February 9, 1943

Yesterday was quiet. John returned from another trip to the farm in Barotac Nuevo. He said that everything is normal there. Agustin is staying on the farm taking care of things and many of the tenants have returned to their homes. I received a letter from Maring (through John) and she said that the Japanese did not take anymore of …

February 8, 1943

Cpl. Pablo Naval who left Bayombong last Jan. 27 to deliver my message to Col. Enriquez, my Grla. Boss, returned three days ago telling me his difficulties locating Enriquez hiding in the vicinity of Benguet Mining Co with his staff. He was happy to get my detailed report and send his congratulations for the neighborhood association in Bagabag and Solano …

February 2, 1943

January 31 was quiet in our vicinity, but yesterday the planes bombed somewhere in the mountains. Every day the planes are flying, and a short while ago we had a bad fright…one of the planes flew towards our house and tipped its wings! We all expected to be machine gunned! The plane was so low that we could see the …

February, 1943*

(*Undated, but located between January 12, 1943 and March, 1943) I was in camp today and heard quite a tale. Sex has reared its ugly head again in camp. An enterprising young man placed his cot in the angle of the hallway outside a big dormitory. He was renting his bed, conveniently and more or less privately located as it …

Feb. 1, 1943

Jerry made a Parmesan-cheese omelette with the things from [outside] and four eggs, with rice flour to give it body. A taste of cheese after thirteen months—it is the one thing everyone craves! When we get out we want a huge kitchen where we can sit and eat, a beautiful bathroom, two bedrooms, and a small library, and that’s all! …

January 30, 1943

It is eight months today that Coné has been taken prisoner. I wonder how he is and all the prisoners. I have heard there are around 700, including officers. If it wasn’t for the guerilla warfare, we could get some news, but no one can enter or leave Jaro or Iloilo. The Japanese are now traveling freely on all the …

January 29, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. The newspapers this morning gave Premier Hideki Tojo’s speech of yesterday to the Diet in Tokyo in which he promised independence to Burma. He also said: “The people of the Philippines deserve independence, because they understand Japan’s real aims and are ready to collaborate. . . . It is encouraging to observe an ever increasing movement among Filipinos …

January 27, 1943

Yesterday the planes continued to bomb places where they thought there might be an ambush. Off in the distance we could hear trench mortars and machine guns as the Japanese pushed ahead and advanced toward Barotac Viejo. We remain near the shelter most of the day. This morning planes flew over and bombed again. I suppose we must expect it …

January 26-27, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Quezon is offered $1,000 a lecture for ten meetings by Getts, a lecture promoter, who came to lunch with his wife, the former Osa Johnson, widow of Martin Johnson the big game photographer. Quezon expressed himself as in favour of a balance of power in the Far East–that Japan should not be so crushed that China may arise …