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Fri. Dec. 12/41

I went to Pinagkaisahan, and Cecil went to town to see if there was any mail. I got back all right, but Cecil got caught in a raid and did not get back to the house until after noon. Mr. Misos left today with his son, so there is no one in his house. It is true that Prince of Wales and the Repulse have been sunk by Japanese plane action. That is bad. The Japanese have made landings in North Luzon, but have been repulsed by United States and Philippine Islands Army. Also a landing reported at Legaspi, but if true it is small. Hong Kong has been attacked, too, but is holding out, and the Chinese are coming in behind the enemy. Willie came over to see us this morning, and as he had seen Johnnie Brown, he said all our friends in Cavite were well with the exception of Mr. Basconsilla. He has not appeared since the raid, and he was in a building that was directly hit. He is thought to be dead. Several of our friends from Pinagkaisahan are fighting in the front lines. It rained some today and is raining here tonight. I guess no bombers will come in this kind of weather. Good news today was that a large battleship of the enemy was sunk; also three transports; and then came another report that another battleship was hit three times by one of our airmen and was left
in a damaged condition. Also that Wake Island has not yet been taken, but that the little garrison has sunk a cruiser and a destroyer.

Our Admiral Hart here says that the submarines are out and he expects good things from them. They may not be back for days or weeks. We are cozy in our batch here on Rubi and Pineda streets. I can just see to type with the blackout light, and as all the windows and doors are closed, we use the fan to stir up a little circulation.