December 30, 1942

It is seven months today that Gen. Christie and the USAFFE forces (including Coné) surrendered to the Japanese and I am wondering how they are getting along. There has been no fighting for several days, although planes have been flying around – just scouting, I presume. Some men came from our farm yesterday bringing with..

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December 25, 1942

Halleluyah, we are spending our first Christmas in two years quietly and frugally as dictated by the time. Last night we heard midnight mass by Belgian Fr. Lambrecht at Bayombong Church overflowing. Today, with the economy going from bad to worst, at least we have a semblance of Xmas minus the usual gifts. Even prime..

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December 23, 1942

We Japanese have every reason to suspect that the "cooperation" we are getting from the Filipino leaders --from Jorge Vargas down-- is more apparent then genuine: they are merely biding their time till the end of the war. Their collaborative gestures seem prompted solely by their desire to keep to a minimum the sufferings and..

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December 21, 1942

Yesterday, the bombing continued – thank goodness it was not near us. Planes flew overhead, but they went in the direction of Barotac Viejo and Sara. Last night we all slept well, but at daylight we were already awake and dressed. Shortly afterwards we heard the drone of planes and looking out of the window,..

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December 20, 1942

I am now sitting near the air raid shelter writing. Yesterday was something terrible. The planes came at daylight and bombed and machine gunned all around us. A bomb fell about a block from us. The bombing continued until 11:00 a.m. and then the Japanese came in their trucks. One of Estrella’s workers saw them..

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