacht Casiana at 6:30 p.m. with Don Alejandro Roces, Colonel Eisenhower, Colonel Hutter, Major Speth, Jake Rosenthal, Bob Rogers and A. D. Williams--all close friends of Quezon, who brought with him also his elder daughter Maria Aurora and his son Manuel Jr. Very luxurious vessel and admired by all. Bridge..

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November 21, 1938

When I got back to the Manila Hotel last night, the Kahirup society ball was going on in the new ballroom. This is a Filipino dancing club, apparently based on sugar money. The ladies were laden with brilliant jewels, and acres of beautiful new cars were parked outside the hotel. Such a display of wealth..

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