Simeon Villa

Simeon Villa

(? — 1945). Personal physician of Emilio Aguinaldo. Colonel in the Philippine Army.

November 13, 1899

We left Bayambang by night in a special train for Calasiao, and here we disembarked. The honorable president was accompanied by the secretaries of the

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November 14, 1899

It was 12 o’clock noon, but we kept up the march. At 4 p.m., with our vanguard, we entered the Manaoag, a town already occupied

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November 15, 1899

At daylight it was raining. At 9 a.m. we received the news that the Americans were at the entrance to the town, and, as we

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November 16, 1899

Daylight came in the midst of rain. At 7 o’clock we were all awake, and Lieutenant-Colonel Joven, one of the rear guard commanders, presented himself

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November 17, 1899

After eating a hearty breakfast for fear we might be unable to eat at noon, we left Tubao at 8 a.m. and marched toward Aringay,

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November 19, 1899

Under instructions of the honorable president, Major Jeciel went out this morning. At 5 p.m. he returned and informed the honorable president that the Americans

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NOVEMBER 20, 1899

Villa, after breakfasting in Baoang with General Tinio, started alone for San Fernando de la Union, traveling the main road, which passes along the coast

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November 21, 1899

At 7 a.m. Villa set out for Namagpacan; and at the same time the honorable president and his party left Balaoang. The destination of all

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November 22, 1899

At 8 a.m. we renewed our march toward Salcedo, reaching the same at 11 a.m. We spent the noontide here. Afterwards we journeyed on toward

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November 23, 1899

At 7 a.m. we continued our journey. At this stage we began to gain high elevations, now rising and then descending among the mountains. We

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November 30, 1899

We left Angaqui for Cervantes at 10 a.m., passing over the mountains, bare of all vegetation, with the result that the heat of the sun

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December 1, 1899

At 6 o’clock this morning General Pilar requested the honorable president to let him visit the trenches located on Mount Tila. The general immediately mounted

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December 2, 1899

At 5 o’clock in the afternoon the honorable president received a verbal report from two officers coming from Mount Tila, to the effect that the

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December 3, 1899

Immediately, and without even breakfasting, we resumed the march, following along the continuation of the mountains. At 11 a.m. we reached the settlement of Sagada,

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December 5, 1899

At 2 o’clock in the afternoon we left Bontoc and headed for Talubin, which we reached at 5.30 in the afternoon. We tarried two days.

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December 6, 1899

We left this settlement at 10 o’clock p.m. and took up the march to Banane via Ambayuan. We reached Ambayuan at midnight, and we at

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December 7, 1899

After commencing the ascent of Mount Polis we never stopped for rest, and we reached the summit of that lofty mountain at 8 o’clock in

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December 16, 1899

At 6 p.m. the honorable president named the following as members of a council to take place this night, viz: Colonel Sytiar, Señor Barcelona, director

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December 19, 1899

Speaking of our life on this ranch—all get up at 6 o’clock in the morning, and afterwards breakfast is prepared. Breakfast takes from 9 to

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December 21, 1899

Yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock news came through an Igorrote that many armed forces had arrived in Babuyan. He could not say for certain whether

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December 22, 1899

It was 7 a.m. when we arrived in Ambayuan. Here we found the women worn out from the painful journey they had suffered. They were

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December 24, 1899

We find ourselves still in Talubin. About 8 o’clock in this morning a report came saying the Americans had arrived at Bontoc, the provincial capital,

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December 25, 1899

At daybreak we found ourselves at the foot of Mount Polis. We continued the ascent, although under painful difficulties, as our bodies were already weakened

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December 26, 1899

The soldiers had breakfast at 7 a.m. At 8 o’clock the honorable president ordered the companies formed, and he explained to all that the only

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December 27, 1899

At 2 o’clock in the morning the soldiers had something to eat, and at 4.30 we resumed the journey toward the mountains of the north.

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December 28, 1899

We are up at 5 a.m. The rain continues. Our strength seems to be completely exhausted. At 6 o’clock the honorable president ordered us on

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December 29, 1899

At 6 o’clock in the morning we all hunted for “camotes” and made our breakfast with them. We resumed the march at 8 o’clock. The

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December 31, 1899

The troops had breakfast at 5 o’clock in the morning, and at 8 o’clock we set out on the march for the next nearest settlement,

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January 1, 1900

We left Alimit at 8 o’clock in the morning, going toward Mayaoyao. This day is a memorable one for us. We continue the march through

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