Dec. 25, 1943

Like spiders crawling in every direction from the center of a web, all of the 450 internees were coming from the bodega with carts, sacks, poles, ropes—anything that would help carry forty-seven pounds or more [for the Red Cross packages]. If only the people at home could have seen it! Morale soared so high that people went out of reach—“exceeded grasp.” Before …

December 24, 1943

The Vice-Rector of Letran College has returned from a trip to the South. According to him, the guerrillas are continuing their war activities although there is a prevailing state of no belligerence. The pacified zone extends some more into Cebu and Panay, but in both zones, peace is uncertain. The embers of hostility continue glowing and the slightest breeze is …

December 23, 1943

Christmas will be more gloomy and depressing than those of the past two years, and there would be fewer gifts. Not because there was a proliferation of unemployment—the Army was employing all those who were willing to work in fortification projects into which the whole archipelago was being converted. There is money aplenty, so much of it that it had …

December 10, 1943*

(*Dated only as December, but from the context of the entry, likely two days after December 8, 1943) Three December 8’s have passed. How many more, I wonder. Will we ever waken to a town free from vermin, vermin clad in dirty khaki who drag their feet in the boots to which they are so obviously unaccustomed, and who wear …

December 8, 1943

Two years of war! How short the time seems to be when one looks back! And how long and interminable when one looks forward! If we would say that the war would last another two years in the Pacific, we would have been branded dreamers or augurers. However, chi lo sa. The same could last a year or two, or …

December 8, 1943*

(*Undated but entry itself dates it to December 8, 1943) I should address this page to General MacArthur: Dear Mr. General: Please send a plane for us today. We are tired of it all, and we want to go home. Prisoners of Zenda (no, Zamora, for that’s the name of our street, right near the airfield). That’s where we are, …

December 3, 1943

Soldiers teemed in streets, plazas, stores and restaurants. And there were rumors that more than half a million more were coming to fortify the country and eat up the little food supply that we had. From the port there were days when more than forty damaged battleships and transports were seen anchored at the Bay. As Hongkong, Haiphong and other …

December 1, 1943

The problem of scarcity was getting to be so acute as to create fear of serious unrest among the suffering masses. In Pasay, the people looted the market and, in an instant, the stalls had been cleaned out. The pillage was caused by the very high prices of foodstuff. A sack of rice cost ₱180.00. A purchaser would go to …

November 22, 1943

No traces of the American fleet were left in the Solomon waters. In five battles fought in three days in the vicinity of Bougainville, Tokyo radio had annihilated the enemy force. Within the period from October 27 to November 17, the Japanese Air Force destroyed 80 ships most of which were battleships, forty landing crafts and more than five hundred …