October 1, 1944

These days, everything is haywire. Telephones don't work. Newspapers arrive three to four days later. No gas-men nor refrigerator mechanics nor electrician when you need them. Life is getting harder day by day. Dad's car has no battery and he can't get a new one. There's hardly any more alcohol for the car. And the..

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October 1, 1944

According to authoritative sources, President Laurel has declared a state of war (this phrase was always used instead of "declared war") under pressure from Japan. Since last year, when he was invited to Tokyo before the establishment of the Republic, this pressure has become increasingly stronger, and when the bombings started, it reached an extent..

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October 1, 1944

Yesterday’s news: Negros (nearby island) was raided twice and there was a dog fight. No sirens have sounded today, but the Japanese are always on the alert. Two days ago, the Asilo de Molo (an orphanage), where many refugees are staying, was looted. The looters came at 10:00 in the morning and again that night...

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October 1, 1944 (Sunday)

Still in the train on the way to Fukuoka. Missed mass and communion. Our train has been delayed 3 hours, and we nearly passed Hiroshima City unnoticed. Here Abubakar and Santos gave us castañas [chestnuts], and we took their letters and packages for home. Hakata Station. Reached this station at 3:00 p.m., and the car and..

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