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About the Philippine Diary Project

diary |ˈdīərē|

noun ( pl. diaries )

a book in which one keeps a daily record of events and experiences: I resolved to keep a diary of events during the war.

• a datebook.

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin diarium, from dies ‘day.’

This project aims to make diaries written by both famous and unknown Filipinos, and foreigners writing about the Philippines, available to the public. It is a non-profit site.

As much as possible, diaries that are out of print,  released only in limited print runs, or or which were published online in defunct websites, have been included in order to more fully disseminate those diaries.

This project also features diaries that have never been published, either in part or in full.

Diaries made available in digital copies in institutional sites, whether libraries or archives, have also been included.

We welcome committed volunteers and those willing to lend assistance scanning, encoding, and proofreading entries. We respect and uphold the copyright of the authors of these works or their heirs; please contact us if you have any concerns.

This site was set up in April, 2008 and is owned, and managed, by Manuel L. Quezon III. It transferred from WordPress to its own domain in September, 2013.

24 thoughts on “About the Philippine Diary Project”

  1. Dear Mr. Quezon:
    I am the granddaughter of Roy W. Howard and am involved in the writing of a biography by Patricia Beard about my grandfather who, as you probably know, was a great friend of the Philippines and of your grandfather’s. I would be very interested in talking with you and/or meeting you in the hopes that you could shed some light on Howard’s longtime and passionate involvement with your country.
    I am based in New York and easily accessible by email or phone. I look forward to hearing from you.
    Sincerely, Pamela Howard

  2. i am doing a research project on the history of the 1st & 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army.

    Do you have the dairy entries for the visits of General Basilio J. Valdes and President Manuel Roxas?

    Specifically, I’m looking for the period 1942-1944 when they might have visited the two units when they were training in California. There are photographs of them visiting the soldiers. What I’m looking for are their impressions of these units composed of Filipino immigrants in the U.S. at the stat of the war.

    Thank you for your assistance.

  3. Excerpts make for interesting reading but I’m a little confused as to whom the authors were as these do not appear to be tagged. Or am I wrong?

  4. Belinda Bonanza Smith

    My grandfather, Rafael Bonanza was supposedly part of the crew on this ship. Please let me know where I can find the list of crew members. My search has been unsuccessful. Thank you for your assistance.

  5. Dear Mr Quezon
    The website page for Francis Harrison for 29th September 1943 mentions two telegrams from MacArthur to Quezon apparently dated 25th and 27th September. I am researching MacArthur and would very much like to get copies of these if extant. Do you have these or know where copies may be obtained?
    Many thanks

  6. Madsen “Ty” C. Kokjer most likely did not die in Kobe. He was taken ashore in Moji then taken to a hospital that was not really a hospital. His mother’s name is misspelled – it is Charlotte. Some called her Char. Most called her Shy. Ty was my mother’s cousin. Great collection of diaries!

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