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December 9, 1941

At two o’clock in the morning, I woke up and saw from the window huge fires in the direction of Manila. I woke Papa up. Shortly, everyone was awake watching the conflagration. Nichols Field and Fort William McKinley were bombed. Later that day, I left for Manila. I reported to the College Commandant for orders. That day, I began an intensive training together with the other ROTC cadets. We were bivouacked at the Ateneo. Our training was scheduled to end by late January, then we would be sent to the field as officers.