Antonio M. Molina

Antonio M. Molina

(1918--2000) historian, educator, lawyer, linguist and diplomat. A professor, scholar, lawyer, and later press attaché and consul in the Philippine embassy in Madrid.

7th December 1941

Since May this year when it was decreed that the family members of the officers and enlisted men of the United States Army stationed in

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8th December 1941

I woke up at about seven in the morning. Soon I joined the family at the dining room. We took breakfast together, consuming, in part,

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9th December 1941

They woke me up for a poor man’s breakfast of coffee and bread. It looked like everybody had had a good night’s sleep; not I,

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24th December 1941

At the office this morning I made ready to dictate a report to stenographer. Suddenly the air-raid signal sounded. immediately, Justice Albert stepped out from

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25th December 1941

The rumor being brulted about late last night turned into a reality today: “Manila, Open City.” All the dailies carried the news. It was contained

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27th December 1941

This morning I woke up with a clear memory of what transpired last night, the first which, for quite a number of days, did not

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29th December 1941

Today I repaired to my office for the last time. I came walking through the difficult streets of Intramuros spoiled by a host of debris,

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30th December 1941

Today was the anniversary of the execution of our national hero lose Rizal and it passed unnoticed. Although still an official holiday, not the slightest

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31st December 1941

This last day of the year no one left the house. There was a summary burning and destruction of the uniforms, caps, and other military

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2nd January 1942

We woke up today still with the uncertainty as to whether Manila had already been occupied by the Japanese army. There were no newspapers and

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