Friday, Feb. 9, 1945

Leaflets dropped on the Ateneo compound, copies of the Free Philippines of Feb. 5 where an account was given of the sudden thrust of American forces into the city and the taking in short order of Sto. Tomas and Malacañang brought us our first official information regarding the liberation of the north side. At noon that day there were explosions everywhere, shells rushing overhead. The whole Ateneo ground was filled with evacuees. A Japanese sentry had been shot the night before at the University of the Philippines. The Japanese believed the shot came from the Ateneo. Every corner and room was now searched and all were told they must vacate the Ateneo by six in the afternoon.

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