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February 19, 1942

On February 19, the birthday of Mrs. Quezon, the President ordered me to have champagne for the evening. Colonel Nieto also came to inform me of my departure from Corregidor. I was to go to the south entrance of the tunnel at night. I gave several bottles of champagne to the Officers so that they could have a toast when victory came. I kissed Mrs. Quezon and the children goodbye. On my way out, some boys saw me with my gas-mask. They called out good-bye and asked me to pray for them.