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June 19, 1944 (Wednesday)

At midnight last night we were awakened by the air-raid warden to warn us of the gravity of the situation, advising us to take all precautions against an air raid.

Dr. Jose Rizal’s Birthday. At 4:00 p.m. a simple but impressive program was held at the Embassy in connection with Rizal’s Birthday. All Filipino residents in Tokyo and Yokohama (including the new pensionados) and prominent representatives from the Daitōa and Army Ministries were present.

Eddie Vargas delivered the English version of Rizal’s “El Ultimo Adios.” For merienda there were biscuits and cookies and lumpia [spring rolls].

We met Baron and Baroness Masuda, the former having been to the Philippines recently.

After the program, the pensionados, old and new, remained at the Embassy, and we held an impromptu musical program. Baron Masuda contributed several piano selections. He played modern pieces very well. Villarin showed a few tricks of magic, and Tony Paredes worked on the piano. It was a very jolly affair. The party broke up at 7:30 p.m.

I stayed in the Embassy with Bobby Vargas till 9:00 p.m. to listen to interesting news.