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June 4, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s University Chapel.

Tokyo Filipinos Gather. The Filipino Embassy House was today the scene of the first gathering of Filipino residents in Tokyo and Yokohama. It was a truly Filipino affair with lechon [roast suckling pig] and dinuguan as the main attractions at lunch time.

The main purpose of the gathering was to organize a Filipino association of Japan, the Kapisanan ng mga Pilipino sa Nippon (Kapini) and draft a resolution pledging loyalty and support to President Laurel and “cooperation for the successful prosecution of the Great East Asia War.”

Charge d’Affaires Francisco Lavides presided over the affair assisted by Secretaries of the Embassy Leon Guerrero and Synchangco. Among those present were the Filipino pensionados now in Tokyo and Yokohama, Dr. Manalang (now temporarily in Tokyo), Radio Tokyo men such as Norman Reyes, Leony Manalang, Moises Bautista, B. Javier, Balais, Filipino boxers “Joe” Eagle, “Baby” Gustilo, “Baby” Valdez, etc. Leony Manalang and “Joe” Eagle brought their Japanese wives and kids along.

At the Nagasakis. After the affair at the Embassy, dropped in at the Nagasakis with Pena and Quiambao. Played pingpong.